Creationist Plant Physiologist

Geoff Downes is a Principal Research Scientist with CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems. His main research interests revolve around wood quality issues in plantation forests, particularly in regard to site and climate effects on wood formation. He leads a range of projects dealing with physiological modelling of wood formation, applications of near-infra-red spectroscopy to the non-destructive prediction of wood properties, and improved wood utilisation of eucalypt plantations (CRC Forestry).

Geoff has authored more than 70 peer-reviewed journal publications and book chapters, over 60 conference papers, and has been an invited keynote speaker at international conferences in Europe, South Africa and South America. He was part of the 2001 CSIRO Chairman’s medal team, awarded to the SilviScan technology. In Oct 2004 he and colleagues received the Joseph Umdasch award for international collaborative research in Forestry from BOKU, Vienna. In 2011 he was elected a Fellow of the International Academy of Wood Science. He is currently the leader of the Hobart Support group forCreation Ministries International. See also his chapter in In Six Days.

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