Dean has over 23 years’ experience in forest research in silviculture, tree ecophysiology, and soil science. He is particularly interested in the spatial and temporal drivers of wood formation, site productivity & wood quality, resource use, and management under current and future climates for the forest industry.
He is a recognised expert in alternative species management and productivity, as well as site/species matching. Dean’s current research is focused on forest hydrology and is leading the 5-year, $13.7 million, MBIE Endeavour Forest Flows programme. It is investigating the role of planted forests in water storage, use, and release on the regional hydrological landscape and its effects on water quantity and quality to downstream rural and urban water users – and the environmental, cultural, and economic impacts