Prof. Greg Jordan
Head of Discipline of Biological Sciences
School of Natural Sciences
University of Tasmania
Greg Jordan is Associate Professor and Head of the Discipline in the School of Biological Sciences at University of Tasmania. He works on integrating evidence from fossils, phylogeny, and the physiology and distribution of living plant species to understand the evolution of Southern Hemisphere plants and vegetation. His interest in fire mainly focusses largely on vegetation with little or no fire. We live in a modern world in which fire is a dominant process in all but the wettest, coldest or driest regions. But much of the evolutionary history of our biota (especially in Australia) was in environments with little or no fire. So how, where, when and why did our incredibly rich mostly fire-prone open vegetation evolve? How has extinction biased our view of this process?