I recently made some contributions to the discussion of fire refuges and their ecology in a new book addressing the recovery of Mountain Ash forests following the 2009 Black Saturday wildfires.
Here is the blurb from the publisher –
Mountain Ash draws together exciting new findings on the effects of fire and on post-fire ecological dynamics following the 2009 wildfires in the Mountain Ash forests of the Central Highlands of Victoria. The book integrates data on forests, carbon, fire dynamics and other factors, building on 6 years of high-quality, multi-faceted research coupled with 25 years of pre-fire insights.
Topics include: the unexpected effects of fires of varying severity on populations of large old trees and their implications for the dynamics of forest ecosystems; relationships between forest structure, condition and age and their impacts on fire severity; relationships between logging and fire severity; the unexpectedly low level of carbon stock losses from burned forests, including those burned at very high severity; impacts of fire at the site and landscape levels on arboreal marsupials; persistence of small mammals and birds on burned sites, including areas subject to high-severity fire, and its implications for understanding how species in this group exhibit post-fire recovery patterns.
With spectacular images of the post-fire environment, Mountain Ash will be an important reference for scientists and students with interests in biodiversity, forests and fire.
Lindenmayer. D., Blair, D., McBurney, L. and Banks, S. (2015), Mountain Ash: Fire, Logging and the Future of Victoria’s Giant Forests, CSIRO publishing, Canberra, Australia, ISBN: 9781486304974.