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 in the HSU Wildland Fire Lab is to better understand the impacts of fire and other disturbances on wildlands and to provide information that will improve the management, restoration, and conservation of these ecosystems. 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

Dr. Kane’s publications and citation statistics are also available at Google Scholar.

Livingston, A.C., J.M. Varner, E.S. Jules, J.M. Kane, L.A. Arguello. In review. Prescribed fire and conifer removal promote positive understory vegetation responses in Quercus garryana woodlands. Journal of Applied Ecology

van Mantgem, P.J., L.L. Lalemand, M. Keifer, J.M. Kane. In review. Long-term effects of prescribed fire on forest fuels across the western United States. Ecological Applications

Varner, J.M., J.M. Kane, J.K. Kreye, E. Engber. Accepted. The flammability of litter: A synthesis. Current Forest Reports

Ferrenberg, S., J.M. Kane, J.M. Langenhan. In Press. To grow or defend? Pine seedlings grow less but induce more anatomical defenses when key resources are limited. Tree Physiology

Kane, J.M., L.F. Dugi, T.E. Kolb. 2015. Establishment and growth of piñon pine regeneration vary by nurse type along a soil substrate age gradient in northern Arizona. Journal of Arid Environments 115: 113-119. DOI: 10.1016/j.jaridenv.2015.01.011.

Kane, J.M., T.E. Kolb. 2014. Short- and long-term growth characteristics associated with tree mortality in southwestern mixed-conifer forests. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 44: 1227-1235. DOI: 10.1139/cjfr-2014-0186

Kane, J.M., T.E. Kolb, J.D. McMillin. 2014. Stand-scale tree mortality factors differ by site and species following drought in southwestern mixed conifer forests. Forest Ecology and Management 330: 171-182. DOI: 10.1016/j.foreco.2014.06.042

Varner, J.M., J.M. Kane, E.M. Banwell, and J.K. Kreye. 2014. Flammability of litter from southeastern trees: A preliminary assessment. In: Haywood, J.D. (ed.) Proceedings of the 17th Southern Silvicultural Research Conference. USDA Forest Service, Southern Res. Sta., Asheville, NC.

Ferrenberg, S, J.M. Kane, J.B. Mitton. 2014. Resin duct counts assess tree-resistance to bark beetles across lodgepole (Pinus contorta) and limber (Pinus flexilis) pine. Oecologia. 174:1283-1292. DOI:10.1007/s00442-013-2841-2

Anderegg, W.R.L., J.M. Kane, L.D.L. Anderegg. 2013. Consequences of widespread tree mortality triggered by drought and temperature stress. Nature Climate Change 3: 30-36. DOI:10.1038/NCLIMATE1635

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