Forests for the Future research seminar series

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Forests for the Future research seminar series


The Forest Industries Research Centre (FIRC) and the Tropical Forests and People (TFAP) Research Centre are proud to present the Forests for the Future research seminar series aimed at sharing current research activity within the centres with the broader USC and Sunshine Coast community.

Researchers from FIRC and TFAP will present their current research being conducted in partnership with industry and communities around Australia and across the globe.

Emphasis will be placed on innovative approaches to field research in actively managed forests with industry and communities and the impacts that research is having on practice and policy.

For further information about upcoming seminars please contact Michelle Tapp on +61 7 5456 5977 or Kelisha Lyndon on +61 7 5456 5752 or email

2017 seminar series

A new FoRCE for Tropical Forest Research and Management
Presented by Dr Andrew Marshall, University of the Sunshine Coast

12:30pm - 1:30pm Wednesday, 20 September 2017 Lecture Theatre 5 (LT5), Building K, Ground level.


As a new member of staff at USC I will be presenting an overview of my research to date, with focus on my emerging Forest Restoration and Climate Experiment (FoRCE). My work has generally addressed the broad field of biodiversity conservation science, both from ecological and socio-economic perspectives, particularly relating to tropical forests. My research career began with a series of expeditions to remote rainforests in East Africa that led to various new discoveries. Following this my PhD research determined some important implications of tropical forest degradation for forest primate and tree populations and species communities. I then went on to investigate landscape-level patterns in forest carbon and species distributions before establishing a long-term forest conservation project in the Udzungwa Mountains of Tanzania. More recently my FoRCE experiment now aims to understand the long-term recovery of tropical forests from damage by humans, with particular focus on the impact of vines and climate. My current PhD students are also investigating the human impacts and understanding of biodiversity conservation, including the role of protected areas and zoos.


I hold joint positions at the University of the Sunshine Coast and University of York (UK). My research evaluates ecosystem conservation success, through ecological (and socio-economic) survey, primarily in tropical forests. I established and direct FoRCE (the Forest Restoration and Climate Experiment) and Reforest Africa, which together aim to better understand and implement tropical forest restoration. I also established and continue to advise CIRCLE.

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