Meet The SFFA Team

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President, Farm Forestry Consultant (Australia/Asia), Farmer

Martin has had 35 years of experience in farming and farm forestry. For the past 25 years he has also worked as an educator and consultant in these fields, in Australia and Asia. In this role, he has been instrumental in managing and administrating a number of farm forestry projects funded by the Federal Government. He also owns and manages a macadamia and timber plantation family property.

See Martin's full CV here.




Vice President, Associate Professor, Qualifications: BSc (Oregon), MSc (Purdue), PhD (Nth Arizona)

Doland worked on the Willamette National Forest in western Oregon USA from 1976-86, on the same district where and in the same time when Forest Service scientists were identifying the special characteristics of old-growth Douglas fir forests. He spent six years in Costa Rica, beginning with three years as Peace Corps forestry volunteer.  He did his Master’s thesis on a tropical American tree species Terminalia amazonia and did similar work for his PhD on a tree species that ranges across central Africa – Milicia excelsa.

Doland has taught classes at Southern Cross University  in Forest Health (pests and diseases), Native Forest Silviculture, and Agroforestry and Farm Forestry since 1999. He pursues research in a broad range of topics in forestry, particularly in the tropics and subtropics.

Awards and Distinctions

  • Fellow of Institute of Foresters of Australia
  • Associate Editor of Agroforestry Systems


Southern Cross University Forest Research Centre

Kevin has been actively involved in farm forestry and the replanting of forest ecosystems for over 20 years, with particular interest in high value timber plantations. Kevin has planted about 5000 cabinet timber trees on his own farm near Kyogle since 1994. He has worked as a carpenter prior to entering PhD research in 2002 on high value timber production.

Kevin is currently involved in Southern Cross University based research programs in Australia, China and the Pacific region specialising in forestry, agroforestry, sustainable agriculture, natural resource management, carbon sequestration and restoration of complex ecosystems on degraded land.

Kevin is actively involved in managing, designing and supervising research activities in a range of farms in the subtropics, as well as, ecosystem restoration projects for community based groups and Government agencies.

See Kevin's research and publications here.


PHD in Subtropical Forestry, SFFA Board Member, Sector Representative in Zero Emissions Byron (ZEB), Chartered Accountant (UK), Farmer

Joe lives on 90 acres in Eureka in northern NSW in the region formerly known as the Big Scrub. He has macadamias, and several plantings of Cabinet Timbers on his property, which were derived from seeds he collected, raised in a nursery, and planted in the 1990s. He completed a doctorate at Southern Cross University in 2006 based on his plantings, relating to water relations of transplanted seedlings.

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John has had thirty years’ experience in land and soil mapping and research across Australia and internationally. His particular interests lie in soil health, nutrient cycling and agroecology, carbon sequestration in soils, and soil parameters and plantation productivity relationships. John has been involved in lecturing in soils at Southern Cross University for fifteen years.