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Jerry Vanclay

DipCompSc(UQ), BA(UQ), BSc(For)(Hons)(ANU), MSc(Oxford), DScFor(UQ)


Faculty of Science and Engineering

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Jerry Vanclay


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Jerry is currently Research Professor at Southern Cross University. Previously, during the period of 2007-2019 Professor Vanclay was the Dean of Science and Head of School. Before joining Southern Cross University, Professor Vanclay was Principal Scientist with the Center for International Forestry Research, and Professor of Tropical Forestry at the Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University in Copenhagen, Denmark.


Professor Vanclay has made profound contributions to modelling forest ecosystems and his research has been visionary in influencing the management of forests in many countries. Professor Vanclay leads Southern Cross University's research program in decision support systems for forest management, including growth modelling and yield prediction. While Professor Vanclay's primary research interests focus on forest mensuration and growth modelling, the scope of his work as described by his publication record is far wider. His research has covered native and planted forests, forest policy, forests and society, natural resource management, biodiversity, tree breeding, wood science, sustainability and water management. Jerry has written over 350 publications, with more than 150 in refereed journals. He wrote the definitive text on forest growth modelling, Modelling Forest Growth and Yield. He also co-authored Realizing Community Futures, a guide to the use of participatory modelling for better environmental outcomes. Jerry's recent research includes mixed species plantings, competition indices, and participatory modelling.

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