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
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
Richardson, John Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences Natural sciences; Ecology; freshwater biology; food webs; streams; forest
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
Saddler, John Department of Wood Science Biotechnology, microbiology
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
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 sciences; Biomass (Energy); Sustainable Development; Modelization and Simulation; Biofuels and bioproducts; climate change; Computational modeling; Forest biorefineries; Industrial ecology; Life cycle assessment; Sustainable bioeconomy
van der Ven, Hamish Department of Wood Science Sustainable supply chain governance, Impacts of online activism on business behaviour
Wang, Tongli Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences climate models, climate change adaptation, ecosystem climate projection, species range projection, assistant migratoin
Wang, Guangyu Department of Forest Resources Management business management, climate change, conservation, forest management, forest policy, land-use change
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 Forestry sciences; 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: Journal of Materials Science
UBC Author(s): Emily Cranston (Department of Wood Science / Faculty of Forestry)
ISSN: 00222461
Volume: 57
Page Range: 5697-5767
Publication Date: March 2022

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Publication: Oecologia
UBC Author(s): Allan Carroll (Forest & Conservation Sciences / Faculty of Forestry)
ISSN: 00298549
Volume: 198
Page Range: 681-698
Publication Date: March 2022

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Publication: Aquatic Ecology
UBC Author(s): Scott Hinch (Forest & Conservation Sciences / Faculty of Forestry)
ISSN: 13862588
Volume: 56
Page Range: 173-181
Publication Date: March 2022

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Publication: International Journal of Geoheritage and Parks
UBC Author(s): Guangyu Wang (Forest Resources Management / Faculty of Forestry)
ISSN: 25774441
Volume: 10
Page Range: 143-159
Publication Date: March 2022

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Publication: Environment, Development and Sustainability
UBC Author(s): Guangyu Wang (Forest Resources Management / Faculty of Forestry)
ISSN: 1387585X
Volume: 24
Page Range: 3126-3145
Publication Date: March 2022

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Publication: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
UBC Author(s): Cecil Konijnendijk (Forest Resources Management / Faculty of Forestry)
ISSN: 16617827
Volume: 19
Publication Date: March-1 2022

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Publication: Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining
UBC Author(s): John Saddler (Department of Wood Science / Faculty of Forestry)
ISSN: 1932104X
Volume: 16
Page Range: 325-334
Publication Date: March/April 2022

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Publication: ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering
UBC Author(s): Scott Renneckar (Department of Wood Science / Faculty of Forestry)
Volume: 10
Page Range: 2772-2783
Publication Date: 28 February 2022

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Publication: Frontiers in Forests and Global Change
UBC Author(s): Richard Hamelin (Forest & Conservation Sciences / Faculty of Forestry)
Volume: 4
Publication Date: 25 February 2022

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Publication: Scientific reports
UBC Author(s): Yousry El-Kassaby (Forest & Conservation Sciences / Faculty of Forestry)
Volume: 12
Page Range: 3033
Publication Date: 22 February 2022

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Publication: ACS Nano
UBC Author(s): Feng Jiang (Department of Wood Science / Faculty of Forestry)
ISSN: 19360851
Volume: 16
Page Range: 2198-2208
Publication Date: 22 February 2022

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Publication: Plant physiology
UBC Author(s): Shawn Mansfield (Department of Wood Science / Faculty of Forestry)
Volume: 188
Page Range: 1014-1027
Publication Date: 4 February 2022

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Publication: Plant physiology
UBC Author(s): Shawn Mansfield (Department of Wood Science / Faculty of Forestry)
Volume: 188
Page Range: 984-996
Publication Date: 4 February 2022

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Publication: Frontiers in Forests and Global Change
UBC Author(s): Suzanne Simard (Forest & Conservation Sciences / Faculty of Forestry)
Volume: 4
Publication Date: 3 February 2022

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Publication: Forests
UBC Author(s): Yousry El-Kassaby (Forest & Conservation Sciences / Faculty of Forestry)
Volume: 13
Publication Date: February 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: 279-287
Publication Date: February 2022

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Publication: Land
UBC Author(s): Jeffrey Sayer (Forest & Conservation Sciences / Faculty of Forestry)
Volume: 11
Publication Date: February 2022

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Publication: International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation
UBC Author(s): Nicholas Charles Coops (Forest Resources Management / Faculty of Forestry)
ISSN: 03032434
Volume: 106
Publication Date: February 2022

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Publication: Mammalian Biology
UBC Author(s): Cole Burton (Forest Resources Management / Faculty of Forestry)
ISSN: 16165047
Volume: 102
Page Range: 177-187
Publication Date: February 2022

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Publication: People and Nature
UBC Author(s): Shannon Marie Hagerman (Forest Resources Management / Faculty of Forestry)
Volume: 4
Page Range: 231-242
Publication Date: February 2022

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Publication: Climatic Change
UBC Author(s): Lori Daniels (Forest & Conservation Sciences / Faculty of Forestry)
ISSN: 01650009
Volume: 170
Publication Date: February 2022

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Publication: New Phytologist
UBC Author(s): Richard Hamelin (Forest & Conservation Sciences / Faculty of Forestry)
ISSN: 0028646X
Volume: 233
Page Range: 1317-1330
Publication Date: February 2022

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Publication: Conservation Biology
UBC Author(s): Tara Martin (Forest & Conservation Sciences / Faculty of Forestry)
ISSN: 08888892
Volume: 36
Publication Date: February 2022

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Publication: Buildings
UBC Author(s): Cristiano Loss (Department of Wood Science / Faculty of Forestry)
Volume: 12
Publication Date: February 2022

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Publication: Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice
UBC Author(s): Keunhyun Park (Forest Resources Management / Faculty of Forestry)
ISSN: 09658564
Volume: 156
Page Range: 24-35
Publication Date: February 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
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)
2020 Dr. Asay investigated differences in growth and behaviour of interior Douglas-fir seedlings based on presence, absence or mixtures of close genetic relatives. Her results show that high or low plant density extremes, lower soil fungal associations, and presence of a different species impact seedling behavior and growth specific to that environment. Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry (PhD)
2020 Dr. Maillard studied the effects of over-abundant deer on the soil in the forests of Haida Gwaii. Studying islands with varying years of deer habitation, Dr. Maillard found that long-term deer presence modified soil microbial community structure and slowed down litter decomposition, but forest restoration through removal of deer is possible. Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry (PhD)
2020 Dr. Liu developed a greener and highly efficient route to obtain a platform lignin product with controllable properties. This modification showed an advance in using renewable materials for useful applications like insulating foams and water-proof coatings. His efforts will contribute to the lofty goal of sustainable development in this century. Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry (PhD)
2020 Dr. Moniruzzaman used a synthesis of approaches such as programming, nonlinear analysis, probabilistic modelling, and analytical methods to examine the effects of cross-layers on the performance of cross-laminated timber under axial compression loads. He has accomplished the project with 42% material savings compared to existing design practices. Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry (PhD)
2020 Over 50% of all wood globally is used for daily cooking, which negatively impacts climate change and forest sustainability. Dr. Singh assessed factors which dictate changes in household fuelwood consumption patterns in India. Her results have direct and important implications for international climate policy and forest management. Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry (PhD)
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. 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. 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. 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)

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