School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences - Theses
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Unravelling spatio-temporal water balance patterns in topographically complex landscapes
The Budyko framework for understanding how precipitation (P) is partitioned into evapotranspiration (ET) and streamflow has been shown to be remarkably robust at large spatial scales. The Budyko model simply uses P and ...
The ecological costs and benefits of urban stormwater wetlands to frogs
The speed and scale at which humans are altering natural systems creates novel challenges for many species. Some species can cope with human-induced rapid environmental change by exhibiting adaptive behavioural or phenotypic ...
Adaptation of Dipterocarp species to drought stress in Sabah, Malaysia
Dipterocarp trees are keystone species in many tropical forests and are important species for tropical forest regeneration. Increased incidents of El Niño driven drought events present a potential challenge to dipterocarp ...
The effect of urbanization on butterfly assemblages in Melbourne, Australia
Urbanization is the fastest expanding land-use conversion in the world. Alteration or loss of habitats in urban areas often results in overall biodiversity decline. Insects are integral components of ecosystems, providing ...
The role of fire in the coevolution of vegetation, soil and landscapes in south eastern Australia
Fire is an important process in the earth system, with biological, ecological, hydrological and geomorphological consequences varying from negligible to severe. The short-term effect of fire on earth system processes had ...
Vulnerability, adaptive capacity and climate‐smart management options for a forest‐based social‐ecological system in Bhutan
Forests and people operate in social-ecological systems that are likely to be affected by climatic and other changes impacting on ecological functions and community livelihoods. The integration of climate change into forest ...
The thermal performance of green roofs in hot and dry Mediterranean type climate
Buildings account for 20% of the whole energy consumption in Australia, of which about 38% is consumed for space heating and cooling. Green roofs have been extensively investigated overseas for their insulative properties, ...
Investigating optimized drying methods for Eucalyptus delegatensis using a solar kiln
Drying timber is one of the most important stages in the production of high quality timber. Using solar kilns to dry timber is a simple and affordable method because it uses solar energy; furthermore, the cyclic drying ...
The influence of urbanization on stream temperature regimes
Streams draining urban catchments are relatively warmer than non-urban streams. Catchment urbanization and subsequent stormwater drainage systems are likely a primary cause of this warming of urban streams, however, the ...
Dynamics of woody vegetation in fire prone temperate forests of south-eastern Australia
An improved understanding of the dynamics and response of vegetation to environmental variability and perturbation will assist in the sustainable management and conservation of ecosystems in the face of anticipated changes ...