Shelagh McCartan

BSc, MSc, PhD

Related research

Research topic

Focus on Hymenoscyphus fraxineus

Emerging diseases of forests caused by Hymenoscyphus fraxineus

Status: Current


  • Pests and diseases
Research topic

Plant Production

Adding value to tree seed lots to improve cost-efficiency and effectiveness of nurseries

Status: Current


  • Forest management
  • Plant Production – this project is funded by Forestry Commission, Lead Investigator.
  • Hot-water treatment of ash fruits – this project is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 635646; Research Scientist.

McCartan, S.A., Peace. A.J., Gosling, P.G., & Forster, J. (2017). Secondary dormancy imposition in pre-chilled, dried seeds of Douglas fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) during storage. Seed Science and Technology 45: 296-305.

McCartan, S.A. & Parratt, M.J. (2016) Common juniper in Britain: a review of the challenges facing this iconic species. Scottish Forestry 70(2): 34-40.

Shelagh A. McCartan, Joan F. Webber and Richard L. Jinks. (2015) Hot-water treatment as a possible method for eradicating Chalara fraxinea (Hymenoscyphus pseudoalbidus) infection from ash fruits (Fraxinus excelsior L). Quarterly Journal of Forestry 109, 18-23.

Shelagh A. McCartan and Richard L. Jinks (2015) Upgrading Seed Lots of European Silver Fir (Abies alba Mill.) Using Imbibition-Drying-Separation. Tree Planters' Notes 58(2): 21-27.

Midmore, E. K., McCartan, S. A., Jinks, R. L. & Cahalan, C. M. (2015). Using thermal time models to predict germination of five provenances of silver birch (Betula pendula Roth) in southern England. Silva Fennica vol. 49(2): 1-12.

McCartan, S.A., Jinks, R.L. & Barsoum, N. (2015) Using thermal time models to predict the impact of assisted migration on the synchronization of germination and shoot emergence of oak (Quercus robur L.). Annals of Forest Science 72:479–487. DOI 10.1007/s13595-014-0454-5

McCartan, S.A. & Gosling, P.G. (2013) Guidelines for seed collection and stratification of common juniper (Juniperus communis L.). Tree planters notes 56:25-29.

Trade journal and newsletter articles
McCartan, S.A (2014). The UK National Tree Seed Project: safeguarding juniper for future generations. Sanctuary: the Ministry of Defence Sustainability Magazine 43: 54-55.

McCartan, S.A. (2013). 4-traders 12/12/2013 Forestry Commission in the media: protecting juniper from a berry uncertain future.

McCartan, S.A. (2013). news12/12/2013 Forestry Commission in the media: protecting juniper from a berry uncertain future. www:

McCartan, S. A. (2013). Radio Interview with BBC Wiltshire in December2013. ‘Wild about Wiltshire’. A recorded radio interview with Marie Lennon on BBC Wiltshire.

McCartan, S.A. (2014) Juniper Management Workshop, 13th May 2014. Forest Research, Alice Holt, Farnham, Surrey, 2014

McCartan, S.A. (2017) 'Bad seed is robbery of a worst kind....' Keynote speaker at IUFRO Seed Orchard (WG 2.09.01), Sweden (4-6 September).