Fire is a key disturbance worldwide playing a role as a major structuring force in many biomes: from boreal forests to grasslands, from fynbos to savannas. This introductory section of the course considers fire in global, paleogeographic and continental settings.

Fire is a nearly ubiquitous element in Australia, and is by far the most common natural hazard. In northern Australia it is a widely used land management tool.

Fire and the human brain: did cooking spark human evolution?

Did human fire change the Australian landscape?

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