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

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
Boedhihartono, Agni Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
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
Cranston, Emily Department of Wood Science, Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering Bio-based materials and nanocellulose, Atomic force microscopy (forces, adhesion, friction, imaging), Colloid and interface science, Polymer chemistry, Cellulose nanocrystals
Dai, Chunping Department of Wood Science
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 urban forestry, urban soils, urban ecology
El-Kassaby, Yousry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences Tree domestication, Seed orchards’ genetics, Tree breeding, Genomics, 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, decision support systems, forest economics, mixed species, near natural/ close to nature forestry, plantation forests, silviculture
Guy, Robert Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Hagerman, Shannon Marie Department of Forest Resources Management biodiversity, climate change, communities and livelihoods, conservation, forest policy, social science

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Graduate Student Profiles

Sophie Lewis

Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry (PhD)
The interaction of the International Forest Regime with forest governance and forest dependent peoples in Cambodia.

David Moulton

Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry (PhD)
Effects of temperature, pathogens, and fishing gear on spawning migrations of Pacific salmon

Jennifer DeBoer

Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry (PhD)
Environmental Threats and Opportunities in the US Pulp and Paper Industry

Saori Ogura

Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry (PhD)
Devising Strategies for Food Security and Responses to Climate Change in Indigenous Villages in Zimbabwe and the Himalayas: Folding Visual Art into an Evidence-Based Project
UBC graduate student Jonathan Reich

Jonathan Reich

Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry (PhD)
Monitoring airborne spores of fungal pathogens to predict plant disease risk across Canada

Weitao "Nick" Rong

Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry (PhD)
Effects of Deforestation, Afforestation, and Forest Harvesting Practices on Extreme Floods in Larger Basins

Tonya Smith

Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry (PhD)
Lil'wat Food Security and Ecosystem Services

Anna Smith

Master of Science in Forestry (MSc)
The impact of sub-lethal zinc contamination on the successful detection of olfactory alarm cues in juvenile coho salmon.

Alumni on Success

Jane Yuexian Wang

Master of Geomatics for Environmental Management (MGEM) [2018]
Job Title
GIS Developer
Employer
FYBR Solutions Incorporation

Dan Macmaster

Master of Sustainable Forest Management (MSFM) [2013]
Job Title
Fibre Manager and Head of Forestry
Employer
Vaagen Fibre Canada

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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