Brett Murphy

Associate Professor

Registered to supervise postgraduate research


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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

Blocked-off: Termitaria cause the overestimation of tree hollow availability by ground-based surveys in northern Australia

Penton, C. E., Woolley, L. A., Radford, I. J. & Murphy, B. P., 15 Feb 2020, In : Forest Ecology and Management. 458, p. 1-8 8 p., 117707.

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  • Bottom-up and top-down processes influence contemporary patterns of mammal species richness in Australia's monsoonal tropics

    Stobo-Wilson, A. M., Stokeld, D., Einoder, L. D., Davies, H. F., Fisher, A., Hill, B. M., Mahney, T., Murphy, B. P., Scroggie, M. P., Stevens, A., Woinarski, J. C. Z., Bawinanga Rangers, R., Warddeken Rangers, R. & Gillespie, G. R., Jul 2020, In : Biological Conservation. 247, 108638.

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  • Carbon isotope analysis shows introduced bovines have broader dietary range than the largest native herbivores in an Australian tropical savanna

    Wunambal Gaambera Aboriginal Corporation, Feb 2020, In : Austral Ecology. 45, 1, p. 109-121 13 p.

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  • Distribution and abundance of large herbivores in a northern Australian tropical savanna: A multi-scale approach

    Wunambal Gaambera Aboriginal Corporation, 31 Mar 2020, In : Austral Ecology. p. 1-19 19 p.

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  • Does rapid utilization of elevated nutrient availability allow eucalypts to dominate in the tropical savannas of Australia?

    Paramjyothi, H., Murphy, B. P., Lawes, M. J., Rossiter-Rachor, N. A. & Richards, A. E., May 2020, In : Ecology and Evolution. 10, 9, p. 4021-4030 10 p.

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  • Thesis

    Ecology of the savanna glider (Petaurus ariel) in tropical northern Australia

    Author: Stobo-Wilson, A., Nov 2018

    Supervisor: Cremona, T. (Supervisor), Murphy, B. (Supervisor) & Carthew, S. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) - CDU


    Grass, fire and kangaroos: can stable isotopes reveal Australia's past and future ecology?

    Author: Murphy, B., 2006

    Supervisor: Bowman, D. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) - CDU