Colin McEvoy, BA, DipH&SM, GradIOSH

Research Scientist and Forest Research, Health Safety & Environment Advisor

Colin McEvoy


Tel: +44 (0)300 067 5900
Tel direct: +44 (0)300 067 5956
Fax: +44 (0)131 445 5124

Forest Research
Northern Research Station
Midlothian EH25 9SY

Colin moved from Centre for Ecology and Hydrology to Join the Forestry Commission in 1981 and apart for a three year spell at the Scottish Agricultural Scientific Agency, has remained at the Northern Research Station (NRS) working on a wide variety of research projects over the years. In 2002 he took on the role of Northern Research Station Health & Safety Advisor and became the Forest Research Health Safety & Environment Advisor in 2010.

Current roles

  • Research Scientist, Providing scientific support to various research programmes (see below).
  • Forest Research Health, Safety & Environment Advisor and Centre Safety Co-ordinator
    Providing Forest Research and centre-based health, safety and environment audit, management and advice.

Current programmes

Affiliations and achievements

  • NEBOSHH certificate in Health & Safety
  • EEF/Oxford Brooks Diploma in Health & Safety Management
  • Graduate member of the Institute of Occupational Health and Safety
  • Member of the Forestry Commission Safety Team

Research areas

  • Tree physiology
  • Tree establishment
  • Tree Health
  • Tree performance
  • Tree growth
  • Growth modelling
  • Cold tolerance
  • Cold storage
  • Nutrition
  • Recycled waste
  • Genetic markers

Main recent publications

Butler, A.J., Barbier, N., Cermák, J., Koller, J., McEvoy, C., Nicoll, B., Perks, M., Thornily, C., Grace, J., and Meir, P. (2010). Estimates and relationships between above and below ground resource exchange areas in a Sitka Spruce managed forest. Tree Physiology 30(6): 705-714. doi:10.1093/treephys/tpq022.

Perks M., Smith S. and McEvoy C. (2005). Development of Multiple Leaders in Sitka Spruce and Japanese Larch Following Outplanting (PDF-158K).  Forestry Commission Information Note 66.

McEvoy, C. and Smith, S.A.  (2001).  Needle drop in British Christmas trees:  Responses from a questionnaire of members of The British Christmas Tree Growers Association.  Contract Report.

McEvoy, C., Smith, S.A. and Milner, A.D.  (2001).  Woodland Grant Scheme Survey 2000-2001.  Confidential Report for Forestry Commission Scotland.

McEvoy, C. and Smith, S.A.  (2000).  Needle drop in British Christmas trees:  A literature review on behalf of The British Christmas Tree Growers Association.  Contract report.

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.  Ann. For. Sci. 56  391-402.

McEvoy, C., McKay, H.M. and Cameleyre, I.  (1999).  The effect of plant size and age on resistance to Hylobius feeding.  Report to Forest Operations.

McKay, H.M. and McEvoy, C. (1999).  Validation of root electrolyte leakage as an indicator for late spring planting.  Report to Forestry Commission Policy and Practices Division.

McEvoy, C. and McKay, H.M. (1998).  Measurement of the surface wetness of plants.  Report to Forest Operations.

McEvoy, C., McKay, H.M. and Hague, A. (1998).  Overwinter physiology and implications for handling and time of planting of Scots and Corsican pine bare-rooted seedlings.  Forestry Commission Information Note.

McEvoy, C.,  McKay, H.M. and Hodge, D.  (1998).  Storage of containerised Corsican pine.  Report to Forest Operations.

McKay, H., Nielson, C. and McEvoy, C. (1997). Overwinter physiology and the practical implications for handling of noble fir seedlings. Forestry Commission Information Note.

McEvoy, C. and McKay, H.M. (1997). Root frost hardiness of amenity broadleaved seedlings. Arboricultural Journal 21: 231-244.

McKay, H.M. and McEvoy, C. (1997).  Assessment of nursery stock quality in amenity trees: The way forward.  In proceedings of Arboricultural Practice, Present and Future. Research for Amenity Trees No.6.  DETR/HMSO, p105-112.

McEvoy, C. and McKay, H.M. (1997). Sensitivity of Broadleaved Trees to Desiccation and Rough Handling Between Lifting and Transplanting. Arboriculture Research and Information Note 139/97/SILN. AAIS, Farnham.

McKay, H.M. and McEvoy, C. (1996). A plant quality index for young broadleaved trees. End of contract report for work funded by the Dept of Environment.

Jackson, R.M., Walker, C., Luff, S. and McEvoy, C. (1995). Inoculation and field testing of Sitka spruce and Douglas fir the ectomycorrhizal fungi in the United Kingdom. Mycorrhiza 5: 165-173.