Dr Graeme Palmer


  • Bachelors Degree in Science (Forestry) and Science majoring in computing and maths (ANU)
  • Doctor of Environmental Science (SCU)


Forest resource evaluation, forest operations, wood science, wood products manufacturing, product and market development, computer programming, simulation and optimisation, operations management, work health and safety.

Certified in first aid, quarantine, bus and medium rigid truck driving, chainsaws, small marine craft.

Research Interests and Background

1989 and 2000 working in various roles with the Queensland government forestry authorities. Primary fields of work included assessment of exotic softwood quality, sawing and drying, hardwood plantations research, project management, organisational management and implementation of government policy.

From 2000 to 2010, operating a small technical services business (BIL Technologies) and from 2004 studying part time for the award of Doctor Philosophy. The subject of the thesis was modelling of tree stems for the purpose of sawing simulation. The work used statistical techniques applied to standing and felled wood quality data to construct a distribution of virtual stems. These stems shown to be plausible reflections of the distribution of value saw log value variables.

From 2010 to present, working in management of teaching and research facilities at SCU, senior lecturer in forest operations, wood science and product development and marketing. At the same time participating in research projects domestically and in south pacific.

Current research interests include the small scale biomass gasification to electricity technology and the opportunities presented by abundant but small biomass collections in agriculture and civil structures; and the utilisation of small subtropical hardwood logs to produce moulded and extruded wood composites in any form. Key developments have been the enhancement of mechanical properties at low product density.

List of Recent Publications

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J Cummins, C Skennar, L Capill, M Cassidy, G Palmer (2016) Using small hardwood logs to produce liquid fuels and electricity; Australian Forestry 79 (3), 189-195

RGB Smith, K Glencross, JD Nichols, G Palmer, R Viranamangga (2016) Effect of initial spacing on first thinning product recovery, and financial outcomes in whitewood (Endospermum medullosum) plantations in Vanuatu; Small-scale forestry 15 (1), 45-59

C Addinsall, K Glencross, N Rihai, L Kalomor, G Palmer, D Nichols, ... (2016) Enhancing agroforestry in Vanuatu: striking the balance between individual entrepreneurship and community development; Forests, Trees and Livelihoods 25 (1), 78-96

R Virannamanga, K Glencross, G Palmer, JD Nichols, RGB Smith (2015) The Whitewood (Endospermum medullosum) value-chain in Vanuatu and impediments to development of a plantation-based industry; Small-scale Forestry 14 (2), 139-153