Fire Centre Communications Coordinator
School of Natural Sciences
The University of Tasmania
James is a PhD student at the University of Tasmania. He studies fire in tall wet eucalypt forests, specifically looking at fuel dynamics and fire behaviour. Tall wet eucalypt forests are one of the most complex flammable ecosystems on earth, and their flammability is poorly understood. They also surround many of Hobart’s outer suburbs. James is using a combination of field-based study and mathematical modelling to better understand fire behaviour and fuel management in these forests. He hopes to use this knowledge to help local councils develop plans to protect their most vulnerable suburbs.
Originally from the United States, a passion for the outdoors led James to a decade of field experience conducting scientific research in forests across the world. He also pursued a keen interest in statistics through a Master’s in forest biometrics at the University of Montana. This combination of field experience and statistical fluency has led to a unique understanding of forest ecology. He hopes to apply this understanding to fire behaviour models so that they may better reflect the complexities of forest fuels, better predicting fire behaviour.
He is also the Communications Coordinator at the Fire Centre.