Professor Peter Freer-Smith was appointed Chief Scientist at the Forestry Commission in 2009
Peter studied for his first degree at Stirling University gaining a first class degree in Biological Sciences. His PhD was on the impacts of air pollutants on trees. Both his PhD and DSc are awarded by the University of Lancaster. Peter did 2 periods of post-doctoral research at Lancaster before moving to a lecturer’s post at the University of Ulster. He joined the Forestry Commission in 1987. In June 2005 Peter was appointed Honorary Visiting Professor in the School of Biological Sciences.
Forestry Commission Chief Scientific Adviser
The Chief Scientist at the Forestry Commission is responsible for ensuring that Forest Research provides the scientific knowledge and expertise needed to achieve sustainable forest management.