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My research interests are in understanding how fire impacts forested ecosystems across temporal and spatial scales. Working at large spatial scales is facilitated by also expanding the temporal scale. I use dendrochronological techniques that allow me to re-construct fire history and age structure patterns both in stands and across landscapes. The next step is to apply the information we have learned from historical data to contemporary landscapes to restore both forest structure and natural fires.
One aspect that is unique to the United States in terms of land management is the concept of public lands. That is, lands that are managed for the good of the people. Public lands are a critical part of American life; therefore it is the responsibility of land management agencies to sustain these lands for current and future generations. A critical part of managing for sustainability is understanding the historical processes (including disturbances) that our current ecosystems evolved with. Our job as scientists is to provide managers information, knowledge and advice that will allow them to make land management decisions that will result in healthy and sustainable forest.
Why This Research is Important
- Northern Arizona University, B.S. Forestry 1996
- Northern Arizona University, M.S. Forestry 2001
- University of Arizona, Ph.D. Natural Resources 2006
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- Iniguez, Jose M.; Swetnam, Thomas W.; Baisa, Christopher H. 2009. Spatially and temporally variable fire regime on Rincon Peak, Arizona, USA.
- Iniguez, Jose M.; Swetnam, Thomas W.; Yool, Stephen R. 2008. Topography affected landscape fire history patterns in southern Arizona, USA.
- Iniguez, Jose M.; Ganey, Joseph L.; Daugherty, Peter J.; Bailey, John D. 2005. Using cluster analysis and a classification and regression tree model to developed cover types in the Sky Islands of southeastern Arizona Abstract.
- Iniguez, Jose M.; Ganey, Joseph L.; Daughtery, Peter J.; Bailey, John D. 2005. Using cluster analysis and a classification and regression tree model to developed cover types in the Sky Islands of southeastern Arizona.
- Villarreal, Miguel L.; Haire, Sandra L.; Iniguez, Jose M.; Montano, Citlali Cortes; Poitras, Travis B. 2019. Distant neighbors: Recent wildfire patterns of the Madrean Sky Islands of southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico.
- Singleton, Megan P.; Thode, Andrea E.; Meadora, Andrew J. Sanchez; Iniguez, Jose M. 2019. Increasing trends in high-severity fire in the southwestern USA from 1984 to 2015.
- Iniguez, Jose M.; Fowler, James F.; Moser, W. Keith; Sieg, Carolyn H.; Baggett, L. Scott; Shin, Patrick . 2019. Tree and opening spatial patterns vary by tree density in two old-growth remnant ponderosa pine forests in Northern Arizona, USA.
- Malone, Sparkle L.; Fornwalt, Paula J.; Battaglia, Mike A.; Chambers, Marin E.; Iniguez, Jose M.; Sieg, Carolyn H. 2018. Mixed-severity fire fosters heterogeneous spatial patterns of conifer regeneration in a dry conifer forest.
- Ganey, Joseph L; Iniguez, Jose M.; Sanderlin, Jamie S.; Block, William M. 2017. Developing a monitoring program for bird populations in the Chiricahua Mountains, Arizona, using citizen observers: Initial stages.
- Owen, Suzanne M.; Sieg, Carolyn H.; Meador, Andrew J. Sanchez; Fule, Peter Z.; Iniguez, Jose M.; Baggett, L. Scott; Fornwalt, Paula J.; Battaglia, Michael A. 2017. Spatial patterns of ponderosa pine regeneration in high-severity burn patches.
- Ziegler, Justin P.; Hoffman, Chad M.; Fornwalt, Paula J.; Sieg, Carolyn H.; Battaglia, Michael A.; Chambers, Marin E.; Iniguez, Jose M. 2017. Tree regeneration spatial patterns in ponderosa pine forests following stand-replacing fire: Influence of topography and neighbors.
- Ganey, Joseph L.; Iniguez, Jose M.; Hedwall, Shaula; Block, William M.; Ward, James P., Jr..; Jonnes, Ryan S.; Rawlinson, Todd A.; Kyle, Sean C.; Apprill, Darrell L. 2016. Evaluating desired conditions for Mexican spotted owl nesting and roosting habitat.
- Iniguez, Jose M.; Swetnam, Thomas W.; Baisan, Christopher H. 2016. Fire history and moisture influences on historical forest age structure in the sky islands of southern Arizona, USA.
- Ganey, Joseph L.; Block, William M.; Sanderlin, Jamie S.; Iniguez, Jose M. 2015. Comparative nest-site habitat of painted redstarts and red-faced warblers in the Madrean Sky Islands of southeastern Arizona.
- Hunter, Molly E.; Iniguez, Jose M.; Farris, Calvin A. 2014. Historical and current fire management practices in two wilderness areas in the southwestern United States: The Saguaro Wilderness Area and the Gila-Aldo Leopold Wilderness Complex.
- Sanderlin, Jamie S.; Block, William M.; Ganey, Joseph L.; Iniguez, Jose M. 2013. Preliminary assessment of species richness and avian community dynamics in the Madrean Sky Islands, Arizona.
- Hunter, Molly E.; Iniguez, Jose M.; Lentile, Leigh B. 2011. Short- and long-term effects on fuels, forest structure, and wildfire potential from prescribed fire and resource benefit fire in southwestern forests, USA.
|Can Managed Fires Restore Forests at Landscape Scales? Lessons from Two Southwestern Wilderness Areas|
The goal of this project was to evaluate the ability to restore wildfire at landscape scales within two wilderness areas in the southwestern U.S ...
|Monitoring Bird Communities with Citizen Science in the Sky Islands|
The Sky Islands of southeastern Arizona have bird species found nowhere else in the U.S., which leads to a vibrant state and local ecotourism in ...
|Remnant Old-growth Ponderosa Pine Forests Provide Insights on Spatial Patterns |
Researchers are increasingly recognizing that ponderosa pine forests naturally occur in clumps of trees with isolated single trees in a matrix o ...
|Spatial patterns of ponderosa pine regeneration in high-severity burn patches|
Over the past three decades, wildfires in Southwestern United States ponderosa pine forests have increased in size and severity, leaving large p ...