Faculty and Staff

Jeffrey Kane – Assistant Professor, Fire Ecology and Fuels Management

Personal and Research Interest

I’m generally interested in a broad array of topics related to the ecology and management of fire prone ecosystems. The purpose of my research is to better understand the impacts of fire and other distrubances on wildlands and to provide information that will improve the management, restoration, and conservation of these ecosytems. Additionally, I use my research to actively involve undergraduate students both inside and outside of the classroom. I use a combination of field and laboratory techniques for my research including standard forest and fire measurements, dendroecological (tree rings) approaches, and laboratory burns. While my research has varied widely over the years, my current and future research will primarily focus on the following categories:

Education and Degrees
Courses Taught
Selected Publications

Anderegg, W.R.L., J.M. Kane, L.D.L. Anderegg, In Press. Consequences of widespread tree mortality triggered by drought and temperature stress. Nature Climate Change.

Looney, C.E., B.W. Sullivan, T.E. Kolb, J.M. Kane. S.C. Hart. 2012 Effects of water addition on pinyon pine (Pinus edulis) water relations, growth, and mortality across a three million year old soil age gradient in northern Arizona, USA. Plant and Soil. 357: 89-102. DOI:10.1007/S11104-012-1150-6.

Kerhoulas, L.P., J.M. Kane. 2012 Sensitivity of ring growth and carbon allocation to climatic variation vary within ponderosa pine trees. Tree Physiology. 32: 14-23. DOI:10.1093/treephys/tpr112

Kane, J.M., K.A. Meinhardt, T. Chang, B.L. Cardall, R. Michalet, and T.G. Whitham. 2011. Drought-induced mortality of a foundation species (Juniperus monosperma) promotes positive afterlife effects in understory vegetation. Plant Ecology. 212: 733-741. DOI 10.1007/s11258-010-9859-x

Kane, J.M., T.E. Kolb. 2010. Importance of resin ducts in reducing ponderosa pine mortality from bark beetle attack. Oecologia 164: 601-609. DOI:10.1007/s00442-010-1683-4

Kane, J.M., J.M. Varner, E.E. Knapp, and R.F. Powers. 2010. Initial vegetation response to mechanical mastication treatments in a northern Sierra Nevada ponderosa pine forest. Applied Vegetation Science. 13: 207-220. DOI: 10.1111/j.1654-109X.2009.01062.x

Kane, J.M., J.M. Varner, and E.E. Knapp. 2009. Fuel loading in mechanically masticated fuelbeds in northern California and southwestern Oregon. International Journal of Wildland Fire. 18: 686-697. DOI:10.1071/WF08072

Kane, J.M., J.M. Varner, and J.K. Heirs. 2008. The burning characteristics in southeastern oaks: Discriminating fire facilitators from fire impeders. Forest Ecology and Management 258: 2039-2045. DOI:10.1016/j.foreco.2008.07.039

Knapp, E.E., D.W. Schwilk, J.M. Kane and J.E. Keeley. 2007. Role of burning season on initial understory vegetation response to prescribed burning in a mixed conifer forest. Canadian Journal of Forest Research. 37: 11-22. DOI:10.1139/X06-200

Jeffrey Kane
Contact Information:

Office: 220 Natural Resources Building
Email: jkane@humboldt.edu
Ph. 707.826.5622
Fax: 707.826.5634

Mailing Address:

Department of Forestry and Wildland Resources
1 Harpst Street