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dc.contributor.advisorCastley, James Guy
dc.contributor.authorVirkki, Diana Angelique
dc.date.accessioned2018-01-23T02:52:20Z
dc.date.available2018-01-23T02:52:20Z
dc.date.issued2014
dc.identifier.doi10.25904/1912/2074
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/367338
dc.description.abstractAs an ecological process fire plays a global role in structuring ecosystems and their constituent fauna and flora. Fire is also regularly applied as a landscape management tool and altered fire regimes affect global biodiversity. Fire can have a marked influence on vegetation composition and structure with resultant flow on impacts on faunal communities. However, faunal responses to fire are often quite varied and management recommendations of appropriate fire regimes therefore generally include utilising a fire mosaic approach to fire management. This thesis investigates the relationship between variable fire regimes, vegetation composition, condition and structure, and ground-dwelling vertebrate faunal communities. The literature review (Chapter 1) revealed several gaps in current knowledge. This included a lack of detailed knowledge on the effects of variable fire regimes, including repeated management burns and fire mosaics, representative of multiple fire parameters (time since fire, number of fires, fire interval and fire type), on ecosystem biota. This was particularly evident for subtropical ecosystems. To analyse the effects of repeated burns, fire exclusion and wildfire, this study targeted one of the longest running fire experiments in Australia, at Bauple State Forest, where fire treatments have been applied annually since 1952 and triennially since 1973. Additional dry eucalypt forest sites at St Mary and Tiaro State Forests were included that represented variable fire management practices. Detailed fauna trapping surveys and vegetation assessments were completed on 35 plots across eight fire treatments at all three sites. Additionally, a broader scale GIS analysis of fire history was done across the three forests with surveys undertaken at an additional 74 sites allowing a comparison of reptile communities, forest condition and structure among variable fire regimes at multiple scales.
dc.languageEnglish
dc.publisherGriffith University
dc.publisher.placeBrisbane
dc.rights.copyrightThe author owns the copyright in this thesis, unless stated otherwise.
dc.subject.keywordsFloral community responses
dc.subject.keywordsEucalypt forests
dc.subject.keywordsBushfires, Southeast Queensland
dc.titleFaunal and Floral Community Responses to Contemporary Fire Regimes in Eucalypt Forests of Southeast Queensland
dc.typeGriffith thesis
gro.facultyScience, Environment, Engineering and Technology
gro.rights.copyrightThe author owns the copyright in this thesis, unless stated otherwise.
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dc.contributor.otheradvisorJones, Darryl
dc.rights.accessRightsPublic
gro.identifier.gurtIDgu1424842049290
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gro.thesis.degreelevelThesis (PhD Doctorate)
gro.thesis.degreeprogramDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)
gro.departmentGriffith School of Environment
gro.griffith.authorVirkki, Diana A.


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