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
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 Climate change, microbiology, soil science
Grenz, Jennifer Department of Forest Resources Management
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
Hamelin, Richard Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Hinch, Scott Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences salmon migrations, salmon ecology, salmon fisheries, fish conservation, land use impacts (e.g. forestry) on fish and habitat, Salmon, conservation, ecology, fish ecology, fisheries management, stream, and riperian ecology
Ignace, Danielle Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences Impacts of global change on transitioning ecosystems
Innes, John Department of Forest Resources Management Other natural sciences; Forestry; Ecology
Jiang, Feng Department of Wood Science bio-based nanomaterials, carbohydrate chemistry, chemistry, sustainability, wood science
Konijnendijk, Cecil Department of Forest Resources Management Design and Planning of Space; Landscape and Environmental Organization; Urban and Rural Planning Policies; urban forestry; green infrastructure planning; green space governance; urban ecosystem services; people-nature relationships
Kozak, Robert Antal Department of Wood Science Forest-dependent communities in transition, international development & poverty alleviation, value-added strategies, forest certification & corporate social responsibility, forest sector sustainability & competitiveness, marketing, management & consumer behaviour
Lam, Frank Department of Wood Science timber engineering; structural use of wood products, Engineered wood systems
Lemay, Valerie Department of Forest Resources Management Modeling, estimation, biometrics/mensuration
Li, Minghao Department of Wood Science Forestry sciences; Timber, pulp and paper engineering
Loss, Cristiano Department of Wood Science Forestry sciences; Wood; Engineered Wood Solutions; Engineering Wood Design; Hybrid Wood-Based Systems; Industrialised Wood Systems; Seismic Design and Analysis of Timber Structures; Timber Engineering; Wood Building Systems; Wood as Structural Material
LU, JULIET Department of Forest Resources Management, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs Forest ecology; Economic geography; Environmental sociology; conflicts and governance issues around resource extraction and intensive land use; transnational land investments; promotion of monoculture plantations at the expense of more biodiverse systems; private sector sustainable governance initiatives
Mansfield, Shawn Department of Wood Science, Department of Botany plant metabolism, cellulose biosynthesis, lignin biosynthesis, wood formation, wood quality, cell wall biochemistry, tree biotechnology, transgenics, Tree biotechnology
Martin, Tara Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences biodiversity, climate change, climate models, conservation, ecological monitoring, ecology, land-use change, landscape ecology, landscape planning, modelling
Mchale, Melissa Department of Forest Resources Management Trans-disciplinary approaches to studying complex socio-ecological systems, social drivers of ecosystem processes, cities as sustainable ecosystems, carbon dynamics in urban systems, urbanization effects on nutrient cycling, ecosystem services and dis services, consumption culture, urban metabolism, urbanization in the developing world
Meitner, Michael Department of Forest Resources Management forest aesthetics and scenic beauty, outdoor recreation, environmental visualization, geographic information systems, visual perception, agent-based modeling, Public involment in planning, sustainability leadership
Montwe, David Department of Forest Resources Management Forestry sciences; climate change; Drought and climate change; Evaluating silvicultural treatments on timber quality and value; Forest management; Increasing forest resilience to climatic extremes using silvicultural interventions; Long-term resilience; Reducing impacts from forest disturbance agents under climate change; Regeneration; silviculture; Species selection
Moore, Alex Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences, Department of Botany Forestry sciences; applied community and ecosystem ecology research; impact of predator-prey interactions on the health and functioning of coastal wetland ecosystems; role of cultural values and knowledge in ecosystem restoration conservation
Nelson, Harry William Department of Forest Resources Management analyzing natural and environmental resource policy with an emphasis on forestry and in developing new policy options that can help enhance the long run sustainability of Canadian forests and the communities and businesses that rely upon them
Nesbitt, Lorien Department of Forest Resources Management Forestry sciences; Environmental justice; urban forestry; Liveable and equitable urban environments; Socio-ecological interactions in cities; climate change; Ecosystem services; Cities

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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: Agricultural and Forest Meteorology
UBC Author(s): Bianca Eskelson (Forest Resources Management / Faculty of Forestry)
ISSN: 01681923
Volume: 323
Publication Date: 15 August 2022

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Publication: Frontiers in Forests and Global Change
UBC Author(s): Suzanne Simard (Forest & Conservation Sciences / Faculty of Forestry)
Volume: 5
Publication Date: 11 August 2022

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Publication: Macromolecular Materials and Engineering
UBC Author(s): Scott Renneckar (Department of Wood Science / Faculty of Forestry)
ISSN: 14387492
Volume: 307
Publication Date: August 2022

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Publication: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
UBC Author(s): Guangyu Wang (Forest Resources Management / Faculty of Forestry)
ISSN: 16616596
Volume: 23
Publication Date: August 2022

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Publication: Tree Genetics and Genomes
UBC Author(s): Richard Hamelin (Forest & Conservation Sciences / Faculty of Forestry)
ISSN: 16142942
Volume: 18
Publication Date: August 2022

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Publication: European Journal of Wood and Wood Products
UBC Author(s): Chunping Dai (Department of Wood Science / Faculty of Forestry)
ISSN: 00183768
Volume: 80
Page Range: 947-959
Publication Date: August 2022

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Publication: Tree Physiology
UBC Author(s): Yousry El-Kassaby (Forest & Conservation Sciences / Faculty of Forestry)
ISSN: 0829318X
Volume: 42
Page Range: 1587-1600
Publication Date: 1 August 2022

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Publication: Phytopathology
UBC Author(s): Richard Hamelin (Forest & Conservation Sciences / Faculty of Forestry)
ISSN: 0031949X
Volume: 112
Page Range: 1795-1807
Publication Date: 1 August 2022

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Publication: Advanced Engineering Materials
UBC Author(s): Feng Jiang (Department of Wood Science / Faculty of Forestry)
ISSN: 14381656
Volume: 24
Publication Date: August 2022

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Publication: Evolutionary Applications
UBC Author(s): Lori Daniels (Forest & Conservation Sciences / Faculty of Forestry)
Volume: 15
Page Range: 1291-1312
Publication Date: August 2022

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Publication: Progress in Human Geography
UBC Author(s): Lorien Nesbitt (Forest Resources Management / Faculty of Forestry)
ISSN: 03091325
Volume: 46
Page Range: 960-987
Publication Date: August 2022

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Publication: Journal of Forestry Research
UBC Author(s): Guangyu Wang (Forest Resources Management / Faculty of Forestry)
ISSN: 1007662X
Volume: 33
Page Range: 1109-1122
Publication Date: August 2022

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Publication: ISME Journal
UBC Author(s): Scott Renneckar (Department of Wood Science / Faculty of Forestry)
ISSN: 17517362
Volume: 16
Page Range: 1944-1956
Publication Date: August 2022

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Publication: European Journal of Wood and Wood Products
UBC Author(s): Cristiano Loss (Department of Wood Science / Faculty of Forestry)
ISSN: 00183768
Volume: 80
Page Range: 805-816
Publication Date: August 2022

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Publication: Nano Energy
UBC Author(s): Feng Jiang (Department of Wood Science / Faculty of Forestry)
ISSN: 22112855
Volume: 99
Publication Date: August 2022

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Publication: New Phytologist
UBC Author(s): Tongli Wang (Forest & Conservation Sciences / Faculty of Forestry), Sally Aitken (Forest & Conservation Sciences / Faculty of Forestry)
ISSN: 0028646X
Volume: 235
Page Range: 1653-1664
Publication Date: August 2022

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Publication: Genes
UBC Author(s): Guangyu Wang (Forest Resources Management / Faculty of Forestry)
Volume: 13
Publication Date: August 2022

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Publication: Frontiers in Plant Science
UBC Author(s): Yousry El-Kassaby (Forest & Conservation Sciences / Faculty of Forestry)
Volume: 13
Publication Date: 29 July 2022

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Publication: Frontiers in Plant Science
UBC Author(s): Shawn Mansfield (Department of Wood Science / Faculty of Forestry)
Volume: 13
Publication Date: 22 July 2022

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Publication: Sustainable Energy and Fuels
UBC Author(s): John Saddler (Department of Wood Science / Faculty of Forestry)
Volume: 6
Page Range: 3788-3793
Publication Date: 20 July 2022

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Publication: International journal of molecular sciences
UBC Author(s): Yousry El-Kassaby (Forest & Conservation Sciences / Faculty of Forestry)
Volume: 23
Publication Date: 16 July 2022

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Publication: Frontiers in Plant Science
UBC Author(s): Yousry El-Kassaby (Forest & Conservation Sciences / Faculty of Forestry)
Volume: 13
Publication Date: 14 July 2022

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Publication: ORYX
UBC Author(s): Cole Burton (Forest Resources Management / Faculty of Forestry), Shannon Marie Hagerman (Forest Resources Management / Faculty of Forestry)
ISSN: 00306053
Volume: 56
Page Range: 528-536
Publication Date: 6 July 2022

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Publication: Journal of Hazardous Materials
UBC Author(s): Yousry El-Kassaby (Forest & Conservation Sciences / Faculty of Forestry)
ISSN: 03043894
Volume: 433
Publication Date: 5 July 2022

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Publication: Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences
UBC Author(s): Tara Martin (Forest & Conservation Sciences / Faculty of Forestry)
Volume: 377
Page Range: 20210130
Publication Date: 4 July 2022

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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
2021 Dr. Siegner developed a manager's framework for decision-making to address plural sustainability objectives in the community forest enterprise. She subsequently applied this framework to study trade-offs facing senior staff in six communities throughout British Columbia. This research illuminates the role of organizational behaviour in scaling-up the community forestry model. Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry (PhD)
2021 Dr. Mottiar explored the innate plasticity of lignin formation in plants. Lignin is a phenolic polymer found in plant cell walls that is biologically and industrially important. Discoveries in lignin biochemistry were leveraged to devise new strategies for engineering lignin and ultimately improving the efficiency of industrial biomass utilisation. Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry (PhD)
2021 Canada is a world leader in making newsprint, a product that nobody wants anymore. To utilize existing infrastructure, Dr. Wu's PhD work demonstrated the potential of repurposing this technique as a front end for a biorefinery process. This helps reduce the overall carbon emission by producing renewable bioproducts such as biofuel from biomass. Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry (PhD)
2021 Dr. Pokorny examined the potential long-term impacts of mountain pine beetles on the Canadian Boreal Forest. He demonstrated that for invading beetles, boreal jack pines are unsuitable hosts compared to native lodgepole pines. This research is important for understanding range dynamics of eruptive insect pests under a warming climate. Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry (PhD)
2021 Dr. Rahimi worked on different approaches for predicting moisture in a batch of kiln-dried timber. He provided a predictive model and proposed a closed formula to estimate moisture variation after kiln-drying. His research is a forward step to reduce over-dried and under-dried timbers and, therefore, render them more value-added products. Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry (PhD)
2021 Dr. McMahen studied methods for reclaiming forest ecosystems after mining. She showed that application of fresh forest soil, proximity to undisturbed forest, and planting of specific native plant species can promote recovery of beneficial soil microbes and improve plant establishment. Her research contributes to improving reclamation best practices. Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry (PhD)
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)

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