Dr Andrew Cameron
Dr Andrew Cameron

Dr Andrew Cameron

Senior Lecturer

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University of Aberdeen Cruickshank Building St Machar Drive ABERDEEN AB24 3UU SCOTLAND

Biography

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 took up a position in the forestry industry for a period of six years where he was responsible for managing large areas of forest in West Scotland and North England. He returned to the University of Aberdeen in 1989 to lecture in Silviculture and Forest Planning. His research interests were influenced by his experience within industry and specialised in wood properties and how these were influenced by genetic selection, environment and management. Andrew also researches in irregular forestry (Plenterwald) and regeneration dynamics within these structurally and species diverse forests. More recently, he has expanded his teaching into Forest Ecology and evolution of the gymnosperms.

External Memberships

 

  1. Advisor on forestry issues to the Scottish Government (currently involving analysis of the impacts of Brexit on the forestry industry).
  2. Expert Witness in legal cases (usually involving the identification of wood samples/fibres as part of forensic investigations).

 

Latest Publications

  • Expanding productive forests creates cost effective carbon sinks and reduces loss of natural forests by offsetting timber extraction

    Cameron, A.
    Working Papers: Discussion Papers
  • Reducing drought related stem cracking in coniferous forests in a changing climate

    Cameron, A.
    Scottish Forestry, vol. 75, pp. 19-25
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Transforming even-aged spruce stands into species-diverse irregular forests

    Cameron, A.
    Scottish Forestry, vol. 74, pp. 21-29
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Creating a permanent irregular forest: a review of the transformation at Faskally Forest, Perthshire

    Cameron, A. D.
    Scottish Forestry, vol. 73, no. 1, pp. 30-38
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Mitigating the risk of drought-induced stem cracks in conifers in a changing climate

    Cameron, A. D.
    Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research, vol. 34, no. 8, pp. 667-672
    Contributions to Journals: Review articles

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Research

Research Overview

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 .

 

 

Research Areas

Biological and Environmental Sciences

Research Specialisms

  • Forestry and Arboriculture

Our research specialisms are based on the Higher Education Classification of Subjects (HECoS) which is HESA open data, published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence.

Current Research

  1. Understanding the mechanism of climate-induced radially-longitudinal cracking in conifer trees .
  2. Determining the genotypic and phenotypic heratibilities of wood properties of full-sib Sitka spruce associated with the juvenile core. 
  3. Determining the processes involved in the development of the juvenile core in Sitka spruce grown in densely populated stands.
  4. Examining the temporal development of wood properties of Sitka spruce grown in species mixtures.
  5. Identifying trees species and silvicultural methods to build resilience into forest stands in response to climate change.

 

Collaborations

  1. Centre for Innovative Building Materials and Technologies (CIBMT), Department of Engineering, College of Physical Sciences, University of Aberdeen.
  2. Napier University Edinburgh.
  3. The Hutton Institute, Aberdeen.
  4. Forestry Commission Forest Research, Roslin, Edinburgh.
  5. Multi-national team as part of a COST Action FP1206 European mixed forests. Integrating Scientific Knowledge in Sustainable Forest Management.
  6. Teagasc Agricultural and food Development Authority, Ireland.

Funding and Grants

  1. 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)
  2. 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).
  3. The potential and suitability of minor conifer species on marginal agriculture soils in Ireland (PhD funded by The Walsh Fellowship)

 

Teaching

Teaching Responsibilities

  1. Diversity of Life (the gymnosperms)
  2. Plants, People and Environment (wood structure, bioenergy and climate change)
  3. Applied Forest Ecology
  4. Catchment Management

 

 

Publications

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  • Expanding productive forests creates cost effective carbon sinks and reduces loss of natural forests by offsetting timber extraction

    Cameron, A.
    Working Papers: Discussion Papers
  • Reducing drought related stem cracking in coniferous forests in a changing climate

    Cameron, A.
    Scottish Forestry, vol. 75, pp. 19-25
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Transforming even-aged spruce stands into species-diverse irregular forests

    Cameron, A.
    Scottish Forestry, vol. 74, pp. 21-29
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Creating a permanent irregular forest: a review of the transformation at Faskally Forest, Perthshire

    Cameron, A. D.
    Scottish Forestry, vol. 73, no. 1, pp. 30-38
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Mitigating the risk of drought-induced stem cracks in conifers in a changing climate

    Cameron, A. D.
    Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research, vol. 34, no. 8, pp. 667-672
    Contributions to Journals: Review articles
  • Defining the equilibrium condition in a mixed-species uneven-aged forest in Scotland

    Cameron, A. D., Jano, G.
    Applied Ecology and Environmental Research, vol. 16, no. 5, pp. 7327-7344
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • The potential of alternative conifers to replace larch species in Ireland, in response to the threat of Phytophthora ramorum.

    Walsh, R., Cameron, A., McG Wilson, S., Farrelly, N.
    Irish Forestry, vol. 74, no. 1-2, pp. 149-167
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Variation in the incidence and severity of drought crack in three conifer species in North East Scotland

    Cameron, A., Orr, D., Clark, J.
    Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research, vol. 32, no. 8, pp. 658-662
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Models for Predicting Clearwood Mechanical Properties of Scots Pine

    Auty, D., Achim, A., MacDonald, E., Cameron, A. D., Gardiner, B. A.
    Forest Science, vol. 62, no. 4, pp. 403-413
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Determining the sustainable irregular condition: an analysis of an irregular mixed-species selection stand in Scotland based on recurrent inventories at six-year intervals over 24 years

    Cameron, A., Prentice, L.
    Forestry, vol. 89, no. 2, pp. 208-214
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
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