Fire regimes, climates, and vegetation distributions are predicted to change, and in some cases are already changing. Therefore, understanding the links and feedbacks between these elements is key for managing and conserving biodiversity. This thesis uses simulation modelling to build on our knowledge of some of these challenging interactions. I demonstrate the influence climate and soil has on predictions of fuel and use this data to inform predictions of future fire regimes and associated risks to biodiversity. The results provide insights into the interacting roles of climate and fuel in predicting fire regimes and I examine some of the potential risks to biodiversity.
Congratulations to Sarah McColl-Gausden who delivered her PhD completion seminar last Friday. Sarah’s thesis is titled ‘Predicting future wildfire regimes and associated impacts under changing climates in temperate Australia’, and her work is already being used by government in wildfire management.
Image description – Photo of Sarah standing in a lecture theatre, wearing a long brown floral dress. Behind her is a project screen, showing a slide three photos of forests. Underneath the photo is a title which reads ‘Impacts of future fire changing climates and the implications for biodiversity’.
Fire Ecology and Biodiversity at UniMelb
Bushfire Behaviour and Management at UniMelb
Quantitative & Applied Ecology Group at UniMelb
Integrated Forest Ecosystem Research at UniMelb