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

or browse the list of faculty members in various academic units. You may click each unit to view faculty members appointed in that unit. View the full faculty member directory for more search and filter options.
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 Forestry sciences; application of neural networks to properties prediction; cell-wall architecture; dielectric heating, drying, phytosanitation; modeling of wood drying; momentum, heat and mass transfer in wood; NIR wood species ID; non destructive evaluation; sorption characteristics of wood; wood dielectrics; wood drying optimization; wood physics; wood thermodynamics
Benson-Amram, Sarah Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
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, Applied Biology Climate change, microbiology, soil science
Guy, Robert Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences Forestry sciences; Plants and Forests; Physiology; Ecological and Ecophysiological Processes

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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: Carbohydrate Polymers
UBC Author(s): Feng Jiang (Department of Wood Science / Faculty of Forestry)
ISSN: 01448617
Volume: 272
Publication Date: 15 November 2021

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Publication: Remote Sensing of Environment
UBC Author(s): Nicholas Charles Coops (Forest Resources Management / Faculty of Forestry)
ISSN: 00344257
Volume: 265
Publication Date: November 2021

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Publication: Construction and Building Materials
UBC Author(s): Frank Lam (Department of Wood Science / Faculty of Forestry)
ISSN: 09500618
Volume: 304
Publication Date: 18 October 2021

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Publication: Forest Ecology and Management
UBC Author(s): Cindy Prescott (Forest & Conservation Sciences / Faculty of Forestry)
ISSN: 03781127
Volume: 498
Publication Date: 15 October 2021

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Publication: Industrial Crops and Products
UBC Author(s): Scott Renneckar (Department of Wood Science / Faculty of Forestry), Feng Jiang (Department of Wood Science / Faculty of Forestry)
ISSN: 09266690
Volume: 170
Publication Date: 15 October 2021

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Publication: Industrial Crops and Products
UBC Author(s): Chunping Dai (Department of Wood Science / Faculty of Forestry)
ISSN: 09266690
Volume: 170
Publication Date: 15 October 2021

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Publication: Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing
UBC Author(s): Chunping Dai (Department of Wood Science / Faculty of Forestry)
ISSN: 1359835X
Volume: 149
Publication Date: October 2021

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Publication: Forest Policy and Economics
UBC Author(s): Terence Sunderland (Forest & Conservation Sciences / Faculty of Forestry)
ISSN: 13899341
Volume: 131
Publication Date: October 2021

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Publication: Forest Ecology and Management
UBC Author(s): Shawn Mansfield (Department of Wood Science / Faculty of Forestry)
ISSN: 03781127
Volume: 497
Publication Date: 1 October 2021

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Publication: Environmental Modelling and Software
UBC Author(s): Bianca Eskelson (Forest Resources Management / Faculty of Forestry)
ISSN: 13648152
Volume: 144
Publication Date: October 2021

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Publication: Forest Ecology and Management
UBC Author(s): Cole Burton (Forest Resources Management / Faculty of Forestry), Nicholas Charles Coops (Forest Resources Management / Faculty of Forestry)
ISSN: 03781127
Volume: 497
Publication Date: 1 October 2021

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Publication: Journal of Comparative Neurology
UBC Author(s): Sarah Benson-Amram (Forest & Conservation Sciences / Faculty of Forestry)
ISSN: 00219967
Volume: 529
Page Range: 3375-3388
Publication Date: October 2021

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Publication: Additive Manufacturing
UBC Author(s): Scott Renneckar (Department of Wood Science / Faculty of Forestry), Feng Jiang (Department of Wood Science / Faculty of Forestry)
Volume: 46
Publication Date: October 2021

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Publication: Journal of Building Engineering
UBC Author(s): Frank Lam (Department of Wood Science / Faculty of Forestry)
Volume: 42
Publication Date: October 2021

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Publication: Trees - Structure and Function
UBC Author(s): Robert Guy (Forest & Conservation Sciences / Faculty of Forestry)
ISSN: 09311890
Volume: 35
Page Range: 1601-1612
Publication Date: October 2021

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Publication: Energy Research and Social Science
UBC Author(s): Hisham Zerriffi (Forest Resources Management / Faculty of Forestry)
ISSN: 22146296
Volume: 80
Publication Date: October 2021

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Publication: Forest Policy and Economics
UBC Author(s): Terence Sunderland (Forest & Conservation Sciences / Faculty of Forestry)
ISSN: 13899341
Volume: 131
Publication Date: October 2021

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Publication: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences
UBC Author(s): Emily Cranston (Department of Wood Science / Faculty of Forestry)
ISSN: 1364503X
Volume: 379
Publication Date: 20 September 2021

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Publication: Forest Ecology and Management
UBC Author(s): Tongli Wang (Forest & Conservation Sciences / Faculty of Forestry)
ISSN: 03781127
Volume: 496
Publication Date: 15 September 2021

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Publication: Plants
UBC Author(s): Yousry El-Kassaby (Forest & Conservation Sciences / Faculty of Forestry)
Volume: 10
Publication Date: September 2021

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Publication: Allergy and Asthma Proceedings
UBC Author(s): Harry William Nelson (Forest Resources Management / Faculty of Forestry)
ISSN: 10885412
Volume: 42
Page Range: 368
Publication Date: 1 September 2021

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Publication: Carbohydrate Polymers
UBC Author(s): Feng Jiang (Department of Wood Science / Faculty of Forestry)
ISSN: 01448617
Volume: 267
Publication Date: 1 September 2021

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Publication: Trees, Forests and People
UBC Author(s): Stephen Sheppard (Forest Resources Management / Faculty of Forestry)
Volume: 5
Publication Date: September 2021

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Publication: Remote Sensing of Environment
UBC Author(s): Nicholas Charles Coops (Forest Resources Management / Faculty of Forestry)
ISSN: 00344257
Volume: 262
Publication Date: 1 September 2021

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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
2021 Dr. Rahimi worked on different approaches for predicting moisture in a batch of kiln-dried timber. He provided a predictive model and proposed a closed formula to estimate moisture variation after kiln-drying. His research is a forward step to reduce over-dried and under-dried timbers and, therefore, render them more value-added products. Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry (PhD)
2021 Dr. McMahen studied methods for reclaiming forest ecosystems after mining. She showed that application of fresh forest soil, proximity to undisturbed forest, and planting of specific native plant species can promote recovery of beneficial soil microbes and improve plant establishment. Her research contributes to improving reclamation best practices. Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry (PhD)
2020 Dr. Nasir did research on intelligent wood machining. He developed AI-based models for wood sawing monitoring and automation in the sawmilling industry. His work enables sawmills to do online monitoring and prediction of surface quality of produced lumber, leading to efficiency gains in the Canadian lumber manufacturing and sawmilling industry. Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry (PhD)
2020 Dr. Mulverhill developed methods for estimating forest inventory attributes in a boreal mixedwood forest with terrestrial photogrammetry and airborne laser scanning. These estimates often matched or exceeded those made using conventional inventory techniques and could contribute to more informed and sustainable management of the world's forests. Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry (PhD)
2020 Dr. Srivastava studied geospatial modelling for predicting invasive species potential range expansion and invasion potential. His findings on niche characteristics offer a useful cost-effective tool for managing and monitoring invasive species future spread, as well as to design short and long-term management strategies. Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry (PhD)
2020 Dr. Adeyeye examined conflicts and likely solutions to improve access to forest and water resources for Indigenous and local communities. By analyzing how diverse actors seek to influence decision-making at regional, national and international scales, he recommends, among others, participatory decision-making with indigenous and local leadership. Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry (PhD)
2020 Dr. Magalhães studied the importance of tree species interactions in projecting the effects of climate change on forests. She designed software to predict tree growth similar to the way that Google predicts e-mail sentences. Her research highlights the relevance of competition to accurately simulate tree growth responses to climate change. Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry (PhD)
2020 Dr. Malladi developed mathematical models to optimize short-term biomass logistics and analyzed the impacts of carbon pricing policies on optimal cost and emissions of the models. The developed models were validated and applied to two case studies. The results will help logistics companies make more informed decisions for their short-term planning. Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry (PhD)
2020 Dr. Kielstra examined the effects of environmental variability and land cover on stream ecosystems. He found that improved prediction of ecological threats depends on the indicator, and that incorporating multiple scales can increase predictive ability. This work will help ecologists to better predict and understand important threats to ecosystems. Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry (PhD)
2020 Dr. de Zwaan demonstrated that parental care among alpine songbirds can buffer nestlings against extreme weather and predation risk, improving early-life growth conditions and benefitting survival and life-time fitness. A capacity to respond to variable constraints has critical implications for the future of birds under rapid environmental change. Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry (PhD)

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