Andrew received a BSc in Forestry at the University of Aberdeen in 1980 and went on to do a PhD in cloning and genetic variation in tree species. In 1983, Andrew moved out of academia and into the industry where he worked for the Forestry Commission as a Forest Officer for 6 years. It was during this time where his interest in sustainable forests both as a provider of a major natural resource in wood and in the critical role of environmental protection. He returned to the University of Aberdeen to take up the post of Lecturer in Silviculture and Forest Planning in 1989 where he has developed these areas in both teaching and research.
Main research interests include:
1. Studying the relationship between tree breeding and stem quality and wood properties of forest trees with particular emphasis on the genetic heritability of the properties of the juvenile core
2. Investigating into the formation of juvenile wood in naturally-regenerated Sitka spruce (Picea sitchensis (Bong.) Carr.) trees grown in dense stands
3. Identifying resilience in coniferous species in response to the threat of climate change.
4. Defining the equilibrium structure in a mixed-species multi-cohort forests .
Member of the Centre for Innovative Building Materials and Technologies (CIBMT), Department of Engineering
- Understanding the mechanism of climate-induced radially-longitudinal cracking in conifer trees .
- Determining the genotypic and phenotypic heratibilities of wood properties of full-sib Sitka spruce associated with the juvenile core.
- Determining the processes involved in the development of the juvenile core in Sitka spruce grown in densely populated stands.
- Examining the temporal development of wood properties of Sitka spruce grown in species mixtures.
- Identifying trees species and silvicultural methods to build resilience into forest stands in response to climate change.
- Centre for Innovative Building Materials and Technologies (CIBMT), Department of Engineering, College of Physical Sciences, University of Aberdeen.
- Napier University Edinburgh.
- The Hutton Institute, Aberdeen.
- Forestry Commission Forest Research, Roslin, Edinburgh.
- Multi-national team as part of a COST Action FP1206 European mixed forests. Integrating Scientific Knowledge in Sustainable Forest Management.
- Teagasc Agricultural and food Development Authority, Ireland.
- Determining the genotypic and phenotypic heratibilities of wood properties of full-sib Sitka spruce associated with the juvenile core. (PhD funded by Forestry Commission Scotland and Forest Research)
- Determining the processes involved in the development of the juvenile core in Sitka spruce grown in densely populated stands. (MPhil funded by Forestry Commission Scotland and Forest Research).
- The potential and suitability of minor conifer species on marginal agriculture soils in Ireland (PhD funded by The Walsh Fellowship)
- Diversity of Life (the gymnosperms)
- Plants, People and Environment (wood structure, bioenergy and climate change)
- Applied Forest Ecology
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- Advisor on forestry issues to the Scottish Government (currently involving analysis of the potential impacts of Brexit on the commercial forestry industry).
- Expert Witness in legal cases (usually involving the identification of wood samples/fibres as part of forensic investigations).