Richard Jinks, BSc, PhD

Project Manager

Richard Jinks


Tel: +44 (0)300 067 5600
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Fax: +44 (0)1420 23653

Forest Research
Alice Holt Lodge
Surrey GU10 4LH

Richard Jinks obtained a first degree in Agricultural Botany, and a Ph.D. in Plant Physiology from the University of Wales. He worked at the former Glasshouse Crops Research Institute (HRI) before joining Forest Research in 1989.

Current role

Project Manager

Scientific and technical advisor to Westonbirt National Arboretum and Bedgebury National Pinetum.

Current programmes

Seed and seedling biology
Project Manager
Improve the reliability of all methods of woodland establishment.

Emerging species and provenance choice
Identifying and testing species and/or provenances that may be deployed in British forests as part of an adaptation strategy to projected climate change.

REsource INFrastructure for monitoring and adapting European Atlantic FORests under Changing climatE (REINFFORCE)
Project Manager
Establish a network of new arboretums from Portugal to Scotland to monitor long-term trends in mortality and growth of the most common European tree species under climate change.

Management of long-term experiments
Oversight of long-term silvicultural experiments

Affiliations and achievements

  • Member of BSi Committee AW/1 Nursery Stock
  • Forest Research representative on the National Arboreta Advisory Committee

Research areas

  • Seed biology
  • Seed ecology
  • Regeneration ecology
  • Propagation
  • Tree species 

Main recent publications

Shelagh A. McCartan and Richard L. Jinks (2015) Upgrading Seed Lots of European Silver Fir (Abies alba Mill.) Using Imbibition-Drying-Separation. Tree Planters' Notes 58(2): 21-27.

Shelagh A. McCartan, Joan F. Webber and Richard L. Jinks. (2015) Hot-water treatment as a possible method for eradicating Chalara fraxinea (Hymenoscyphus pseudoalbidus) infection from ash fruits (Fraxinus excelsior L). Quarterly Journal of Forestry  109, 18-23.

Jinks,R.L., Parratt,M. and Morgan,G. Preference of rodents for seeds of 12 temperate tree and shrub species. Forest Ecology and Management (In review).

Willoughby, I.H., Jinks, R.L., Morgan, G.W., Pepper, H., Budd, J. and Mayle, B. (2011). The use of repellents to reduce predation of tree seed by wood mice (Apodemus sylvaticus L.) and grey squirrels (Sciurus carolinensis Gmelin). European Journal of Forest Research, 130, 601-611.

Silvertown,J., Tallowin,J., Stevens,C., Power,S.A., Morgan,V., Emmett,B., Hester,A., Grime,P.J., Morecroft,M., Buxton,R., Poulton,P., Jinks,R., Bardgett,R. (2010). Environmental myopia: a diagnosis and a remedy. Trends in ecology & evolution 25[10], 556-561.

Jinks, R. (2009). Trees for change. The Westonbirt Magazine. (76) 32–37.

Willoughby, I. and Jinks, R.L. (2009). The effect of duration of vegetation management on broadleaved woodland creation by direct seeding. Forestry 82 (3), 343-359.

Mason, W.L., Jinks, R.L. and Harrison, A.J. (2008). An Overview of Long-term Forest Experiments in Great Britain managed by Forest Research. In: Karlsson, Kristian (eds.). 2008. Long-Term Field Experiments in Forest Research. Metlan työraportteja / Working Papers of the Finnish Forest Research Institute 105. 47 s. ISBN 978-951-40-2144-2 (PDF).

Willoughby, I., Dixon, F.L., Clay, D.V. and Jinks, R.L. (2007). Tolerance of broadleaved tree and shrub seedlings to preemergence herbicides (PDF-924K). New Forests 34, 1-12.

Willoughby, I., Harrison, A., Jinks, R.L., Gosling, P.G., Harmer, R. and Kerr, G. (2007). The potential for direct seeding of birch on restock sites (PDF-386K). Forestry Commission Information Note 84. Forestry Commission, Edinburgh

Jinks,R.L., Willoughby,I., and Baker,C. (2006). Direct seeding of ash (Fraxinus excelsior L.) and sycamore (Acer pseudoplatanus L.): the effects of sowing date, pre-emergent herbicides, cultivation, and protection on seedling emergence and survival. Forest Ecology and Management 237, 373-386.

Willoughby, I., Jinks, R.L. and Stokes, V. (2006). The tolerance of newly emerged broadleaved tree seedlings to the herbicides clopyralid, cycloxydim and metazachlor (PDF-824K). Forestry, 79 (4): 599-608.

Willoughby,I., Jinks,R.L., Kerr,G., and Gosling,P.G. (2004). Factors affecting the success of direct seeding for lowland afforestaion in the UK. Forestry (Oxford) 77, 467-482.

Willoughby,I., Jinks,R., Gosling,P., and Kerr,G. (2004). Creating new broadleaved woodlands by direct seeding (PDF-647K). Forestry Commission Practice Guide.

Trout,R., Moore,N., and Jinks,R. (2004). Damaging agents or biodiversity: small mammals and young trees. In Managing Woodlands and their Mammals. Forestry Commission, Edinburgh.

Jinks,R.L. (2003). Propagation of Conifers. In  Proceedings of the Fourth International Conifer Conference. ISHS., pp. 303-307.

Stokes,J., Hand,K., Gosling,P.G., Jinks,R.L., and Patch,D. (2001). The Good Seed Guide. The Tree Council.

Jinks,R.L. and Kerr,G. (1999). Establishment and early growth of different plant types of Corsican pine (Pinus nigra var. maritima) on four sites in Thetford Forest. Forestry (Oxford) 72, 293-304.

McKay,H.M., Jinks,R.L., and McEvoy,C. (1999). The effect of desiccation and rough-handling on the survival and early growth of ash, beech, birch and oak seedlings. Annals of Forest Science 56, 391-402.

Jinks,R. and Mason,B. (1998). Effects of seedling density on the growth of Corsican pine (Pinus nigra var. maritima Melv.), Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris L.) and Douglas fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii Franco) in containers. Annales des Sciences Forestieres 55, 407-423.

Jinks,R.L. and Gosling,P.G. (1998). Improvements to broadleaved seed performance. Rep. For. Res., Edin. 11-15.

Jinks,R.L. and Ciccarese,L. (1997). Effects of soaking, washing, and warm pretreatment on the germination of Russian-olive and autumn-olive seeds. Tree Planters' Notes 48, 18-23.

Jinks,R.L. (ed). (1997). Ash (Fraxinus excelsior L.). In A Multidisciplinary Approach to the Understanding and Efficient Handling of Seed Dormancy in Tree Species.  Final Report. EU contract AIR2-CT93-1667.

Jinks,R.L. and Jones,S.K. (1996). The effect of seed pretreatment and sowing date on the nursery emergence of Sitka spruce (Picea sitchensis (Bong.) Carr.) seedlings. Forestry (Oxford) 69, 335-345.

Willoughby,I., Jinks,R., Gosling,P., and Kerr,G. (1996). Establishing new woodlands by direct sowing. Forestry Commission Research Information Note 285.

Kerr,G. and Jinks,R. (1995). Comparison of cell-grown and bare-rooted broadleaved nursery stock for amenity and forestry planting. Arboriculture Research and Information Note Rep. 128.

Jinks,R.L. (1995). The effects of propagation environment on the rooting of leafy cuttings of ash (Fraxinus excelsior L.), sycamore (Acer pseudoplatanus L.), and sweet chestnut (Castanea sativa Mill.). New Forests 10, 183-195.