Large-scale refuge and small-scale rocky refuges for Australian biodiversity

Date: 25, Aug, 2021
Author(s): Diana Fisher   April Reside  

Australia’s climate extremes and frequent bushfires mean that many species are adapted to seek out and retreat to refuges, which can provide more water or food, or protection from fire, climatic extremes or predators. We used several methods to identify large-scale areas of refuge across the continent, particularly rocky refuge, and overlaid these findings with areas of high species richness. Using this approach, we have identified areas that are likely to offer refuge to multiple threatened species.