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Animals as agents in fire regimes


Foster, CN and Banks, SC and Cary, GJ and Johnson, CN and Lindenmayer, DB and Valentine, LE, Animals as agents in fire regimes, Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 35, (4) pp. 346-356. ISSN 0169-5347 (2020) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.tree.2020.01.002


Fire is a powerful ecological and evolutionary force. Animals that modify drivers of fire behaviour could therefore have far-reaching effects on ecosystems. Yet, with a few notable exceptions, effects of animals on fire have been often overlooked. We show how animals can affect fire behaviour by modifying the amount, structure, or condition of fuel or, more rarely, by altering other controls on fire such as wind speed or ignition patterns. Some effects are readily observed and quantified. Others are more subtle but could be considerable when accumulated over time, space, and animal taxa. A combination of manipulative experiments, landscape studies, and multiscale fire models will be necessary to understand the consequences of widespread changes in animal populations for landscape fire.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:fire ecology, herbivory, ecosystem engineer
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Ecology
Research Field:Terrestrial ecology
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Terrestrial systems and management
Objective Field:Assessment and management of terrestrial ecosystems
UTAS Author:Johnson, CN (Professor Christopher Johnson)
ID Code:145586
Year Published:2020
Funding Support:Australian Research Council (DP160100748)
Web of Science® Times Cited:16
Deposited By:Zoology
Deposited On:2021-07-27
Last Modified:2021-09-02

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