Mark Lawrence, BSc, MSc

Head of Surveys and Measurement


Tel:  +44 (0)300 067 5138

Silvan House
231, Corstorphine Road
EH12 7AT

Mark has worked in the Government, Private and Sectors in mainly forestry surveying roles. He has worked overseas in Malawi and Guyana on a number of surveying projects and was a Senior Lecturer at the University of Central Lancashire before moving to Forest Research in 2005 to work on the National Forest inventory of Great Britain (NFI).

Current role

Head of Surveys and Measurement

Mark manages the field work element of the NFI. There are usually about 25 contract staff as well as internal FR QA staff working on the field data collection.

The work also includes writing field data collection protocols to answer the many questions posed by the NFI objectives and training staff to carry out the protocols correctly.

During his early years with Forest Research Mark worked on the European COST 43 project looking at harmonising national forest inventories across Europe.

Current projects

National Forest Inventory

Managing the Field Data Collection

Main recent publications and knowledge exchange activities. 

Book and book chapters

Tomppo, E., Gschwantner, T., Lawrence, M. & McRoberts, R.E. (eds.) 2010. National Forest Inventories - Pathways for common reporting. Springer, 612 p. ISBN 978-90-481-3232-4

FC and FR publications including official statistics

Lawrence, M. update 2013. Operation Guidance Book 4, Planting Density: Surveys and Monitoring. Forestry Commission. Available on FC OGB intranet web site.

Other publications

Publications that I have contributed to can be found at