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Nice Piece on Burning in the Stanford Report

May 1st, 2010 · No Comments · Anthropology, Human Ecology

As part of a series of articles on interdisciplinary environmental research at Stanford, the Stanford Report has just published a nice piece on the research on Aboriginal burning in Western Australia led by Rebecca and Doug Bird. This work is supported by a grant from the Woods Institute Environmental Venture Project fund as well as […]

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A really terrific write-up of our burning paper

September 25th, 2008 · No Comments · Conservation, Human Ecology

On the topic of science reporting, it’s nice to see it done right.

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Press on our PNAS Paper

September 24th, 2008 · 1 Comment · Conservation, Human Ecology

Our new paper at PNAS has been out a day now and Wired Magazine has already done a story on it.  It’s a nice piece but it gets several things hilariously wrong. It says: Bird’s team recently published a study on “fire stick farming,” a traditional method of ecosystem management still used by aborigines in Australia’s Western […]

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Aboriginal Burning Promotes Grassland Biodiversity in Australia’s Desert

September 24th, 2008 · 13 Comments · Conservation, Human Ecology

We have a new paper out in this week’s Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Early Edition.  The paper suggests that subsistence related burning increases local landscape heterogeneity and may promote biodiversity in Australia’s Western Desert.  What’s really interesting about this is that promoting biodiversity is not the goal of individual hunters – they […]

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