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|
This is an incomplete sample of recent publications by UBC faculty members with a primary appointment in the Faculty of Forestry.
|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)|
|2020||Dr. Yu introduced a new method to quantify the effect of logging on floods in the snowy regions of British Columbia. His research is the first to use nonstationary frequency analysis to reveal a highly sensitive flood regime to logging. His findings run counter to the prevalent, century-old wisdom in the field of forest hydrology.||Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry (PhD)|
|2020||Dr. Hossain investigated the use of Self-Tapping-Screws, a popular connector in Cross-Laminated Timber structures. These joints were tested under both monotonic loading and cyclic loading, which simulates the impact of an earthquake. Her research provides guidance to structural engineers and builders for designing timber shear connections.||Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry (PhD)|
|2020||Dr. Ukrainetz used DNA markers to predict growth and wood traits in lodgepole pine. This technique can be used to predict mature traits in young seedlings, offering tree breeders a tool to make selections after one year as opposed to more than ten.||Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry (PhD)|
|2020||Dr. Wang investigated the complex socio-ecological changes being experienced by local communities in two protected areas in China. Her findings show that the livelihoods of local people can be adversely affected by unreasonable government structure and institutional arrangements, and that the provision of alternative livelihood options is critical.||Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry (PhD)|
Lori DanielsUBC’s Faculty of Forestry, alongside seven universities and key partners on wildfire management from across the country, will be co-leading a newly announced Strategic Research Network on Wildland Fire that will advance wildland fire science in Canada and train 100 future teachers,...
Dominik RoeserUBC Faculty of Forestry, in partnership with FPInnovations and spatial analytics platform provider LlamaZOO, has been awarded $300,000 in funding to further develop and commercialize TimberOps, an immersive visual analytics platform for forest operations and land management. TimberOps...
Forestry students know the Student Services team as dedicated to both their academic success and their overall well-being. Their tireless commitment to students has even been recognized by the university with the President’s Service Award for Excellence. Whether it is over the summer, the first...
Dear Members of the Faculty of Forestry Community, I am writing to you today as the Chair of the Faculty of Forestry’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Council to both endorse and support President Ono’s recent statement but to also speak specifically to tackling racism together in the UBC Forestry...
People sitting in distanced groups at a park How does nature impact our well-being? That is the primary question being investigated in a global survey recently launched by a team of researchers from UBC’s Faculty of Forestry. In an effort to better understand the impact of nature during times of...
Professor Orlando RojasMade in Canada design uses local wood fibres and can be produced in BC The shortage of medical-grade masks worldwide has hobbled health care professionals responding to the novel coronavirus—highlighting the need for improving supply lines and manufacturing more masks locally...