Altered Ecologies: Fire, climate and human influence on by S Haberle, J Stevenson, M Prebble

By S Haberle, J Stevenson, M Prebble

Like a celeb chart this quantity orientates the reader to the main matters and debates in Pacific and Australasian biogeography, palaeoecology and human ecology. A characteristic of this assortment is the range of techniques starting from interpretation of the biogeographic importance of plant and animal distributional styles, pollen research from peats and lake sediments to determine Quaternary weather swap, rationalization of the styles of faunal extinction occasions, the interaction of fireside on panorama evolution, and versions of the environmental results of human payment styles. the variety of methods, geographic scope and educational rigor are a becoming tribute to the big contributions of Geoff wish. As made obvious during this quantity, desire pioneered multidisciplinary knowing of the historical past and affects of human cultures within the Australia- Pacific zone, arguably the globe’s greatest version platforms for realizing the results of people colonization on ecological structures. the celebrated students who've contributed to this quantity additionally exhibit Hope’s enduring contribution as an inspirational examine chief, collaborator and mentor. Terra Australis depart without doubt that historical past issues, not just for land administration, yet extra importantly, in alerting settler and indigenous societies alike to their previous ecological affects and destiny environmental trajectories.

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Generally speaking, terra australis 32 37 Beneath the peat Bra AUSTRALIA 14 a A 0 00 12 R 1300 t 0 0 11 Howit 140 C aledoni Caledonia Fen N 00 12 37°20’S G 0 130 1400 E Ri r ve 1500 0 0 13 CA 1400 NDONIA LE Eas t 00 Caledonia Fen 1500 VICTORIA K TR nch AC 146°44’E 150 00 0 10 16 16 00 1200 1100 13 00 N 14 00 15 1000 metres 1500 d Roa 00 S N O W Y 00 00 14 Snowy Range Airfield 15 00 140 0 Figure 3. Location of Caledonia Fen. Based on the Tamboritha-Moroka 8223-S, 1:50,000 Topographic Map, Survey and Mapping Victoria, 1992 (modified from Kershaw et al.

Conditions were still cool in the Oligocene (but with more intense climatic gradients and so more variation in vegetation: McGowran et al. 2000) when Nothofagus diversity, including subgenus Brassospora, appeared to reach its maximum. At this time, ‘tropical’ (subgenus Brassospora) and ‘temperate’ (other subgenera) species were commonly contemporaneous, even within single fossil deposits (Hill 2001). There may have been some altitudinal separation of species, with subgenus Brassospora growing at lower elevations (Specht 1981), but macrofossil evidence suggests that diverse Nothofagus taxa coexisted at a finer scale (Hill 2001).

Palaeoclimate across an altitudinal gradient in the OligoceneMiocene of northern Tasmania: an investigation of nearest living relative analysis. Australian Journal of Botany 45:493-505. S. 1996. History of Nothofagus in New Guinea and New Caledonia. T. S. Hill and J. Read (eds) The ecology and biogeography of Nothofagus forests, pp257-270. New Haven: University of Yale Press. Hope, G. 2009. Environmental change and fire in the Owen Stanley Ranges, Papua New Guinea. Quaternary Science Reviews 28:2261-2276.

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