Dr Elle Bowd

BSc (Hons, DU), PhD (ANU)
Post-doctoral Research Fellow

Dr. Elle Bowd is a post-doctoral research fellow at the Fenner School of Environment & Society, Australian National University. She works across several ecological research projects in Australian eucalypt forests and woodlands. These include projects in Booderee National Park, rural NSW temperate woodlands and the long-term monitoring research program in the Mountain Ash forests in Victoria led by Prof. David Lindenmayer.

Dr. Bowd’s primary research focus has been on understanding how ecosystems respond to and recover from disturbances including wildfire and logging. She has a long-standing interest in forest and woodland ecology and above and below-ground ecological interactions. Dr. Bowd has multidisciplinary research experience including on fungal ecology, soil ecology, ecological management and restoration, and vegetation science. She completed her PhD in 2020, which focused on exploring above and below-ground responses to forest disturbances.

Research interests

Thesis title

The Untold Story of Underground Communities: Fungi and Soil Seed-banks in Mountain Ash forest

Thesis description

Elle is interested in determining the disturbance thresholds and successional trajectories of two important underground forest communities: soil seed-banks and fungi. Through her research she aims to bring attention to these often forgotten communities in a functional and conservational context.


Bowd, E. J., McBurney, L., & Lindenmayer, D. B. (2023). The characteristics of regeneration failure and their potential to shift wet temperate forests into alternate stable states. Forest Ecology and Management, 529, 120673. https://doi.org/10.1016/J.FORECO.2022.120673

Bowd, E. J., Banks, S. C., Bissett, A., May, T. W., & Lindenmayer, D. B. (2022). Disturbance alters the forest soil microbiome. Molecular Ecology, 31(2), 419–447. https://doi.org/10.1111/MEC.16242

Bowd, E. J., Egidi, E., Lindenmayer, D. B., Wardle, D. A., Kardol, P., Cary, G. J., & Foster, C. (2022). Direct and indirect effects of fire on microbial communities in a pyrodiverse dry-sclerophyll forest. Journal of Ecology, 00, 1–17. https://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2745.13903

Bowd, E. J., Banks, S. C., Bissett, A., May, T. W., & Lindenmayer, D. B. (2021). Direct and indirect disturbance impacts in forests. Ecology Letters, 24(6), 1225–1236. https://doi.org/10.1111/ele.13741

Bowd, E. J., Blair, D. P., & Lindenmayer, D. B. (2021). Prior disturbance legacy effects on plant recovery post‐high‐severity wildfire. Ecosphere, 12(5), e03480. https://doi.org/10.1002/ecs2.3480

Bowd, E. J., Blanchard, W., McBurney, L., & Lindenmayer, D. (2021). Direct and indirect disturbance impacts on forest biodiversity. Ecosphere, 12(12), e03823. https://doi.org/10.1002/ECS2.3823

Bowd, E. J., McBurney, L., Blair, D. P., & Lindenmayer, D. B. (2021). Temporal patterns of forest seedling emergence across different disturbance histories. Ecology and Evolution, 11(14), 9254–9292. https://doi.org/10.1002/ECE3.7568

Bowd, E. J., McBurney, L., & Lindenmayer, D. B. (2021). Temporal patterns of vegetation recovery after wildfire in two obligate seeder ash forests. Forest Ecology and Management, 496, 119409. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foreco.2021.119409

Bowd, E. J., Banks, S. C., Strong, C. L., & Lindenmayer, D. B. (2019). Long-term impacts of wildfire and logging on forest soils. Nature Geoscience, 12(2), 113–118. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41561-018-0294-2

Bowd, E. J., Lindenmayer, D. B., Banks, S. C., & Blair, D. P. (2018). Logging and fire regimes alter plant communities. Ecological Applications, 28(3), 826–841. https://doi.org/10.1002/eap.1693

Lindenmayer, D. B., Bowd, E. J., & Gibbons, P. (2023). Forest restoration in a time of fire: perspectives from tall, wet eucalypt forests subject to stand-replacing wildfires. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, 378(1867). https://doi.org/10.1098/RSTB.2021.0082

Lindenmayer, D. B., Blanchard, W., Bowd, E., Scheele, B. C., Foster, C., Lavery, T., McBurney, L., Blair, D., David Lindenmayer, C. B., & Jung, M. (2022). Rapid bird species recovery following high-severity wildfire but in the absence of early successional specialists. Diversity and Distributions, 00, 1–14. https://doi.org/10.1111/DDI.13611

Lindenmayer, D. B., Bowd, E. J., Taylor, C., & Likens, G. E. (2022). The interactions among fire, logging, and climate change have sprung a landscape trap in Victoria’s montane ash forests. Plant Ecology 2021, 1–17. https://doi.org/10.1007/S11258-021-01217-2

Lindenmayer, D. B., McBurney, L., Blanchard, W., Marsh, K., Bowd, E., Watchorn, D., Taylor, C., & Youngentob, K. (2022). Elevation, disturbance, and forest type drive the occurrence of a specialist arboreal folivore. PloS One, 17(4), e0265963. https://doi.org/10.1371/JOURNAL.PONE.0265963

Lindenmayer, D., Blanchard, W., McBurney, L., Bowd, E., Youngentob, K., Marsh, K., & Taylor, C. (2022). Stand age related differences in forest microclimate. Forest Ecology and Management, 510, 120101. https://doi.org/10.1016/J.FORECO.2022.120101

Lindenmayer, D., & Bowd, E. (2022a). Critical Ecological Roles, Structural Attributes and Conservation of Old Growth Forest: Lessons From a Case Study of Australian Mountain Ash Forests. Frontiers in Forests and Global Change, 5(878570), 1–15. https://doi.org/10.3389/FFGC.2022.878570

Lindenmayer, D., & Bowd, E. (2022b). Cultural burning, cultural misappropriation, over‐simplification of land management complexity, and ecological illiteracy. Ecological Management & Restoration. https://doi.org/10.1111/EMR.12564

Lindenmayer, D., Bowd, E., MacGregor, C., & McBurney, L. (2022). Perspectives on biotic responses to repeated wildfires from decades of long-term empirical studies. Australian Zoologist. https://doi.org/10.7882/AZ.2021.049

Lindenmayer, D., Bowd, E., & McBurney, L. (2021). Long-Term Empirical Studies Highlight Multiple Drivers of Temporal Change in Bird Fauna in the Wet Forests of Victoria, South-Eastern Australia. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 9, 30. https://doi.org/10.3389/FEVO.2021.610147/BIBTEX

Lindenmayer, D., Blair, D., McBurney, L., Banks, S., & Bowd, E. (2021). Ten years on – a decade of intensive biodiversity research after the 2009 Black Saturday wildfires in Victoria’s Mountain Ash forest. Australian Zoologist, 41(2), 220–230. https://doi.org/10.7882/AZ.2020.041

Lindenmayer, D., Blanchard, W., McBurney, L., Ashman, K., Bowd, E., & Blair, D. (2021). What factors influence the occurrence and abundance of midstorey Acacia in Mountain Ash forests? Austral Ecology, aec.13002. https://doi.org/10.1111/aec.13002