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Fire frequency is relatively more important than fire size a reply to Russell-Smith et al


Griffiths, AD and Garnett, ST and Brook, BW, Fire frequency is relatively more important than fire size a reply to Russell-Smith et al, Biological Conservation, 192 pp. 478. ISSN 0006-3207 (2015) [Letter or Note in Journal]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.biocon.2015.09.026


We thank Russell-Smith et al. (this volume) for their critical reflection on our study (Griffiths et al., 2015). Their key argument is that the experimental compartments at Kapalga thatwe used in the population viability analysis were unrepresentative in relation to fire size and intensity across the mesic savannas of northern Australia. Specifically, they recommend the results of our study be "interpreted carefully" because the experimental design at Kapalga resulted in higher intensity fires and compartments were larger than average fires in the region. This is a legitimate point, but it is important to clarify the broader context in which our modelling might be applied.

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Item Type:Letter or Note in Journal
Keywords:fire, mammal, conservation, tropical
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental management
Research Field:Wildlife and habitat management
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Management of Antarctic and Southern Ocean environments
Objective Field:Assessment and management of Antarctic and Southern Ocean ecosystems
UTAS Author:Brook, BW (Professor Barry Brook)
ID Code:107151
Year Published:2015
Deposited By:Plant Science
Deposited On:2016-03-07
Last Modified:2016-03-07

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