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Animals as agents in fire regimes
journal contributionposted on 2023-05-21, 01:11 authored by Foster, CN, Banks, SC, Cary, GJ, Christopher JohnsonChristopher Johnson, Lindenmayer, DB, Valentine, LE
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.
Australian Research Council
Australian National University
Publication titleTrends in Ecology and Evolution
Department/SchoolSchool of Natural Sciences
PublisherElsevier Science London
Place of publication84 Theobalds Rd, London, England, Wc1X 8Rr
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