Prof. Peter Freer-Smith, BSc, PhD, DSc

FR Chief Scientist and FC Chief Scientific Adviser

Peter Freer-Smith

Email: peter.freer-smith@forestry.gsi.gov.uk

Tel: +44 (0)300 067 5600
Tel direct: +44 (0)300 067 5659
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+44 (0)300 067 5648
Fax: +44 (0)1420 23653

Address:
Forest Research
Alice Holt Lodge
Farnham
Surrey GU10 4LH
UK

Peter studied for his first degree at Stirling University gaining a first class degree in Biological Sciences.  His PhD was research on the Impacts of Air Pollutants on Trees and his D.Sc considered the Sustainability of Forest Ecosystems; both are from the University of Lancaster.  Peter did two periods of post-doctoral research looking at the physiology and biochemistry of resistance and susceptibility to SO2 , NOx  and O3 pollution.  He lectured in biological sciences at the University of Ulster before joining the Forestry Commission in 1987 as Head of Environmental Research Branch.  Peter was appointed Honorary Visiting Professor in the School of Biological Sciences, University of Southampton in 2005.

Current role

As FR’s Chief Scientist, Peter is responsible for FR’s research, scientific, advisory, software and data services.  He providers leadership and guides the development of FR’s scientific and technical staff, working closely with FR staff and our partner organisations to develop new business, set research priorities and to ensure the timely delivery and quality of FR’s outputs.  Peter represents FR on the FC’s Research Strategy Management Board which is responsible for delivery of Science and Innovation Strategy for GB forestry, is a member of Forest Research’s Executive Board and is responsible for FR in Wales, FR’s Centre for Research Services and Inventory, Forecasting and Operational Support.

As the Forestry Commission’s Chief Scientific Adviser, Peter is the UK Government’s senior forest scientist advises Ministers, senior officials and government committees/task forces on forestry evidence and data.  The departmental CSAs and the Chief Scientists of the Devolved Administrations are responsible for science advice across government under the leadership of the Government Chief Scientific Adviser.

Current projects

Current priorities are the economic sustainability of the forestry sector and forest science as the UK leaves the European Union, tree health, climate change (including forestry’s role in implementation of the 2015 Paris Agreement), the evaluation of natural capital and delivery of ecosystem services.

Peter works closely with the International Union of Forest Research Organisations, currently co-chairing a IUFRO Task Force on sustainable planted forests, he is on the board of the EFI Atlantic and is currently working closely with the New Generations Plantations partnership.

 

Affiliations and achievements

  • Honorary Visiting Professor in the School of Biological Sciences, University of Southampton
  • Member of Institute of Chartered Foresters
  • Board member of EFI Atlantic
  • Member of the Advisory Board of the Birmingham Institute of Forestry Research
  • UK representative on the International Union of Forest Research Organisations International Council

Research areas

  • Protect Britain’s trees from pests, diseases and threats
  • Increase the competitiveness of Britain’s forest resources
  • Conserve and improve the biodiversity, landscape and cultural heritage of forests and woodlands
  • Understand the effects of forests and forestry activities on the environment, increase benefits and reduce adverse impacts

Main recent publications and knowledge exchange activities

Peer reviewed journal articles

FREER-SMITH P H and WEBBER, J F. (2015). Tree pests and diseases: the threat to biodiversity and the delivery of ecosystem services. Biodiversity and Conservation DOI: 10.1007/s10531-015-1019-0

PAYN T, CARNUS J-M, FREER-SMITH P H, KOLLET W, LIU SHIRONG, ORAZIO C, RODRIGUEZ L, SILVA L N and WINGFIELD M  2015  Changes in Planted Forests and Future Global Implications Submitted to Forest Ecology and Management. 352, 57-67.

CARNUS J-M, FREER-SMITH P H, TOME M and PAYN T  2014  Adaptation of Planted Forests to Climate Change; from Global to Local Approaches. Paper presented at IUFRO World Congress, Salt Lake City, October 2014 and The International Forest Review Vol 16 (5) 221 ISBN (print) 1465-5498 and ISBN (online) 2053-7778

CARNUS J-M, FREER-SMITH P H and ORAZIO C 2014  Main Issues and Research Needs for Planted Forests. Paper presented at IUFRO World Congress, Salt Lake City, October 2014 The International Forest Review Vol 16 (5) 151 ISBN (print) 1465-5498 and ISBN (online) 2053-7778

FREER-SMITH P H and WEBBER J 2014 The Impacts of Pests and Diseases on Future Delivery of Ecosystem Services. Paper presented at IUFRO World Congress, Salt Lake City, October 2014 The International Forest Review Vol 16 (5) 5 ISBN (print) 1465-5498 and ISBN (online) 2053-7778

PAYN T, CARNUS J-M, FREER-SMITH P H, ORAZIO C, and NABUURS 2014  Planted Forests on the Globe – Renewable Resources for the Future.  New Zealand Journal of Forestry Science.   44 (Suppl 1):S1  DOI:10:1186/1179-5395-44-S1-S1 and online

BOYD I L, FREER-SMITH P.H, GODFRAY H.C.J. and GILLIGAN C.A. 2013. The global importance of tree pests and diseases.  Science 342 2013 DOI: 10:1126/science 1235773

FREER-SMITH P H 2013  Ash dieback – The biology and spread of Chalara fraxinea/Hymenoscyphus pseudoalbidusScience in Parliament 70 (1) 23 – 25

CHRYSOULAKIS N., BORREGO C., SAN JOSE R., GRIMMOND C.S.B., JONES M., MAGIULO E., KLOSTERMANN J., SANTAMOURIS M., MITRAKA Z., CASTRO E., GONZALES A., VOGT R., VESALA T., SPANO D., PIGEON G.,  FREER-SMITH P. H., STASZEWSKI T., HODGES N., MILLS G. AND CARTALIS C., 2013 Sustainable urban metabolism as link between bio-physical sciences and urban planning, Landscape and Urban Planning  112, 100-117

ROWE R., WHITTAKER J., FREER-SMITH P.H., HOWARD D. and TAYLOR G. 2012 Good or bad biofuels? Counting the cost of carbon reveals limitations in LCA  approach for bioenergy comparisons.  Biofuels 2 (6) 693-707

TALLIS, M., TAYLOR Gail, SINNETT, D. AND FREER-SMITH P H. 2011 Estimating the removal of atmospheric particulate pollution by the urban tree canopy of London, under current and future environments.  Landscape and Urban Planning 103  129-138.

TALLIS, M., FREER-SMITH P H, SINNETT, D.  AYLOTT M. and TAYLOR G. 2010 Estimating the influence of different urban canopy cover types on atmospheric particulate matter (PM10) pollution abatement. Paper to European Geosciences Union, General Assembly, Vienna May 2010 and published in Geophysical Research 12, EGU2010 - 11815

Book and book chapters (including published conference proceedings)

JEFFRIES, B,  FREER-SMITH P H and others. 10 years of the New Generation Plantations Platform. E book to be launched in June 2017 at the NGP annual event.

TALLIS J T, AMORIM J, CALFAPIETRA C, FRREER-SMITH P H, GRIMMOND S, KOTTHAUA S, LEMES DE OLIVEIRA F, MIRANDA A I & TOSCANO P 2015 The impacts of green infrastructure on air quality and temperature. Chapter 2 in Handbook on Green Infrastructure Planning, Design and Implementation, Ed Sinnett D, Smith N and Burgess S. Edward Elgar Publishing

BORREGO C, LOPES M, CASCAO P, AMORIM J, MARTINS H, TAVAROS R, MIRANDA A, TALLIS M and FREER-SMITH P 2014  Urban air quality models.  Chapter 8 of Understanding Urban Metabolism; A tool for urban planning. Edited by Chrysoulakis N, de Castro E A and Morrs E J. Published by Routledge, 2 Park Square Abingdon OX14 4RM and 711 Third Avenue NY 10017. ISBN:978-0-415-83511-4

CARNUS J-M, TOME M., BATTAGLIA M., PAYN T, and FREER-SMITH P.H. 2011 TRANZFOR Transferring research between EU and Australia – New Zealand on forestry and climate change. International innovation, Disseminating science research and technology. 1 – 8 Research Media Ltd.

FREER-SMITH, P.H.  and  EYCOTT, A.E. 2010  Will forestry’s contribution to the low carbon economy change the UK’s rural landscape?  Presented to the International Association for Landscape Ecology Conference, Brighton 2010 and published in the proceedings: pp 72-80 “Future Landscape Ecology” Edited by Amy Eycott, Dawn Scott & Richard J Smithers.   IaleUK, Colin Cross Printers Ltd, Lancashire UK.

Contract and project reports

CHRYSOULAKIS N., BORREGO C., SAN JOSE R., GRIMMOND C.S.B., JONES M. MAGIULO E., KLOSTERMANN J., SANTAMOURIS M., MITRAKA Z., CASTRO E., GONZALES A., VOGT R., VESALA T., SPANO D., PIGEON G., FREER-SMITH P. H., STASZEWSKI T., HODGES N., MILLS G. AND CARTALIS C.,2011  Sustainable urban metabolism as link between bio-physical sciences and urban planning. The BRIDGE Final Contract Report to CEC

Science conferences; presentations and posters

WHITEMAN et al 2015 Carbon benefits by changing management practice of trees/forests. Chapter 5 of FAO Paper The Economics of Climate Change Mitigation Options in the Forest Sector. Launched at the Framework Convention on Climate Change COP 21 in Paris Nov 2015

FREER-SMITH P H and ORAZIO C 2015 (Sept) Integrating mitigation and adaptation into sustainable development. Session 2216 report to Our Common Future Under Climate Change submitted for briefing papers of COP 21 Paris Nov/Dec 2015

FREER-SMITH P H, ORAZIO C, MORISON J-, CARTNUS J-M, TOME M and PAYN T 2015 Achieving the Potential Contribution of Planted Forests to Adaptation and Mitigation of Climate Change. Paper presented to session 2216 of Our Common Future Under Climate Change ISC preparation for FCC COP 21 July 2015. Published online

FREER-SMITH P H 2015  Global Forest Resources and Management. Paper presented to the Cambridge Forum on Sustainability.  published online April 2015

FREER-SMITH P H 2014  Ecosystem services provided by Planted Forests Paper presented at IUFRO World Congress, Salt Lake City, October 2014 in side event “Towards Strengthened International Collaboration on Planted Forests”. Published on line

MENDES A, MASON B, ORAZIO  C, NABUURS G-J JACTEL H, MARTINEZ I, CARNUS J-M TOME M, FREER-SMITH P H, KOLLERT W (in alphabetic order) 2013  Summary Report of the 3rd International Congress on Planted forests. Published by FAO at www.fao.int and also available online