Forest Science

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    Carel Bezuidenhout

    Science Leader, Value Chain Optimisation

    Dr Carel Bezuidenhout is a complex systems analyst with practical hands-on experience in agri-industrial supply chain research. Carel and his team’s research at Scion concentrates broadly on improving current forestry… Read more

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    Eckehard G. Brockerhoff

    Principal Scientist, Forest Entomology & Project Leader, Border Biosecurity

    Dr Eckehard (Ecki) Brockerhoff is a forest ecologist and entomologist with broad research interests in forest biosecurity, biological invasions, biodiversity and conservation, ecosystem services, and various other topics. Ecki’s current… Read more

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    Lindsay Bulman

    Science Leader, Forest Protection

    Lindsay Bulman is a nationally renowned science leader who specialises in the effects of foliage diseases and techniques available to mitigate losses. He has carried out research for 35 years… Read more

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    Peter Beets

    Senior Scientist & Project Leader, Carbon and Climate Change

    Dr Peter Beets is one of New Zealand’s leading specialists in understanding the role of forests in mitigating climate change. In 2007 he was recognised for his contribution to Intergovernmental… Read more

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    Tim Barnard

    Team Manager, Forest Systems

    Tim Barnard is a social scientist specialising in policy analysis and environmental planning. He represents New Zealand on the Technical Advisory Committee of the Montreal Process.
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    Matt Buys

    Curator: National Forestry Herbarium

    Dr Matt Buys is the curator of Scion's National Forestry Herbarium. His role involves the management of New Zealand's largest reference collection associated with forestry.Read more

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    Peter Clinton

    Science Leader, Forest Systems

    Dr Peter Clinton is a forest ecologist who specialises in maintaining the productive capacity of commercial forests. He is one of New Zealand’s leading experts in sustainable forest management. His… Read more

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    Andrew Dunningham

    Scientist; Research Leader, Informatics and Bioinformatics; Project Leader, Education and Outreach

    Andrew Dunningham is a specialist in geographic information systems and remote sensing. His expertise is applied to many aspects of forest management including carbon assessment and forest health monitoring systems.Read more

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    Heidi Dungey

    Science Leader, Genetics & Research Leader, Tree Breeding

    Dr Heidi Dungey specialises in tree breeding and genetic resource characterisation for commercial forestry species including radiata pine, Douglas-fir, cypresses, eucalypts and redwoods. Her research encompasses quantitative and ecological genetics… Read more

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    Beccy Ganley

    Research Leader, Pathology, Forest Protection

    Dr Rebecca Ganley (Beccy) is a forest pathologist with experience in foliar diseases of commercial tree species caused by fungi and oomycetes. Beccy’s research includes identifying ways to manage diseases… Read more

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    Bryan Graham

    Science Leader, Forest Industry Informatics

    Bryan comes from a business analyst background and his focus is on using technology to increase productivity for the forestry industry. He enjoys problem solving, and using research to partner… Read more

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    Rebecca McDougal

    Molecular Forest Pathologist

    Dr Rebecca McDougal is a microbiologist specialising in forest pathology. Her role is to apply new molecular biology techniques in forest diagnostics and disease management.Read more

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    John Moore

    Research Leader, Tree Growth and Quality

    specialises in quantitative silviculture and is a recognised expert on the risk of wind damage to forests and how this is affected by management activities. John’s current research is focussed… Read more

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    Richard Parker

    Project Leader; Rural Fire Senior Scientist, Forest Harvesting

    Dr Richard Parker is a human factors researcher who specialises in developing work practices to enhance productivity and safety in dangerous occupations (e.g. forest harvesting and rural fire fighting). His… Read more

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    Stephen Pawson

    Research Leader, Entomology

    Dr Stephen Pawson (Steve) is a forest entomologist with a strong interest in protecting natural biodiversity. He has specialises in the interaction between plantation management, landscape ecology and invertebrate biodiversity.… Read more

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    Tim Payn

    Principal Scientist & Research Leader, Economics, Ecosystems and Climate

    Dr Tim Payn comes from a background in soil science and has specialised interest in forest nutrition management. He is heavily involved in global efforts to support sustainable forest management.… Read more

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    Grant Pearce

    Senior Fire Scientist, Rural Fire Research

    Grant Pearce is one of New Zealand's leading specialists in wildfire behaviour. His research has enabled the development of fire behaviour models for New Zealand fuel types, which are routinely… Read more

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    Brian Richardson

    Principal Scientist Forest Science

    Brian recently stepped down from 12 years in senior management, including 8 years leading the Forest Science group at Scion and prior to the that the Forest Biosecurity and Protection… Read more

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    Carol Ann Rolando

    Pest Management Scientist, Forest Protection

    Dr Carol Rolando specialises in developing practical methods for managing forest weeds, pests and diseases. Her work in weeds research has earned Carol recognition from the forest industry as they… Read more

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    Peter Scott

    Forest Pathologist, Research Scientist

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    Stephanie Sopow

    Forest Entomologist

    Stephanie Sopow is an entomologist specialising in forest insect ecology and taxonomy. She is Project Leader for Scion’s plant health diagnostic services and Curator of the National Forest Insect Collection.… Read more

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    Robert G. Shula

    Team Manager, Forest Genetics

    Bob specialises in developing individual-tree growth models to support improved decision-making in production forestry. The research efforts of his team enable fuller understanding of forest genetics and tree improvement for… Read more

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    Lisa Stanbra

    Scientist & Team Manager, Forest Protection

    Lisa is Team Manager for the Forest Protection group. She is experienced in the application of plant and fungal molecular biology approaches to create new options for industry. Combined with… Read more

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    Tara Strand

    Research Leader, Rural Fire; Atmospheric Scientist and Dispersion Modeller

    Dr Tara Strand is a scientist who specialises in modelling the dispersion of particles in the atmosphere. Her skills are valuable in a number of research programmes including fire behaviour… Read more

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    Steve A. Wakelin

    Research Leader, Forest Systems Ecology

    Steve is a microbial ecologist with expertise in soil biogeochemistry and plant-microbe-soil interactions. He has worked across a diverse range of native and managed ecosystems, exploring the role of microorganisms… Read more

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    Michael S. Watt

    Senior Scientist & Research Leader, Geomatics

    Dr Michael Watt is a forestry scientist who combines extensive knowledge of the industry with specialised modelling skills. He applies these modelling skills to improve understanding of variation in tree… Read more

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    Nari Williams

    Forest Pathologist

    Nari specialises in pathology, management and systems biology of Phytophthora diseases. Nari has 14 years’ experience working with Phytophthora species having completed her PhD investigating DNA based diagnostic methods for… Read more