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Biodata - Denis Alder

Denis Alder was born in England and attended Tonbridge School, Kent, before moving to Australia in 1967. He gained a 1st class Honours degree in Forest Science from the Australian National University, Canberra in 1973. From 1974 he worked at the University of Oxford doing research on forest growth models, for which he was awarded a D.Phil. in 1978. From 1979 to 1983 he worked in various capacities for FAO, writing manuals on forest growth modelling in Rome and Oxford, and undertaking biometrics and inventory work in Ghana for a project on sustainable forest energy.

From mid-1983 to 1989 he consulted primarily for the World Bank on projects in Turkey and Ghana. From 1989 he became a freelance consultant working on short-term assignments with a number of development agencies and private companies (see Clients). This work was primarily concentrated on forest inventory design and analysis, forest growth model development and analysis of growth plot data, tree volume and biomass equations, carbon sequestration modelling, and systems for yield regulation and sustainable forest management.

These assignments involved work on the ground in a number of countries, including Australia, Belize, Botswana, Brazil, Cameroon, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Ghana, Guyana, Indonesia, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Mexico, Papua New Guinea, Sudan, and Uganda.

From 2004 has consulted for the Potato Council and Market Intelligence Divisions of the AHDB, undertaking analysis work on crop yields, production, prices and market trends, and especially providing technical support for Internet systems to capture and process these data (the Grower Panel).

He has been involved since the turn of the century in projects relating to carbon sequestration and climate change mitigation through forestry. This has included work on models of carbon dynamics for VCS investments into tropical indigenous forest rehabilitation, and for resource assessment, baseline analysis, allometry and monitoring procedures relative to the United Nations REDD initiative.

His current interests include continuing support for the AHDB Grower Panel, development work on the Forest Management Toolkit, work on forest modelling and allometry for various carbon sequestration projects for private sector clients, and upgrading and modernisation of MYRLIN to provide a general open source forest modelling tool.