Information Resources

The E.V. Komarek Fire Ecology Database

The donation of personal research collections from E. V. Komarek and Herbert L. Stoddard, who were two of the key founders of Tall Timbers, was the original impetus for the Tall Timbers Board of Trustees to mandate creation of a computerized bibliographic database. Since its inception in 1987, the database has been continually expanded under the direction of the Tall Timbers library. Although international in scope, the database emphasizes the southeastern United States, the USA, and North America. Historical and current works are included. Currently, there are over 30,000 citations in the database. The Tall Timbers Fire Ecology Thesaurus is the tool created by the library for indexing database records.

In 2011, the Tall Timbers E. V. Komarek Fire Ecology Database was combined with the Fire Research and Management Exchange System (FRAMES) to provide more access to bibliographic records in a unique, extensive collection of fire ecology and fire science literature. The Library also collaborated with FRAMES with support from the Joint Fire Sciences Program to develop a web-based gateway for fire information called the Southern Fire Portal (SFP), which provides access to fire data, documents, projects, tools, and websites related to fire and natural resource management in the southern United States. The Tall Timbers Fire Ecology Database and the Southern Research Station’s online Encyclopedia of Southern Fire Science are key components of the SFP. Because online resources are now readily available for research, Tall Timbers will no longer add records to the database. The database can still be searched, but no new records have been added since November 2017.

Document delivery of materials cited in the database is not provided. Users are encouraged to access local library resources or a commercial document delivery service to obtain materials listed in the database. Most URLs in database records lead to publishers’ Web sites. In some recent records, links to PDFs are available.

Database topics include:

  • fire ecology
  • prescribed fires
  • wildfires
  • fire histories and case studies
  • ecology of the southeastern United States

Bibliographic sources include:

  • journal articles
  • books and government documents (federal & state)
  • conference proceedings (including all Proceedings of the Tall Timbers Fire Ecology Conferences,
    with abstracts)
  • magazine and newspaper articles
  • theses

Database indexing for each item includes:

  • fire terms ecological and forestry terms
  • geographic designations (by state, region, country, continent, etc.)
  • habitat types
  • management types
  • scientific names of plants and animals
  • common names of plants and animals