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Steven Dovey

Nickname: 'Steve'

Senior Research Scientist - Forestry

Currently resides in: KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Born in Pietermaritzburg South Africa

I develop site nutrient sustainability guidelines for commercial plantation forest best operational management.

Data derived from this work to estimate of soil, litter and tree biomass and carbon stocks, and derive basic carbon sequestration estimates.

Contact details

O: 0333862314

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Business Address

Epworth Road, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, 3201

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Collaborative project with PAMSA, Stellenbosch Uni...

in Growth, biomass and carbon modelling

Nutrient depletion research study

in Nutritional Sustainability

Professional details

Current Position(s)

Senior Research Scientist | Institute for Commercial Forestry Research
2007 - present

Project leader Site and Stand Management
Long term sustainable productivity.

Developing soil and plant process indicators for sustainable management by developing predictive models that can determine the sensitivity of forest sites to productivity decline.

Previous Position(s)

Research Scientist | Sustainable forest productivity | Institute for Commercial Forestry Research
Pietermaritzburg, South Africa | 1998 - 2015

Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries


Educational history


Carter, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa (1992)


University of Stellenbosch

Stellenbosch, South Africa | 2008 - 2012

PhD Forestry - Soils, nutrient cycling

Effects of Clear Felling and Residue Management on Nutrient Pools, Productivity and Sustainability in a Clonal Eucalypt Stand in South Africa

University of KwaZulu-Natal

Durban, South Africa | 2002 - 2005

MSc - Biology

University of KwaZulu-Natal

Pietermaritzburg, South Africa | 1995 - 1999

BSc Agric - Horticulture



Runner-up for best poster in ICFR/DAFF science symposium | 2012

Southern Forests scientific writing award | 2010

Nutrient ratios paper

media exposure

Farmers weekly | 2014

Wood SA & Timber Times | 2014

Forest biomass for energy purposes finally
on agenda

WoodSA and Timber Times | 2013

Effects of clearfelling and residue management on nutritional sustainability of clonal eucalypts

WoodSA and Timber Times | 2014

The role of biomass in sustainable stand productivity

Academic Achievements

Report to DEA | 2014

Dovey SB 2014 Current carbon stock estimation capability for South African commercial plantation forests Report to the DEA 2014

Co-Authored paper | 2013

Titshall L, Dovey S, Rietz D 2013 A review of management impacts on the soil productivity of South African commercial forestry plantations and the implications for multiple-rotation productivity Southern Forests: a Journal of Forest Science 75(4):169-183

Co-Authored paper | 2005

du Toit B and Dovey SB 2005 Effect of site management on leaf area, biomass development and stand growth efficiency of a young stand of Eucalyptus grandis in South Africa Canadian Journal of Forest Research 35(4) : 891-900

Scientific paper | 2013

Dovey SB, du Toit B and de Clercq W 2013 Nutrient leaching under zero tension in a subtropical clonal eucalypt plantation on a sandy soil in South Africa South African Journal of Plant and Soil 1(3):153-162

Scientific paper | 2015

Dovey SB and du Toit B 2015 Nitrogen mineralisation in a clonal Eucalyptus plantation on sandy soil after clearfelling and residue burning Indian Forester 141 4: 411-421

Scientific paper | 2011

Dovey SB, de Clercq W and du Toit B 2011 A comparison of soil moisture relations between standing and clear felled plots with burnt and unburnt harvest residue treatments of a clonal eucalypt plantation on the Zululand Coastal Plain, South Africa WaterSA 37: 483-494

SCientific paper | 2011

Dovey SB, du Toit B and de Clercq W 2011 Nutrient fluxes in rainfall, throughfall and stemflow in Eucalyptus stands on the Zululand coastal plain, South Africa Southern Forests 73: 193-206

Scientific paper | 2009

Dovey SB 2009 Estimating biomass and macronutrient content of some commercially important plantation species in South Africa Southern Forests 71(3): 245-251

Scientific paper | 2002

Dovey S, du Toit B and Smith CW 2002 Calibration of the LICOR LAI-2000 in a young, short-rotation eucalypt stand Tree Structure and Function 20:(3) 273-277.

Other Achievements

First to attract public interest and funding into company | 2014

This has never been atchieved by any staff member. My research into carbon and biomass has drawn interest from the DEA



Other Activities

Paper manufacturing of South Africa (PAMSA) and Stellenbosch Univ. Forest Carbon research group.

Research/supervisor, 2015 - present

Dept. of Env. Affairs carbon advisory for plantation forests.

Advisor/research, 2014 - present

AFOLU Sector Measurement, Reporting and Verification Working Group (Dept. Of Env. Affairs)

Advisor/researcher, 2014 - present

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