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Ted Wilson, Silviculturist (Photo: Sheena Wilson)

Ted Wilson, Silviculturist (Photo: Sheena Wilson)

Edward (Ted) Wilson is a Scots-Canadian silviculturist specialising in the management and conservation of temperate and boreal forests. Currently he is Walsh Fellow in Silviculture at the Teagasc Forestry Development Department, Ashtown Research Centre, and the School of Agriculture and Food Sciences, University College Dublin (UCD), in Dublin, Ireland. In addition, he holds academic appointments at the Centre for Forestry and Conservation, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada and Scottish School of Forestry, University of the Highlands and Islands, Inverness, Scotland. 

Ted enjoys a multi-faceted career as a public policy adviser, researcher, practitioner and educator. He has worked in the UK and Canada for over 30 years, including posts with the Canadian Forest Service, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, UK Forestry Commission and the Royal Forestry Society. In 2012 he was Visiting Scholar at the Faculty of Forestry and Environmental Management, University of New Brunswick, Canada. 

Ted’s research interests are in the areas of tree biology, woodland establishment and silvicultural systems, especially continuous cover forestry (CCF). At Teagasc and UCD, his current focus is the transformation of even-aged plantations to irregular structure forests. Recent projects have included research on seedling quality enhancement and species diversification to promote the ecological resilience of woodlands. In addition, he undertakes research on professional forestry education and the benefits of woodland for public health. 

Knowledge transfer and training have always been important elements of Ted’s professional practice. He has organised conferences, workshops, forest open days and training programmes for a number of government, non-government and professional organisations. Currently, he is delivering courses in CCF, including a 2-day course in tree marker training that focuses on the early stages of stand transformation and a 1-day course on the integration of timber quality and microhabitat conservation in mature woodlands undergoing transformation to CCF. 

Ted is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology (FRSB) (UK) and registered as a professional forester (MSIF) (Ireland). 

Current Appointments

  • Walsh Fellow in Silviculture, School of Agriculture and Food Science, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin, Ireland and Teagasc Forestry Development Department, Ashtown, Dublin, Ireland
  • Adjunct Professor of Silviculture, Centre for Forestry and Conservation, John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Lecturer (Supply), Scottish School of Forestry, University of the Highlands and Islands, Inverness, Scotland

Awards and Recognition

  • Gold Medal, Canadian Institute of Forestry
  • James Prize, Royal Forestry Society (shared with J. R. Clark)
  • Teaching Innovation Award (x2), University of Central Lancashire, England, UK

Professional Memberships

Service and Leadership selected roles

  • External Panel Member, Validation Committee for BSc (Hons) Forestry & Conservation Programmes, University of Cumbria, UK (2019)
  • Judge, Education and Learning Award, Excellence in Forestry Awards, Royal Forestry Society (2016, 2017)
  • Board Member and Scientific Advisor, Irregular Silviculture Network (ISN) (2016-2019)
  • Member, Conservation Advisory Group, Woodland Trust (2016-2019)
  • Judge, Tree of the Year Award (England), Woodland Trust (2015, 2016, 2017)
  • Member, Education Advisory Group, Royal Forestry Society (2015-2017)
  • Member, Forestry Skills Forum, England and Wales (2015-2017)
  • Member, National Forestry Forum, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) (2015)
  • Chair, National Conference, Continuous Cover Forestry: delivering sustainable and resilient forests in Britain, Continuous Cover Forestry Group  (2014)
  • Associate Editor, Forestry Chronicle, journal of the Canadian Institute of Forestry (2014-2017)
  • Governor, Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (2012-2014)
  • Member, Working Group on Forests and Natura 2000, European Commission (2010-2012)
  • Member, Forestry and Woodland Advisory Committee (North West England), Forestry Commission (2009-2017)
  • International Editorial Board, Arboricultural Journal: International Journal of Urban Forestry, journal of the Arboricultural Association (2008-2019)

Peer Review

  • Arboricultural Journal
  • Cambridge University Press
  • Forest Ecology and Management
  • Forestry 
  • Forestry Chronicle
  • Journal of Environmental Planning and Management
  • Quarterly Journal of Forestry

Further Information

  • Publications and reports here.
  • Talks and presentations here.
  • Contact information here.

ResearchGate: Edward Wilson on ResearchGate   RG
Teagasc Forestry Development Department: Edward Wilson Staff Profile 
Download: My Cumbria (profile article in Cumbria Life Magazine, June 2014)


Ted Wilson at Wythop Forest, Cumbria, England. Photo: Jon Walton.

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