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Cris Brack

Cris Brack

Assoc Professor Forest measurement & management, Australian National University

I completed a B.Sc.(for) with 1st class Honours at the ANU as a Forestry Commission Trainee in 1981 and then went to work for the NSW government. After 3 years as a field forester, I moved to Sydney where I eventually became the Senior Inventory Officer responsible for quantifying the growth and value of plantations and native forests of NSW. In 1994, I returned to the ANU to teach and research into forest measurement and management.

In 2009, I took leave to become the inaugural Chair and Professor of Forestry at the Waiariki Institute (Rotorua, New Zealand) and subsequently became the Director of Research with a mandate to increase the research profile and potential of that Institute (in fields from primary industry, Maori development, nursing and health studies, computing and business). After a successful 3 years, I returned to the ANU to take up my teaching and research roles in the Fenner School of Environment and Society.

I am a member of the Institute of Foresters of Australia (IFA)

I am a Director of the National Arboretum Canberra Foundation

It's not so easy to gain the true measure of things

Dec 15, 2018 16:43 pm UTC| Science

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Trees are made of human breath

Aug 13, 2018 15:06 pm UTC| Insights & Views Nature

Outside my office window, two skilled workers complete a hard and dirty job. Theyre cutting the felled trunk of a tree into small enough pieces to be thrown into the back of a truck with the rest of the chipped remains. I...

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