Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry (PhD)
Seismic performance of timber-steel hybrid shear wall system
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.
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.
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.
|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|
|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|
|Hagerman, Shannon Marie||Department of Forest Resources Management||biodiversity, climate change, communities and livelihoods, conservation, forest policy, social science|
This is an incomplete sample of recent publications in chronological order by UBC faculty members with a primary appointment in the Faculty of Forestry.
|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)|
|2020||With the rise of the Internet, we are now getting more information from non-paper sources. Dr. Palmer examined pulp and paper companies' strategies for adjusting to the resulting decline in demand for different types of paper. Her work highlighted the broader challenges cyclical commodity industries face when defining their turnaround strategies.||Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry (PhD)|
|2020||Dr. Hotte studied the creation of trust between Indigenous representatives and regional or national governments collaborating on natural resource governance. She highlights the role of individual, interpersonal, and institutional influences on trust, and shows the negative impact that lived experiences of discrimination have on trusting behaviour.||Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry (PhD)|