Congratulations to ANZEHN member Daniel May, a PhD candidate with the Centre for Environmental History at ANU, who has won an Endeavour Research Fellowship that will support four months of research in the US from March-July next year, based at California State University (Chico, California) and the Forest History Society archives (Durham, North Carolina). This Fellowship will support the American dimensions of his PhD project on the politics of Indigenous burning and the mutual influence of understandings of Australian Aboriginal and Native American fire management in Australia and the Western United States. His trip will include presenting a poster at the American Society for Environmental History conference, visiting various archives on the West and East coasts, presenting a seminar at CSU Chico’s anthropology forum, and meeting and discussing his work with leading figures in the field including Dr Don Hankins (CSU Chico) and Prof Stephen Pyne (Arizona State University). Daniel is particularly excited to be working with Dr Hankins, who stands at the forefront of the exciting new discipline of ‘pyrogeography’, and has done comparative work between Aboriginal Australian and Native American fire management. More information on the scholarships is available here:

Image: Bert Knottenbeld, bushfire, via Flickr.