Tom Jenkins, BSc, BSc, FICFor

Head of Forest Research Wales / Pennaeth Ymchwil Goedwig yng Nghymru

Tom Jenkins


Twitter: @TomJenkinsFR

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Ymchwil Coedwigaeth / Forest Research
Adeilad Thoday / Thoday Building 
Ffordd Deiniol / Deiniol Road 
BANGOR, Gwynedd, LL57 2UW

Tom Jenkins joined Forest Research in February 2009. He was previously employed at Bangor University as departmental computer manager and departmental statistician (1988-1993), lecturer in Forest Mensuration and Management (1993-2005) and Distance-learning Programme Director (2005-2009).

Tom started at Forest Research as the deputy manager of the Forest Mensuration, Modelling and Forecasting (FMMF) science group lead by Robert Matthews.  He took up his current role in April 2014.

Current role

Head of Forest Research in Wales/Pennaeth Ymchwil Coedwigaeth yng Nghymru

Tom leads the Forest Research in Wales Unit from the FR office in Bangor.  His responsibilities include the management and growth of the Unit, including the assessment of research opportunities within Wales and elsewhere.  Tom interacts with wide range of stakeholders in Wales and, in particular, acts as FR's main link with Cyfoeth Naturiol Cymru/Natural Resources Wales (CNC/NRW) and Welsh Government (WG), where he fulfills the role of Senior Forest and Tree Health Advisor within the WG's Forest Resources Policy Branch.  

Links with the research community in Wales, both in universities and government organisations are strong, leading to active collaboration on a range of environmental and land use issues, especially in relation to the Welsh Government’s Woodlands for Wales strategy.  Forest Research in Wales has also been instrumental in the establishment of the Dyfi Catchment and Woodland Research Platform.

FR is committed to scoping and delivering high quality applied research of direct relevance to Wales linked to the most appropriate mechanisms for technology transfer. 

Affiliations and achievements

  • Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF)
  • Member of the ICF Professional and Educational Standards Committee
  • ICF examinations moderator
  • ICF President’s Award (2014) for meritorious service to the Institute’s examination’s processes

Research areas

  • Forest growth and yield modelling to improve existing systems 
  • Developing new models to better predict and evaluate forest resources including, where appropriate, the likely consequences of climate change.
  • The development of forest mensuration systems for the collection of data relevant to the Forestry Commission’s modelling initiatives.

Main recent publications

Duerden C.E., Jenkins T., Evans H. and Gwynn-Jones D. (2017). Survival, height and tree stability responses of Quercus petraea, two decades after the introduction of different tree shelter types. Quarterly Journal of Forestry, 111(1): 26-31.

Gruffudd H.R., Jenkins T.A.R. & Evans H.F. (2016). Using an evapo-transpiration model (ETpN) to predict the risk and expression of symptoms of pine wilt disease (PWD) across Europe. Biol Invasions 18(10): 2823-2840. DOI:10.1007/s10530-016-1173-7

Matthews R.W., Henshall P.A., Duckworth R.R., Jenkins T.A.R., Mackie E.D, and Dick E.C. (2016) Forest Yield: a PC-Based yield model for forest management in Britain. Forestry Commission, Edinburgh.

Matthews R.W., Henshall P.A., Jenkins T.A.R., Mackie E.D., Dick E.C. and Duckworth R.R. (2016). User Manual. Forest Yield: A PC-based yield model for forest management in Britain. Forestry Commission, Edinburgh, in association with Forest Research. 51pp. ISBN: 978-0-85538-941-3$FILE/FCSW002.pdf

Matthews R.W., Jenkins T.A.R., Mackie E.D. and Dick E.C. (2016). Forest Yield: A handbook on forest growth and yield tables for British forestry. Forestry Commission, Edinburgh. i-iv + 1-92pp. ISBN: 978-0-85538-942-0$FILE/FCBK048.pdf

Arcangeli C., Klopf M., Hale S.E., Jenkins T.A.R. and Hasenauer H.  (2013).  The uniform height curve method for height-diameter modelling: an application to Sitka spruce in Britain.  Forestry, 87(1), 177–186. DOI:10.1093/forestry/cpt041

Jenkins T.A.R., Matthews R.W., Mackie E.D. and Halsall L.  (2012)  Felling and Removals Forecasts.  A document describing how volume fellings and removals are handled in the 2011 Production Forecast system.  56pp.$FILE/PF2011_Felling_and_Removals_Forecasts.pdf

Jenkins T.A.R., Matthews R.W., Mackie E.D. and Halsall L.  (2012)  Forecast Types.  A document describing how different forecast types are implemented in the 2011 Production Forecast system.  40pp.$FILE/PF2011_Forecast_Types.pdf

Jenkins T.A.R., Matthews R.W., Mackie E.D. and Halsall L.  (2012)  Growing Stock Volume Forecasts.  A document describing how growing stock (‘standing’) volume is handled in the 2011 Production Forecast.  46pp.$FILE/PF2011_GS_Volume.pdf 

Jenkins T.A.R., Matthews R.W., Mackie E.D. and Halsall L.  (2012)  Restocking in the Forecast.  A document describing how restocking of felled areas is handled in the 2011 Production Forecast.  33pp.$FILE/PF2011_Restocking.pdf

Jenkins T.A.R., Matthews R.W., Mackie E.D. and Halsall L.  (2012)  Technical Glossary.  A document defining some of the terms used in the 2011 Production Forecast technical documentation.  6pp.$FILE/PF2011_Technical_Glossary.pdf

Jenkins T.A.R., Gilbert J., Mackie E.D. and Matthews R.W.  (2012)  Tree Species.  A document listing the tree species included in the 2011 Production Forecast.  6pp.$FILE/PF2011_Tree_Species.pdf

Jenkins T.A.R., Matthews R.W., Mackie E.D. and Halsall L.  (2012)  Volume Increment Forecasts.  A document describing how volume increment is handled in the 2011 Production Forecast.  42pp.$FILE/PF2011_Volume_Increment.pdf

Jenkins T.A.R., Mackie E.D. Matthews R.W., Miller G., Randle T.J. and White M.E. (2011). FC Woodland Carbon Code: Carbon Assessment Protocol. Forestry Commission, Edinburgh. 154pp.
In six sections, accessible from:

Randle T.J. and Jenkins T.A.R.  (2011)  The construction of lookup tables for estimating changes in carbon stocks in forestry projects.  A background document for users of the Forestry Commission’s Woodland Carbon Code.  10pp.$file/Construction_of_lookup_tables_27Jul2011.pdf