Fire History from Life-History: Determining the Fire Regime that a Plant Community Is Adapted Using Life-Histories
Graeme Armstrong, Ben Phillips
PLOS ONE | PUBLIC LIBRARY SCIENCE | Published : 2012
Wildfire is a fundamental disturbance process in many ecological communities, and is critical in maintaining the structure of some plant communities. In the past century, changes in global land use practices have led to changes in fire regimes that have radically altered the composition of many plant communities. As the severe biodiversity impacts of inappropriate fire management regimes are recognized, attempts are being made to manage fires within a more 'natural' regime. In this aim, the focus has typically been on determining the fire regime to which the community has adapted. Here we take a subtly different approach and focus on the probability of a patch being burnt. We hypothesize tha..View full abstract
Financial support was provided by Australian Wildlife Conservancy, Australian Research Council, Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment, and the Northern Territory Research and Innovation Fund. The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.