Doctor of Philosophy in Resources, Environment and Sustainability (PhD)
Relationalities and River Flows: Toward a Socially-Equitable and Bioculturally-Conscious Environmental Flow Management
A diverse range of highly ranked programs
With access to master’s and doctoral degrees through nine departments and 350 research groups, our graduate students work with world-class faculty to explore the basic sciences, and to pursue interdisciplinary and applied research across departments and units. UBC’s research excellence in environmental science, math, physics, plant and animal science, computer science, geology and biology is consistently rated best in Canada by international and national ranking agencies.
Committed to outstanding graduate training
UBC Science houses a wide range of prestigious NSERC Collaborative Research and Training Experience and related industry programs: from atmospheric aerosols to high-throughput biology, from biodiversity research and ecosystems services to plant cell wall biosynthesis, from quantum science and new materials to applied geochemistry. The options for enriched graduate training in industry related fields are almost endless.
World-class research infrastructure
Our affiliated institutes and centres include UBC's Michael Smith Laboratories, Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute, Biodiversity Research Centre, Life Sciences Institute, Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences, Mineral Deposit Research Unit, and TRIUMF, Canada’s national laboratory for particle and nuclear physics.
Top research talent
UBC Science boasts more than 50 Canada Research Chairs, 12 fellows of the Royal Society of London, and has been home to two Nobel Laureates. Our graduate students have won 15 prestigious Vanier Scholarships.
A diverse, supportive community of scholars
UBC Science is committed to excellence, collaboration and inclusion. Women account for 41 per cent of the Faculty's graduate enrollments, and the percentage of international students has increased to 50 per cent over the past decade.
Biodiversity, Evolution and Ecology
Computational Sciences and Mathematics
Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences
Genomics and Biological Sciences
Chemistry and Materials Science
Designed to inspire collaboration and creativity across disciplines, the new Earth Sciences Building (ESB) lies at the heart of the science precinct on UBC’s Vancouver Campus. The $75 million facility is home to Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, Statistics, the Pacific Institute of the Mathematical Sciences, and the dean’s office of the Faculty of Science. ESB’s updated teaching facilities will help Canada meet the challenges of a transforming and growing resource sector. Just as importantly, the researchers and students working and learning in the new facility will offer a valuable flow of well-trained talent, new ideas, and fresh professional perspectives to industry.
Receiving more than $120 million in annual research funding, UBC Science faculty members conduct top-tier research in the life, physical, earth and computational sciences. Their discoveries help build our understanding of natural laws—driving insights into sustainability, biodiversity, human health, nanoscience and new materials, probability, artificial intelligence, exoplanets and a wide range of other areas.
UBC Science boasts 50 Canada Research Chairs and 10 fellows of the Royal Society of London, and has been home to two Nobel Laureates.
|Name||Academic Unit(s)||Research Interests|
|Berlinguette, Curtis||Department of Chemistry, Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering||Combinatorial Chemistry; CO2 conversion and utilization; clean energy; advanced solar cells; electrochromic windows; dynamic windows; hydrogen fuels production; catalysis; robotics and automation; machine learning / artificial intelligence|
|Bertram, Allan||Department of Chemistry||Atmospheric sciences; Chemical sciences; Atmosphere (Including Chemical Aspects); Physical and analytical chemistry of atmospheric aerosols|
|Beschastnikh, Ivan||Department of Computer Science||Computer and information sciences; cloud computing; distributed systems; software analysis; software engineering|
|Bizzotto, Dan||Department of Chemistry||Electroanalytical chemistry; Electrochemistry; Colloid and surface chemistry; Electrochemical Systems; Surface Characterization; Surfaces, Interfaces and Thin Layers; Sensors and Devices; Electrochemical and Fuel Cells; biosensors; electrocatalysis; fluorescence microscopy; interfacial analysis; self assembled monolayers; spectroelectrochemistry|
|Blakney, Anna||Michael Smith Laboratories, School of Biomedical Engineering||Biomedical materials; Medical molecular engineering of nucleic acids and proteins; Gene and molecular therapy; Gene delivery; RNA; Biomaterials; Immunoengineering|
|Bloem-Reddy, Benjamin||Department of Statistics||developing methods for evolving networks whose history is unobserved; distributional limits of preferential attachment networks; uses of symmetry in statistics, computation, and machine learning|
|Bohlmann, Joerg||Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Botany||plant biochemistry, forestry genomics, forest health, conifers, poplar, bark beetle, mountain pine beetle, natural products, secondary metabolites, terpenes, floral scent, grapevine, Conifer genomics Forest health genomics Mountain pine beetle, fungus, pine interactions and genomics Chemical ecology of conifer, insect interactions|
|Boley, Aaron||Department of Physics & Astronomy||Astronomy and Astrophysics; Planet formation, protoplanetary disk evolution, formation of meteorite parent bodies|
|Bonn, Douglas Andrew||Department of Physics & Astronomy||Condensed matter, high temperature superconductors, microwave measurements, crystal growth|
|Borduas-Dedekind, Nadine||Department of Chemistry||Chemical sciences; atmospheric chemistry; chemical mechanisms; atmospheric ice nucleation; Biogeochemistry; mass spectrometry; Photochemistry; indoor chemistry; atmospheric aerosols; singlet oxygen|
|Bostock, Michael||Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences||structure of the Canadian upper mantle, Geophysics, formation and evolution of the first continental landmasses, the structure and dynamics of subduction zones|
|Bouchard-Cote, Alexandre||Department of Statistics||machine/statistical learning; mathematical side of the subject as well as in applications in linguistics and biology|
|Bowman, William||Department of Computer Science||Computer and information sciences; Programming languages and software engineering; Programming languages; Compilers; programming languages|
|Boyd, David||Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs||Human rights|
|Brauner, Colin||Department of Zoology||Gas exchange, ion regulation and acid-base balance in fish, Evolution and comparative physiology|
|Brumer, Harry||Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Chemistry||Biochemistry; Chemical sciences; Genomics; Biological and Biochemical Mechanisms; biomass; carbohydrates; cellulose; Chemical Synthesis and Catalysis; Enzymes; microbiota; plant cell walls; polysaccharides|
|Bryan, Jim||Department of Mathematics||Quantum invariants|
|Bryman, Douglas||Department of Physics & Astronomy||Particle physics, experimental; Experimental Particle Physics; Applied physics; physics|
|Burke, Sarah||Department of Physics & Astronomy, Department of Chemistry||Scanning probe microscopy, organic materials, nanoscale materials, surface physics, photovoltaics|
|Bustin, Robert Marc||Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences||Unconventional Petroleum Reservoirs|
|Campbell, Trevor||Department of Statistics||automated, scalable Bayesian inference algorithms; Bayesian nonparametrics; streaming data; Bayesian theory; Probabilistic Inference; computational statistics; large-scale data|
|Carenini, Giuseppe||Department of Computer Science||Artificial intelligence, user modeling, decision theory, machine learning, social issues in computing, computational linguistics, information visualization|
|Cautis, Sabin||Department of Mathematics||Mathematics and statistics; Geometry|
|Chan, Kai||Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability||Natural environment sciences; Human Ecology; Ecology and Quality of the Environment; Social and Cultural Factors of Environmental Protection; Applied Ethics; Values and Lifestyles; Sustainable Development; conservation finance; Conservation science; cultural ecosystem services; Ecosystem services; environmental assessment; environmental values; incentive programs; payments for ecosystem services; resilience; social-ecological systems; sustainability science|
This is an incomplete sample of recent publications in chronological order by UBC faculty members with a primary appointment in the Faculty of Science.
|2022||Dr. Roccor investigated how a bacterium can degrade the natural polymer lignin and the plastic polymer PET. His research helps us to engineer bacteria that can transform these waste streams into valuable products to replace petroleum-derived chemicals.||Doctor of Philosophy in Microbiology and Immunology (PhD)|
|2022||In many real-world applications, data are collected as multiple samples from connected populations. Dr. Zhang developed statistical methodologies to jointly analyze the multiple samples. His research leads to more efficient and reliable data analysis procedures than some existing ones in the literature.||Doctor of Philosophy in Statistics (PhD)|
|2022||Dr. Li investigated the folding-unfolding mechanisms of four important metalloproteins at the single-molecule level. These studies revealed some fundamental principles that guide the folding-unfolding processes of metalloproteins in general.||Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry (PhD)|
|2022||Dr. Sha developed artificial intelligence methods to make precipitation forecasts in British Columbia more accurate. Dr. Sha also developed a new method to automatically remove poor-quality observational data. Dr. Sha's research improved heavy-rain forecasts, hydropower generation and flood forecasting.||Doctor of Philosophy in Atmospheric Science (PhD)|
|2022||Dr. Islam studied epigenetic alterations associated with a subset of human lymphoid leukemias, which are the cancer of white blood cells. He identified key mechanisms for enhancer activation driving the oncogenic transcriptional program in those leukemias that might help to develop potential targeted anti-leukemic therapeutics.||Doctor of Philosophy in Bioinformatics (PhD)|
|2022||Dr. Savard developed a Penning ion source using helium gas, with the end-goal of generating alpha-particles for medical accelerators. He studied the internal plasma properties of this ion source, in order to better understand how these ion sources work. This will allow for better optimization of these ion sources in the future.||Doctor of Philosophy in Physics (PhD)|
|2022||Dr. Yang characterized the molecular mechanism of a unique nuclear entry pathway used by parvoviruses. As these viruses are recognized for their great potential as anti-cancer agents, her findings deepen our understanding on how these viruses infect host cells and contribute to the development of novel anti-cancer therapies.||Doctor of Philosophy in Zoology (PhD)|
|2022||Dr. Alford studied the bacterial pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa, which causes infection of many bodily niches including the skin and lungs. Her research identified mechanisms of antibiotic resistance and virulence using host-like models of infection. Her findings will be used to develop new therapies for treating infections in clinical settings.||Doctor of Philosophy in Microbiology and Immunology (PhD)|
|2022||Dr. Banerjee proposed a model that combines utility-driven item adoption with the viral network effect helping to propagate adoption of and desire for items from users to their peers. He subsequently applied the model to study influence maximization and filter bubble problem.||Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science (PhD)|
|2022||Across all eukaryotic life, genes contain introns that must be removed for proper expression. This process is thought to occur similarly across species. Dr. Wong, however, discovered unusual features and patterns of this key process in a diverse array of algae, which highlights the importance of expanding our understanding beyond model organisms.||Doctor of Philosophy in Botany (PhD)|