Forests go far beyond British Columbia; they cover 1/3 of the Earth’s land surface. Without forests, we wouldn’t have the biodiversity that we rely on so much, and they need to be looked after. You have the opportunity to contribute to the management of those forests.

UBC’s forest education is keeping pace with changing social values and an increasingly knowledge-based forest sector. The Faculty of Forestry offers both master’s and doctoral programs in which our graduate students learn from a dynamic and diverse group of researchers who educate and communicate how forests and the products that are created from them contribute to the well-being of all living things. The health and sustainability of forests underlies everything we do. 

We are among the best institutions globally in forest-related education and research, and are also unique in the breadth of expertise we possess, which allows us to integrate new knowledge across many disciplines. Our mandate is the advanced training of tomorrow’s scientists and leaders.

 
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Master's Students
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Doctoral Students
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Graduate Degrees Awarded

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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 2014/2015 fiscal year, members of the Faculty Forestry were awarded a total of $8.7 million in research funding and authored 221 articles in 151 peer-reviewed journals. 

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, and advanced wood processing.

Schools / Departments

Forestry graduate degrees are offered at the Faculty level, not through departments. However, research-based students (PhD, MSc, MASc) have a department affiliation based on their research supervisor’s area of interest.

Departments

Research Supervisors in Faculty

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 Ecology, Conservation Biology, Evolutionary Biology
Avramidis, Stavros Department of Wood Science wood physics, momentum, heat and mass transfer in wood, wood dielectrics, wood drying optimization, dielectric heating, drying, phytosanitation, wood thermodynamics, non destructive evaluation, NIR wood species ID , application of neural networks to properties prediction, modeling of wood drying, cell-wall architecture, sorption characteristics of wood
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 Wildlife Management, Mammal Ecology, Biodiversity Conservation, Ecological Monitoring, Population and Community Ecology, Landscape Ecology
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 Imaging tech, remote sensing and spatial data modeling in forestry and ecology, integrated remote sensing studio
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
El-Kassaby, Yousry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences Seed biology, gene conservation
Ellis, Simon Department of Wood Science Wood processing and manufacturing, Wood quality, anatomy, wood products processing program
Eskelson, Bianca Department of Forest Resources Management Forest Biometrics, Forest Modelling, Disturbance Effects
Evans, Philip David Department of Wood Science Wood anatomy, wood durability, wood products, wood technology
Gergel, Sarah Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences Aboriginal forestry, biodiversity, climate change, communities and livelihoods, conservation, ecology, remote sensing, sustainability
Grayston, Susan Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences, Applied Biology Climate change, microbiology, soil science
Griess, Verena Department of Forest Resources Management sustainable forest management, forest management planning, plantation forests + productive forests, close to nature forestry/ near natural forestry, decision support systems, economic benefits of mixed + multi cohort stands
Guy, Robert Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences plant biology, plant physiology, tree physiology, trees, stable isotopes, Ecophysiology and stress physiology of trees and other plants, Use of stable isotopes in plant physiology and ecology, Phenotypic plasticity and resource allocationPhotosynthesis, Respiration (particularly alternative path respiration), Water relations, Phenology, Forest regeneration and stock quality
Hagerman, Shannon Marie Department of Forest Resources Management biodiversity, climate change, communities and livelihoods, conservation, forest policy, social science
Hinch, Scott Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences salmon migrations, salmon ecology, salmon fisheries, fish conservation, land use impacts (e.g. forestry) on fish and habitat, Salmon, conservation, ecology, fish ecology, fisheries management, stream, and riperian ecology
Innes, John Department of Forest Resources Management Forestry
Konijnendijk, Cecil Department of Forest Resources Management urban forestry, green infrastructure planning, green space governance, urban ecosystem services, people-nature relationships
Kozak, Robert Antal Department of Wood Science Forest-dependent communities in transition, international development & poverty alleviation, value-added strategies, forest certification & corporate social responsibility, forest sector sustainability & competitiveness, marketing, management & consumer behaviour

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Graduate Student Profiles

Andrea Lyall

Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry (PhD)
Exploring Kwikwasut’inuxw Haxwa’mis First Nation’s (KHFN) Relationship with the Forests

Ngaio Hotte

Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry (PhD)
How Can Trust be Built Among Parties Engaged in Collaborative Natural Resource Governance in Canada?

Yemi Adeyeye

Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry (PhD)
The Politics of Knowledge in Multi-Level Forest Governance: Perceptions, Roles and Contested Narratives of Knowledge across Scales

Alex Chee Yu Yeung

Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry (PhD)
Effects of forest harvesting on stream ecosystem structure and functioning

Andrea Vasquez Fernandez

Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry (PhD)
Building Methodologies, Addressing Conflicts: Cases in the Peruvian Amazon

Catch Catomeris

Master of Science in Forestry (MSc)
Implications of Introduced Deer on Above- and Belowground Communities In Old Growth Forests

Lianzhen Xu

Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry (PhD)
Adaptation of forest management to climate change

Alumni on Success

Kristina Cockle

Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry (PhD) [2010]
Job Title
Research Scientist
Employer
CONICET

Jill Hamilton

Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry (PhD) [2012]
Job Title
Assistant Professor
Employer
North Dakota State University

Michael Donaldson

Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry (PhD) [2012]
Job Title
Content Development Manager
Employer
Canadian Science Publishing

Patrice Meteunou

Master of Sustainable Forest Management (MSFM)
Job Title
Parks and Recreation
Employer
City of Port Coquitlam

Ella Furness

Master of Science in Forestry (MSc) [2012]
Job Title
Doctoral Candidate
Employer
Cardiff University

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