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Mark Brown

University of the Sunshine Coast

Mark grew up in the forest industry and from the family sawmill went on to get his Bachelor of Science in Forest Engineering from the University of New Brunswick and become a researcher with the Forest Engineering Research Institute of Canada (FERIC).His research focused on forest transportation efficiency and road maintenance management.

In September 2007, Mark left FERIC to take a program leader role with CRC forestry in Australia providing research and solutions in forest operations for the Australian forest industry.Through CRC Forestry Mark worked on building an extended collaborative research network and, in addition to managing the harvesting and operations program, was responsible for managing broader industry engagement for the CRC for Forestry.

In 2012 Mark moved to the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) where he has had a key role in the establishment of the Australian Forest Operations Research Alliance (AFORA) (2012) and the Forest Industries Research Centre (FIRC) (2013) at USC. Mark leads IEA Bioenergy Task 43 (biomass supply) since 2019 and represents Australia in the Executive Committee of IEA Bioenergy.

Setting up regional biohubs to enhance biomass mobilisation

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