Krix, DW, Phillips, ML & Murray, BR 2019, 'Relationships among leaf flammability attributes and identifying low-leaf-flammability species at the wildland-urban interface', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF WILDLAND FIRE, vol. 28, no. 4, pp. 295-307.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Knight, S, Leigh, A, Davila, Y, Martin, L & Krix, D 2019, 'Calibrating Assessment Literacy Through Benchmarking Tasks', Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education, vol. 44, no. 8, pp. 1121-1132.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
In calibration tasks students assess exemplar texts using criteria against which their own work will be assessed. Typically these tasks are used in the context of training for peer assessment. Little research has been conducted on the benefits of calibration tasks, such as benchmarking, as learning opportunities in their own right. This paper examines a dataset from a long-running benchmarking task ( 500 students per semester, for four semesters). We investigate the relationship of benchmarking performance to other student outcomes, including ability to self-assess accurately. We show that students who complete the benchmarking perform better, that there is a relationship between benchmarking performance and self-assessment performance, and that students appreciate the support for learning that benchmarking tasks provide. We discuss implications for teaching and learning flagging the potential of calibration tasks as an under-explored tool.
Krix, DW & Murray, BR 2018, 'Landscape variation in plant leaf flammability is driven by leaf traits responding to environmental gradients', Ecosphere, vol. 9, no. 2, pp. 1-13.View/Download from: UTS OPUS
Murray, BR, Martin, LJ, Brown, C, Krix, DW & Phillips, ML 2018, 'Selecting low-flammability plants as green firebreaks within sustainable urban garden design', Fire, vol. 1, no. 1, pp. 1-4.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
In response to an increasing risk of property loss from wildfires at the urban–wildland interface, there has been growing interest around the world in the plant characteristics of urban gardens that can be manipulated to minimize the chances of property damage or destruction. To date, considerable discussion of this issue can be found in the 'grey' literature, covering garden characteristics such as the spatial arrangement of plants in relation to each other, proximity of plants to houses, plant litter and fuel reduction, and the use of low-flammability plants as green firebreaks [1,2,3,4]. Recently, scientific studies from a geographically wide range of fire-prone regions including Europe , the USA , Australia , South Africa , and New Zealand  have been explicitly seeking to quantify variation among plant species with respect to different aspects of their flammability and to identify low-flammability horticultural species appropriate for implementation as green firebreaks in urban landscapes. The future prospects of this scientific work will ultimately depend on how successfully the results are integrated into the broader context of garden design in fire-prone regions at the urban–wildland interface. Although modern design of urban gardens must consider more than just the issue of green firebreaks, we and others [10,11] believe that selection of low-flammability plants should be high on the priority list of plant selection criteria in fire-prone regions.
Hingee, MC, Eamus, D, Krix, DW, Zolfagher, S & Murray, BR 2017, 'Patterns of plant species composition in mesic woodlands are related to a naturally occurring depth-to-groundwater gradient', Community Ecology, vol. 18, pp. 21-30.View/Download from: UTS OPUS
Krix, DW, Hingee, MC, Martin, LJ, Phillips, ML & Murray, BR 2017, 'Ecological impacts of fire trails on plant assemblages in edge habitat adjacent to trails', Fire Ecology, vol. 13, pp. 95-119.View/Download from: UTS OPUS
Nguyen, KQ, Cuneo, P, Cunningham, SA, Krix, DW, Leigh, A & Murray, BR 2016, 'Ecological effects of increasing time since invasion by the exotic African olive (Olea europaea ssp. cuspidata) on leaf-litter invertebrate assemblages', Biological Invasions, vol. 18, no. 6, pp. 1689-1699.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
© 2016 Springer International Publishing Switzerland Invasive African olive, Olea europaea ssp. cuspidata (Wall. ex G.Don) Cif., forms increasingly dense stands between initial and mature stages of invasion, leading to a progressive decline in native plant diversity. Here, we examined the response of leaf-litter invertebrates to increasing time since olive invasion. We compared invertebrate assemblages among early-stage olive (0–7 years since invasion, scattered olive shrubs and seedlings in native woodland), mature olive (>15 years, uniform olive stands dominated by multi-trunked trees) and uninvaded native grassy woodland habitats (both mature stands and edges) in a critically endangered ecological community of south-eastern Australia. Invertebrate species richness was significantly reduced in mature olive compared with early-stage olive and mature native woodland habitats. Species richness did not differ significantly between early-stage olive habitat and mature native woodland, demonstrating resistance in species richness to initial invasion. Invertebrate species composition of native woodlands differed significantly from both mature olive and early-stage olive habitats, demonstrating a lack of resistance in species composition to initial olive invasion. Compositional differences were principally driven by reduced abundances within Coleoptera, Hymenoptera and Polyxenida in mature olive habitat compared with mature native woodland. These changes were significantly correlated with an increase in bare ground, plant canopy cover and litter depth, and higher moisture and lower temperature within leaf litter, in mature olive habitat. Our findings show that negative ecological impacts of invasive African olive extend beyond plants to leaf-litter invertebrate assemblages and that significant impacts on invertebrate species assemblage composition occur early in the invasion process.