Adam Leavesley

Board Member
Adam Leavesley (board members since 2022) Manager – Prescribed Burning and Research Utilisation, Parks and Conservation Service Australian Capital Territory (ACT), Canberra, Australia Adam is a fire ecologist turned bushfire practitioner with experience across Australia from Tasmania to the Top End and expertise in prescribed burning and research utilisation. A key function of Adam’s role is bringing new research and technology into operational use with a focus on adapting the ACT Parks fire management program to meet the extremes of climate changed fire regimes. Adam has contributed to the utilisation component of a number of successful research partnerships, bringing to the ACT: a local version of FIREMON burn severity mapping; a post-fire hydrological risk tool; high-resolution LiDAR-derived fuel maps; and three high resolution methods for estimating landscape flammability. Adam has a keen interest in cultural burning and served as lead end-user of the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC research project aimed at supporting the expansion and enhancement of agency partnerships with Traditional Custodians in southern Australia. Adam is a member of the National Council for Emergency Services (AFAC) research committee and Australian representative to the Global Wildfire Information System supported by the European Union. He served as the lead editor of the book: Prescribed Burning in Australasia: The Science, Practice and Politics of Burning the Bush which was published by AFAC in 2020.