Biographical Information

Dr Rowland Burdon has been a scientist at the New Zealand Forest Research Institute since 1964. and is continuing to work in retirement. He has operated primarily as a quantitative geneticist. Main areas of his work have been: quantitative genetic architecture of Pinus radiata (which has involved many aspects of the species’ biology); gene resource management of the species; quantitative breeding methodology; and tree breeding strategy. He has become the leading authority on the general biology of P. radiata, while many overseas tree breeding programmes bear the influence of his work. In recent years he has been addressing risk management for clonal forestry and genetic engineering of forest trees, within-tree variation in wood properties, and interfacing tree breeding with molecular biology