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Biographical entry Boland, Douglas John (1947 - 2001)

Born
7 May 1947
Inverell, New South Wales, Australia
Died
31 May 2001
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Occupation
Botanical collector, Botanist and Forester

Summary

Douglas Boland graduated in 1968 from the Australian Forestry School and the Australian National University. He then completed a master's degree in botany, writing on the taxonomy of Eucalyptus leucoxylon. His first position was with the CSIRO Australian Tree Seed Centre, formerly the Seed Section of the Forest Research Institute, in Canberra. He was curator of the CSIRO herbarium collection of eucalypts, and described 10 new taxa of Eucalyptus. His research lead him to the studies of species native to Africa and Asia. A prolific writer, his books include Forest Trees of Australia, Eucalyptus Seed and Eucalyptus Leaf Oils.

Details

His 1983 paper Selection of Australian trees other than eucalypts for trials as fuelwood species in developing countries lead to research collaborations between CSIRO Forestry and Forest Products, the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research and overseas partners to identify useful Australian tree species.

Boland's travels to Brazil, Spain and South Africa in 1984 were the basis for new approaches to seed-collecting for the Australian Tree Seed Centre to suit the requirements of the Australian forestry industry. From 1991-1995, Douglas Boland was appointed to the International Centre for Research in Agroforestry in Nairobi. His inclusive thinking combined concerns for the requirements of a community with conventional studies of forest genetic resources. Developing and applying rapid survey methods, he successfully investigated priorities for use and conservation of forest genetic resources in villages in Fiji, Tonga, Samoa, Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands.

Douglas Boland introduced the concept of tree domestication to the CSIRO Australian Tree Seed Centre. Tree domestication involves bringing a species from the wild into cultivation and productive use. This new approach to conserving and harvesting forest genetic resources involves ordinary people such as farmers as well as scientists.

Events

1968
Education - Graduated from the Australian Forestry School and the Australian National University
1979
Taxonomy event - Eucalyptus leucoxylon F.Muell. Subsp.petiolaris Boland
1979
Taxonomy event - Eucalyptus leucoxylon F.Muell. subsp. megalocarpa Boland
1979
Taxonomy event - Eucalyptus leucoxylon F.Muell. subsp.pruinosa (F.Muell. ex Miq.) Boland
1984
Research - Travels to Brazil, Spain and South Africa
1985
Taxonomy event - Eucalyptus delegatensis subsp. tasmaniensis Boland
1991 - 1995
Career position - International Centre for Research in Agroforestry, Nairobi

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Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

Books

  • [various], Forest tree series (1970 - 1984), Forestry and Timber Bureau, CSIRO Division of Forest Research, Canberra, 1970. Details
  • Boland, D.J, Brooker, M.I.H, Chippendale, G.M., Hall, N, Hyland, B.P.M., Johnston, R.D., Kleinig, D.A., McDonald, M.W. and Turner, J.D., Forest Trees of Australia, 4th edn, CSIRO, East Melbourne, 1984, 687 pp. Details
  • Boland, D.J., Brooker, M.I.H. and Turnbull, J.W.; with scanning electron microscopy by Kleinig, D.A., Eucalyptus seed, Division of Forest Research, CSIRO, Canberra, 1980, 191 pp. Details
  • Boland, D.J., Brophy, J.J. and House, A.P.N., Eucalyptus leaf oils: use, chemistry, distillation and marketing, Inkata Press, Melbourne, 1991, 252 pp. Details
  • Midgley, S.J., & Bolan, D.J., An assessment of the current use and potential of Australian woody species in conventional and non-conventional forestry systems in Zimbabwe, CSIRO Division of Forest Research, Canberra, 1983, 34 pp. Details

Book Sections

  • Boland, Doug and Brooker, Ian, 'Yellow gum : Eucalyptus leucoxylon F. Muell.', in Forest tree series ; no. 187, Australian Government Publishing Service, Canberra, 1975, p. 4. Details
  • Kleinig, David & Boland, Doug, 'Faulconbridge mallee ash, Eucalyptus burgessiana L. Johnson et Blaxell', in Forest tree series; no. 221, CSIRO Division of Forest Research, Melbourne, 1983, p. 3. Details

Edited Books

  • Boland, D.J. (ed.), Trees for the tropics: growing Australian multipurpose trees and shrubs in developing countries, Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research, Canberra, 1989, 247 pp. Details

Journal Articles

  • Boland, D., 'Abnormal Eucalyptus leucoxylon F. Muell. seedlings.', Australian Forest Research, vol. 7, 1976, pp. 151-162. Details
  • Boland, D. J., 'Geographic variation in Eucalyptus leucoxylon F. Muell.', Australian Forest Research, vol. 8, no. 1, 1978, pp. 25-46. Details
  • Boland, D. J. and Turnbull, J. W., 'Selection of Australian trees other than eucalypts for trials as fuelwood species in developing countries', Australian Forestry, vol. 44, no. 4, 1981, pp. 235-246. Details
  • Boland, D.J., 'A taxonomic revision of Eucalyptus leucoxylon F. Muell.', Australian Forest Research, vol. 9, 1979, pp. 65-72. Details
  • Boland, D.J., 'Taxonomic revision of Eucalyptus delegatensis R.T. Baker (Myrtaceae)', Australian Forest Research, vol. 15, no. 2, 1985, pp. 173-181. Details

Newspaper Articles

  • Midgley, Stephen, 'Forester Of Many Talents Was Widely Honoured', Canberra Times, 20 July 2001. Details

Theses

  • Boland, D. J., 'A biosystematic study of Eucalyptus leucoxylon F. Muell.', M.Sc., Author, 1974, 119 pp. Details

Online Resources

See also

  • 'See the list of eucalypts published under this authority using abbreviation search '% Boland %' (include wildcards %) and family 'Myrtaceae'', Australian Plant Name Index (APNI), Australian National Botanic Gardens, 2012, http://www.anbg.gov.au/cgi-bin/apni. Details
  • Hall, Norman, A Supplement to Botanists of the Eucalypts (CSIRO, 1978), CSIRO Division of Forest Research, Canberra, 1979, 19 pp. Details

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