3.0 Forest Biometrics/statistics – growth & yield, trial design, sampling

About the Lecturer

Dr Michelle Balasso

Michelle has a multi-disciplinary background allowing for a broad expertise in forestry, ecology, wood products and natural resource management and is committed to integrating different aspects of forestry for sustainable and appropriate use of natural resources. Michelle’s PhD contributed to the understanding of variation in wood quality in Eucalyptus plantations, and she developed a segregation system to obtain the highest recovery of valuable products from the planted resource. Michelle authored a number of high-quality publications in the fields of forest management and wood technology, and presented at several national and international conferences, as well as at industry events. Originally from Italy, she obtained both BSc and MSc from the University of Padova, and travelled for research in Sweden and Germany prior to settling in Australia, where she is currently employed in the forest industry.

3.0 Forest Biometrics/statistics – growth & yield, trial design, sampling

Accurate and reliable measurements of forest resources are fundamental for forests evaluation, resource modelling, conservation and sustainable resources extraction, as well as for restoration and biodiversity protection. Statistical knowledge is essential to understand forest biometrics and mensuration, as well as to undertake forest research. This lecture will cover the bare-bone basics of statistics, sampling methods, to then move on the concepts of growth and yield for forest assessments.

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