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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
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 Land use and environmental planning; Environmental justice; urban forestry; Liveable and equitable urban environments; Socio-ecological interactions in cities; climate change; Ecosystem services; Cities
Nikolakis, William Department of Forest Resources Management Aboriginal Forestry, Forest Management, Land-use Change
Paradis, Gregory Department of Forest Resources Management
Park, Keun Department of Forest Resources Management Smart city design and development and related analysis; Landscape studies (except architecture); Urban design and studies; Geographic information system (GIS and GPS) applications; Land transportation systems engineering, n.e.c.; Design of healthy, just, and resilient cities through urban nature; Environmental justice; Human behaviour; Landscape planning; Public health; urban design; urban forestry; Urban planning
Renneckar, Scott Department of Wood Science Advanced renewable materials, biopolymer structure characterization, Clean fractionation of biomass, Electrospinning Fibers, Nanocellulose, Self-assembly of biopolymers
Rhemtulla, Jeanine Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences Forestry sciences; Ecology and Quality of the Environment; Ecological Trends; Landscape and Restoration; Environment Management and Protection; Biodiversity and Biocomplexity; Conservation & Poverty Alleviation; Ecosystem services; Landscape ecology & spatial analysis; Reforestation; socio-ecological systems; Temperate & tropical forest & agroforestry systems
Roeser, Dominik Department of Forest Resources Management Forest Operations; Wildfire Operations; Biomass supply systems; Feedstock quality improvements; Technology transfer of harvesting technologies in different operational environments; Small scale harvesting systems; Small scale bioenergy solutions
Sayer, Jeffrey Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences Forestry sciences; biodiversity; Communities and Livelihoods; Forest policy; Forest conservation in Indonesia; Land-use Change; Reconciling conservation and development in tropical forest landscapes; sustainability; Tropical Landscapes and Livelihoods; Tropical forest conservation
Simard, Suzanne Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences forestry silviculture soils mycorrhizae forest ecology, Biodiversity, climate change, conservation, ecology, ecosystems, forest biology, forest management, microbiology, silviculture, soil science, sustainability
Smith, Gregory Department of Wood Science Engineering, wood products
Sowlati, Taraneh Department of Wood Science Wood Science, Industrial Engineering in Wood Science
Stirling, Roderick
Sunderland, Terence Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences Earth and related environmental sciences; Social and economic geography; biodiversity; Communications; Communities and Livelihoods; conservation; Conservation Biology; Ecosystem services; Environmental communication; Forest policy; Land-use Change; Landscape ecology; Natural Resource Management; social science; sustainability; Tropical Landscapes and Livelihoods; Developing countries; Forest management
Tu, Qingshi Department of Wood Science Forestry biomass and bioproducts; Earth and related environmental sciences; Systems engineering; Environmental engineering; Biomass (Energy); Sustainable Development; Modelization and Simulation; Biofuels and bioproducts; climate change; Computational modeling; Forest biorefineries; Industrial ecology; Life cycle assessment; Sustainable bioeconomy; Machine Learning
van der Ven, Hamish Department of Wood Science Sustainable supply chain governance, Impacts of online activism on business behaviour
Wang, Guangyu Department of Forest Resources Management business management, climate change, conservation, forest management, forest policy, land-use change
Wang, Tongli Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences climate models, climate change adaptation, ecosystem climate projection, species range projection, assistant migratoin
Wiesner, Felix Department of Wood Science Engineering design; Fire Safety; Timber Construction; Timber Engineering; Wood Products
Wolkovich, Elizabeth Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences Forestry sciences; biodiversity; climate change; Conservation science; Global change; Plant communities; Plant invasions; Population and ecosystem ecology; Temporal ecology; Winegrapes
Zerriffi, Hisham Department of Forest Resources Management Environmental geography; Forestry biomass and bioproducts; Modelling and applications of systems; Environment and natural resources economics; Environmental policy; Biomass (Energy); Energy Transformation and Energy Using; International development; Environment and Society; Ideological, Political, Economical and Social Environments of Social Transformations; Social and Cultural Factors of Environmental Protection; energy poverty

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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: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
UBC Author(s): Guangyu Wang (Forest Resources Management / Faculty of Forestry)
ISSN: 01476513
Volume: 275
Publication Date: 15 April 2024

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Publication: Green Chemistry
UBC Author(s): Feng Jiang (Department of Wood Science / Faculty of Forestry)
ISSN: 14639262
Volume: 26
Page Range: 5477-5484
Publication Date: 2 April 2024

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Publication: Forest Ecology and Management
UBC Author(s): Nicholas Charles Coops (Forest Resources Management / Faculty of Forestry)
ISSN: 03781127
Volume: 557
Publication Date: 1 April 2024

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Publication: Insect Science
UBC Author(s): Richard Hamelin (Forest & Conservation Sciences / Faculty of Forestry)
ISSN: 16729609
Volume: 31
Page Range: 633-645
Publication Date: April 2024

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Publication: Engineering Structures
UBC Author(s): Cristiano Loss (Department of Wood Science / Faculty of Forestry)
ISSN: 01410296
Volume: 304
Publication Date: 1 April 2024

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Publication: Forests
UBC Author(s): Guangyu Wang (Forest Resources Management / Faculty of Forestry)
Volume: 15
Publication Date: April 2024

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Publication: Sustainability (Switzerland)
UBC Author(s): Guangyu Wang (Forest Resources Management / Faculty of Forestry)
Volume: 16
Publication Date: April 2024

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Publication: Water Policy
UBC Author(s): William Nikolakis (Forest Resources Management / Faculty of Forestry)
ISSN: 13667017
Volume: 26
Page Range: 381-394
Publication Date: 1 April 2024

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Publication: Land
UBC Author(s): Guangyu Wang (Forest Resources Management / Faculty of Forestry)
Volume: 13
Publication Date: April 2024

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Publication: Forests
UBC Author(s): Guangyu Wang (Forest Resources Management / Faculty of Forestry)
Volume: 15
Publication Date: April 2024

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Publication: Journal of Arid Land
UBC Author(s): Guangyu Wang (Forest Resources Management / Faculty of Forestry)
ISSN: 16746767
Volume: 16
Page Range: 518-530
Publication Date: April 2024

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Publication: North American Journal of Fisheries Management
UBC Author(s): Scott Hinch (Forest & Conservation Sciences / Faculty of Forestry)
ISSN: 02755947
Volume: 44
Page Range: 359-376
Publication Date: April 2024

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Publication: People and Nature
UBC Author(s): Janette Bulkan (Forest Resources Management / Faculty of Forestry)
Volume: 6
Page Range: 818-832
Publication Date: April 2024

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Publication: Urban Forestry and Urban Greening
ISSN: 16188667
Volume: 94
Publication Date: April 2024

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Publication: Environmental Research Communications
UBC Author(s): Terence Sunderland (Forest & Conservation Sciences / Faculty of Forestry)
Volume: 6
Publication Date: 1 April 2024

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Publication: Forest Ecology and Management
UBC Author(s): Tongli Wang (Forest & Conservation Sciences / Faculty of Forestry)
ISSN: 03781127
Volume: 557
Publication Date: 1 April 2024

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Publication: Forestry
UBC Author(s): Tzeng Yih Lam (Forest Resources Management / Faculty of Forestry)
ISSN: 0015752X
Volume: 97
Page Range: 282-294
Publication Date: 1 April 2024

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Publication: Building and Environment
UBC Author(s): Haibo Feng (Department of Wood Science / Faculty of Forestry)
ISSN: 03601323
Volume: 253
Publication Date: 1 April 2024

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Publication: Anthropocene Review
UBC Author(s): William Nikolakis (Forest Resources Management / Faculty of Forestry)
ISSN: 20530196
Volume: 11
Page Range: 228-261
Publication Date: April 2024

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Publication: Environmental Research Letters
UBC Author(s): Isla Myers-Smith (Forest & Conservation Sciences / Faculty of Forestry)
Volume: 19
Publication Date: 1 April 2024

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Publication: Journal of Civil Structural Health Monitoring
UBC Author(s): Cristiano Loss (Department of Wood Science / Faculty of Forestry)
ISSN: 21905452
Volume: 14
Page Range: 909-929
Publication Date: April 2024

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Publication: Plants
UBC Author(s): Yousry El-Kassaby (Forest & Conservation Sciences / Faculty of Forestry)
Volume: 13
Publication Date: April 2024

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Publication: Global Change Biology
UBC Author(s): Sally Aitken (Forest & Conservation Sciences / Faculty of Forestry)
ISSN: 13541013
Volume: 30
Publication Date: April 2024

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Publication: Plant Biotechnology Journal
UBC Author(s): Yousry El-Kassaby (Forest & Conservation Sciences / Faculty of Forestry)
ISSN: 14677644
Volume: 22
Page Range: 970-986
Publication Date: April 2024

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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
2023 Dr. Dickson-Hoyle examined how Secwépemc Nation communities and territories are recovering from recent megafires in British Columbia. She identifies key lessons from joint recovery efforts and describes Secwépemc Elder Ron Ignace's concept of walking on two legs to guide collaborative research and restoration in Indigenous territories. Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry (PhD)
2023 Dr. Chen examined where and how human activities affect mammals by using an extensive camera trap dataset comprising data from 8600 remote cameras. He found that mammal diversity is associated more with protected area coverage than with negative human influences globally, which provide insights into future biodiversity conservation. Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry (PhD)
2023 The ancestral territories of the Mapuche Nation were violently reduced to individual properties that today are in the hands of non-Mapuche people, including settlers and commercial companies. Dr. Arias-Bustamante's study showed how Mapuche communities navigate the system in their quest to land restitution in a constantly changing context. Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry (PhD)
2023 Dr. Reich used novel molecular methods to identify airborne fungi that cause diseases in agricultural crops. He found that the air contains many pathogenic and mutualistic fungi for plant health and showed that this information could help predict plant epidemics. His research will help farmers manage field diseases while reducing fungicide use. Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry (PhD)
2023 Dr. Todd studied Canadian municipal parks and their contribution to the urban forest canopy. She provides recommendations on how parks can continue to meet recreational and cultural demands while balancing those with urban forestry objectives for a more resilient city. Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry (PhD)
2023 Dr. Ye designed a series of nanocellulose-based gel conductors for a variety of sophisticated applications. His study would advance the creation of biodegradable electronics, relieving the environmental pollution caused by discarded electronics. Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry (PhD)
2023 Dr. Cheng examined the interactions between urban forest policies and climate change (and related urban planning) policies in Canadian cities. Her research revealed key conflicts and synergies among municipal policies and explored solutions to better integrate urban forests into building a compact, livable, and climate-resilient city Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry (PhD)
2023 Dr. Queinnec examined the ability of novel airborne and spaceborne remote sensing technologies to characterize three-dimensional vegetation structure in boreal forests of Canada. His work provides enhanced knowledge about forest resources in both managed and unmanaged forested ecosystems. Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry (PhD)
2023 Dr. Du Toit used Airborne Laser Scanning to model genetically improved Douglas-fir trees. Descriptors were used to assess tree performance, and predict genetic parameters. He found that ALS is capable of describing trees at multiple scales, and should be used in breeding programs due the cost savings and insights the technology provides. Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry (PhD)
2023 Dr. Milla-Moreno examined the potential use of native trees to restore ecosystems damaged by copper mines in Chile. After assessing several tree species, the evergreen tree quillay was found suitable for this purpose because it keeps copper in the roots, as shown by mass spectrometry and X-ray fluorescence imaging. Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry (PhD)

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