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A Forest / Plant Health Spatial Scientist post to help develop a novel horizon-scanning method for identifying potential threats to UK forests.

The Tree Health team provides applied research, advice, and management support on established and invasive tree pests and diseases to a wide range of stakeholders and is committed to protecting and promoting forest health. Within this team, we are looking to appoint a two-year research post to help develop a novel horizon-scanning method for identifying potential threats to UK forests, within the context of ever-increasing pressures from non-native pests & diseases, and a changing climate.

Horizon scanning for key threats to principal tree species

This project will use UK data and data made available by partner organisations in Canada, the USA and Europe to develop a horizon scanning method to identify and map likely future threats to British-grown trees. Key biotic and abiotic factors impacting the growth and survival of tree species within their native and planted distribution will be determined (including pests and pathogens; climatic stress; poor soil conditions; and provenance type). This will enable better predictions on risks to UK-grown trees now and under future conditions, the resilience of different provenances to be assessed, and targeted surveillance and research activities to be identified.

Various types of data analysis will be employed, such as climate-matching techniques, analysis of provenance trials, pest/pathogen distribution modelling, and modelled impacts of climate change. This project will be conducted in association with the Canadian Forest Service in particular, capitalising upon expertise and knowledge of tree health professionals working within the native distribution of two key conifers (Sitka spruce and Douglas-fir).

This Forest / Plant Health Spatial Scientist role can be based at the Northern Research Station, Roslin EH25 9SY or at Alice Holt Lodge, Farnham, Surrey GU10 4LH. Please be aware that this role can only be worked in the UK and not overseas. See further details about our locations via this link.

Forest Research (FR) is the research agency of the Forestry Commission. We are a world leader in applied forest science. FR provides evidence and scientific services to support sustainable forestry, and the health, resilience, and value of Britain’s treescapes. Interdisciplinary research is encouraged, and FR provides a stimulating environment for scientists with professional training in plant pathology; entomology; forest management; soils and hydrology; ecology; social science; economics; and spatial analysis. Please explore www.forestresearch.gov.uk to find out further information about our organisation.

For further information about the role, and to apply, please click ‘Apply Now’ below.