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
Avramidis, Stavros Department of Wood Science Physical properties of wood, thermodymamics
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
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
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
Day, Susan Department of Forest Resources Management Forestry sciences; Plants and Forests; Landscape and Restoration; Ecology and Quality of the Environment; Environment Management and Protection; urban ecology; urban forestry; urban soils
El-Kassaby, Yousry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences Forestry sciences; Applied Genetics; conservation; genomics; Seed orchards’ genetics; Tree breeding; Tree domestication
Ellis, Simon Department of Wood Science Wood processing and manufacturing, Wood quality, anatomy, wood products processing program
Eskelson, Bianca Department of Forest Resources Management Natural resource management; Forest Biometrics; Forest Modelling; Disturbance Effects
Evans, Philip David Department of Wood Science Wood anatomy, wood durability, wood products, wood technology
Gaston, Christopher Department of Wood Science
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 Climate change, microbiology, soil science

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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: Atmospheric Environment
UBC Author(s): Guangyu Wang (Forest Resources Management / Faculty of Forestry)
ISSN: 13522310
Volume: 284
Publication Date: 1 September 2022

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Publication: Carbohydrate Polymers
UBC Author(s): Chunping Dai (Department of Wood Science / Faculty of Forestry)
ISSN: 01448617
Volume: 291
Publication Date: 1 September 2022

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Publication: Carbohydrate Polymers
UBC Author(s): Feng Jiang (Department of Wood Science / Faculty of Forestry)
ISSN: 01448617
Volume: 291
Publication Date: 1 September 2022

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Publication: Tree Genetics and Genomes
UBC Author(s): Richard Hamelin (Forest & Conservation Sciences / Faculty of Forestry)
ISSN: 16142942
Volume: 18
Publication Date: August 2022

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Publication: Nano Energy
UBC Author(s): Feng Jiang (Department of Wood Science / Faculty of Forestry)
ISSN: 22112855
Volume: 99
Publication Date: August 2022

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Publication: Journal of Hazardous Materials
UBC Author(s): Yousry El-Kassaby (Forest & Conservation Sciences / Faculty of Forestry)
ISSN: 03043894
Volume: 433
Publication Date: 5 July 2022

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Publication: Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences
UBC Author(s): Tara Martin (Forest & Conservation Sciences / Faculty of Forestry)
Volume: 377
Page Range: 20210130
Publication Date: 4 July 2022

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Publication: Energy Conversion and Management
UBC Author(s): John Saddler (Department of Wood Science / Faculty of Forestry)
ISSN: 01968904
Volume: 263
Publication Date: 1 July 2022

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Publication: New Phytologist
UBC Author(s): Yousry El-Kassaby (Forest & Conservation Sciences / Faculty of Forestry)
ISSN: 0028646X
Volume: 235
Page Range: 801-809
Publication Date: July 2022

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Publication: Global Change Biology
UBC Author(s): Tongli Wang (Forest & Conservation Sciences / Faculty of Forestry), Peter Arcese (Forest & Conservation Sciences / Faculty of Forestry)
ISSN: 13541013
Volume: 28
Page Range: 4260-4275
Publication Date: July 2022

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Publication: Fisheries Research
UBC Author(s): Scott Hinch (Forest & Conservation Sciences / Faculty of Forestry)
ISSN: 01657836
Volume: 251
Publication Date: July 2022

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Publication: Science of the Total Environment
UBC Author(s): John Richardson (Forest & Conservation Sciences / Faculty of Forestry)
ISSN: 00489697
Volume: 828
Publication Date: 1 July 2022

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Publication: International Journal of Adhesion and Adhesives
UBC Author(s): Gregory Smith (Department of Wood Science / Faculty of Forestry)
ISSN: 01437496
Volume: 116
Publication Date: July 2022

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Publication: International Journal of Geoheritage and Parks
UBC Author(s): Guangyu Wang (Forest Resources Management / Faculty of Forestry)
ISSN: 25774441
Volume: 10
Page Range: 240-251
Publication Date: June 2022

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Publication: Nature Ecology and Evolution
UBC Author(s): Jennifer Grenz (Forest Resources Management / Faculty of Forestry)
Volume: 6
Page Range: 825
Publication Date: June 2022

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Publication: Engineering Structures
UBC Author(s): Cristiano Loss (Department of Wood Science / Faculty of Forestry)
ISSN: 01410296
Volume: 260
Publication Date: 1 June 2022

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Publication: Journal of Forestry Research
UBC Author(s): Yousry El-Kassaby (Forest & Conservation Sciences / Faculty of Forestry)
ISSN: 1007662X
Volume: 33
Page Range: 1033-1043
Publication Date: June 2022

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Publication: Environmental Science and Policy
UBC Author(s): Shannon Marie Hagerman (Forest Resources Management / Faculty of Forestry)
ISSN: 14629011
Volume: 132
Page Range: 273-281
Publication Date: June 2022

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Publication: Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences
UBC Author(s): Sarah Benson-Amram (Forest & Conservation Sciences / Faculty of Forestry)
Volume: 45
Publication Date: June 2022

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Publication: Regional Environmental Change
UBC Author(s): Shannon Marie Hagerman (Forest Resources Management / Faculty of Forestry), Lori Daniels (Forest & Conservation Sciences / Faculty of Forestry)
ISSN: 14363798
Volume: 22
Publication Date: June 2022

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Publication: Geoderma Regional
UBC Author(s): Christopher Chanway (Forest & Conservation Sciences / Faculty of Forestry), Suzanne Simard (Forest & Conservation Sciences / Faculty of Forestry)
ISSN: 23520094
Volume: 29
Publication Date: June 2022

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Publication: Freshwater Science
UBC Author(s): John Richardson (Forest & Conservation Sciences / Faculty of Forestry)
ISSN: 21619549
Volume: 41
Page Range: 183-194
Publication Date: June 2022

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Publication: Nature Sustainability
UBC Author(s): Terence Sunderland (Forest & Conservation Sciences / Faculty of Forestry)
Volume: 5
Page Range: 464-471
Publication Date: June 2022

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Publication: Global Ecology and Conservation
UBC Author(s): Cole Burton (Forest Resources Management / Faculty of Forestry)
Volume: 35
Publication Date: June 2022

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Publication: Macromolecular Reaction Engineering
UBC Author(s): Emily Cranston (Department of Wood Science / Faculty of Forestry)
ISSN: 1862832X
Volume: 16
Publication Date: June 2022

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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
2022 Dr. Copes-Gerbitz (Raybould) explored the relationship between people, forests, and fire through time in British Columbia. Her research shows that fire has long been an important natural and cultural process but that transformative change is needed to ensure we can all equitably coexist with fire in the future. Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry (PhD)
2022 Dr. Woo assessed changes in forest carbon caused by wildfires in the Pacific Northwest and interior British Columbia using propensity score matching methods. She established guidelines for implementing quasi-experimental methods for ecological data, especially for spatially located forest inventory data. Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry (PhD)
2022 Dr. Tibebu developed the physical fractal diffusion model based on geometric fractal structure of wood. It reveals that the moisture transport phenomenon strongly depends on the fractal dimensions of wood. This research outcomes contributes to improving the wood drying process and boosting bioeconomy development. Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry (PhD)
2022 Providing forestry students with outdoor learning opportunities in forested landscapes is increasingly challenging with urban expansion. Dr. Coupland examined if local urban forests could provide additional outdoor learning opportunities. This research aims to increase in situ forestry education and aid in curriculum development. Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry (PhD)
2022 Dr. Lewis studied the reproduction of inequalities in Thailand's state forests through a poststructuralist examination of illegal logging. Dr. Lewis showed that the continued logging of natural forests in Thailand was a manifestation of structured inequalities and sovereign violence imposed on the forest landscape and Indigenous Peoples. Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry (PhD)
2022 Dr. Gamlen-Greene studied the population dynamics of two amphibians of conservation concern - the Western Toad and the Northern Red-legged Frog, in Haida Gwaii and southwest BC. She found Haida Gwaii toads are genetically unique and less diverse and may be vulnerable to spreading introduced frogs. Her findings are informing conservation. Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry (PhD)
2022 Dr. Su's work will help the world oil sector reduce its carbon footprint. He showed that lipids, such as used cooking oil, can be co-processed at refineries with fossil fuels, significantly reducing carbon emissions and helping BC, Canada and the world meet its climate mitigation targets. Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry (PhD)
2022 Dr. Acquah assessed the effects of thinning on the dynamics of uneven-aged interior Douglas-fir stands in central British Columbia over a 21-year period. She found that the treatments enhanced the rate of stand development in a number of ways compared to unthinned controls. This study helps in planning future thinning treatments in this stand type. Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry (PhD)
2022 Dr. Larocque characterized soil chemistry and soil biological communities in the salmon forests of British Columbia. These studies advance our understanding of the interconnection between marine and terrestrial environments. Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry (PhD)
2021 Dr. Greene examined the fire histories and developmental processes of dense, dry forests in southeastern BC. He found that Indigenous fires shaped historical fire regimes, and today's dense forests are novel byproducts of European colonization. His study advances forest management that aims to enhance forest resilience to fires and climate change. Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry (PhD)

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