Fire and Avian Ecology

Clarke Lab

Lab leader

Michael ClarkeProfessor Michael Clarke

Head of School of Life Sciences, College of Science, Health and Engineering

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Fire ecology

Researchers in our Fire Ecology group are involved in a range of projects which cover topics such as the influence of fire-induced landscape mosaics on fauna, the post-fire responses of species, the impact of fire severity on animals, the role of inburnt habitat refuges and the effect of planned fire on biodiversity.

Habitat refuges

The Faunal Refuges Project is investigating the effects of fire history on fauna and vegetation within the area affected by the Kilmore-Murrindindi fires.

Foothills Fire and Biota

The Foothills fire and biota project is investigating the how fire regimes affect flora and fauna in one of the world's most flammable ecosystems.

Mallee fire and biodiversity

The project aims to identify the properties of habitat mosaics produced by fire.

Mallee HawkEye

The project aims to answer key questions about the effects of planned burning on biodiversity.

Behavioural ecology of Australian birds

The Avian Behaviour and Ecology Research Group conducts research on the evolutionary biology of birds. We use a range of field, aviary and molecular techniques to address questions of interest to the group.

We have a strong track record in studying the evolution of cooperative breeding in Australian birds and active in studying applied issues in ornithology such as:

  • the impact on bird communities of over-abundant native species like the Noisy Miner, Yellow-throated Miner and the Bell Miner
  • the ecology of threatened species like the Malleefowl, Helmeted Honeyeater and Black-eared Miner and causes of their decline
  • impact of fire on bird communities.

Project results

The Noisy Miner - challenges in managing an overabundant species [PDF 1.4 MB]

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