Dr Claire Belcher
Professor and Chair in Wildland Fire


Claire is an Earth scientist specialising in the study of natural fires in the Earth system. Her research seeks to understand the impact of fires on ecosystems and the longer-term functioning of our planet. Claire is PI of the wildFIRE Lab a European Research Council Funded Experimental wildFIRE Laboratory see https://wildfire-lab.com/ The wildFIRE Lab teams works across the fire sciences building new  understanding of the impacts of fire behaviour on ecosystems via new quantitative fire severity tools, through to understanding how variations in flammability across scales influences fire adaptations and evolutionary innovations in plants and the ability of wildfires to influence feedbacks to Earth system processes.

Claire teaches a 3rd year module entitle 'Fire Ecology and Fire Management'

Her personal wildFIRE Lab web pages are kept up to date so please refer to https://wildfire-lab.com/ for more detailed information on the teams research and for our most up-to-date Publication List see https://wildfire-lab.com/publications-2/ (because symplectic sometimes appears to take a while to add publications to this website!)

Broad Research Specialisms:

Fire and the Earth System

Fire Behaviour

Fire Severity


PhD, Geology, Royal Holloway University of London, U.K. 2005
MSc, Micropalaeontology, University College London, U.K. 2001
BSc, Geology, Royal Holloway University of London, U.K. 2000


Jan 2018 | Professor and Chair in Wildland Fire, Dept. Geography U. Exeter

March 2015 | Associate Professor, Dept. Geography U. Exeter

Jan 2012 | Senior Lecturer Dept. Geography U. Exeter

Jan. 2011 – July 2011 | Visiting Lecturer Botany and Plant Science, NUI Galway

Oct. 2010 – Sept. 2012 | Marie Curie Experienced Research Fellow, School of Geosciences and BRE Centre for Fire Safety Engineering, The University of Edinburgh and transferred to the University of Exeter (on being offered a permanent position).

July 2007 – Sept. 2010 | Marie Curie Experienced Research Fellow, Program for Experimental Atmospheres and Climate, University College Dublin.


Contact details

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Tel+44 (0) 1392 726474
AddressLaver Building
University of Exeter
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