We are pleased to welcome Dr David Auty to the Associate Editorial Board of Annals of Forest Science.
Dr David Auty is an Associate Professor of Wood Science, School of Forestry, Northern Arizona University.
He gained his PhD from The University of Aberdeen on modelling the effects of forest management on the wood properties and branch characteristics of UK-grown Scots pine. He carried out postdoctoral research at Université Laval, Québec before moving to a faculty position in Arizona.
His research interests focus on the measurement and statistical modeling of wood and fiber properties and linking these with outputs of growth and yield models. His work aims to generate predictions of the effects of forest management on both the volume and distribution of wood properties in the present and future wood supply. Working alongside industrial partners and colleagues at NAU and elsewhere, his current research is focused on assessing the southwestern U.S. ponderosa pine forest resource for its end-use potential. Research areas include: 1) the use of non-destructive acoustic evaluation tools for improving stand-level predictions of wood stiffness, which could guide future harvesting decisions, 2) development of models that can provide detailed knowledge of the expected changes in wood and fiber attributes under different intervention strategies, 3) linking wood properties models with outputs from stand- and tree-level growth models to predict product volume and value recovery from the current and future resource, and 4) incorporating wood properties predictions into models for wood flow and capacity planning.
He has been the Deputy Coordinator: IUFRO Division 5, Working Party 5.01.04, Wood Quality Modelling since 2011, and currently serves as the Associate Director of the School of Forestry at NAU.