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Dr Dan Ridley-Ellis

Post Nominals BEng MRes PhD FIMMM
Biography Dan Ridley-Ellis is head of the Centre Wood Science and Technology at Edinburgh Napier University. He is one of the UK’s technical experts on guessing the strength of wood and can talk for hours on the topic – which he frequently does if nobody stops him.

His main area of research is understanding the properties of wood, and how they are influenced by tree growth, forest management, and climate. He represents the UK at European Standards Committees for grading of construction timber, and the majority of structural sawn timber produced in the UK is now graded with settings he developed. He was named “woodland hero” for 2016 by Grown in Britain, and is also active in online learning, public engagement and science communication. He is the lead organiser of Bright Club Edinburgh.
Research Interests Timber strength grading and associated standards;
Improvement of timber production and utilisation;
Mechanical and physical properties of timber and their measurement by destructive and non-destructive techniques;
Trees and the structural role that wood plays within them;
Consequences of silviculture and the natural environment on tree growth and wood properties;
Numerical and statistical modelling.
Teaching and Learning Public engagement and science communication
Provision of continuing professional development
Scopus Author ID 6505976305