About the Lecturer
Dr Kevin Tolhurst AM, Assoc. Prof. (Hon.), Fire Ecology and Management, University of Melbourne
Kevin Tolhurst is an Honorary Associate Professor in Fire Ecology and Management in the School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences, University of Melbourne based in Creswick.
Kevin led a long-term (30 yrs), multidisciplinary study into the effects of repeated low intensity fires in dry eucalypt forest in Victoria. This research has led to changes in how fuels are assessed, how ecological values are incorporated into fire management, and how bushfire risk is assessed.
Kevin and his colleague, Derek Chong, developed PHOENIX RapidFire, a computer program that simulates bushfires to aid realtime bushfire control operations and to assist in bushfire risk analysis for ecological and land-use planning. PHOENIX RapidFire is used widely used in Australia.
Kevin has shared his knowledge via the public media, community forums and a long teaching and research career. In 2015, Kevin was made a Member of the Order of Australia in recognition of his contribution to fire science and the community over a long period. In 2016, he was honoured again with the International Association of Wildland Fire’s “Ember Award”, for excellence in wildland fire science.