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Forest Research Centre

"FRC ranked 5 'well above world standard' in Australian government assessment ERA 2015"


Researchers in Southern Cross University's Forest Research Centre investigate the ecology of native forests both in Australia and overseas, as well as studying how native forests and plantations can sustainably produce wood products, environmental services and carbon.

The research staff in the FRC have broad and varied interests but are particularly focused on:

  • Tropical and subtropical forestry and agroforestry, domestication of native tree species
  • Computer modelling for forest management and decision-support systems
  • Ecology and management of forest birds, marsupials and amphibians
  • New products from trees, especially from eucalypt plantations, including bioenergy
  • Forest genetics
  • Mixed-species plantations
  • Community engagement in land-use planning.

The University's Southern Cross Plant Science Research Centre contributes to the Forest Research Centre in the areas of forest genetics and genomics.