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Biographical entry Flinn, David William (1944 - )

Dr (PhD)

30 July 1944
Forest scientist


Dr David Flinn spent his entire 45-year forestry career in the field of forestry research and development. Initially he focussed on improving aspects of pine plantation management, using better site preparation methods, fertilizer and selective herbicides. Later work included hydrology, nutrition, fire effects, and thinning in eucalypt forests. In the period 1993-1998 Flinn was the Director of the Centre for Forest Tree Technology, and later became the inaugural Director of the Forest Science Centre - a result of the merger of CFTT with the School of Forestry of the University of Melbourne. Following his retirement in 2000, Flinn undertook a number of consultancies including major reports on the forest fires in Victoria in 2003 and 2006/07.



1963 - 1965
Education - Diploma of Forestry (Creswick)
Education - Bachelor of Science (Forestry) Hons, University of Melbourne
Career position - Joined Research Branch, Forests Commission Victoria
Education - PhD, University of Melbourne
1993 - 1998
Career position - Director, Centre for Forest Tree Technology
1999 - 2000
Career position - Director, Forest Science Centre, School of Forestry, University of Melbourne
Award - Commonwealth Forestry Association Medal (Asia-Pacific Region)
Award - NW Jolly Medal, Institute of Foresters of Australia

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Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions


Book Sections

  • Raison, R.J., Brown, A.G. and Flinn, D.W., 'Application of criteria and indicators to support sustainable forest management: some key issues.' in Criteria and Indicators for Sustainable Forest Management. IUFRO Research Series No. 7, Raison, R.J., Brown, A.G. and Flinn, D.W., eds (2001). Details

Edited Books

  • Flinn, D.W. and Mamers, H. eds, Management of eucalypt regrowth in East Gippsland: executive summary of research findings. (Melbourne, Vic.: CSIRO and Dept of Conservation and Environment, Victoria, 1991), 43 pp. Details
  • Raison, R.J. and Squire, R.O. eds, Forest Management in Australia: Implications for carbon budgets. Part 1 of 2. NCAS Technical Report No. 32 (Canberra: Commonwealth of Australia, Australian Greenhouse Office, 2007), 400 pp. Section 3: Victoria (pp. 103-146). Details

Journal Articles

  • Fagg, P.C. and Flinn, D.W., 'Evaluation of hexazinone and 3-6 dichloropicolinic acid for control of Acacia dealbata and Eucalyptus spp. in young Pinus radiata plantations in Victoria.', Australian Forestry, 46 (1983), 190-199. Details
  • Flinn, D.W., 'Nutrition of Eucalyptus globulus at Powelltown.', Forestry Technical Papers, 25 (1976), 5-7. Details
  • Flinn, D.W., Bren, L.J. and Hopmans, P., 'Soluble nutrient inputs from rain and outputs in stream water from small forested catchments.', Australian Forestry, 42 (1979), 39-49. Details
  • Hopmans, P., Stewart, H. T. L., Flinn, D.W. and Hillman, T. J., 'Growth, biomass production and nutrient accumulation by seven tree species irrigated with municipal effluent at Wodonga, Australia.', Forest Ecology and Management, 30 (1990), 203-211. Details
  • Hopmans, P., Stewart, H.T.L. and Flinn, D.W., 'Impacts of harvesting on nutrients in a eucalypt ecosystem in south-eastern Australia.', Forest Ecology and Management, 59 (1993), 29-51. Details
  • McKimm, R.J. and Flinn, D.W., 'Eucalypt species, site preparation and fertiliser requirements for reforestation of the Toorongo Plateau in central Victoria.', Australian Forestry, 42 (1979), 117-124. Details
  • Squire, R.O., Flinn, D.W. and Campbell, R. G., 'Silvicultural research for sustained wood production and biosphere conservation in the pine plantations and native eucalypt forests of south-eastern Australia.', Australian Forestry, 54 (1991), 120-133. Details
  • Stewart, H.T.L. and Flinn, D.W., 'Establishment and early growth of trees irrigated with wastewater at four sites in Victoria.', Forest Ecology and Management, 8 (1984), 243-256. Details
  • Stewart, H.T.L., Flinn, D.W. and, Aeberli, B.C ., 'Above-ground biomass of a mixed eucalypt forest in eastern Victoria.', Australian Journal of Botany, 27 (1978), 725-740. Details
  • Stewart, H.T.L., Hopmans, P., Flinn, D.W. and Croatto, G., 'Harvesting effects on phosphorus availability in a mixed eucalypt ecosystem in southeastern Australia.', Forest Ecology and Management, 36 (1990), 149-162. Details



David Flinn and Peter Fagg