Current Issue #477

Sprigg lecture Series

Sprigg lecture Series
Dates 12 November
Time 5:30 pm – 7:15 pm
Venue South Australian Museum Directions
Cost Free
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Australia’s tempestuous relationship with wild fire – past, present and future

Join Professor Bob Hill and Dr Mika Peace as they present two perspectives on Australia’s relationship with wild fire – the evolution of fire-adapted vegetation, and how complex weather patterns drive fire behaviour in the Australian landscape. A complimentary wine tasting will be provided from 5.30pm – 6:00pm.

Professor Bob Hill is the Director of the University of Adelaide’s Environment Institute. He has PhD and DSc degrees from the University of Adelaide and has held academic positions at James Cook University, the University of Tasmania and, since 1999, the University of Adelaide. Bob has had a lifetime interest in the evolution of the vegetation of Australia and Antarctica, and has made significant contributions in palaeobotany, plant systematics and ecophysiology.

Dr Mika Peace’s professional background is in operational meteorology having trained in applied mathematics. Her varied roles with the Bureau of Meteorology have taken her all around Australia. Highlights include a wet-season forecasting in Darwin and the Pilbara pre-season cyclone tour. In 2010 Mika received a scholarship to undertake a research degree in fire weather. Mika’s current role is in fire research in the Science and Innovation group, where she investigates the role of fire-atmosphere interactions, and how they influence fire behaviour.

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