PhD opportunity: Does fire control vegetation in the Tasmanian World Heritage Area?

The Fire Centre is looking for a PhD student for a project studying vegetation patterns in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. Link to UTas advertisement. The Research Project This project aims to discriminate between competing explanations for vegetation patterns in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area: (a) fire (the legacy of Aboriginal burning), or […]

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AirRater is now available to users in all states across Australia

In the current bushfire and air quality crisis, AirRater has been made available to users in all states across Australia. This has increased our user base to over 50,000. From the feedback we have received, AirRater has been able to assist many people with planning their activities and managing their health. Please find our just […]

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A crisis of underinsurance threatens to scar rural Australia permanently

Written by Chloe Lucas, Christine Eriksen and David Bowman. Australia is in the midst of a bushfire crisis that will affect local communities for years, if not permanently, due to a national crisis of underinsurance. Already more than 1,500 homes have been destroyed – with months still to go in the bushfire season. Compare this to […]

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How should we manage bushfires into the future?

Two radio interviews from Dec 2019 are posted here. How should we manage bushfires into the future? Listen here. With bushfires burning across Australia since early spring, the current fire season is re-defining the way Australians think about wildfire. As forests and landscapes burn where they’ve never burnt in European memory, the role of climate […]

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Facing our future of fire

As Australia struggles to contain today’s ‘unprecedented’ bushfires, how can we start to prepare for tomorrow? Guest: David Bowman, Professor of Pyrogeography and Fire Science, The University of Tasmania Listen Here Broadcast in ABC Saturday Extra on November 23rd, 2019.

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No, koalas aren’t ‘functionally extinct’—yet

As koalas suffer in the Australian bushfires, misinformation has spread about their demise. Here’s what we know. AUSTRALIA IS IN the midst of a catastrophic and unprecedented early fire season. As dozens of bushfires rage up the country’s eastern coast, from Sydney to Byron Bay, incinerating houses, forest, and even marshland, one of Australia’s most iconic […]

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Living with fire

We are re-publishing an article written by Prof. David Bowman from over 15 years ago with a message that is still very topical. This article was first time published in Nature Australia Summer 2002-2003 by the Australian Museum Trust.

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