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University of Western Australia (2019)

Patterns and drivers of kwongan vegetation restored after mining : A multifaceted approach

Riviera Fiamma

Titre : Patterns and drivers of kwongan vegetation restored after mining : A multifaceted approach

Auteur : Riviera Fiamma

Université de soutenance : University of Western Australia

Grade : Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) 2019

Résumé
This thesis describes patterns of vegetation recovery of kwongan shrublands restored after mining at two sites in southwest Western Australia, and identifies drivers of patterns from amongst extensive management and environmental variables. Three approaches were used : species-structural, plant functional type, and abundance weighted mean trait approaches. This multifaceted approach did not elucidate salient drivers, nor improve predictability of outcomes. However, it proved successful in more comprehensively describing recovery patterns than the traditional species-structural approach alone, and highlighted important points for consideration, such as the appropriateness of restoration targets, and the role of stochastic processes in restoration outcomes.

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