I support the Forest Engineering program at the University of Canterbury by being actively engaged in research, teaching, and extension activities. My research focuses on forest harvesting and engineering with an emphasis on environmental protection. As such, I am interested in the planning and design of forest infrastructure and evaluating the effectiveness of best management practices (BMPs) to protect water quality.



I teach Forest Transportation and Road Design (FORE 423) and provide regular guest lectures in four other courses, including Introduction to Forest Engineering (FORE 205), Forest Harvest Planning (FORE 422), Forest Engineering Research (ENFO 410), and Environmental Forestry (FORE 447). I help to advise final-year undergraduate research projects on topics including erosion and sediment delivery associated with different harvest systems, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for infrastructure planning and design, and stream crossing compliance with New Zealand’s National Environmental Standards for Plantation Forestry.



Since 2016, I have taught nine workshops to forest managers, harvest planners, and logging contractors. Course content included managing sediment delivery to streams, estimating peak discharge in ungauged catchments, designing stream crossings, and using LiDAR and RoadEng to plan and design forest roads.


I have also engaged with woodlot landowners and loggers to examine: 1) landowner objectives for their woodlots, 2) landowner satisfaction with recent harvesting, 3) challenges associated with harvesting woodlots, and 4) the machines, harvest systems, and operating principles used by successful woodlot loggers.


Contact information:

Email: kristopher.brown@canterbury.ac.nz  Phone: +64 3 369 5954

Office: Forestry 144  Address: School of Forestry, College of Engineering, University of Canterbury, Private Bag 4800, Christchurch, New Zealand 8140