Ecological restoration is currently positioned as a global priority, and while wind is an important ecological factor, its inclusion in restoration science and practice remains limited. This study investigated wind in the context of restoration, comparing canopy flow in Australian vegetation, and in post-mine restoration sites. Results indicate wind speed decreased as structural complexity of vegetation increased. Additionally, exposing Banksia attenuata seedlings to high wind speeds detrimentally affected growth and morphology, yet ecophysiological mechanisms remain unresolved. Continued research investigating mechanistic underpinnings of wind as an ecological factor is warranted to inform best practice in restoration of semi-arid systems.
|Qualification||Doctor of Philosophy|
|Award date||11 Oct 2022|
|Publication status||Unpublished - 2022|