To burn or not to burn

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Examining fire science for our wildlife

We're looking at the long term impact of planned burning on Aussie flora and fauna.

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Controlled burning has had a role in the management of the Australian environment for thousands of years, but research is only just starting to unpack the science of the strategy.

Although evidence shows the approach protects human life and property, its longer term impact on Australian wildlife is less well-known.

Professor of Zoology and Head of La Trobe’s School of Life Sciences, Mike Clarke, says ‘To learn to live with fire, we need to understand how long the impacts of fire last, and what effect it has on wildlife and people.’

Mike’s work leading La Trobe’s Mallee Fire and Biodiversity Team has collected one of the world’s largest datasets on bushfires, which saw them nominated for the Eureka Prize for Environmental Research.

With climate change making bushfires more prevalent, La Trobe’s ground-breaking research in fire ecology shows us how to reduce the impact of bushfires and controlled burns on our precious flora and fauna.

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