Geoff Downes is director of Forest Quality Pty. Ltd., a private research company in Tasmania seeking to develop and apply technology for non-destructive evaluation of wood properties in trees. From 1992 to 2012, Geoff was employed as a Research Scientist with CSIRO, following post-doctoral fellowships at the University of Aberdeen and the University of Melbourne. His research interests revolve around wood quality issues in forests, particularly in regard to site and climate effects on wood formation. He is involved in 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.
Geoff has authored more than 75 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 a member of the volunteer Hobart Friends of CMI group for Creation Ministries International. See also his chapter in In Six Days.