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Gerrit van Wyk

Author of publications on Forest Science
Emeritus Professor of Silviculture at the Department of Forest Science, Stellenbosch University

Gerrit van Wyk was born on 12 March 1945 at Sutherland and grew up on a farm in the district of Sutherland in the Great Karoo.
He studied Forestry at Stellenbosch University (1967 BSc, 1969 BSc Hons) and, in 1975, obtained a PhD at North Carolina State University, USA, with the thesis: Early growth results in a diallel progeny test of Eucalyptus grandis W. Hill ex Maiden
1968 - 1969: Working Plans Officer, Department of Forestry, Eshowe
1969 - 1972: Forestry Research Officer, SAFRI
1972 - 1974: North Carolina State University (Student)
1975 - 1989: Programme Manager: Tree Improvement, South African Forestry Research Institute (SAFRI), Department of Environment Affairs, Pretoria
1990 - 1995: Programme Manager: Forestek, CSIR
1995 - 1996: Professor of Silviculture; Chairman of the Department of Forest Science, Stellenbosch University
1996: Part-time Professor, Dept of Land Management, Cath. University of Louvain, Belgium
1997 - 1999: Dean of the Faculty of Forestry
Associations: South African Institute of Forestry and South African Genetics Society Visits to more than 30 countries
Publications: Some 20 scientific publications, numerous internal scientific reports and popular articles

Gerrit van Wyk specialises in Forest Genetics and Research Management.
He is married to Christine and they have 2 daughters, Tania and Senast and a son, Gerrit. They have moved to Natal where they live happily at Hillcrest.


Growing Exotic Forests (Co-authors: B J Zobel and P Stahl). John Wiley & Sons, 1987
Eucalypt Domestication and Breeding (Co-authors: K E Eldridge, J Davidson and C Harwood), Oxford University Press1993

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