Geoff Downes is a Principal Research Scientist with Ensis, a joint venture between CSIRO and Scion (New Zealand Forest Research). His main research interests revolve around wood quality issues in plantation forests, particularly in regard to site and climate effects on wood formation. He is group leader for the Material Knowledge team of the ensis Wood Quality business unit and manages 7 scientists in Australia and New Zealand.
Geoff has authored more than 35 peer reviewed journal publications, over 40 conference papers, 1 book and several book chapters. 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.