Professor Ross Bradstock reflects on career devoted to understanding fire behaviour

It seems somewhat ironic that Emeritus Professor Ross Bradstock’s retirement coincided with the biggest bushfire season in Australia’s history.

Earlier this year, Professor Bradstock stepped down from his role as Director of the Centre for Environmental Risk Management of Bushfires.

But for the renowned fire ecologist, it was serendipitous timing. Retirement for Professor Bradstock means the chance to spend more time in the field pursuing his passion for research.

“I still have a lot on my plate; there are many new ideas and new possibilities to explore,” he said. “For me, the emphasis is on getting back to the grassroots research. I’ve started doing a lot more fieldwork than I was doing before.”

Yesterday (Tuesday 8 December), UOW bestowed Professor Bradstock with an Emeritus Professorship during a conferral ceremony at Innovation Campus.

He was recognised for his significant and far-reaching contribution to the science of bushfires as well as his generous mentorship of PhD students and early career researchers.

Professor Bradstock was surprised by the honour and thrilled that it would allow him to maintain a close relationship with the University where he has spent close to 15 years of his working life.

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