NRS Forest Science Seminars 2016/17

When is the event?

Friday 27 January 2017 (more dates available)

Talks will last 45 minutes with an additional 15 minutes for questions and discussion. Seminars are followed by tea, coffee and biscuits to allow discussions to continue in a more relaxed atmosphere, finishing by 15:30.

What time is it on?

14:00

Where to meet?

NRS Library
Northern Research Station
Roslin,
Scotland

Do I need to book?

To book contact Evelyn.Hall@forestry.gsi.gov.uk or follow via webinar by clicking on the seminar title. (registration required)

Seminar Programme

27th January 2017

Bruce Osborne – University College Dublin
“Impact of Drying and Re-Wetting Events on Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Forests and Grasslands in a Drier Future: The ‘Birch Effect’ Revisited”

24th February 2017

Kate Heal – University of Edinburgh
“Wind farms on peatlands - the hydrochemistry story”

The effects of wind farm activities (including forest felling) on peatland have been quantified on carbon and nutrient loading into streams. Our results indicate that dissolved organic carbon and phosphorus fluxes increase temporarily downstream after development, and that silt management measures may be an effective mitigation measure

24th March 2017

Catherine Ward Thompson – University of Edinburgh
“Woods and Wellbeing: recent evidence on mental health and improved access to natural environments”

This talk will present some early findings from our NIHR Public Health Research study of the WIAT programme and links to mental health, in the context of a wider range of evidence on environmental interventions and benefits for health and wellbeing.

28th April 2017

Julia Urquhart – Imperial College London
“Are the public concerned about tree health risks? A Q Methodology study of lay perceptions of Ash dieback and Oak processionary moth”

23rd May 2017

John Healey/Andy Smith – Bangor University
Title: TBC

Past Seminars

28th October 2016


Nick Hanley – University of St Andrews
“Estimating the preferences of the general public and forest managers for disease control options”
Discussing choice experiments with the general UK public and with woodland owners/managers on the issue of new invasive diseases. Essentially, in the former case, we quantify what the public are willing to pay for forest disease control; whilst in the latter we look at which factors affect the willingness of forest managers to engage in disease control.

25th November 2016


Rob Wilson – University of St Andrews
“The Dendrochronology of Scot’s pine in Scotland”

Dendrochronology, in its broadest definition, is the science of dating tree-rings and interpreting the environmental information within them. Over the last 10 years, my group has used dendrochronological methods to study Scots pine trees from around Scotland with the main aim of using tree-ring series to reconstruct past climate. My talk will detail this research journey from initial ideas, the early exciting heady days of finding preserved macro-fossil pine material from multiple periods over the last 8000 years, developing a Scottish-wide pine tree-ring network and the growing realisation that many of the semi-natural pine woodlands may not be as “natural” as we would like to think. The dynamics and age structure of many current pine woodlands still reverberate from disturbance related to substantial timber clearance over at least the last 4 centuries. Not only does this historical anthropogenic disturbance impact the potential climate story in these tree archives but the ramifications of these past timber cutting events will still influence these woodlands for many decades to come. This is a story of a palaeoclimatologist trying to grapple with unforeseen ecological problems which has ultimately led to a deeper understanding of woodland dynamical response to disturbance. The talk will finish detailing how continued dendrochronological research could lead to improved strategies for managing and expanding the Scottish pine woodlands over the coming decades.

Contact

For any additional information on the seminars, please contact the Seminar Committee.

 

 

Event dates

Friday 27 January 2017
Friday 24 February 2017
Friday 24 March 2017
Friday 28 April 2017
Tuesday 23 May 2017

Location

OS Grid ref: NT2489763985
Postcode: EH25 9SY

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