Sam Henderson, MPhys

Research Engineer

Sam Henderson


Tel: +44 (0)131 0300 5900
Tel direct: +44 (0)300 067 5049
Fax: +44 (0)131 445 5124

Forest Research
Northern Research Station
Midlothian EH25 9SY

Sam joined Forest Research in 2016 as a Research Engineer. He previously completed an integrated Masters in Physics at the University of Edinburgh. His masters’ project was a study of how changes in the Sun’s intensity might affect regional climate on Earth. To do this, he performed data analysis on the outputs of long running climate models with different solar inputs. His senior honours project was the investigation of a novel method of chromosome formation. He used the molecular dynamics package LAMMPS to perform and analyse simulations of chromatin strands and their self-interaction.

Current role

Research Engineer (EngD) Sam is researching the transport of water in living trees to investigate how climatic conditions can cause round wood defects (e.g shake in broadleaves and cracking in conifers). He will be using a mixture of non-invasive experimental techniques and computer modelling to investigate fracture mechanisms in living trees.

Current projects

The origins of shake and drought crack in trees

Multi-Scale MRI/X-ray CT characterisation and Lattice Boltzmann modelling study of moisture movement in wood

Research Engineer

Based within Tree and Wood Properties research group, Sam is undertaking a four-year Engineering Doctorate (EngD) through the University of Surrey’s Centre for Doctoral Training in MiNMaT (Micro and Nano Materials and Technologies). Sam is supervised by Dr Paul McLean at Forest Research and Prof Peter McDonald at the University of Surrey.

Other affiliations and responsibilities:

Member of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3)