Austral Ecology

Cover image for Vol. 39 Issue 3

Edited By: Michael Bull

Impact Factor: 1.738

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2012: 74/136 (Ecology)

Online ISSN: 1442-9993

Associated Title(s): Ecological Management & Restoration

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EcoTas13, 5th joint conference of the New Zealand Ecological Society and the Ecological Society of Australia, Auckland, 24-29th November, 2013

Join us in Auckland to explore and discuss the critical ecological science of our times, and seek new cross-Tasman synergies through sharing common problems and novel insights.

Special Issues

Special Issue: Greening of arid Australia: new insights from extreme years

In comparison with drylands elsewhere, the unpredictability of rainfall in central Australia is globally distinctive. The transformative rhythms of arid Australia reflect extremes of climatic conditions rather than seasons, and are characterized by irregular pulses of productivity that punctuate long periods of drought ... In 2010 and 2011 flooding rains broke long-standing rainfall records and triggered an anticipated greening of the typically dry red landscapes of central Australia. These unusual climatic events provided an unparalleled opportunity to test ideas about productivity and function, bottom-up versus top-down effects, and differential responses of biota that reflect landscape connections and heterogeneity.

The papers presented in this special issue describe how ecologists and managers responded to the unprecedented rainfall events, key lessons that we have learnt, and practical recommendations on how to improve conservation outcomes for the fragile inland environment into the future. Read the Special Issue.

Savanna Burning Special Issue

Tropical savannas are the world’s most fire-prone biome, making fire a key issue for the maintenance of savanna ecosystem function and for the management of savanna biodiversity. Savanna burning also makes a significant contribution to global greenhouse gas emissions, through its effects on emissions of methane and nitrous oxide, and on carbon sequestration. There is growing international interest in reducing the extent and severity of savanna fires in the context of greenhouse gas abatement.

Savanna burning, therefore, sees an unprecedented meeting of interests relating to biodiversity protection, greenhouse gas abatement, and culturally appropriate economic opportunity for historically marginalized communities. Read the Special Issue here.

Top Accessed Papers

Read the top downloaded papers from Austral Ecology in 2013 here.