Impacts of wildfire on soil organic matter of forests of southwest Australia

Andrea Bravo Escobar

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis

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This thesis used fluorescence spectroscopy, 1H-NMR and nutrient analyses to investigate fire-related changes in dissolved organic matter (DOM) in forest soils of southwest Australia. Changes in DOM composition of eucalypt forest and pine plantations immediately after fire are more strongly affected by feedbacks between forest type and fire severity than forest type alone. Legacy effects of fire intensity on the composition of DOM is more evident in karri forest burnt at high severity compared to jarrah forest. These findings are crucial to predict how carbon and nutrient cycling in forests may respond to future fire disturbances.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
  • Grierson, Pauline, Supervisor
  • Nealon, Gareth, Supervisor
  • O'Donnell, Alison, Supervisor
Award date14 Nov 2023
Publication statusUnpublished - 2023


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