Student Research Opportunities Program
Pyrophyte - Tree species adapted to endure fire. Despite its defenses,
-Passive Pyrophyte - Resist the effects of fire.
-Active Pyrophyte - Requires fire to spread, germinate, and regrow
Despite its defenses, a pyrophyte can be overwhelmed and destroyed by fire. After decades of total fire suppression policies along with rising average temperatures as a result of climate change, forest fires have grown in intensity, frequency, and coverage.
With the assistance of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), foresters can survey the distribution of pyrophytic trees and develop sustainable approaches to forest management that restore the natural ecosystem and reduce the threat of forest fires.
Foushee, Jacob; Gaughan, Andrea PhD; Stevens, Forrest PhD; and Smith, Hinzee, "Pyrophytic Tree Classification in Berea Forest using Unmanned Aerial Systems" (2021). Undergraduate Research Events. 29.