Thesis / Dissertation

Spatial and temporal drivers of mammal and reptile distributions in fire-prone landscapes

Katharine Lea Senior, Luke Kelly (ed.)

Published : 2020

Abstract

Fire is a key disturbance process in >50% of terrestrial ecosystems where species are often adapted to specific fire regimes. However, ongoing changes to fire regimes now represent a considerable threat to biodiversity, including mammals and reptiles in Australia. Despite this, there are large knowledge gaps around how different types of fire – or ‘pyrodiversity’ – affect biodiversity and how fire interacts with other key drivers of animal populations. This thesis explored the drivers of mammal and reptile distributions in fire-prone mallee woodlands, to answer key questions of wider relevance to fire-prone ecosystems. First, I explored the influence of daily meteorological conditions on s..

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