Edward Wilson, BSc, MSc

Forest Entomology Technician

Ed Wilson

Email: edward.wilson2@forestry.gsi.gov.uk

Tel: +44 (0)131 0300 5900
Tel direct: +44 (0)300 067 5725
Fax: +44 (0)131 445 5124

Forest Research
Northern Research Station
Midlothian EH25 9SY

Ed joined the Entomology team of Forest Research in June 2015, and has an interest in disturbance, resilience and adaptability in temperate forest landscapes. Prior to joining Forest Research, and since graduating from his Masters at Imperial College, Ed has provided assistance to a number of related research projects. Topics of past work include climate change effects on Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris) and forest health in Switzerland (regeneration) as well as forest stand dynamics and variable-retention forestry in Atlantic Canada. Ed also has a strong interest in forest landscape restoration, with experience both in the UK and abroad.

Current role

Forest Entomology Technician
To provide technical support to pine lappet moth, Dendrolimus pini (PtLM), and other forest insect pest research; and to provide general advice on forest insect pest and tree health problems in northern Britain. Main responsibilities include assisting with the management and day-to-day running of core research projects, including laboratory, data and field survey work, and to assist with PtLM monitoring, containment and decision-support.

Current programmes

LWEC PROTREE: Promoting resilience of UK tree species to novel pests and pathogens: ecological and evolutionary solutions.

Undertake laboratory culturing and experimentation work, and to provide analytical support to FR project components. This is in order to better understand growth and performance of PtLM on native Scots pine provenances.

PtLM monitoring programme and containment work

Provide field and other technical support for PtLM monitoring programmes and to assist with the deployment of potential containment strategies.

LWEC BIPESCO: Biological pest control of insect pests that threaten tree health

Provide field, laboratory and analytical support to LWEC BIPESCO colleagues at FR.

EU LIFE+PISA: Innovative eco-friendly traps for the control of pine Lepidoptera in urban and recreational spaces.

Support the development and trial of novel trunk and pheromone traps for PtLM in northern Scotland, as part of the EU LIFE+PISA project

Other affiliations and responsibilities

Institute of Chartered Foresters

Main recent publications

Wilson, E.A., MacLean, D.A. (2015). Windthrow and growth response following a spruce budworm-inspired, variable retention harvest in New Brunswick, Canada. Canadian Journal of Forest Research. 45: 659-666.