Dr Claire Belcher
Professor and Chair in Wildland Fire

Research

Research interests

The research of the wildFIRE Lab focuses on combining the evolutionary history of our planet with modern fire science in order to understand the role that wildfires play in balancing the processes that make Earth habitable. I am an experimental scientist and am the founder and director of the U. Exeter wildFIRE Lab www.wildfire-lab.com

The wildFIRE Lab comprises equipment that is typically used in fire safety engineering in the design of materials used for construction and the aviation industry that I have adapted for the study of wildfires. Together the wildFIRE Lab team aims to revolutionise our ability to estimate the flammability of past and present ecosystems, toward building an understanding of how evolutionary innovations in plants link to changes in fire, shaping the life that we see on our planet today.

Research projects

SASSO - Soot Aerodynamic Size Selection for Optical Properties

ImpCHAR - characterising the energy flux from small impact cratering processes

Wildfire Risk and Fire Danger - how well do fire danger ratings compare with fire occurrence?

CHAROFLUX - A new quantitive fire-severity metric

JET - Jurassic Earth System and Timescale

ECOFLAM - The Impact of Plant Evolution on Fire Behaviour in Ancient Ecosystems

Project PyroMap - Palaeofire Danger Rating Maps and Earth's Last Major Global Warming Event

Project FILE – Fire Interactions with Life on Earth

Smouldering Earth – smouldering fires in peatland ecosystems.

Grants:

SASSO - NERC £779,234 (Co-I)

ImpCHAR - EU, MsC £195,500 (Co-I)

JET -  NERC £1,802,014 plus $1,500,000 (Co-I)

ECOFLAM (2013-2018) - The Impact of Plant Evolution on Fire Behaviour in Ancient Ecosystems. European Research Council (ERC) Starter Grant (1,519,640 euro)(PI)

Project PyroMap (2012-2016) - Palaeofire Danger Rating Maps and Earth's Last Major Global Warming Event. EU Marie Curie CIG FP7 (~ 143,000 euros)(PI)

Smouldering Earth (2011-2015) - UCD Earth Systems Institute PRTLI – (~130,000 Euro)(Co-I)

Project FILE (2010-2012) - Fire Interactions with Life on Earth. EU Marie Curie FP7 (~ 173,000 euros)(PI)

Research grants

  • 2013 ERC Starter Grant
    ERC Starter Grant - ECOFLAM. The Impact of Plant Evolution on Fire Behaviour in Ancient Ecosystems

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