Research

Australia is experiencing changes that are projected to have significant impacts on patterns of temperature and rainfall, thereby affecting key ecosystem drivers such as fire regimes. Fire is an integral component of Victoria’s ecosystems and vital to their function.  Currently there are a number of major knowledge gaps concerning the consequences of alternative fire regimes on forested landscapes and the values that they support.

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Our research aims to provide a better understanding of how fire, both wildfire and planned burning, changes the spatial pattern of resources in the landscape, and how these changes influence the distribution and abundance of plants and animals.
We are also investigating how fire interacts with other ecosystem processes, such as predation by invasive species, pollination services provided by wasps and other insects, and decomposition and nutrient cycling processes mediated by invertebrates and fungi.

Our research aims to provide a better understanding of how fire, both wildfire and planned burning, changes the spatial pattern of resources in the landscape, and how these changes influence the distribution and abundance of plants and animals.

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Our science assists land managers to better understand how our ecosystems function, the role that fire plays in the maintenance of biodiversity values, and how improved fire management can improve the resilience of these systems in the face of global change.

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