Centre of Excellence webinar series

Conflicting evidence of the efficacy of prescribed burning


Various, 06 December 2018



There is conflicting scientific and experiential evidence of the efficacy of prescribed burning, which can have a negative impact on policy environments. 

In this webinar, bushfire scientist Dr Neil Burrows will explore that discord, drawing on four decades' experience in a land management agency to offer some explanations on the conflicting evidence.

This webinar will be presented by Dr Neil Burrows from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions in Western Australia. 


Dr Neil Burrows headshot 

Dr Neil Burrows
Senior Principal Research Scientist
Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, Western Australia.

Since graduating from the Australian National University in 1977, Neil has worked as an applied bushfire scientist, fire policy and fire management advisor and science director with the Western Australian Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions and its predecessors. His diverse research themes include fire behaviour and ecology in a range of ecosystems including eucalypt forests, woodlands and softwood plantations in south-west Western Australia, and spinifex grasslands in the Western Desert. 

In 1994, he completed a PhD on modelling the behaviour and some impacts of fire in jarrah forests.
Neil also has experience in fire management planning and prescribed burning; during the south-west bushfire season, he participates in suppression operations as a fire behaviour analyst in a pre-formed Incident Management Team. Neil is an experienced bushfire investigator and assists with incident reviews, inquiries and legal processes following significant bushfires. He is an Adjunct Professor, School of Biological Sciences, at the University of Western Australia.