John Christison

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I graduated from Aberdeen University in 1977 with a BSc in Forestry and worked for 5 years with Tilhill Forestry in forest management and harvesting and marketing sections of the company.

I have been heavily involved in the development and delivery of the HE programmes at the Scottish School of Forestry over the years and have acted as an external examiner for other degree programmes in the UK.

For the majority of my time as a lecturer I have been involved in promoting and supporting international exchanges for our students and staff.

I also completed a diploma in Field Archaeology with Aberdeen University.


Courses Taught

Teach on Forestry HNC/D, Arboriculture and Unban Forestry HNC/D and BSc Forest Management courses

Forest Science, Establishment of Woodlands, Silvicultural Systems, Forest Mensuration, Forest Design, Forest Protection, Forestry in Europe, Forest Investment Appraisal, Forestry Graded Unit 2

Professional memberships

Member of the Institute of Chartered Foresters since 1980.

I have been involved as a member of the examination team and sat on national and local ICF committees


I have been involved in forestry all my working life gaining excellent experience in all aspects of forest management and industrial landscaping with Tilhill Forestry Ltd which built on the invaluable experience I gained as a forest worker with Novar Estate whilst a student.

As a lecturer my interests have leaned towards forest establishment and management as well as forest policy, forest protection and forests investment appraisal but I keep a keen eye on all aspects of forest management and land use.


I carried out a research project for Sportscotland in relation to recreation on Knockando Estate.

I have been involved in the design and management of International projects through the Erasmus vehicle.

I have been involved in the development of teaching materials for UHI and Inverness College in relation to the HE programmes.

John Christison