New Research Assistant Joins Future Trees Trust

Future Trees Trust has announced new Research Assistant Joe Beesley.

Joe Beesley will be supporting Future Trees Trust Head of Research Jo Clark in his role which will consist of designing and analysing field trials, interpreting data and communicating the findings to a range of audiences.

Joe studied and graduated with a BSc and PHD in Biochemistry at the University of Bristol before joining the charity.

Joe said: “I’m really excited to be joining Future Trees Trust and to be working with native tree species out in the field. I’m particularly interested in how we can use selective tree breeding to support ecological forestry and to provide resilience to climate change and tree disease. With my background in molecular genetics and disease, I hope I can bring new insights to our research approach.”

Joe Beesley Research Assistant Future Trees Trust


Joe’s first day was on Monday 6th January where he was out in the field locating oak plus trees with arborists who climbed the trees to collect scion material for grafting.

Future Trees Trust CEO Tim Rowland said: “We’re so pleased to welcome Joe to Future Trees Trust. Joe will make a huge difference to the scale, extent and scope of the work we carry out and with his arrival, we’ve moved up another gear. Joe joins us at an exciting time, as our work with the Living Ash Project, the PhD we’re fully-funding into oak flowering and all our other broadleaved improvement projects means that we’re committing more funds to our research than ever before.”

Future Trees Trust Head of Research Jo Clark said: “It’s great to have Joe on board. He will be an invaluable part of the team and enable us to streamline operations, and keep in touch more frequently with our many supporters and landowners.”

Follow Joe on twitter @JoeBeesley

Posted on the 24th January 2020 at 11:39am.