Forest Science seminars 2017-18

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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.

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NRS Library
Northern Research Station
or via webinar

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To book contact or follow via webinar by clicking on the seminar title. (registration required)

Upcoming seminars

Please click on the title to register for the webinar. For more information about any of the seminars please email

May 18th 2018 - CANCELLED

Katie Whitbread (British Geological Survey)

From rocks to rivers - geology and the dynamics of sediment in catchments
Land is a functional system connected by processes of erosion, transport and deposition of sediment. The materials that make up the earth’s surface fundamentally condition the availability and type of sediment, providing a canvass on which other factors such as land use and climate exert their effects. Here we present results from our work to characterise the erosion potential of rocks and sediments and look at the impact of incorporating geological factors into modelling of sediment connectivity.

Past Seminars

Jan 26th 2018

Julie Urquhart (University of Gloucestershire)

Are the public concerned about tree health risks? A Q Methodology study of lay perceptions of Ash dieback and Oak processionary moth
In this seminar, I will discuss recent work undertaken as part of the UNPICK (Understanding Public Risk in Relation to Tree Health), a Tree Health and Plant Biosecurity Initiative (THAPBI) project. I will present findings from a national survey of the UK public, undertaken in April 2016, designed to gauge awareness and concern about tree pests and diseases and to assess willingness to adopt more biosecure behaviours. The results suggest that, despite low levels of awareness and knowledge, there is concern about tree health and some willingness to make behavioural changes.

Feb 23rd 2018

John Healey (Bangor University)

Multi-Land: Enhancing Productivity and Ecosystem Service Resilience in Multifunctional Landscapes
The rate of change in policy and management of rural land in the UK over the next few years is likely to be higher than at any time since 1945.  The state of our evidence base to inform this decision-making is much less good than many realise and there are key evidence gaps.  In several areas recent international research will have increasing relevance as a source of evidence for UK.

March 23rd 2018

Rob McMorran (SRUC)

Landownership and co-management of the Scottish uplands
This paper examines the role of landownership and land management to the development of upland ecosystems, including reviewing key outcomes of different landownership models. Four key challenges are examined: i) renewable energy and wildness values; ii) deer management and native woodlands; iii) grouse shooting and raptor conservation; and iv) rewilding in a cultural landscape context. Conclusions are drawn in relation to:  i) the role of landowners and landownership; and ii) the role of co-management in sustainable upland ecosystems.

April 27th 2018

Simon Leather (Harper Adams University)

Adventures in Forest Entomology – 35 years amongst the trees
In this talk I review and reflect on a career in forest entomology spanning almost 40 years. I cover problems past, such as the pine beauty moth, current problems such as the large pine weevil and in passing describe some of the work done by my group on the European pine sawfly, Zeiarphera dininian and the bird cherry ermine moth and also talk about my long term work on the sycamore aphid. I finish by describing our current work on Agrilus biguttatus an Acute Oak decline and ask why there are so many new emerging pests and diseases threatening UK forestry.

Oct 27th 2017

Dan Ridley-Ellis & Jonathan Santa Maria Bouquet (Edinburgh Napier University & St Cecilia’s Hall, University of Edinburgh)

What makes good wood for musical instruments?
The acoustic properties of wood are increasingly used to assess wood properties in timber production – but how do wood properties influence the acoustic quality for musical instruments?

Nov 24th 2017

Renée Hermans (University of Stirling)

Greenhouse gas balance of blanket peat bog restoration from forestry in the Flow Country, Scotland
In this talk I will discuss work I did for my PhD, where I measured the impact of forest plantation removal from bog on the budget of three main greenhouse gases, CO2, CH4 and N2O.



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