Our research investigates the sustainable management of tropical savanna landscapes.
We explore how fire has shaped and maintains the biota of tropical savannas, and how contemporary fire regimes can best be managed for biodiversity conservation, especially in relation to declining small mammals and fire-sensitive vegetation communities.
Our work falls into four themes:
- understanding the drivers of small mammal decline in northern Australia – What is the relative importance of feral cats, feral herbivores and altered fire regimes?
- tree recruitment and biomass dynamics of savannas – How do savanna trees escape the ‘fire trap’? Does fire strongly limit tree biomass in savannas?
- managing savanna fire regimes – Is prescribed burning an effective management tool in northern Australian savannas?
- pyrogeography and phytogeography – What controls the regional and global distribution of fire regimes and vegetation?
Specialist expertise and tech
We come from diverse research backgrounds, with expertise in vegetation ecology, mammal ecology, fire ecology, remote-sensing and ecological modelling. This allows us to integrate data and knowledge across disciplines and perspectives to generate exciting new insights into tropical savanna ecology.