Browse Entries

Biographical entry Howick, Charles Douglas (Doug) (1935 - 2018)

9 April 1935
London, United Kingdom
1 June 2018
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Forest entomologist


Doug Howick joined the CSIRO Division of Forest Products in 1961 and over the over a career of more than 30 years became expert in the management of wood-decaying insects, particularly termites. His research resulted in over 100 papers and reports on forest products entomology, wood technology and pest management. In the wider timber and wood products industry he took leadership roles in the National Association of Forest Industries, the Timber Preservers Association of Australia; and the Australian Environmental Pest Managers Association, and was honorary advisor to the Federation of Asian and Oceania Pest Managers Association. His history of termite research in Australia, co-written with Ion Staunton, was published 2017.



Career position - Technical Officer, CSIRO Division of Forest Products
Award - Churchill Fellowship
1984 - 1987
Career position - National Secretary, J. W. Gottstein Trust
1986 - 1987
Career position - Secretary-Treasurer, National Association of Forest Industries
Career event - Retired as Assistant to the Chief, CSIRO Division of Forest Products
1992 - 2012
Career position - National Secretary, Timber Preservers Association of Australia

Published resources


  • Howick, Doug and Staunton, Ion, Colonies in collision: a concatenated chronicle of termites and Termiteers┬« in Australia 1877 - 2018 (Pacific Pines, Qld: Termiteer Pty Ltd, 2017), 248 pp. Details

Journal Articles

  • Bowden, Jim and Staunton, Ion, 'Obituary, Charles Douglas Howick, 1935 - 2018 (83 years)', Newsletter, Australian Forest History Society, 76 (2018), 12-3. Details

Helen Cohn