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Dr Miguel Cruz is a bushfire behaviour scientist with expertise in field experimentation, fire spread modelling, with an emphasis in high intensity fire propagation, fire instrumentation design, and assessment of the effectiveness of vegetation modification to mitigate fire spread and intensity. Dr Cruz has over 25 years’ experience in bushfire behaviour research with contributions to the understanding and quantification of high intensity fires in Europe, North America and Australia.
Miguel’s work is focused on the development of new science with practical applications with direct societal and environmental benefits. A number of his models are used operationally across Australia to plan prescribed fires and forecast wildfire propagation. Outputs of these models are used to inform warnings to communities and safe and effective fire control strategies.

Current Roles

  • Principal Research Scientist
    Bushfire behaviour modelling

Academic Qualifications

  • 2004

    University of Montana, USA

  • 1999

    University of Montana, USA

  • 1994

    Bachelor in Forest Sciences
    Polytechnic Institute of Coimbra, Portugal

Professional Experiences

  • 1994-1998

    Research Fellow
    University of Coimbra, Portugal

  • 2001-2005

    Research Assistant
    University of Montana, USA