With an interest in forest operations spanning 40 years, Dr. Glen E. Murphy brings a wealth of experience to the sustainable feedstock production portion of the Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance project. His pursuits have varied broadly, from time spent with one of the last oxen logging teams in Australia’s eucalypt forests through experience as a student working on a genetics and tree improvement station to current-day research into the application of advanced technologies and harvesting systems around the world.
The duration and global breadth of his career, along with the range of systems he has studied, have allowed him to build up a distinguished record of accomplishment in forest operations management and engineering, particularly in improving production economics and reducing environmental impacts. The Stewart Professor in Forest Engineering at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Dr. Murphy focuses his professional interests and research on enhancing the forest industry’s global competitiveness. He has served in leadership, country representative, or scientific advisory roles on four international committees: the International Union of Forest Research Organizations, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the International Energy Agency, and the European FP7.
In addition to OSU, Dr. Murphy has worked in various positions for the New Zealand Forest Research Institute in Rotorua; Lincoln University in Canterbury, New Zealand; and G.E. Murphy and Associates in Rotorua and Christchurch, New Zealand.
In 1987, Dr. Murphy earned his Ph.D. in Forest Engineering from OSU.