About the Lecturer
Dr Brian J. Turner, BSc (For) (Syd U), Dip For (AFS, Canb), MF and D For (Yale), FIFA
Brian began his career in 1959 doing forest inventories for the Forestry Commission of NSW and as a sub-district forester before undertaking postgraduate studies at Yale University. On his return to Sydney he was assigned as a specialist in providing statistical advice to forest researchers, writing computer programs for them and designing forest inventories.
In 1969 he moved to the USA and for the next 15 years taught quantitative forestry subjects to 3rd and 4th year forestry students at Pennsylvania State University. His research interests ranged from developing volume tables for the Pennsylvania Forestry Bureau to the analysis of data from earth observing satellites under contract to NASA. Brian and family returned to Australia in 1984, to the Australian National University, as Reader in Forestry and continued teaching forestry and conducting research and consultancies in quantitative aspects of forestry until and beyond his retirement from ANU in 2001.
He has been a member of the Institute of Foresters of Australia (now Forestry Australia) since his undergraduate student days, was Managing Editor of “Australian Forestry” for several years and has maintained an active interest in its meetings and conferences.