Alan leads the Fire and Biodiversity Research Program within the Department of Forest and Ecosystem Science at the University of Melbourne. His research group is currently investigating the interactions between fire, landscape pattern and biodiversity. Their research aims towards a better understand how disturbance regimes alter the nature and spatial pattern of resources, and how plants and animals respond to these changes. An increased appreciation of these interactions will assist land managers in developing ‘best practice’; ensuring fire management strategies are ecologically sustainable. Alan has been involved in applied fire ecology research for over 30 years; working primarily in universities and State research agencies in NSW and Victoria.