Wiradjuri man and palaeoecologist Associate Professor Michael-Shawn Fletcher explains the use of fire by Indigenous people and the impact that it had on shaping the natural environment. Michael also explains why assessing the initial impact of Indigenous land management practices can be difficult but how, by charting the response of the ecosystem following the removal of the cultural burning regime, we can begin to find answers to questions about how Traditional Owners cared for Country for countless millennia and how fire was used as a tool for farming.

Michael is Director of Research Capability at the Indigenous Knowledge Institute, Assistant Dean (Indigenous) in the Faculty of Science at the University of Melbourne, and a panel member of the ARC College of Experts.

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