Meet the Team

Our team of fire scientists and students have backgrounds in landscape ecology, forest science, combustion engineering, mathematical modelling, data analysis and computer programming. We are passionate about advancing the science of fire to improve ecosystem and community health.

Prof. Trent Penman

Prof. Trent Penman

Professor | Team Leader

Assoc Prof. Lauren Bennett

Assoc Prof. Lauren Bennett

Associate Professor | Ecosystem Services

Dr. Matthew Swan

Dr. Matthew Swan

Senior Research Fellow | Ecosystem Interactions

Dr. Hamish Clarke

Dr. Hamish Clarke

Senior Research Fellow | Future Fire

Dr. Alex Filkov

Dr. Alex Filkov

Senior Research Fellow | Fire Behaviour

Dr. Jane Cawson

Dr. Jane Cawson

Senior Research Fellow | Landscape Flammability

Dr. Kate Parkins

Dr. Kate Parkins

Research Fellow | Fire Risk Modelling

Dr. Tom Fairman

Dr. Tom Fairman

Research Fellow | Future Fire

Dr. Nina Hinko-Najera

Dr. Nina Hinko-Najera

Research Fellow

Dr. Erica Marshall

Dr. Erica Marshall

Research Fellow

Dr. Sarah McColl-Gausden

Dr. Sarah McColl-Gausden

Research Fellow

Dr. Jamie Burton

Dr. Jamie Burton

Research Fellow

Dr. Saumya Wanniarachchi

Dr. Saumya Wanniarachchi

Research Fellow

Dr. Victoria Reynolds

Dr. Victoria Reynolds

Research Fellow

Dr. Amy Smith

Dr. Amy Smith

Research Fellow

Julio Najera Umana

Julio Najera Umana

Research Officer

Brett Cirulis

Brett Cirulis

Research Officer

Bianca Pickering

Bianca Pickering

Research Officer

Brendan Holyland

Brendan Holyland

Research Assistant

Caitlin Symon

Caitlin Symon

Research Assistant

Emma Window

Emma Window

Research Assistant

Paul Bentley

Paul Bentley

Research Assistant

Denis Kultaev

Denis Kultaev

Scientific Software Developer

Dan Ababei

Dan Ababei

Senior Scientific Software Engineer

Aaron Heap

Aaron Heap

PhD Candidate

Lily Wheeler

Lily Wheeler

PhD Candidate

Mohamed Mohamed

Mohamed Mohamed

PhD Candidate

Grace Vielleux

Grace Vielleux

PhD Candidate

Ha-Ninh Nguyen

Ha-Ninh Nguyen

PhD Candidate

Sarita Chaulagain

Sarita Chaulagain

PhD Candidate

Habtamu Getnet Gessesse

Habtamu Getnet Gessesse

PhD Candidate

Tamika Farley-Lehmer

Tamika Farley-Lehmer

PhD Candidate

Thomas Matthew

Thomas Matthew

Masters student

Phuong Dao

Phuong Dao

Masters student

Nghi Nguyen

Nghi Nguyen

Masters student

Anita Senserrick

Anita Senserrick

Administrative Assistant