2020 Undergraduate Research Showcase


Australian Wildfires and How They Interact with Human and Natural Systems

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Student Presentation

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Dr. Lisa Meierotto


This research project will address how the Australian wildfires are exacerbated by natural and human systems. Specifically, this will focus on the borders associated between rural and urban communities and the environmental injustices that arise. Furthermore, this project will expand on the effects on the international deployment of firefighters, the historical discourse of wildfires and seasonality, and how the dominant human perceptions that separate humans from nature are contributing to extreme climatic events. Identities of these areas stem from the value placed on them by humans. This affects the allocation of resources to that area and greatly contributes to the level of prevention and protection in that area. The perceived connection the community has to their land over time in Australia and how that affects their attitudes and actions that come with the changing nature of the land can either accelerate or hinder changes in the human and natural system. Resource allocation is also affected by the discourse of wildfires and how humans hold the perception that they are rulers of the natural world. The study area will focus on the east coast of Australia, with the rural and urban communities in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland.

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