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Forests go far beyond British Columbia; they cover 1/3 of the Earth’s land surface. Forestry graduate students learn from a dynamic and diverse group of researchers who educate and communicate how forests and forest products contribute to the well-being of all living things. The health and sustainability of forests and the people who depend on them underlies everything we do.

The Faculty of Forestry is one of the top institutions globally in forest-related education and research. The unique breadth of expertise we possess allows us to integrate new knowledge across many disciplines. Offering both master’s and doctoral programs, our graduate students learn from a dynamic and diverse group of researchers from around the world.

 

Research Facilities

The Forest Sciences Centre is a showcase for construction using Canadian forest products, and was architecturally designed to mimic the landscape of British Columbia: towering trees, mountains, and blue-green waters. The 17,505-square-metre Forest Sciences complex has 11 classrooms, 2 lecture theatres, teaching laboratories, office space, computer labs, study areas, and a cafeteria, and houses the Faculty’s three departments.

Built alongside the Forest Sciences Centre is the 3,730-square-metre Centre for Advanced Wood Processing. It is Canada’s national centre of excellence for education and research related to wood products processing and advanced wood products manufacturing, and works to advance knowledge that fosters job creation, stabilizes forest-dependent communities, encourages increased value recovery, and ensures the sustainable management of Canada’s forests. This building includes two 25-seat classrooms, a machine lab, a simulator lab and a computer lab.

Within the Faculty of Forestry, there are also several research groups. Visit the website of each project to find out more.

Off-campus facilities include two Research Forests: the Malcolm Knapp Research Forest in Maple Ridge and the Alex Fraser Research Forest near Williams Lake. These are working forests located throughout the province where students and faculty can study in an outdoor setting. Fish and wildlife, silviculture, forest harvesting, forest ecology, forest management, and resources management figure prominently in these field studies.

Research Highlights

UBC Forestry is turning out a new generation of foresters, and faculty are committed to meeting future challenges in forestry through in-depth, cutting edge research. In fact, UBC Forestry receives the highest level of forestry research funding of any forestry faculty in Canada.

In the 2017/2018 fiscal year, members of the Faculty Forestry were awarded a total of over $12 million in research funding. 

Our wide breadth of research includes topics such as tree rings, integrated remote sensing, bioenergy, forest conservation genetics, landscape visualizations, African forest conservation and development, alpine studies, climate change, and advanced wood processing.

Research Supervisors in Faculty

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Name Academic Unit(s) Research Interests
Aitken, Sally Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences forest genetics, climate change, Climate change, conservation, ecology, genetics, genomics
Alila, Younes Department of Forest Resources Management Hydrology, Flood, Water Resources, Water Structures, Forest Hydrology, Forest management, hydrological engineering
Arcese, Peter Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences Global change biology; Ecology; Conservation Biology; Evolutionary Biology; conservation finance
Atleo, Tara Department of Forest Resources Management sustainable forest management; Communities and Indigenous Knowledge
Avramidis, Stavros Department of Wood Science Other natural sciences, n.e.c.; Wood-water relations and sorption thermodynamics.; Fluid flow, heat transfer, and molecular diffusion; Modeling steady-state and dynamic non-isothermal diffusion in wood.; Application of fractals and machine learning to modeling wood physical properties.; Molecular modeling of the wood nano-pore network in the cell wall.; Industrial wood kiln drying optimization and development of new drying strategies.; Radio frequency vacuum (RFV) heating and drying of wood and wood products.; Dielectric wood phytosanitation.; Wood thermal modification.
Barbeito Sanchez, Ignacio Department of Forest Resources Management refining novel silvicultural practices; establishment and management of forests under global change
Benson-Amram, Sarah Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences, Department of Zoology
Boedhihartono, Agni Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences Forestry sciences; biodiversity; Communities and Livelihoods; conservation; Forest management; Land-use Change; social science; sustainability; Tropical Landscapes and Livelihoods
Booker, Thomas Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences population and quantitative genetics
Bulkan, Janette Department of Forest Resources Management aboriginal forestry, biodiversity, climate change, communities and livelihoods, conservation, corporate responsibility, forest management, forest policy, international trade, social impact, social science
Bull, Gary Department of Forest Resources Management international forest policy, environmental services markets, carbon markets, Government and economic systems
Burton, Cole Department of Forest Resources Management Forestry sciences; Ecology and Quality of the Environment; Ecological Trends; Animal; Biodiversity and Biocomplexity; Landscape and Restoration; Environment Management and Protection; Biodiversity conservation; Ecological Monitoring; Landscape ecology; Mammal Ecology; Population and Community Ecology; Wildlife Management
Cardinal-McTeague, Warren Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences Earth and related environmental sciences; Forestry sciences; plant biodiversity; Indigenous environmental management and food systems; monitoring of ecosystem health and function
Carroll, Allan Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences climate change, mountain pine beetle, bark beetles, forest disturbance, integrated pest management, insect ecology, population dynamics, insect-plant interactions, Climate change, conservation, ecology, ecosystems, forest biology, forest management
Chanway, Christopher Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences Soil microbiology
Cool, Julie Department of Wood Science modelling, wood products, wood science, wood
Coops, Nicholas Charles Department of Forest Resources Management Forestry sciences; Telemetry (Remote Sensing, Radar); Space Techniques; Forestry Technology and Equipment; Plants and Forests
Cranston, Emily Department of Wood Science, Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering Nanoparticle synthesis, properties and applications; Bio-based materials and nanocellulose; Atomic force microscopy (forces, adhesion, friction, imaging); Colloid and interface science; Polymer chemistry; Cellulose nanocrystals; Bioproducts; Foams, emulsions, aerogels
Dai, Chunping Department of Wood Science Forestry sciences; Bamboo; Bio-products; Wood Products; Wood Science; Wood Technology
Daniels, Lori Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences forest plants and trees; forest history; forest management; environmental protection and natural resource use, Climate change, ecology, fire regimes
Devisscher, Tahia Department of Forest Resources Management Forestry sciences; adaptation; climate change; Human Health; Human Well-being; Nature Recovery; Social-Ecological Resilience
El-Kassaby, Yousry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences Forestry sciences; Applied Genetics; conservation; genomics; Seed orchards’ genetics; Tree breeding; Tree domestication
Eskelson, Bianca Department of Forest Resources Management Natural resource management; Forest Biometrics; Forest Modelling; Disturbance Effects; Management Effects
Evans, Philip David Department of Wood Science Wood anatomy, wood durability, wood products, wood technology
Feng, Haibo Department of Wood Science Forestry sciences; BIM; Construction; LCA; sustainability; Wood Products; Zero energy / caron building

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Open Research Positions

This list of possible research projects is non-exhaustive. It only shows positions that are specifically advertised in the G+PS website.

Recent Publications

This is an incomplete sample of recent publications in chronological order by UBC faculty members with a primary appointment in the Faculty of Forestry.

 

Publication: Forest Ecology and Management
UBC Author(s): Christopher Chanway (Forest & Conservation Sciences / Faculty of Forestry)
ISSN: 03781127
Volume: 568
Publication Date: 15 September 2024

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Publication: Industrial Crops and Products
UBC Author(s): Yousry El-Kassaby (Forest & Conservation Sciences / Faculty of Forestry)
ISSN: 09266690
Volume: 216
Publication Date: 15 September 2024

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Publication: Industrial Crops and Products
UBC Author(s): Minghao Li (Department of Wood Science / Faculty of Forestry)
ISSN: 09266690
Volume: 216
Publication Date: 15 September 2024

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Publication: Science of the Total Environment
UBC Author(s): Nicholas Charles Coops (Forest Resources Management / Faculty of Forestry), Tara Martin (Forest & Conservation Sciences / Faculty of Forestry)
ISSN: 00489697
Volume: 942
Publication Date: 10 September 2024

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Publication: Carbon
UBC Author(s): Scott Renneckar (Department of Wood Science / Faculty of Forestry)
ISSN: 00086223
Volume: 228
Publication Date: September 2024

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Publication: Industrial Crops and Products
UBC Author(s): Tongli Wang (Forest & Conservation Sciences / Faculty of Forestry)
ISSN: 09266690
Volume: 215
Publication Date: 1 September 2024

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Publication: Journal of Cleaner Production
UBC Author(s): Guangyu Wang (Forest Resources Management / Faculty of Forestry)
ISSN: 09596526
Volume: 469
Publication Date: 1 September 2024

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Publication: Chemical Engineering Journal
UBC Author(s): Feng Jiang (Department of Wood Science / Faculty of Forestry)
ISSN: 13858947
Volume: 495
Publication Date: 1 September 2024

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Publication: Remote Sensing of Environment
UBC Author(s): Isla Myers-Smith (Forest & Conservation Sciences / Faculty of Forestry)
ISSN: 00344257
Volume: 311
Publication Date: 1 September 2024

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Publication: Agricultural and Forest Meteorology
UBC Author(s): Ignacio Barbeito Sanchez (Forest Resources Management / Faculty of Forestry)
ISSN: 01681923
Volume: 355
Publication Date: 15 August 2024

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Publication: Fisheries Research
UBC Author(s): Scott Hinch (Forest & Conservation Sciences / Faculty of Forestry)
ISSN: 01657836
Volume: 276
Publication Date: August 2024

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Publication: Remote Sensing of Environment
UBC Author(s): Nicholas Charles Coops (Forest Resources Management / Faculty of Forestry)
ISSN: 00344257
Volume: 309
Publication Date: 1 August 2024

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Publication: Cities
UBC Author(s): Lorien Nesbitt (Forest Resources Management / Faculty of Forestry)
ISSN: 02642751
Volume: 151
Publication Date: August 2024

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Publication: Applied Energy
UBC Author(s): Feng Jiang (Department of Wood Science / Faculty of Forestry)
ISSN: 03062619
Volume: 367
Publication Date: 1 August 2024

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Publication: Plant Biology
UBC Author(s): Yousry El-Kassaby (Forest & Conservation Sciences / Faculty of Forestry)
ISSN: 14358603
Volume: 26
Page Range: 764-776
Publication Date: August 2024

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Publication: Plant Pathology
UBC Author(s): Richard Hamelin (Forest & Conservation Sciences / Faculty of Forestry)
ISSN: 00320862
Volume: 73
Page Range: 1586-1601
Publication Date: August 2024

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Publication: Process Safety and Environmental Protection
UBC Author(s): Christopher Chanway (Forest & Conservation Sciences / Faculty of Forestry)
ISSN: 09575820
Volume: 188
Page Range: 643-653
Publication Date: August 2024

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Publication: Urban Forestry and Urban Greening
UBC Author(s): Michael Meitner (Forest Resources Management / Faculty of Forestry)
ISSN: 16188667
Volume: 98
Publication Date: August 2024

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Publication: Forest Ecology and Management
UBC Author(s): Bianca Eskelson (Forest Resources Management / Faculty of Forestry)
ISSN: 03781127
Volume: 565
Publication Date: 1 August 2024

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Publication: Transport Policy
UBC Author(s): Keunhyun Park (Forest Resources Management / Faculty of Forestry)
ISSN: 0967070X
Volume: 154
Page Range: 84-95
Publication Date: August 2024

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Publication: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
UBC Author(s): Feng Jiang (Department of Wood Science / Faculty of Forestry)
ISSN: 01418130
Volume: 275
Publication Date: August 2024

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Publication: Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment
UBC Author(s): Keunhyun Park (Forest Resources Management / Faculty of Forestry)
ISSN: 13619209
Volume: 133
Publication Date: August 2024

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Publication: Chemical Engineering Journal
UBC Author(s): Feng Jiang (Department of Wood Science / Faculty of Forestry)
ISSN: 13858947
Volume: 492
Publication Date: 15 July 2024

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Publication: Environmental Science and Policy
UBC Author(s): Lorien Nesbitt (Forest Resources Management / Faculty of Forestry)
ISSN: 14629011
Volume: 157
Publication Date: July 2024

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Publication: Carbohydrate Polymers
UBC Author(s): Emily Cranston (Department of Wood Science / Faculty of Forestry)
ISSN: 01448617
Volume: 335
Publication Date: 1 July 2024

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Recent Thesis Submissions

Doctoral Citations

A doctoral citation summarizes the nature of the independent research, provides a high-level overview of the study, states the significance of the work and says who will benefit from the findings in clear, non-specialized language, so that members of a lay audience will understand it.
Year Citation Program
2024 Dr. Dort studied the genetics and genomics of plant pathogens. She used comparative genomics to discover patterns of plant pathogenicity in fungi and established CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing in an oomycete forest pathogen. Her research provides a foundation for future studies of forest pathogens and the improvement of disease surveillance strategies. Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry (PhD)
2024 Coexisting with flood-adapted forests can be a challenge for communities that are built within historical floodplains. Dr. Moran's research revealed conditions under which cottonwood forests might thrive in the presence of flood control infrastructure, and suggested workable restoration strategies for highly developed riverscapes. Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry (PhD)
2024 Dr. Wertman discovered a unique, putative mutualism between the alder bark beetle and a newly described species of fungus. Her research expands upon known bark beetle-fungus symbioses to include a hardwood tree-killing system and has implications for the future health of nitrogen-fixing red alder throughout the Pacific Coast of North America. Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry (PhD)
2024 Dr. Chadwick developed methods for deriving critical assessment data for regenerating post-harvest stands in Alberta, Canada from drone imagery. His methods provide a basis to increase the efficiency with which monitoring can occur and offer a level of wall-to-wall detail that cannot be practically obtained with traditional methods. Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry (PhD)
2024 Dr. Lane studied changes in tidal marsh vegetation and seed germination potential in coastal conservation areas of BC. She found evidence for loss and limited germination of native species, and high risk of invasion by non-native species. This research highlights a need for active management and restoration in coastal ecosystems in BC and beyond. Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry (PhD)
2024 Dr. Loughnan studied climate change impacts on the timing of life history events, including the start of spring in forests. She found important relationships with environmental cues, like temperature, and evolution in how native woody species are responding. Her work has applications in conservations and management of forests across North America. Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry (PhD)
2024 Dr. Zhao developed ecological models to predict forest tree species' fundamental climate niche and productivity. Her innovative studies offer essential insights into forest adaptation strategies such as conservation or assisted migration in response to climate change. Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry (PhD)
2024 Dr. Wang estimated the pattern and changes in wildland fires and their ecological effects in Canadian forests. Her research contributes to a better understanding of how climate and vegetation interact with fires, thereby enhancing our capabilities for future coexistence with wildfires. Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry (PhD)
2024 There is a need for spatially explicit and accurate information regarding fish habitat in forested watersheds. Dr. Dakin Kuiper's doctoral studies examined the ability of airborne laser scanning to characterize stream habitat features important to salmon. His research will help forest and fisheries managers to better conserve these keystone species. Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry (PhD)
2023 Dr. Lyall studied peoples' relationships with the forests with the Kwakwaka'wakw of the West Coast of Canada. The research approach was collaborative and inclusive of Indigenous Knowledge. The research explained the cultural and heritage significance of the forests, from ancient stories, traditional foods, forest practices, and western red cedar. Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry (PhD)

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