John Moore



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 on quantifying the effects of forest management on wood quality and the resulting impacts on solid timber performance, tree biomechanics and allometry, including the development of tree biomass functions. John is currently science leader in Forest Management and associate editor of the New Zealand Journal of Forestry Science.

Research capabilities

  • Quantitative silviculture, including the effects of forest management on the risk of wind damage
  • Modelling wood properties and performance of solid timber
  • Tree biomechanics and allometry, including the development of tree biomass functions

Career highlights

  • Science Leader, Forest Management, Scion 2011-present
  • Associate Editor, New Zealand Journal of Forestry Science, 2009- present
  • Royal Society of Edinburgh travel award to University of British Columbia, 2007
  • Principal Research Fellow, Edinburgh Napier University, 2006-2011

Selected papers

Lachenbruch, B., Moore, J.R. and Evans, R. 2011. Radial variation in wood structure and function in woody plants, and hypotheses for its occurrence. In Meinzer, F.C., Dawson, T. and Lachenbruch, B. (editors) Size and Age-Related Variation in Tree Structure and Function. Springer Series in Tree Physiology.

Moore, J.R. 2011. Sitka spruce in Great Britain: wood properties and uses. Forestry Commission Research Report 15. Forestry Commission, Edinburgh. 48 p.

Moore, J.R. 2010. Allometric equations to predict the total above-ground biomass of radiata pine trees. Annals of Forest Science, doi:10.1051/forest/2010042

McLean, J.P., Evans, R. and Moore, J.R. 2010. Predicting the longitudinal modulus of elasticity of Sitka spruce from cellulose orientation and abundance. Holzforschung, 64: 495-500.

Moore, J., Achim, A., Lyon, A, Mochan, S. and Gardiner, B. 2009. Effects of early re-spacing on the physical and mechanical properties of Sitka spruce structural timber. Forest Ecology and Management, 258: 1174-1180.

Moore, J.R. and Maguire, D.A. 2008. Simulating the dynamic behavior of Douglas-fir trees under applied loads by the finite element method. Tree Physiology, 28: 75-83.