Brett Murphy

Associate Professor

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Research interests

My research broadly focuses on how fire has shaped and maintains the biota of Australia’s tropical savanna landscapes, and how contemporary fire regimes can best be managed for biodiversity conservation, especially in relation to declining small mammals and fire-sensitive vegetation communities. I have a strong interest in the resourcing of fire and biodiversity management through the generation of carbon credits, and much of my work builds the knowledge base underpinning the development of carbon accounting methodologies for savanna fire management, especially those relating to biosequestration. I also work on the large-scale (continental to global) distribution of fire (pyrogeography), seeking to understand the drivers of fire activity, its coupling with vegetation, and the likely impacts of global environmental change.

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Research Output 2006 2019

Accuracy of identifications of mammal species from camera trap images: A northern Australian case study

Potter, L. C., Brady, C. J. & Murphy, B. P., May 2019, In : Austral Ecology. 44, 3, p. 473-483 11 p.

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case studies

Biomass consumption by surface fires across Earth's most fire prone continent

Murphy, B. P., Prior, L. D., Cochrane, M. A., Williamson, G. J. & Bowman, D. M. J. S., Jan 2019, In : Global Change Biology. 25, 1, p. 254-268 15 p.

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Open Access
Earth (planet)

Contrasting patterns of decline in two arboreal marsupials from Northern Australia

Stobo-Wilson, A. M., Murphy, B. P., Cremona, T. & Carthew, S. M., Sep 2019, In : Biodiversity and Conservation. 28, 11, p. 2951-2965 15 p.

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Trichosurus vulpecula

Estimating site occupancy and detectability of the threatened partridge pigeon (Geophaps smithii) using camera traps

Davies, H. F., Rioli, W., Puruntatameri, J., Roberts, W., Kerinaiua, C., Kerinauia, V., Womatakimi, K. B., Gillespie, G. R. & Murphy, B. P., Aug 2019, In : Austral Ecology. 44, 5, p. 868-879 9 p., 12755.

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Introduced cats (Felis catus) eating a continental fauna: The number of mammals killed in Australia

Murphy, B. P., Woolley, L. A., Geyle, H. M., Legge, S. M., Palmer, R., Dickman, C. R., Augusteyn, J., Brown, S. C., Comer, S., Doherty, T. S., Eager, C., Edwards, G., Fordham, D. A., Harley, D., McDonald, P. J., McGregor, H., Moseby, K. E., Myers, C., Read, J., Riley, J. & 4 othersStokeld, D., Trewella, G. J., Turpin, J. M. & Woinarski, J. C. Z., 1 Sep 2019, In : Biological Conservation. 237, p. 28-40 13 p.

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