Ewan Mackie, BSc, MSc

Research Scientist

Ewan Mackie

Email: ewan.mackie@forestry.gsi.gov.uk

Tel: +44 (0)300 067 5600
Tel direct: +44 (0)300 067 5679
Fax: +44 (0)1420 23653

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

Ewan studied Forestry at Aberdeen University between 1994 – 2001, completing a first degree and an MSc in Forestry and Wood Science by research. He then worked for the Forestry Contracting Association (FCA), initially as a research assistant whilst completing his MSc and then as a researcher dealing mainly with timber transport and woodfuel supply chain issues. He joined Forest Research in 2002.

Current role

Research Scientist: Researcher on Measurement Systems

Ewan is the leading scientist at Forest Research working on tree and timber measurement systems research. He draws on his forestry and wood science expertise to undertake systems analysis of forest management and wood supply chains, as part of life cycle assessment of forestry systems and wood products.

Ewan also applies his systems thinking in supporting the Science Group Leader in the strategic development of the Science Group and its research, making important contributions to the shaping of the recently prepared strategy statements for the Forestry Commission’s Permanent Mensuration Sample Plot Network and for Modelling in Forest Research.

He is the principal point of contact and advisor for representatives of the forest industry, researchers and members of the public raising queries relating to forest, tree and timber measurement, methodologies and the practice of forest mensuration, including systems analysis of wood supply chains.

Current programmes

Measurement systems

  • Developing experiments to evaluate innovative forest and tree measurement systems and technologies
  • Devising novel, cost-effective methodologies for evaluation of forest resources
  • Modernising current measurement publications, conventions and standards for timber measurement in the UK and ensuring standards in the UK are compatible with those in Europe (CEN)
  • Co-developing measurement systems for woodfuel and carbon estimation in trees and forests
  • Co-developing systems analyses of forest sector and wood supply chains as part of life cycle assessment of wood production systems.

Survey tools

  • Project manager for the delivery of a new Forestry Commission “Tariff app”, a software-based tool for undertaking mensuration surveys in forests for the purposes of inventory and sale

Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) bioenergy LCA

  • Co-development of scenarios for forest management and wood supply chains for LCA of forest bioenergy supply chains for ETI project, to explore sensitivity of greenhouse gas emissions of forest bioenergy sources to forest management approaches and wood feedstocks.

Research areas

  • Development of new measurement procedures, systems and methodologies
  • Reviewing new and emerging technologies for measurement of trees and forests
  • Integrating new measurement technologies with current systems.

Affiliations and achievements

  • Member of Forestry Commission (FC) Survey Tools Project Board and Working Group
  • Member of FC Woodland Carbon Code Advisory Board.

Main recent publications

Peer-reviewed journal articles

Keith, A.M., Rowe, R.L., Parmar, K., Perks, M.P., Mackie, E., Dondini, M., McNamara, N. P.(2014) Implications of land use change to short rotation forestry in Great Britain for soil and biomass carbon. Global Change Biology Bioenergy.

Books

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.

Contract and project reports

Craig, I.R., Mackie, E.D., Arcangeli, C. and Matthews, R.W. (2017) Growth and yield of young improved Sitka spruce stands. Report for FC Scotland. Forest Research: Farnham.

Matthews, R.W., Razauskaite, R., Hogan, G.P., Mackie, E.D., Sayce, M. and Randle, T.J. (2017) The CARBINE model: a technical description. Report prepared for BEIS. Forest Research: Farnham.

Matthews, R.W., Mackie, E.D. and Sayce, M. (2017) Natural Resources Wales Carbon Positive Project: greenhouse gas emissions and removals from woodlands on the NRW estate. Final project report to Natural Resources Wales. Forest Research: Farnham.

Matthews, R.W., Arcangeli, C. and Mackie, E.D. (2016). Corporate QA of high-impact models with applications to estimating or forecasting forest timber, biomass and carbon: key outcomes, policy implications and proposed actions. Report produced for Research Strategy Management Board as part of FC Science and Innovattion Strategy Programme 6. Forest Research: Farnham.

Mackie, E.D., Craig, I.R., Arcangeli, C. and Matthews, R.W. (2015) Strategic review of mensuration sample plot data acquisition. Report produced for Research Strategy Management Board as part of FC Science and Innovattion Strategy Programme 6. Forest Research: Farnham.

Matthews, R., Sokka, L., Soimakallio, S., Mortimer, N., Rix, J., Schelhaas, M-J., Jenkins, T., Hogan, G., Mackie, E., Morris, A. and Randle, T. (2014) Review of literature on biogenic carbon and life cycle assessment of forest bioenergy. Final Task 1 report, EU DG ENER project ENER/C1/427, ‘Carbon impacts of biomass consumed in the EU’. Forest Research: Farnham

Matthews, R., Mortimer, N., Mackie, E., Hatto, C., Evans, A., Mwabonje, O., Randle, T., Rolls, W., Sayce, M. and Tubby, I. (2014) Carbon Impacts of Using Biomass in Bioenergy and Other Sectors: Forests. Final Report for Department of Energy and Climate Change. Revised 2014. Forest Research: Farnham.

Matthews, R., Malcolm, H., Buys, G., Henshall, P., Moxely, J., Morris, A., and Mackie, E. (2014) Changes to the representation of forest land and associated land-use changes in the 1990-2012 UK Greenhouse Gas Inventory. Report to Department of Energy and Climate Change, Contract GA0510, CEH: Edinburgh.

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. Forecast Technical Document. Forestry Commission: Edinburgh.

Matthews, R., Mortimer, N., Mackie, E., Hatto, C., Evans, A., Onesmus, M., Randle, T., Rolls, W., Sayce, M., Tubby, I. (2012) Scottish Government biomass incentives review: best use of wood fibre. Forest Research, Farnham

 

 

 

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.

Kuikman, P., Matthews, R., Watterson, J., Ward, J., Lesschen, J. P., Mackie, E., Webb, J. and Oenema, O. (2011) Policy options for including LULUCF in the EU reduction commitment and policy instruments for increasing GHG mitigation efforts in the LULUCF and agriculture sectors: Synthesis Report. Alterra, Wageningen.

Matthews, R., Craig, I., Mackie, E. and Randle T (2011) Estimating the woodfuel potential of Woolhope Dome. Final Report to Forestry Commission England and Natural England. Forest Research, Farnham.

Software

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. User manual. Forestry Commission: Edinburgh.