** Hamish is seeking collaborators interested in better support and governance of public sector science and scientists **

Dr Hamish Clarke is a Research Fellow in a joint position with the Centre for Environmental Risk Management of Bushfires at the University of Wollongong and the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment at Western Sydney University. He is leader of a project on optimising cost-effective prescribed burning as part of the NSW Bushfire Risk Management Research Hub. Dr Clarke previously worked as Senior Climate and Atmospheric Scientist at the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage.

His research focused on understanding the regional impacts of climate change, particularly on wildfire risk. Dr Clarke completed his PhD in May 2015 at the Climate Change Research Centre, University of NSW (UNSW) under the supervision of Prof. Andy Pitman (UNSW) and Assoc. Prof Jason Evans (UNSW). His PhD research focused on the impact of climate change on bushfire weather conditions and fuel load.

Dr Clarke is co-convenor of Science at the Local, a community initiative bringing people and scientists together in the Blue Mountains. He is also creator of the Four Friends of Fire science animation. He is a former Deputy Chair of the Australian Academy of Science’s Early- and Mid-Career Researcher Forum (EMCR Forum), which aims to be the voice of Australia’s emerging scientists. He is also a member of the IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management.