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Researcher: Murphy, B (Dr Brett Murphy)

Fields of Research

Landscape ecology
Terrestrial ecology
Ecosystem function
Climate change impacts and adaptation
Environmental management
Conservation and biodiversity
Community ecology (excl. invasive species ecology)
Wildlife and habitat management
Plant physiology
Applied statistics
Ecological impacts of climate change and ecological adaptation
Global change biology
Forestry fire management
Forestry management and environment

Research Objectives

Terrestrial biodiversity
Assessment and management of freshwater ecosystems
Assessment and management of Antarctic and Southern Ocean ecosystems
Evaluation, allocation, and impacts of land use
Climate change adaptation measures (excl. ecosystem)
Natural hazards
Other environmental management
Assessment and management of terrestrial ecosystems
Ecosystem adaptation to climate change
Expanding knowledge in the environmental sciences
Game livestock (e.g. kangaroos, wallabies, camels, buffaloes)
Social impacts of climate change and variability
Native forests
Global effects of climate change (excl. Australia, New Zealand, Antarctica and the South Pacific) (excl. social impacts)

Career Best Publications

Research Publications

Aboriginal fire use in Australian tropical savannas: ecological effects and management lessons; Tropical Fire Ecology: Climate Change, Land Use and Ecosystem Dynamics
Are the eucalypt and non-eucalypt components of Australian tropical savannas independent?; Oecologia
Australia - a model system for the development of pyrogeography; Fire Ecology
Brave new green world - Consequences of a carbon economy for the conservation of Australian biodiversity; Biological Conservation
Cattle grazing does not reduce fire severity in eucalypt forests and woodlands of the Australian Alps; Austral Ecology
Conservative water management in the widespread conifer genus Callitris; AOB Plants
Did central Australian megafaunal extinction coincide with abrupt ecosystem collapse or gradual climate change?; Global Ecology and Biogeography
Does inherent flammability of grass and litter fuels contribute to continental patterns of landscape fire activity?; Journal of Biogeography
Fire and biodiversity ; Conservation Biology for All
Fire and biodiversity monitoring for conservation managers: a 10-year assessment of the 'Three Parks' (Kakadu, Litchfield and Nitmiluk) program; Culture, Ecology and Economy of Fire Management in North Australian Savannas
Fire management and woody biomass carbon stocks in mesic savannas; Culture, Ecology and Economy of Fire Management in North Australian Savannas
Fire regimes and the evolution of the Australian biota; Flammable Australia. Fire Regimes, Biodiversity and Ecosystems in a Changing World
Fire regimes of Australia: a pyrogeographic model system; Journal of Biogeography
Fire regimes: moving from a fuzzy concept to geographic entity
Fire severity in a northern Australian savanna landscape: the importance of time since previous fire; International Journal of Wildland Fire
Firescape ecology: how topography determines the contrasting distribution of fire and rain forest in the south-west of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area; Journal of Biogeography
Frequent fires reduce tree growth in northern Australian savannas: implications for tree demography and carbon sequestration; Global Change Biology
Has global environmental change caused monsoon rainforests to expand in the Australian monsoon tropics?; Landscape Ecology
How do small savanna trees avoid stem mortality by fire? The roles of stem diameter, height and bark thickness; Ecosphere
Humid tropical rain forest has expanded into eucalypt forest and savanna over the last 50 years; Ecology and Evolution
Improving estimates of savanna burning emissions for greenhouse accounting in northern Australia: limitations, challenges and applications; Culture, Ecology and Economy of Fire Management in North Australian Savannas
Managing the matrix: decadal responses of eucalypt-dominated savanna to ambient fire regimes; Ecological Applications
Population structures of the widespread Australian conifer Callitris columellaris are a bio-indicator of continental environmental change; Forest Ecology and Management
The carbon and nitrogen isotope composition of Australian grasses in relation to climate; Functional Ecology
Tree cover-fire interactions promote the persistence of a fire-sensitive conifer in a highly flammable savanna; Journal of Ecology
Using carbon isotope analysis of the diet of two introduced Australian megaherbivores to understand Pleistocene megafaunal extinctions; Journal of Biogeography
Using generalized autoregressive error models to understand fire-vegetation-soil feedbacks in a mulga-spinifex landscape mosaic; Journal of Biogeography
What controls the distribution of tropical forest and savanna?; Ecology Letters

Research Projects

Aboriginal patch burning and the quest for sustainable fire management; Australian Research Council (ARC)
Diet of macropods and feral cattle in Australian tropical savannas; Australian Nuclear Science & Technology Organisation (ANSTO)
Is a grass-fire cycle reducing biodiversity in the stone country of Kakadu National Park?; Australian Research Council (ARC)
Pyroherbivory and the nexus between Aboriginal fire mosaics and kangaroos; Australian Research Council (ARC)
Training Course in Spatial Statistical Modelling; Australian Research Council (ARC)
Understanding the Impact of Global Environmental Change on Australian Forests and Woodlands Using Rainforest Boundaries and Callitris Growth as Bio-Indicators; Australian Research Council (ARC)

Research Candidate Supervision

Landscape Controls of a Fire Mediate Vegetation Mosaic- Ranking the Impportance of Fire, Soils, Geology and Topography
The Fire Ecology of Callitris intratropica- Tracing the Legacy of Aboriginal Fire Management to Inform Contemporary Responses to a Conservation Crisis on the Arnhem Plateau, Northern Australia