Senior Lecturer, Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment, Western Sydney University

Dr Matthias Boer’s research interest focuses on the landscape ecology and management of fire-prone environments. He is particularly interested in the biophysical basis for spatial variation in current and future fire regimes, and in the mechanisms and feedbacks by which fire may mediate, reinforce or constrain impacts of changing climate, [CO2] or land use on ecosystem functions and services such as regulation of water and carbon fluxes or biodiversity conservation.

Matthias joined the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment in 2011, after previous research positions with Cemagref in France (2010), The University of Western Australia (2004-2010), the CSIC - Arid Zone Research Station in Spain (1993-1999; 2001-2003), and CSIRO’s Centre for Arid Zone Research in Central Australia (1999-2001). Matthias received his PhD in Physical Geography (1999) and his MSc in Physical Geography and Landscape Ecology (1986) from Utrecht University, The Netherlands.

Experience

  • 2011–present
    Senior Lecturer, Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment, University of Western Sydney
  • 2010–2011
    Senior Ecologist, Cemagref, Aix-en-Provence, France
  • 2004–2010
    Research Fellow, School of Plant Biology, University of Western Australia
  • 2001–2004
    Research Scientist, Estacion Experimental de Zonas Aridas, Consejo Superior De Investigaciones Cientificas, Spain
  • 1999–2001
    Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Arid Zone Research Centre, CSIRO, Alice Springs
  • 1993–1999
    Research Scientist, Estacion Experimental de Zonas Aridas, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas, Spain

Education

  • 1999 
    Utrecht University, The Netherlands, PhD
  • 1986 
    Utrecht University, The Netherlands, Msc Physical Geography

Research Areas

  • Landscape Ecology (050104)
  • Physical Geography And Environmental Geoscience (0406)
  • Forestry Fire Management (070503)