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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  • 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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  • 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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    Open Access
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    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
  • 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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  • 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