Australian bushfires could reshape biodiversity — they have before
by Mike Lee
The catastrophic bushfires raging across much of Australia have not only taken a huge human and economic toll, but also delivered heavy blows to biodiversity and ecosystem function.
Already, scientists are warning of catastrophic extinctions of animals and plants.
Humans have seldom if ever seen fires like these, but we do know that wildfires have driven mass extinctions and reshaped life on Earth at least once before — when the asteroid strike that led…