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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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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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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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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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As Tasmania Burns it is Time to Prepare and Act

Over 50 Fires are currently burning uncontrollably around Tasmania. Over the holiday weekend 23-27 January, a statewide fire ban will be declared.  High winds and hot temperatures on Friday may create potentially dangerous blow-up conditions.  For residents of Tasmania who live in bushfire-prone areas, it is important to regularly check the Tasmania Fire Service Alerts […]

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Unique real-world experiment explores link between fire and herbivore activity

A real-world experiment drawing on the concept of renewal ecology to help explore the relationship between fire and herbivore activity in Tasmania’s Midlands will be carried out this month. Researchers from the University of Tasmania’s School of Natural Sciences, in collaboration with Bush Heritage Australia, will conduct a unique field experiment at Beaufront, a privately-owned […]

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