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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

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)

Managing fire for plant and animal conservation: Putting fire to work for conservation requires local knowledge

Kelly, L., Haslem, A. & Murphy, B., Feb 2019, In : Austral Ecology. 44, 1, p. 173-180 8 p., 12604.

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Open Access
traditional knowledge

The existence of a fire-mediated tree-recruitment bottleneck in an Asian savanna

Nguyen, T. T., Murphy, B. P. & Baker, P. J., Apr 2019, In : Journal of Biogeography. 46, 4, p. 745-756 12 p.

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deciduous forest

Towards meaningful monitoring: A case study of a threatened rodent

Geyle, H. M., Guillera-Arroita, G., Davies, H. F., Firth, R. S. C., Murphy, B. P., Nimmo, D. G., Ritchie, E. G., Woinarski, J. C. Z. & Nicholson, E., Apr 2019, In : Austral Ecology. 44, 2, p. 223-236 14 p.

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Open Access
case studies
dry season

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

Potter, L. C., Brady, C. J. & Murphy, B. P., 23 Nov 2018, In : Austral Ecology. 44, 3, p. 473-483 11 p.

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case studies