The contrasting biology of tropical versus temperate Nothofagus species and its relevance to interpretations of Cenozoic rainforest history in southeast Australia

Jennifer Read, Robert Hill, Geoffrey Hope, Raymond Carpenter

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Abstract

Given the uncertain impacts of global climate change, it is becoming increasingly important to understand the factors controlling vegetation change, species distributions and vagility. The fossil record provides the only real source of long-term data for changes in distributions and characteristics of species and vegetation types. However, while making an enormous contribution to our knowledge of vegetation history, interpretation is limited by the incomplete fossil record, understanding of the biology of fossil species, and insufficient precision regarding the timing of key environmental events.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAltered Ecologies: Fire, Climate and Human Influence on Terrestrial Landscapes
EditorsSimon Haberle, Janelle Stevenson, Matthew Prebble
Place of PublicationCanberra ACT Australia
PublisherANU E Press
Pages15 - 32
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)9781921666803
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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Read, J., Hill, R., Hope, G., & Carpenter, R. (2010). The contrasting biology of tropical versus temperate Nothofagus species and its relevance to interpretations of Cenozoic rainforest history in southeast Australia. In S. Haberle, J. Stevenson, & M. Prebble (Eds.), Altered Ecologies: Fire, Climate and Human Influence on Terrestrial Landscapes (pp. 15 - 32). ANU E Press.