Forest and fire science (quantitative ecology, modelling)
Forest protection and management (sustainability)
Thomas is a forest scientist who has focused on the quantification of natural patterns in forested landscapes. His doctoral research focused on methods to better understand the way plants vary through the landscape in response to environmental pattern, including fires, variation in weather and soil. He is now working on a project which is focused on understanding and simulating the spread of bushfires as they occur in the landscape..
Prior to returning to study, Thomas worked in native forest management (with a focus on fire), a development project in Vietnam, and more recently as a consultant in native and plantation forestry throughout the Asia-pacific.