• Parkgate, Barony Campus

    DG1 3NE Dumfries

    United Kingdom


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I am an arboriculturist and woody plant specialist specialing in plant structure-function relations and tree responses to decay fungi, notably in wood and bark. Among my aims is to develop a new tree defence model with a strong focus on the role of green bark in CO2 recycling, water transport and response to damage, air ingress, and fungi. I am currently completing a project investigating the co-evolution of wood parenchyma and vessel diameter in relation to water transport in angiosperm trees across biomes. 


I am teaching within the faculty for forestry and arboriculture and, with our strong team, helping to develop curricula that can adapt to our changing times in the forestry and arboriculture industries.


Development of an industrial process for spalted wood in high value furniture applications  - CTI Project No. 26083.1 PFIW-IW 8

Empa - Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology

Project duration: 2017-2020

The role of bark photosynthesis in whole-tree carbon recycling, plant hydraulics and defense systems - Austrian Science Fund (FWF)
The University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU)
Project duration: Current
SMART BARK: Unravelling the role of lenticels for tree growth and survival - Austrian Science Fund (FWF)
The University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU)
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Education/Academic qualification

PhD, The structure and function of ray and axial parenchyma in woody seed plants, Ulm University

1 Jul 201320 Jul 2017

Award Date: 20 Jul 2016

PGCert , An investigation into what students do with assessment feedback in higher education, University of Brighton

12 Jun 201112 Jun 2012

Award Date: 12 Jun 2012

Master, The biodiversity and taxonomy of plants, University of Edinburgh

19 Sept 200720 Sept 2008

Award Date: 19 Oct 2008

Bachelor, Arboriculture and urban forestry, University of Central Lancashire

19 Sept 20019 Jun 2005

Award Date: 15 Jul 2005

HND, Amenity horticulture, Teagasc - Irish Agriculture and Food Development Authority

10 Sept 19982 Jun 2001

Award Date: 2 Sept 1998


  • QK Botany
  • SD Forestry
  • QP Physiology
  • LB2300 Higher Education


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