Student researcher

Philip Stewart
Dr Philip Stewart Research Leader

The focus of the study is to identify past, present and future changes in fire regimes on the Great Sandy Region and the impacts of these changes on vegetation population dynamics including changes in temperature and precipitation regimes spatially and temporally. Paleo-records and modern observations show a definitive link between fire and climate (temperature and precipitation), with an increase in fire with increasing temperatures. This has serious implications as in a warmer world there will be an increase in wildfire risk. Of importance is the understanding of the interactions between multiple drivers of fire regimes from the past and present. This is critical for developing fire regime management protocols for Great Sandy Region in the future.