Fire Centre Research Hub Volunteer Program Placements

The Fire Centre Research Hub undertakes a wide range of field and laboratory research.  Frequently we have opportunities for motivated volunteers to join our research teams. We will generously cover all field expenses (food and transport), and for longer projects sometimes offer fractional employment.  The volunteer program provides opportunities to try out fire related research, […]

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PhD Opportunity: Mapping fire impacts in Tasmanian giant Eucalyptus forests

Mapping fire impacts in Tasmanian giant Eucalyptus forests using state-of-the-art remote sensing techniques The Fire Centre is looking for a PhD student to study the impacts of the 2019 Tasmanian Bushfires on Tasmania’s iconic Tall Wet Eucalypt Forests. The Research Project Tasmania is world-renowned for tall Eucalyptus forests. In early 2019, vast areas of forest […]

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PhD opportunity: Tasmanian fire refugia

Predicting fire refugia to help protect Tasmania’s palaeoendemic plants The Fire Centre is looking for a PhD candidate on predicting fire refugia to help protect Tasmania’s palaeoendemic plants.  This would be an exciting project for someone with an interest in field work, conservation management of vegetation and who has good numeric skills. Contact greg.jordan@utas.edu.au. Closing […]

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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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Update on the Threat to Tasmania’s Iconic Gondwanan Vegetation

  28 January 2019 Fire Centre Director Prof. David Bowman speaks with ABC Hobart’s Ryk Goddard to give an update on the wilderness fires and the status of fire sensitive vegetation in Tasmania’s alpine areas given the current threat from out of control wildfires. While sensitive vegetation remains mostly in-tact there are some important conversations […]

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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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Wildfire science is at a loss for comprehensive data

In 2013, a ferocious fire destroyed a small seaside village east of Hobart, Australia, the city where I live and work as a pyrogeographer. A newspaper photograph captured the terror of the firestorm: in it, a family shelters under a jetty in surreal, smoky orange twilight. Last week, spookily similar images from Greece, where people […]

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Unmasking the nature of fire

Professor David Bowman’s seminal 2009 paper on the role of fire in shaping Earth’s ecology has been cited well over 800 times, but as he straps his bikes on the car, preparing for another brief soiree into the Tasmanian bush, the world expert on fire ecology has no time for self-congratulation. Instead, Professor Bowman explains […]

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Future wildfire warning for Australia

University of Tasmania Professor of Environmental Change Biology David Bowman led an international collaboration – including researchers from the University of Idaho and South Dakota State University – to compile a global satellite database of the intensity of 23 million landscape fires used to identify 478 of the most extreme wildfire events. “Extreme fire events […]

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