Associate Professor Geoff Cary

Associate Professor
Researcher - Forests & woodland
Forestry Building (48)
 +61 2 612 50059



Geoff is Associate Professor in bushfire science in the Fenner School of Environment and Society at The Australian National University.  Geoff was awarded a Bachelor of Applied Science (Environmental Biology) (Honours) from the University of Technology, Sydney, and a PhD in the topic of landscape fire modelling from ANU.


Geoff is on the Editorial Advisory Committee, and an Associate Editor, for the International Journal of Wildland Fire. He was a Discipline Panel Member for the Excellence in Research for Australia 2015 ANU submission, and served on the NSW Parks & Wildlife Advisory Council. Geoff serves on the ANU WHS specialist Fieldwork Advisory Group, ANU Statistical Consulting Unit Advisory Committee, FSES Local Area Consultative Committee, and contributes to the CoS and NECTAR Mentoring Program. He managed the PhD and MPhil program in the Fenner School as Associate Director for Higher Degree Research in 2010 and 2011.


International Journal of Wildland Fire 2016, Outstanding Associate Editor Award.  


Research interests

Geoff’s research interests include: landscape-scale simulation of fire management & climate change effects on fire regimes; fire ecology from genes to communities; house loss in wildland fire; and laboratory experimentation of fire behaviour. He co-leads, with Dr Bob Keane (US Forest Service) and Prof. Mike Flannigan (University of Alberta), an international group of landscape-scale wildland fire simulation modellers.

Geoff gave a keynote address, on fuel management & house loss, at the Wildland Fire Canada Conference (Kananaskis, 2012). He was an invited speaker at the 10th World Wilderness Congress (Salamanca, Spain, 2013), the International Association of Landscape Ecology World Congress (Portland, USA, 2015), Banff International Research Station fire management workshop (Banff, Canada, 2017), and the Bushfire Building Conference (Blue Mountains, Australia, 2017).


Teaching awards

  • ANU College of Science Teaching Awards for Excellence in Teaching , 2007

Geoff teaches bushfire dynamics and management in ANU courses including ‘Fire in the Environment (Convenor), ‘Weather, Climate & Fire’ (Co-convenor), with contributions to 'Biodiversity Conservation', 'Environment & Society', 'Climate Change Vulnerability & Adaptation', 'Severe Weather', and 'Contemporary Perspectives in Environmental Science'. He supervises honours and graduate research scholars in diverse wildland fire topics.

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