PSM FIFA, BScFor, DipFor. Former senior principal research scientist, CSIRO. He was head of CSIRO’s bushfire research from 1975 to 2001. He has forty years of experience in research into bushfires including bushfire behaviour, prescribed burning, mass fires, fire ecology, aerial and ground suppression, firefighter physiology, firefighter safety, heat transfer, home protection and water catchment hydrology. He was the Special Consultant on fire control for the United Nations FAO forestry development projects In Zambia and Turkey, and a Member of the International Ad-Hoc Group of Experts for the United Nations to advise the Secretary General on disaster planning. He was awarded the CSIRO medal for outstanding research achievement in the application of fire science for safer firefighting and safer communities, and the International Association of Wildland Fire Ember Award for Excellence in Wildland fire Science.
Phil is Vice-President of Forest Fire Victoria.