Before joining the ICFR as Research Manager in 2013 Andrew spent 18 years with the Usutu Pulp Company in Swaziland (1979-1997), first as Research Officer and then Forest Research Manager, and 16 years with Sappi Forests (1997-2013) as General Manager Research. He obtained a PhD from University of Reading, UK, in 1987. Over a career spanning 35 years Andrew has developed a broad scope of interests in applied forestry research in support of sustainable industrial wood plantations. In particular; forest site classification, sustainable forestry practice, site-specific forestry practice, reg
Ilaria gained a Doctoral degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Rome La Sapienza, Italy and a MSc in Zoology from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Since 1996 she has been engaged in research and projects with a strong spatial modeling component in natural systems and plantation forests both locally and internationally. Her interests and experience include ecological modeling and geospatial analysis for risk evaluation.
Julian's professional experience, mostly with the private sector in Mexico, Australia and South Africa, includes forest mensuration, tree improvement, wood quality as well as plantation silviculture and management for a range of tropical, subtropical and temperate species. His research interests include understanding the biological principles driving adaptation and productivity of different genetic populations and genotypes, breeding strategies, the role of silviculture and plantation management for maximising realised gain, wood quality, and methods for screening wood properties.