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

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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 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 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 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 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
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

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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: Ecosystem Health and Sustainability
UBC Author(s): Cecil Konijnendijk (Forest Resources Management / Faculty of Forestry)
ISSN: 20964129
Volume: 6
Publication Date: 16 December 2020

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Publication: Industrial Crops and Products
UBC Author(s): Tongli Wang (Forest & Conservation Sciences / Faculty of Forestry), Yousry El-Kassaby (Forest & Conservation Sciences / Faculty of Forestry)
ISSN: 09266690
Volume: 158
Publication Date: 15 December 2020

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Publication: Remote Sensing of Environment
UBC Author(s): Nicholas Charles Coops (Forest Resources Management / Faculty of Forestry)
ISSN: 00344257
Volume: 251
Publication Date: 15 December 2020

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Publication: Carbohydrate Polymers
UBC Author(s): Feng Jiang (Department of Wood Science / Faculty of Forestry)
ISSN: 01448617
Volume: 250
Publication Date: 15 December 2020

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Publication: Carbohydrate Polymers
UBC Author(s): John Saddler (Department of Wood Science / Faculty of Forestry)
ISSN: 01448617
Volume: 250
Publication Date: 15 December 2020

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Publication: Energy Policy
UBC Author(s): John Saddler (Department of Wood Science / Faculty of Forestry)
ISSN: 03014215
Volume: 147
Publication Date: December 2020

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Publication: Journal of Forestry Research
UBC Author(s): John Innes (Forest Resources Management / Faculty of Forestry), Guangyu Wang (Forest Resources Management / Faculty of Forestry)
ISSN: 1007662X
Volume: 31
Page Range: 2033-2051
Publication Date: 1 December 2020

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Publication: Structures
UBC Author(s): Frank Lam (Department of Wood Science / Faculty of Forestry)
Volume: 28
Page Range: 120-126
Publication Date: December 2020

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Publication: Remote Sensing of Environment
UBC Author(s): Nicholas Charles Coops (Forest Resources Management / Faculty of Forestry)
ISSN: 00344257
Volume: 250
Publication Date: 1 December 2020

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Publication: Scientific Reports
UBC Author(s): Emily Cranston (Department of Wood Science / Faculty of Forestry)
Volume: 10
Publication Date: 1 December 2020

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Publication: Journal of Wood Science
UBC Author(s): Julie Cool (Department of Wood Science / Faculty of Forestry)
ISSN: 14350211
Volume: 66
Publication Date: 1 December 2020

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Publication: Land Use Policy
UBC Author(s): Terence Sunderland (Forest & Conservation Sciences / Faculty of Forestry)
ISSN: 02648377
Volume: 99
Publication Date: December 2020

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Publication: Scientific Reports
UBC Author(s): Cole Burton (Forest Resources Management / Faculty of Forestry)
Volume: 10
Publication Date: 1 December 2020

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Publication: Scientific Reports
UBC Author(s): Nicholas Charles Coops (Forest Resources Management / Faculty of Forestry)
Volume: 10
Publication Date: 1 December 2020

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Publication: Nature Communications
UBC Author(s): David Montwe (Forest Resources Management / Faculty of Forestry)
Volume: 11
Publication Date: 1 December 2020

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Publication: Forest Ecosystems
UBC Author(s): Yousry El-Kassaby (Forest & Conservation Sciences / Faculty of Forestry)
ISSN: 20956355
Volume: 7
Publication Date: 1 December 2020

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Publication: Journal of Biosciences
UBC Author(s): Tongli Wang (Forest & Conservation Sciences / Faculty of Forestry), Yousry El-Kassaby (Forest & Conservation Sciences / Faculty of Forestry)
ISSN: 02505991
Volume: 45
Publication Date: 1 December 2020

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Publication: Scientific Reports
UBC Author(s): Nicholas Charles Coops (Forest Resources Management / Faculty of Forestry)
Volume: 10
Publication Date: 1 December 2020

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Publication: Scientific Reports
UBC Author(s): Verena Griess (Forest Resources Management / Faculty of Forestry)
Volume: 10
Publication Date: 1 December 2020

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Publication: Scientific Reports
UBC Author(s): Yousry El-Kassaby (Forest & Conservation Sciences / Faculty of Forestry)
Volume: 10
Publication Date: 1 December 2020

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Publication: Industrial Crops and Products
UBC Author(s): Scott Renneckar (Department of Wood Science / Faculty of Forestry), Shawn Mansfield (Department of Wood Science / Faculty of Forestry)
ISSN: 09266690
Volume: 155
Publication Date: 1 November 2020

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Publication: Trends in Biotechnology
UBC Author(s): Hisham Zerriffi (Forest Resources Management / Faculty of Forestry)
ISSN: 01677799
Volume: 38
Page Range: 1192-1196
Publication Date: November 2020

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Publication: Industrial Crops and Products
UBC Author(s): Chunping Dai (Department of Wood Science / Faculty of Forestry)
ISSN: 09266690
Volume: 155
Publication Date: 1 November 2020

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Publication: Bioresource Technology
UBC Author(s): John Saddler (Department of Wood Science / Faculty of Forestry), Scott Renneckar (Department of Wood Science / Faculty of Forestry)
ISSN: 09608524
Volume: 315
Publication Date: November 2020

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Publication: Carbohydrate Polymers
UBC Author(s): Feng Jiang (Department of Wood Science / Faculty of Forestry)
ISSN: 01448617
Volume: 247
Publication Date: 1 November 2020

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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
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)

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