Forest Research Institute (FRI)

University of the Sunshine Coast

Forest Research Institute undertakes work in the broad spectrum of forestry research areas that make direct and meaningful contributions to the sustainability of our wooded landscapes. This includes important areas of studies such as smallholder and forest conservation-based research, along with work to ensure industries are meeting regulatory requirements and public expectations. The FRI is comprised of three research centres. The Forest Industries Research Centre (FIRC) is focused on the forestry value chain and the economic and environmental sustainability of forest industries. The Tropical Forests and People Research Centre brings together researchers interested in the interactions between people and tropical forests. The National Centre for Timber Durability and Design Life is a collaboration between USC and Forest and Wood Products Australia, the University of Queensland and the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.

Organisation type
  • University Research Centre
Number of research staff
20-100 research staff
Level 1, Building B, USC, 90 Sippy Downs Drive, Sippy Downs QLD 4556

Strengths and capabilities

  • Indigenous forest management and landscape restoration
  • Optimised forest supply chain planning and management
  • Biomass/bioenergy supply chain systems and management
  • Tropical and subtropical forest and plantation species selection, breeding and management systems
  • Forest industry pest and disease management
  • Plantation and regrowth timber processing for engineered wood products
  • Tropical silviculture - post-logging recruitment of tree biodiversity and forest dynamics

Facilities and major equipment

  • K'gari Research and Learning Centre
  • National Centre for Timber Durability and Design Life

Lead researcher

Professor Mark Brown—Professor Mark Brown is the Task Leader and USC is the Operating Agent for International Energy Agency's Bioenergy Task 43

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