Rebecca Barnes (Colorado College) and I are wrapping up the results of our summer research, which explored the similarities and differences between carbon cycle recovery rates post-fire in montane and subalpine forests. This was a great comparison - both fires (in 2002) were high intensity, high severity affairs and may be indicative of future fire conditions.
We found that cycling generally recovered quite rapidly in the subalpine system, likely because it's wetter, rather than species differences. This was explored via incubations and examining aquatic DOC flux out of the system. It'll be submitted soon. A longer writeup is linked here.