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Vacancy - Forestry Researcher


A researcher is required to work on the DAFM funded Fit Forests Project which aims to provide critical information to assess the ability of key forest tree species in Ireland to adapt to climate change.

The research will collect new and important information on the adaptability of Irish forests to climate change to provide up to date information on the best provenances and seed origins adapted for future Irish climatic conditions. A number of key forest species will be assessed, such as

  • Sitka spruce,
  • Norway spruce,
  • Douglas fir,
  • Oak,
  • Beech,
  • Cherry and
  • Sycamore.

Species and provenance trials will be assessed and the data will be analysed to determine if certain provenances are more suited in altered climatic conditions. A series of new trials will be established to assess the adaptability of the current range of provenances used in Ireland and their suitability for warmer climates.

The position will involve the compilation of tree species and provenance information from experimental trials throughout Ireland and involve field data collection, data analysis and report writing.

The ideal candidate should have experience working in forestry research and be familiar with climate related data, analysis and have an understanding of the effects of climate on tree growth. Experience in climate modelling, and/or an understanding of drought processes in trees or experience of dendrochronology/wood properties of various species would be an advantage.

The role will involve working closely with the project coordinator and wider project team so good organisational skills, project management and a demonstrated capacity to deliver on objectives and research tasks and team work are essential. An ability to communicate the research findings to relevant stakeholders and internal and external groups is an essential part of the role.

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