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Disturbance Ecology

Knowledge discovery, knowledge development, modeling and synthesis to understand causes, consequences and interactions of fire, invasive species, insects, pathogens, climate change, and other disturbances and stressors, and ecological responses and outcomes of land uses and management actions.  This priority answers the question of what to expect from natural and anthropogenic disturbances, exploring why disturbances occur, characterizing their spatial and temporal distribution, and elucidating disturbance outcomes and consequences.