Maxwell Ralph Jacobs Fund

The late Dr Max Jacobs was one of Australia's most distinguished foresters. At the time of his retirement in 1970 he was the Director-General of the Forestry and Timber Bureau, having worked in the public service for 44 years. He died in Canberra in 1979.

In 1983 the Australian Academy of Science, in conjunction with the Institute of Foresters of Australia and the New Zealand Institute of Foresters, established a fund to commemorate his life and work. The fund was used to support worthy projects in any field of forestry research and to provide graduates within Australasia with support for professional development not readily available from other sources.

In 2006 the Academy of Science and New Zealand Institute of Foresters withdrew from the Fund and handed its administration to the Institute of Foresters of Australia (IFA). The Institute of Foresters of Australia undertook to fund the Max Jacobs Fund for at least a five-year period to 2011. The IFA then extended this funding until 2013 at which point the fund was closed.

The principles applying to the application of grants were:

  • funds available each year were capped at $5,000 (GST exempt);

  • two grants of about $2,500 were usually allocated each year.

The following broad categories of activity were supported:

  • work or study to be carried out in or related to Australasia in any field of forestry science

  • field-orientated research in Australia and New Zealand;

  •  overseas travel to undertake research

Recipients of the Maxwell Ralph Jacobs Award

Year*

No.

Name Topic
2013 83

Ariana Iaconis 

Fire management planning in world heritage rainforests: quantifying the flammability of rainforest fuels

  82 Arne Matthesius  Landscape traps and suppression of growth in heavy hardwood trees
2012

79

Nicholas Fountain-Jones

Testing the importance of litter and canopy cover to beetle and moss dispersal by artificially adding mature species litter and canopy cover to levels replicating mature forest.

 

80

Joanna Burger

What to eat? Examining predator-prey relationships in restored eucalypt forests of south-western Australia.

 

81

Andrew Callister

Development of a pruning decision support tool.

2011

77

Samuel Wood

Applying dendro-ecological techniques to better understand fire regimes and ecological processes in Tasmania’s southern forests.

 

78

Michael Roche

Reprising the Role of Hugh Corbin in Australian and New Zealand Forestry 1912-1950.

2010

75

Dean Severino

Produce and make available a final analysis and report of data from sugar gum establishment trials in central western Victoria between 2002 and 2007.

 

76

Ryan Burrows

Assess the impact of forest management on stream health. Understanding the natural variation and impacts of landscape and disturbance (including but not limited to harvesting) on structural (particulate carbon dynamics, in-stream habitat, water quality) and functional variables in small headwater streams in wet Eucalypt forests in Southern Tasmania.

2009

74

Sarah Monks

Biodiversity conservation in production forests – The study aims to investigate the approach taken to biodiversity conservation in areas subject to production forestry activities in Canada and North America in particular, how the effectiveness of measures for the conservation of biodiversity are monitored and how new information is taken into account in on-ground management.

Download full report

 

73

Sebastian Pfautsch

Water use and requirement of Nothofagus spp. – Research on Nothofagus cunninghamii(southeastern Australia), N. Antartica and N. Pumilio (southern Argentina), in order to measure their water requirements. Correlating these measurements with environmental parameters, and modelling the influence of these parameters on tree water use in the futures.

 

72

Krishna Shrestha

Overseas travel to undertake research in Nepalese community forestry. This research is a part of an international research which aims to examine the politics of environmental justice in decentralized natural resource management.

2008

68

Bryony Horton

Travel to The Bruns Laboratory at the University of California, for 3 weeks in 2008. While there, work with expert researchers to develop skills in the area of fungal molecular identification and use these skills to identify ectomycorrhizal samples I have collected throughout my PhD study.

 

69

Kerrie Catchpoole

Travel to deliver a paper at an international workshop to be held in Finland in 2008. The workshop is part of the International Union of Forest Research Organisations (IUFRO) series, and will focus on the connection between silviculture and wood quality in a modelling context.

 

70

Audrey Quentin

Travel to carry out photosynthetic and growth measurements. Understanding of the reasons behind pest and disease attacks on plantations is a key factor in the sustainable and intelligent management of the Australian forestry.

 

71

Shannon Smith

Using genetic techniques, the temporal and spatial variation within A. incompertus in South-east Australian forests will be investigated. This knowledge will enable the implementation of management strategies to intervene with beetle dispersal and improve wood quality.

2007

66

Dr Ross Peacock RPF 

Validate models of vegetation change following timber harvesting in East Gippsland, Victoria.

 

67

Matthew Brookhouse

Visit the Swansea University’s tree-ring laboratory. Test a wood density assessment technique, called blue reflectance, on two Australian species. The first, Eucalyptus delegatensis, will provide the opportunity to test the technique on eucalypts. The second species, Podocarpus lawrencii, is an alpine conifer that may be affected by climate change.

2006

64

Vic Jurkis

Examine the Wombat (Victoria) long term fire study area. Examine decline of Eucalyptus camaldulensis in the Macquarie Marshes (NSW) and E. fasciculosa in the Mt. Lofty Ranges (SA). Study ongoing Aboriginal fire management in the Northern Territory and compare with post-European practices of graziers;

 

65

David Forrester

Study water use and water use efficiency of mixed species plantations of eucalyptus and acacia.

2005

62

Alison Miller

Conduct research aimed at using vegetation management to modify herbivore feeding behaviour and thus contribute to non-lethal management of browsing damage by marsupial herbivores.

 

63

Ian Brooker

Travel grant to Papua New Guinea to conduct research on Eucalyptus papuana. Collect samples of Eucalyptus papuana and compare with Corymbia paracolphica and C. arafurica.

2004

60

Anna Smith Travel to South Africa – examine Mycosphaerella nublisoa on Eucalyptus nitens
 

61

Julienne O’Reilly-Wapstra Travel – Macauley Research Institute, Aberdeen Scotland, collaborative work on natural plant resistance
2003

58

Phil Alcorn Travel to present paper at International Union of Forest research, Helsinki, Finland 17 June 2003

 

59

Natalie Kelly

Field trials – application of mathematical modelling techniques - comparison between young Eucalyptus regnans crowns

2002 55 Ms Justine Edwards Attend ‘Roots- the dynamic interface between plants and earth’, 6th ISRR Symposium, Nagoya, Japan, November 2001
  56 Marie Yee Registration costs to attend 5th Invertebrate Biodiversity and Conservation Conference, Adelaide 2001 and a Beetle Identification Workshop in Canberra
  57 Sue Baker Travel expenses and projected materials for field-based sampling of litter beetles
2001

53

Ms Helen Nahrung Research on the southern eucalypt leaf beetle, Chrysophtharta agricola
 

54

Ms Alieta Eyles Kino production by eucalypts in response to wounding
2000

50

Mr Craig Kenneth McFarlane Visit Utah USA for research on metabolism of eucalypts
 

51

Ms Geraldine Moore Research on bats in pine plantations at Kinleith

 

52

Ms Emily Kemp

Travel to Oregon to acquire skills for research on ectomycorrhizae in woodlands

1999

48

Dr Jane Medhurst Attend ‘Canopy dynamics…” IUFRO meeting, Scandanavia, Aug. 1999

 

49

Mr Terry Walshe

Field trips to gather data on growth stages of euc. forests

1998

45

Dr Paul R. Adams Attend Vegetation Management conference Toronto August 1998
 

46

Mr Robert Preston Attend remote sensing forum Canada February 1998

 

47

Mr Robin Thwaites

Attend N.American Forest Soils Conf.

1997

43

Dr Jurgen Bauhus Relationships between fine roots of eucalypts and acacias

 

44

Dr David Jones

Development of eucalypt propagation in SA

1996

41

Dr Kenneth G Eldridge Travel to NZ to assist preparation of book on radiata pine

 

42

Dr Pauline Garnier-Gere

Chemicals for genetic analysis of E. delegatensis

1995

38

Mr M Ian H Brooker Visit India re eucalypt identification
 

39

Mr Jeff Claussen Drought tolerance of rainforest species

 

40

Dr Philip Polglase

Travel to USA re waste water re-use in forests

1994

36

Mr Mark Krstic Travel, NZ, re hormones in rooting radiata pine cuttings

 

37

Drs Phil Evans, Robin Wingate-Hill

Documentation of wood collection transferred from Latrobe to ANU

1993

32

Drs Phil Evans, Robin Wingate-Hill Indexing and registration of ANU (?) wood collection
 

33

Mr Gary Hopewell Training in timber identification
 

34

Dr Timothy Langrish Data logging and control interface

 

35

Mr Luke Wilson

Travel in Vic., value adding in hardwood sawmills

1992

30

Dr J Clive Carlyle Workshops, international, fine roots

 

31

Mr Stephen Walker

Travel, New Caledonia, breeding, propagation and establishment of pines and eucalypts

1991

25

Mr Ian R Bail Travel, NZ, re dothistroma
 

26

Mr Philip CJ Barker Travel, NZ, re growing speciality native timbers
 

27

Mr William L McCaw Travel, USA, fire research and management
 

28

Mr Peter F Moore Travel SW WA, prescribed fire history and policy

 

29

Mr Wang Qiao

Field studies of Tryphocaria- a pest of eucalypts

1990

19

Mr Roger Church Airfares to California for PhD re computers in forest planning
 

20

Dr Bernard Dell Travel to North America: conference on mycorrhiza
 

21

Mr Mark F Ellis Travel, Australia, re eucalypt hybridisation
 

22

Mr Henry W Esbenshade Study, WA, of adoption of agroforestry
 

23

Miss Jillian M Packham Travel, NZ, re regeneration of Nothofagus

 

24

Mr Gary Waugh

Travel, USA, re sawing small eucalypt sawlogs

1989

14

Mr Paul Biggs Travel, Canada, large-scale aerial photos
 

15

Mr Christopher L Brack Travel, BC + USA, mensuration, inventory, management
 

16

Dr Ann Gibson Travel, Australia, site adaptation, E. camaldulensis
 

17

Mr Philip J Smethurst Attendance, NZ workshop harvesting and productivity

 

18

Dr Geoffrey B Wood

Travel, mensuration code of practice

1988

9

Mr John N Cameron Travel, Europe, eucalypt breeding and propagation
 

10

Dr Paul YH Fung Travel, Brazil, charcoal from eucalypts
 

11

Dr Pauline A Heinrich Travel,, root physiology, E. camaldulensis
 

12

Dr Michael M Roche Travel to Australia, company strategies

 

13

Dr Inez C Tommerup

Lab costs, Cambridge, mycorrhizae

1987

6

Mr Wayne N Tibbits Travel, Australia, collection of eucalypt pollen
 

7

Dr Ian Abbott Travel, WA, insect pests

 

8

Mr Anthony P Wilkins

Travel, Japan, growth stress

1986

2

Dr Elaine Davison

Travel, Germany, forest decline

 

3

Mr Mark J Lewty Travel, Australia, pines and waterlogging
 

4

Dr David R Mulligan Purchase of chemicals and isotopes, P nutrition, eucalypt seedlings

 

5

Mr Andrew K Skidmore

Subsistence, USA, remote sensing

1985

1

Dr Bradley M Potts

Travel, France, cultivation and breeding eucalypts