Complex habitat drives mammal communities in a flammable landscape
Annalie Dorph, Matthew Swan, Ellen Rochelmeyer, Julian Di Stefano
FOREST ECOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT | ELSEVIER | Published : 2020
In flammable ecosystems biodiversity can be influenced by multiple drivers, and conservation management requires knowledge of their relative influence. For example, land managers often manipulate fire regimes to increase environmental heterogeneity and promote biodiversity. However, the influence of fire relative to other drivers of biodiversity is often unknown. In this study, we used a temporally replicated dataset to (a) examine the effect of climate, topography, time since fire and habitat structure on mammal alpha- and beta-diversity and (b) assess the consistency of these responses through time. We surveyed ground-dwelling mammals within the Otway Ranges of Australia over four periods ..View full abstract
This research was funded by the Victorian Department of Environment, Land Water and Planning (DELWP), the University of Melbourne, the Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment and the Ecological Society of Australia.