Murray Darling Basin

Established: 1994

Aim: Improve understanding of the mechanisms that influence vegetation change, including fire, grazing regimes and climatic variation, and the ability of the ecosystem to sustain its characteristic biota.

Key research questions:

  1. How do survivorship and fecundity of different plant species vary with time since fire?
  2. Do different herbivore species have contrasting effects on standing vegetation?


  • Surveys of vegetation and fauna have been undertaken systematically in relation to fire and herbivore exclusions since 1997.
  • Automatic weather stations and manual pluviometers recording daily precipitation, evaporation and temperature have been established progressively since 1994.

Leader: Professor David Keith

Institution: University of New South Wales

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