Lindsay Bulman


  • Phone: +64 7 343 5533
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  • Team: Forest Protection
  • Role: Science Leader, Forest Protection


Lindsay Bulman is a science leader who focusses on delivering excellent, high impact science that aims to protect our trees and forests from insect pests, pathogens and fire.  He has carried out research for over 40 years and has a long and broad track record of helping to manage diseases affecting radiata pine and other tree species in New Zealand.  Lindsay’s current research encompasses disease and growth loss interactions, reducing impact of Phytophthora diseases and early detection of new pests and pathogens. However, most of his time is spent leading and overseeing forest protection science rather than doing the hands-on science.


  • Award in Management Science (Stage I and II), Central Institute of Technology, Trentham, New Zealand - 1989
  • NZCS (Biology) Central Institute of Technology, Trentham, New Zealand - 1982

Research capabilities

  • Epidemiology and control of dothistroma
  • Surveys and silvicultural control of nectria flute canker and needle diseases
  • Forest health surveillance
  • Quarantine risk assessment
  • Pathogen eradication
  • Biosecurity standard setting
  • Disease/growth loss interactions

Career highlights

  • Leader of the Forest Protection group of over 50 researchers
  • Responsible for developing and implementing science plans, and identifying priority areas for research focus
  • Member of independent panel “Accelerating Protection for Kauri”
  • Developing a successful control method for nectria flute canker by amending forest management practice
  • Conducting forest health surveillance research that now underpins the current plantation forest and high risk site surveillance systems
  • Over 300 contract and technical reports to the sector

Selected papers

Ireland, K.B., Bulman, L., Hoskins, A.J., Pinkard, E.A., Mohammed, C., Kriticos, D.J. 2018: Estimating the potential geographical range of Sirex noctilio: comparison with an existing model and relationship with field severity. Biological Invasions, 20 (9) 2599-2622.

Bulman, L.S., Bradshaw, R.E., Fraser, S., Martïn-Garcïa, J., Barnes, I., Musolin, D.L., La Porta, N., Woods, A.J., Diez, J.J., Koltay, A., Drenkhan, R., Ahumada, R., Poljakovic-Pajnik, L., Queloz, V., Piškur, B., Doğmuş-Lehtijïrvi, H.T., Chira, D., Tomešovï-Haataja, V., Georgieva, M., Jankovskï, L., Anselmi, N., Markovskaja, S., Papazova-Anakieva, I., Sotirovski, K., Lazarević, J., Adamčïkovï, K., Boroń, P., Braganïa, H., Vettraino, A.M., Selikhovkin, A.V., Bulgakov, T.S., Tubby, K. 2016: A worldwide perspective on the management and control of Dothistroma needle blight. Forest Pathology, 46 (5) 472-488.

Fraser, S., Martín-García, J., Perry, A., Kabir, M.S., Owen, T., Solla, A., Brown, A.V., Bulman, L.S., Barnes, I., Hale, M.D., Vasconcelos, M.W., Lewis, K.J., Doğmuş-Lehtijarvi, H.T., Markovskaja, S., Woodward, S., Bradshaw, R.E. 2016: A review of Pinaceae resistance mechanisms against needle and shoot pathogens with a focus on the Dothistroma–Pinus interaction. Forest Pathology, 46 (5) 453-471.

Woods, A.J., Martín-García, J., Bulman, L., Vasconcelos, M.W., Boberg, J., La Porta, N., Peredo, H., Vergara, G., Ahumada, R., Brown, A., Diez, J.J. 2016: Dothistroma needle blight, weather and possible climatic triggers for the disease's recent emergence. Forest Pathology, 46 (5) 443-452.

Drenkhan, R., Tomešová-Haataja, V., Fraser, S., Bradshaw, R.E., Vahalík, P., Mullett, M.S., Martín-García, J., Bulman, L.S., Wingfield, M.J., Kirisits, T., Cech, T.L., Schmitz, S., Baden, R., Tubby, K., Brown, A., Georgieva, M., Woods, A., Ahumada, R., Jankovský, L., Thomsen, I.M., Adamson, K., Marçais, B., Vuorinen, M., Tsopelas, P., Koltay, A., Halasz, A., La Porta, N., Anselmi, N., Kiesnere, R., Markovskaja, S., Kačergius, A., Papazova-Anakieva, I., Risteski, M., Sotirovski, K., Lazarević, J., Solheim, H., Boroń, P., Bragança, H., Chira, D., Musolin, D.L., Selikhovkin, A.V., Bulgakov, T.S., Keča, N., Karadžić, D., Galovic, V., Pap, P., Markovic, M., Poljakovic Pajnik, L., Vasic, V., Ondrušková, E., Piškur, B., Sadiković, D., Diez, J.J., Solla, A., Millberg, H., Stenlid, J., Angst, A., Queloz, V., Lehtijärvi, A., Doğmuş-Lehtijärvi, H.T., Oskay, F., Davydenko, K., Meshkova, V., Craig, D., Woodward, S., Barnes, I. 2016: Global geographic distribution and host range of Dothistroma species: a comprehensive review. Forest Pathology, 46 (5) 408-442.

Ganley, R.J., Bulman, L.S. 2016: Dutch elm disease in New Zealand: impacts from eradication and management programmes. Plant Pathology, 65 (7) 1047-1055.

Dick, M.A., Williams, N.M., Karl-Friedrich, M.B., Gardner, J.F., Bulman, L.S. 2014: Pathogenicity of Phytophthora pluvialis to Pinus radiata and its relation with red needle cast disease in New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Forestry Science, 44 (1).

Bain, J.; Sopow, S.L.; Bulman, L.S. 2012. The Sirex Woodwasp in New Zealand: History and Current Status. In Bernard Slippers, Peter De Groot And Michael John Wingfield (eds.) The Sirex Woodwasp and its Fungal Symbiont: Research And Management of a Worldwide Invasive Pest. 2012, Xii, 301 P. 71 Illus., 52 in color. Springer Science.

Rolando, C A; Gous, S F; Berndt, L A; Bulman, L S; Carlson, C; 2011. The use of stem injection to control a defoliating pest in an urban environment. Pest Management Science 67. 1062-1068.

Watt, M S; Palmer, D J; Bulman, L S; 2011. The economic cost of Dothistroma needle blight to the New Zealand forest industry. New Zealand Journal of Forestry 56 (1), 20-22.

Watt, M S; Palmer, D J; Bulman, L S; 2011. Predicting the severity of Dothistroma on Pinus radiata under current climate in New Zealand. Forest Ecology and Management 261, 1792-1798.

Crane, P E; Hopkins, A J M; Dick, M A; Bulman, L S; 2009. Behaviour of Neonectria fuckeliana (C. Booth) Castl. & Rossman causing a pine canker disease in New Zealand. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 39:2119-2128

Bulman, L S; 2008. Pest detection surveys on high risk sites in New Zealand. Australian Forestry 71: 242-244.

Turner, J A; Buongiorno, J; Zhu, S; Prestemon, J P; Li, R H; Bulman, L S; 2007. Modelling the impact of the exotic forest pest Nectria on the New Zealand forest sector and its major trading partners. New Zealand Journal of Forestry Science 37(3): 383-411

Bulman, L S; 2006. Foliar diseases of pine – the New Zealand experience. In: Jackson, M. B. comp. 2007. Proceedings of the 54th Annual Western International Forest Disease Work Conference; 2-6 October 2006; Smithers, BC. Missoula, MT: US Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Forest Health Protection. 57-60.

Turner, J A; Bulman, L S; Richardson, B; Moore, J R; 2004. Cost-benefit analysis of biosecurity and forest health research. New Zealand Journal of Forestry Science 34(3): 324-343.