Forestry scientists research the biology and chemistry of forests, trees and wood fibres to find ways to improve the productivity and sustainability of the forestry industry. They may also look at improved processing of harvested logs or develop innovative wood-based products.
There are a number of specialist roles, including entomologists who study insects that may damage trees, and molecular biologists involved in breeding new types of trees or trees with enhanced characteristics.
As in most research areas, to be a forestry scientist you will generally need to complete a PhD and several postdoctoral positions in order to get a permanent position. Competition for these roles can be fierce.
Most forestry scientists in New Zealand are employed by:
Forestry scientists typically earn:
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