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The School of Forestry at Canterbury is the only university department in New Zealand to offer professional forestry degree programmes.

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‘You learn a vast range of skills...The career paths are endless... ’

Amy Jackson Bachelor of Forestry Science with Honours
Log Production Coordinator, Rayonier
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DFI Postgraduate Scholarship - Variation in Growth Between and Within Sites

The New Zealand School of Forestry is a foundation partner in the New Zealand Dryland Forests Initiative which is breeding select eucalypts adapted to NZ drylands that produce naturally durable timbers. The DFI vision is for New Zealand to be a world-leader in breeding ground-durable eucalypts, and to be home to a valuable sustainable hardwood industry based on eucalypt forests, by 2050.

DFI is:

  • selecting elite trees from within our diverse genetic resource to provide growers with superior planting stock for NZ dryland
  • researching and developing sustainable management systems for growing ground-durable eucalypts to produce high-quality hardwood
  • developing techniques to screen young trees for desirable wood-quality characteristics, so that selection and breeding work can yield the greatest end-use benefits.

The School of Forestry is offering scholarships for postgraduate research on five different projects to support the DFI research programme.Applications are now invited for the project "Variation in Growth Between and Within Sites". Scholarships are primarily for students to enrol in an MForSc at the University of Canterbury. However applicants for PhD study will also be considered. Scholarships will cover fees (at the domestic rate), a stipend ($15,000 p.a. for an MForSc and $20,000 p.a. for a PhD) and research costs. Students will be supervised by staff in both the School of Forestry and other relevant UC departments. MForSc students should be New Zealand citizens or have permanent residency in New Zealand. PhD students can be from anywhere in the world. Applicants should have a BSc or BForSc. Ideally applicants would commence study in September 2014 although applicants who cannot commence until early 2015 will be considered. Applications should be sent to jeanette.allen@canterbury.ac.nz and include:

  • the application form for the scholarship is attached and can also be downloaded from the School of forestry website www.fore.canterbury.ac.nz;
  • a brief written submission (< 600 words) on why you wish to undertake research on the project and your suitability to undertake the research. It should include information on any associated work or practical experience you may have and extra-curricular interests.
  • a copy of academic transcripts (originals can be sent later).

Applications close on 12 September 2014.

Support for Forest Engineering

The Forest Owners Association are making a generous contribution to help support forest engineering at New Zealand’s School of Forestry, University of Canterbury. FOA Chief Executive David Rhodes and FOA Executive Council member FOA-PresentationGrant Dodson, were on campus to hand over the first cheque to Prof Jan Evans-Freeman, the Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the College of Engineering. The planned level of support is NZ$100,000 per year for 5 years. Grant Dodson, CEO of City Forests and also Chair of the School of Forestry Advisory Committee, noted that “moving forward, a professional forest industry requires graduates that can make a true contribution to safe and profitable forest operations”.

Prof Bruce Manley, the Head of the School of Forestry, recognises the importance of FOA engagement with the School, “external support is very important in maintaining a successful programme”. There is a separate Forest Engineering programme at the School of Forestry, but forest engineering skills are taught to Forestry Science students as well as Forest Engineers. Industry input into a recent comprehensive review of the programme highlighted the need for more core forest engineering skills for all graduating students, including harvest planning, being able to cost-effectively design infrastructure, understanding environmental standards and, most importantly, being able to effectively manage safety.

“This support allows us to increase our teaching staff in this area for the next 5 years, as well as attract additional graduate students” states Director of Forest Engineering Studies, Rien Visser. Adding capacity not only increases available contact time for students, but will also increase research potential and outreach opportunities such as workshops.

Using this funding the school has been able to recruit Dr. Kris Brown who will start in January 2015. Kris recently graduated with his PhD from Virginia Tech, USA. Chris’s PhD focussed on improved road construction techniques to minimise environmental impacts, but he is excited about expanding his research to include both logging efficiency and safety. The funding has also been used to offer a post-graduate scholarship for either a Masters or PhD student, andthe School is discussing start dates for the recipient.

Workshop on Commercial Application of IR Spectroscopies to Solid Wood

Proceedings from the workshop "Commercial Application of IR Spectroscopies to Solid Wood", held on 11 June 2013 are now available. The workshop explored the issues that need to be covered before we can expect Near Infrared spectroscopy (NIR) to be taken up more widely by the forest industry. While the issues are general, those organising the workshop had a specific interest in addressing local issues and uncertainties.You are invited to download an electronic copy of the workshop, (pdf. 1.19 MB).

School of Forestry Office Locations

The main office for the School of Forestry can be found on the 2nd Floor of theForestry building (north wing), along from the entrances to F3 lecture theatre. The School Coordinator can be found in Room 217 with other academic staff in offices along this wing. The south lab/teaching block for the School has been closed for strengthening and remediation. Staff and students have been relocated to Level 3 of the Rutherford Building (south wing). Please refer to the School's People page for staff locations.

Opportunities for Bushfire Research in New Zealand

The Bushfire CRC is offering two postgraduate scholarships (PDF, 210KB) at the University of Canterbury, in collaboration with the Scion Bushfire Research Group. Applications are invited from students interested in undertaking Masters studies with backgrounds in environmental and natural resource science, geography, social science, economics or engineering.

The Graham Whyte Fund

A fund established in memory of the late Dr Graham Whyte (pdf, 254KB)