Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry (PhD)
The role of pathogens in structuring forest communities in British Columbia
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||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||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||Ecology and Quality of the Environment, Ecological Trends, Animal, Biodiversity and Biocomplexity, Landscape and Restoration, Environment Management and Protection, 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||Telemetry (Remote Sensing, Radar), Space Techniques, Forestry Technology and Equipment, Plants and Forests|
|Cranston, Emily||Department of Wood Science, Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering||Nanomaterials, Surfaces, Interfaces and Thin Layers, Polymers, Colloidal and Autoassembled Systems, 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||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||Plants and Forests, Landscape and Restoration, Ecology and Quality of the Environment, Environment Management and Protection, urban forestry, urban soils, urban ecology|
|El-Kassaby, Yousry||Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences||Applied Genetics, 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||Plants and Forests, Statistics and Probabilities, Resources Management, Ecology and Quality of the Environment, 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||Resources Management, Plants and Forests, Landscape and Environmental Organization, 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||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|
|2019||Dr. Skaien studied the relationship between natural selection and genetic variation through observing local deer and seablush, a flowering species native to western North America. Her results illustrate the effect of natural selection by browsing deer on this species' ability to persist in the face of natural and human-induced environmental change.||Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry (PhD)|
|2019||Dr. Thistlethwaite analysed the application of genomic based methodologies to conifer breeding. She used thousands of genetic markers to predict key economic traits, for the purpose of making selection decisions. Her research highlights areas for investment which will foster more dynamic and fruitful breeding programs in the future.||Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry (PhD)|
|2019||Dr. Polinko completed his research in the field of silviculture. Using models of branch development and tree growth, his research was the first to quantify the costs associated with managing forests for visual quality or wildlife habitat. Understanding these costs will help with decisions regarding the sustainable management of forests around the world.||Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry (PhD)|
|2019||Dr. Vabi examined the link between public-private partnerships and corporate social responsibility. He identified conditions under which partnerships can be used to responsibly and efficiently drive community development. This research highlights one way corporations can successfully achieve sustainable development goals.||Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry (PhD)|
|2019||Dr. Lima studied logging activities in the Brazilian Amazon. She assessed selective logging patterns using remote sensing tools and was one of the first studies to analyze the new European satellite Sentinel-2. Findings will inform the academic community and governmental institutions concerned with forest monitoring and law enforcement.||Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry (PhD)|
|2019||Dr. Chavardes explored how drought influenced fires over time and space in western Canadian forests. He used weather and climate records, statistical models, tree-ring science, and fire-scar records to understand historical associations between droughts and fire. This work helps landscape managers foresee how future fires can be impacted by climate change.||Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry (PhD)|
|2019||Dr. DeBoer examined whether, why, and how businesses approach environmental sustainability initiatives in the US pulp and paper industry. This research advances our understanding of the factors that influence the adoption and implementation of environmental initiatives, as well as compliance with environmental regulation.||Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry (PhD)|
|2019||Dr. Mpidi Bita evaluated the structural performance of tall wood buildings following extreme events, such as explosions and natural catastrophes. His research provides design guidance which may be used by structural engineers to ensure that buildings remains stable for sufficient time to allow for evacuation.||Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry (PhD)|
|2019||Dr. Defrenne showed that tree species can adjust to climate through their fine roots and associated symbiotic fungi, called mycorrhizal fungi. Her research on Douglas-fir suggests that the success of Douglas-fir as climate changes and stress increases may be dependent on maintaining strong associations with local communities of mycorrhizal fungi.||Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry (PhD)|
|2019||Dr. Barron explored the multiple ways suburban trees can be configured to maximize a range of benefits for the local community. Using a scenario approach that was informed by local residents, urban forest practitioners, and academics, she concluded that future forests can thrive in more dense suburban landscapes.||Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry (PhD)|
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