Kevin Tolhurst

Kevin Tolhurst

Senior Lecturer, Fire Ecology and Management, University of Melbourne
Kevin Tolhurst is Senior Lecturer in Fire Ecology and Management in the Department of Forest and Ecosystem Science, University of Melbourne based in Creswick and a member of the Bushfire Cooperative Research Centre.

Kevin provides expert advice on fire behaviour and fire suppression strategies at major bushfires. Some recent examples include the Black Saturday fires in Victoria in 2009, and the Great Divide Fires in 2007. Kevin has been involved in several inquiries and court cases involving fires including: Linton Coronial Inquiry, Canberra Coronial Inquiry, House of Representative 2003 Inquiry, 2005 Wangary Coronial Inquiry S.A., the 2008 Parliamentary Inquiry into the 2007 fires in Victoria, and the 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission.

Kevin’s current research activities are centred around developing a bushfire risk management decision support system to be used nationally. This work has been a core activity in the Bushfire Cooperative Research Centre since 2003.

His research and consulting interests include:
• Wildfire behaviour prediction
• Development of prescribed burning techniques and guidelines
• Landscape scale fire ecology management
• Fire risk management
• Ecological impacts of repeated fires

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