Dr Mohammad Reza Ghaffariyan

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Dr Mohammad Reza Ghaffariyan


Teaching areas

  • Forest Operation Management

Research areas

  • forest harvesting planning and optimisation
  • timber transportation planning
  • biomass harvesting technology
  • minimisation of environmental impacts of harvesting operations
  • forest road network planning


Mohammad has extensive research background in forestry. He led several forest operation research projects in native forests of Iran from 2002 to 2005. He then worked at BOKU Vienna University from 2005 to 2010 as a research assistant and Postdoctoral Fellow, exploring efficiency and cost of forest biomass utilisation in Austria being one of the leading countries in forestry and bioenergy. In April 2010 he was appointed as a Research Fellow at the University of Tasmania to lead the forest operations and biomass harvesting projects. In May 2012 Mohammad was offered a research position at the University of the Sunshine Coast to investigate the efficient and sustainable timber harvesting operations and forest biomass utilisation systems which have resulted in significant economic saving and environmental benefits for the Australian forest industry.

Mohammad has been a member of COST Action FP-0902 on biomass supply chains in Europe and represents Australia in a new COST Action program (FP-1301) on Euro-Coppice Forests in EU where bioenergy usage of the coppice forests is main research activity.

Mohammad, as a young researcher, has published more than 65 research articles in various peer-reviewed journals and forestry conferences. He also serves as a reviewer to different international forestry journals.

Professional memberships

  • Council of Forest Engineering (COFE)

  • International Union of Forest Organization (IUFRO)

  • Cost Action FP0902 (Forest Energy Portal)

  • Cost Action FP1301 (EuroCoppice)


  • Top student at BSc level in Forestry, 2001, Tehran University

  • Top student at MSc level in Forestry, 2003, Tehran University

  • North-South dialogue scholarship for PhD studies, 2005, Austrian Exchange Service (OEAD)

  • Post-doc research fellowship award, 2009, BOKU University (Vienna) and Austrian Exchange Service (OEAD)  

  • Travel grant for young researchers to join COST-ESF High-level Research forum, 2011, European Science Foundation (ESF)


These publications represent Mohammad's top 5 research publications:

Ghaffariyan, M.R., Acuna, M., M. Brown. 2013. Analysing the effect of five operational factors on forest residue supply chain costs: A case study in Western Australia. Biomass and Bioenergy 59: 486- 493

Ghaffariyan, M.R., Sessions, J. and M. Brown. 2013. Roadside chipping in a first thinning

Operation for Radiata Pine in South Australia. Croatian Journal of Forest Engineering 34 (1): 91-101

Ghaffariyan, M.R., Spinelli, R. and M. Brown. 2013. A model to predict productivity of different chipping operations. Southern Forests: a Journal of Forest Science 75 (3): 129–136

Ghaffariyan, M.R., Brown, M., Acuna, M., Sessions, J., Kuehmaier, M., and J. Wiedemann.2011. Biomass harvesting in Eucalyptus plantations in Western Australia. Southern Forests 73(3&4)

Ghaffariyan, M.R., Stampfer, K. and J. Sessions. 2010. Optimal road spacing of cable yarding using a tower yarder in Southern Austria. European Journal of Forest Research 129(3): 409-416

Potential research projects for HDR and Honous students

  • Evaluating the quality and quantity of Sunshine Coast Council’s woody waste for sustainable bioenergy usage

  • Assessment of forest harvesting residues in Sunshine Coast plantations

  • Smart phone application for productive forest operations

  • Sustainable systems for safe and productive timber harvesting operations

  • Analysis of forestry work accidents to improve work safety in the wood supply chain

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