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The Spatial Solutions Fire Ecology Project

Our new fire ecology project is underway! Now that we’ve assembled our exciting team – including new recruits Dr Kate Giljohann (Research Fellow), Fred Rainsford (PhD student) and Kate Senior (PhD student) – it’s a perfect time to introduce the … Continue reading

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Integrating ecological models to secure biodiversity across flammable continents

I’ve just moved to Spain to start an exciting new research project with the Forest Sciences Centre of Catalonia and the Centre for Ecological Research and Forestry Applications, Catalonia. Here’s a bit about my veski Fellowship via an interview I did with ARC CEED. … Continue reading

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Optimal Fire Histories for Biodiversity Conservaiton

A summary of my new paper in Conservation Biology: Fire is used as a management tool for biodiversity conservation worldwide. A common objective is to avoid population extinctions due to inappropriate fire regimes. However, in many ecosystems, it is unclear what … Continue reading

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The rediscovery of an “extinct” small mammal

In 1856 the Blandowski Expedition set out to document the natural history of the Murray Mallee region. The expedition collected over 30 species of native mammals and provided a remarkable record of Australia’s historical fauna. Sadly, one-third of the mammals … Continue reading

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Test your model: making the most of historical data

We build models for a few reasons. Sometimes we want to understand ecological patterns and processes. Other times we want to make predictions about what will happen at different times and in different places. Both explanatory and predictive models are … Continue reading

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Managing fire mosaics for mammal conservation

Fire management increasingly is focused on maintaining ‘fire mosaics’ comprising heterogeneous patches of differing fire history. However, almost any fire regime will create a ‘mosaic’. What’s lacking is empirical data that distinguishes the characteristics of mosaics that will enhance the … Continue reading

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