Dr Mohammad Reza Ghaffariyan

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Dr Mohammad Reza Ghaffariyan


Research Fellow (Forestry)

PhD (Forest Engineering) University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences (BOKU) Vienna, MSc (Forestry) Tehran, BSc (Forestry) Tehran

+61 7 5456 5447
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Innovation Centre ICG.44
Dr Mohammad Reza Ghaffariyan


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 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)

  • Forest mechanization (FORMEC)

  • European Journal of Forest Engineering - editorial board member
  • Croatian Journal of Forest Engineering - international editorial board member
  • Australian Journal of Forestry - editorial panel member


These publications represent Mohammad's top 5 research publications:

Ghaffariyan, M.R., Brown, M., Acuna, M., Sessions, J., Gallagher, T., Kühmaier, M., Spinelli, R., Visser, R., Devlin, G., Eliasson, L., Laitila, J., Laina, R., Iwarsson Wide, M., Egnell, G. 2017. An international review of the most productive and cost effective forest biomass recovery technologies and supply chains. Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews 74: 145-158

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

Ghaffariyan, M.R., Stampfer, K., Sessions, J. 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 Honour students

  • Evaluating the quality and quantity of 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

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