Journal article

Time since fire is an over-simplified measure of habitat suitability for the New Holland mouse

Phoebe A Burns, Ben L Phillips



Fire has shaped much of the Australian landscape, and alterations to natural or historical fire regimes are implicated in the decline of many native mammal species. Time since fire (TSF) is a common metric used to understand vegetation and faunal responses to fire but is unlikely to capture the complexity of successional changes following fire. The New Holland mouse (Pseudomys novaehollandiae), a threatened and declining rodent species native to southeastern Australia, is traditionally considered an early post-fire successional species. Here, we use a 48-year dataset to test whether this posited association with early TSF is upheld, and whether the species’ occurrence and abundance are gover..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This research was conducted with support awarded to PAB from an Australian Government Research Training Program scholarship, Zoos Victoria, Parks Victoria, the Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment, Royal Zoological Society of NSW (RZSNSW), Paddy Pallin Science Grant, RZSNSW Ethel Mary Read Research Fund, and the David Lachlan Hay Fund. We thank Zoos Victoria, Wildlife Unlimited Pty. Ltd., and the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water, and Planning for lending cameras and bait stations, and L. Bluff and L. Smith for helpful comments on the draft manuscript.