|The 'inch flora" - hard to see!|
Our research focuses on the population dynamics of plants and how they are influenced by impacts of natural disturbances and global environmental change. We are particularly interested in the interactive effects of fire, grazing and drought in grasslands and woodlands in southern Australia, and how climate change, fragmentation and shrub encroachment affect ecosystems.
Saturday, 30 April 2011
Recently, Nathan Wong, Sera Cutler and I were looking at patterns of plant diversity in Yellow Gum woodlands in the Wimmera (Yellow Gum woodland species diversity). Two things struck us - (i) there were up to 104 species in an area only 32 m by 32 m (making them some of the most diverse plant communities in the world at this spatial scale) and (ii) annual plants contributed, on average, about 40% of the plant species were saw at most woodlands.