The response of birds to the fire regimes of mulga woodlands in central Australia

It is widely assumed by Australian scientists and land managers that a fine-scaled fire mosaic delivers benefits for biodiversity. However to my knowledge, direct evidence to support this notion is scant. I am using the mulga woodlands/mulga birds model system to investigate the idea.

Specifically I am testing the effects of:

  1. time-since-fire
  2. patch size and
  3. ecotone between burnt and unburnt patches,

on the abundance of mulga birds.

I am also measuring the habitat characteristics of mulga of different time-since-fire in an effort to explain my results.

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