The effect of species, size, and fire intensity on tree mortality within a catastrophic bushfire complex
Raphael Trouve, Lisa Oborne, Patrick J Baker
ECOLOGICAL APPLICATIONS | WILEY | Published : 2021
Infrequent, high-intensity disturbances can have profound impacts on forested landscapes, changing forest structure and altering relative species abundance. However, due to their rarity and the logistical challenges of directly observing such extreme events, both the spatial variability of disturbance intensity and the species-specific responses to this variability are poorly understood. We used observed patterns of mortality across a fire severity gradient following the 2009 Black Saturday fires in southeastern Australia to simultaneously estimate (1) species- and size-specific susceptibility to fire-induced mortality and (2) fire intensity. We found broad variation in patterns of fire susc..View full abstract
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We would like to thank Charlie Canham for his early support for this project. Mick McCarthy, Andrew Robinson, and Tom Fairman provided insightful comments on earlier versions of this work. Victoria's DELWP and VicForests provided the long-term thinning trial data used in Fig. 6. This research was supported by the Australian Research Council through a Future Fellowship (FT120100814) to P. J. Baker. We also thanks two anonymous reviewers for providing constructive comments on the manuscript.