Forest Research Institute - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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USC’s 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.

Research Centres

The Institute is comprised of three Centres: National Centre for Timber Durability and Design Life, Forest Industries Research Centre, and Tropical Forests and People Research Centre.

The Centres have their individual identities and research focus but work collaboratively for greater impact.

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Forest Industries Research Centre
The Forest Industries Research Centre (FIRC) is focused on the forestry value chain and the economic and environmental sustainability of forest industries.
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Tropical Forests and People Research Centre
The Tropical Forests and People Research Centre brings together researchers interested in the interactions between people and tropical forests.
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National Centre for Timber Durability and Design Life
The National Centre for Timber Durability and Design Life: Putting Australia at the forefront of international best practice - a joint venture between USC, UQ, QDAFF and FWPA.

Latest news

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PhD student helps develop ‘bushfire scar’ model
16 September

A USC researcher has helped develop a computer model that aims to predict how long a bushfire will burn and how much of the landscape it will consume.

Tropical forests now struggling as ‘carbon sinks’
5 March

A conservation scientist from USC Australia has co-authored startling new research that shows the ability of the world’s tropical forests to remove carbon from the atmosphere is decreasing.

Global ambitions for new forest research group
4 March

The largest forestry research group in Australia officially opens at USC this week, banding together 80 experts eager to protect and restore the world’s precious forest resources.