Biogeography of Plant Traits that Govern Bushfire Risk and Drought Vulnerability
A crucial component of large wildfires is the moisture content of live fuel. Live fuel moisture content varies according to water availability, climate conditions and plant hydraulic traits – measurable differences in the ways that plants use water and respond to dry conditions. In my research project I aim to explain how hydraulic traits influence the flammability of trees and shrubs through changes in live fuel moisture content.
Our research also includes the role of fire and its effects on global change. Please see here (opens in a new window) for further details on our bushfire research.
Dr Rachael Nolan, Prof Matthias Boer, Dr Anne Griebel