Research Team Leader, Bushfire Behaviour and Risks, CSIRO

Dr Andrew Sullivan is head of CSIRO’s Bushfire Behaviour and Risks team within the CSIRO Land and Water Flagship. His research covers five key areas: fuel dynamics, fuel availability, fire behaviour, fire impacts and fire management.

Dr Sullivan’s research team brings together expertise in:
- field-based experimental work
- laboratory-based experimentation
- predicting fire spread
- the chemistry and physics of combustion.

Recent research includes:
- running bushfire behaviour experiments under controlled conditions in the CSIRO Pyrotron, a bushfire wind tunnel
- understanding how fire seasons and climatic conditions contribute to bad fire seasons
- understanding how grassfires behave and how their behaviour can vary from predictions.

Experience

  • –present
    Team Leader, Bushfire Dynamics and Applications Group, CSIRO