PhD Candidate

Australian National University

Matthew is interested in understanding vegetation and fire history in the context of long-term changes in climate and human influence. He is also interested in understanding wetland development in terms of formation/succession, hydrology, and carbon accumulation through time.

Matthew’s previous research in west Africa (Nigeria) included palynological study of surface sediment to depict recent environmental changes in the coastal area of Lagos, Nigeria.

His current research aims to reveal the long-term fire-vegetation relationship on a Bass Strait Island site (Cape Barren Island), Tasmania, in order to better manage fire on the island, as there is no existing fire record of this island.

An essential item in Matthew’s toolkit:

“Little sleep, little movies, good food, tenacity and persistence to produce a good result.”

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