Investigating the effects of Indigenous-style burning on herbivores

  This piece by the ABC’s Felicity Ogilvie highlights an innovative Fire Centre study in the midlands looking at the effect of fine-scale mosaic patch burning on herbivores. Such practices are similar to traditional burning practices elsewhere in Australia. The research project represents a collaboration between the Fire Centre, the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre, and private […]

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Curious Kids: how do bushfires start?

Fire Centre Director Prof. David Bowman answers a 7 year-old’s question about how a bushfire starts for The Conversation‘s Curious Kids Series. Curious Kids is series for children and a collaboration between The Conversation and ABC KIDS listen. I have a question to ask. How do bushfires start? – Samuel Hart, age 7. What a great […]

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Green Fire Breaks in Hobart

  28 March 2019 Dr. Tim Curran, Senior Lecturer in Ecology at Lincoln University in New Zealand joins ABC Radio Hobart’s Catherine Zengerer to discuss green fire breaks as a potential fire management tool for Hobart. Tim is a visitor with the Fire Centre and will be giving a keynote lecture at a public event at […]

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Learning From Change

The full extent of devastation following the recent bushfires in Tasmania is becoming clear. This is what our worried researchers found when it was finally safe enough to visit TERN’s highly instrumented, long-term ecological research site in the Huon Valley. The site burnt and infrastructure was destroyed but the event has offered up a great […]

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Call for papers: UWA Prescribed Burning Conference 2019

Calling for research papers or case studies to be submitted for a two day conference on prescribed burning at UWA on July 31st and August 1st 2019. We are hoping to bring together researchers, policy makers and the wider community to discuss the impact and efficacy of current prescribed burning policies and practices. The focus […]

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Indigenous fire rangers could save Tasmania’s wilderness

By Dr. Michael Shawn Fletcher Senior Lecturer School of Geography University of Melbourne The hype over the fire crisis and the role that climate change has played masks an awkward truth: the myth of wilderness is as much a threat as climate change when it comes to large and uncontrollable wildfires. Like the Kakadu National […]

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2019 Tasmanian Fires: Impacts and Management Lessons

By Prof. David Bowman The widespread rains that fell on 7 February and subsequent cooler weather hopefully will alleviate the 2019 Tasmanian fire crisis. It is timely to take stock of this event and consider what bushfires ignited by massive dry lightning storms means for fire management of the Tasmanian landscapes, including the Tasmania Wilderness […]

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A diversity of voices is vital in the bushfire fight

A gathering of women fire researchers during the Tasmanian bushfire crisis has underlined the growth of research and engagement in fire science at the University of Tasmania. It has also highlighted the importance and positivity that a diversity of voices brings to understanding and managing bushfires. The lunch gathering was organised by the University’s Fire […]

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An American’s view of Tassie fires

Dr Crystal A. Kolden Associate Professor of Fire Science University of Idaho Fire Centre Visiting Scholar Let me be upfront — I’m only a guest here in Tasmania. I’m a fire scientist of 20-plus years from the United States, and currently associate professor at the University of Idaho. I started out my career as a […]

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How long will Tasmanian fire crisis last?

David Bowman Director — Fire Centre Research Hub Professor of Pyrogeography and Fire Science University of Tasmania No one could have predicted the current fire crisis. The vast areas burnt and under threat of being burnt by numerous bushfires are the result of a complex mix of climate factors, each on their own quite ordinary, […]

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