Associate Professor, Bushfire Science, Fenner School of Environment and Society, Australian National University

Geoff Cary is Associate Professor in bushfire science at The Australian National University. He graduated with a PhD in landscape fire modelling from ANU in 1999. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in bushfire science, including ‘Weather, Climate & Fire’ and ‘Fire in the Environment’, and supervises honours and graduate students investigating diverse wildland fire topics. Geoff is a member of the Editorial Advisory Committee for the International Journal of Wildland Fire, and has been a member of both the Australian Capital Territory Bushfire Council and the New South Wales Parks and Wildlife Advisory Council.

Geoff’s research interests include evaluating fire management and climate change impacts on fire regimes using landscape-scale simulation modelling, ecological investigations of interactions between fire and biota, and empirical analysis of house loss in catastrophic bushfire events.


  • 2013–present
    Associate Professor, The Australian National University
  • 2005–2012
    Senior Lecturer, The Australian National University


  • 1999 
    The Australian National University, PhD
  • 1992 
    University of Technology, Sydney, B.App.Sci.(Environmental Biology)(Hons)


  • 2017
    Importance of fuel treatment for limiting moderate-to-high intensity fire: findings from comparative fire modelling, Landscape Ecology
  • 2016
    Future changes in climatic water balance determine potential for transformational shifts in Australian fire regimes, Environmental Research Letters
  • 2016
    Repeatability of free-burning fire experiments using heterogeneous forest fuel beds in a combustion wind tunnel, International Journal of Wildland Fire
  • 2016
    Natural hazards in Australia: extreme bushfire, Climatic Change
  • 2016
    Biophysical mechanistic modelling quantifies the effects of plant traits on fire severity: species, not surface fuel loads, determine flame dimensions in eucalypt forests, PLoS ONE
  • 2015
    Long-distance spotting potential of bark strips of a ribbon gum (Eucalyptus viminalis), International Journal of Wildland Fire
  • 2014
    Exploring the use of economic evaluation in Australian wildland fire management decision-making, International Journal of Wildland Fire
  • 2014
    Evaluating benefits and costs of wildland fires: critical review and future applications, Environmental Hazards
  • 2013
    Forest fire management, climate change, and the risk of catastrophic carbon losses, Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment
  • 2013
    How does ecological disturbance influence genetic diversity?, Trends in Ecology and Evolution
  • 2013
    Contrasting fire responses to climate and management: insights from two Australian ecosystems, Global Change Biology
  • 2013
    The worldwide “wildfire” problem, Ecological Applications
  • 2013
    A conceptual framework for predicting temperate ecosystem sensitivity to human impacts on fire regimes, Global Ecology and Biogeogrpahy
  • 2013
    Fire regimes of Australia: a pyrogeographic model system, Journal of Biogeography
  • 2013
    Exploring the role of fire, succession, climate, and weather on landscape dynamics using comparative modeling, Ecological Modelling
  • 2012
    Global change and fire regimes in Australia, Flammable Australia: Fire Regimes, Biodiversity and Ecosystems in a Changing World
  • 2012
    Land Management Practices Associated with House Loss in Wildfires, PLOS ONE

Research Areas

  • Forestry Fire Management (070503)
  • Environmental Management (050205)
  • Ecological Impacts Of Climate Change (050101)
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