Overview

Forestry graduate students learn from a dynamic and diverse group of researchers who educate and communicate how forests and the products that are created from them 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. We are among the best institutions globally in forest-related education and research and are also unique in the breadth of expertise we possess, which allows us to integrate new knowledge across many disciplines.

PhD in Forestry students can be found all over the world; they are important ambassadors for UBC Forestry and demonstrate just how diverse and international in scope the research is that is undertaken in our Faculty. We have approximately 130 doctoral students in any given year, which is about 40% of our total Forestry graduate student population. In addition to being part of the Faculty of Forestry, PhD students are also considered members of one of our three Faculty departments, based on their supervisor's affiliation.

What makes the program unique?

The Faculty of Forestry offers excellent courses and cutting edge research across a spectrum of disciplines related to forestry, and opportunities for interdisciplinary learning. Graduate students work with leading scientists in state-of-the-art facilities within the Forest Sciences Centre and at any of two research forests. 

We are one of the largest graduate units on campus, with over 300 students enrolled in our 7 degree programs. We attract students from around the world, with over 40 countries represented in our community. Given the global nature of modern forestry, the experience our students gain by working with colleagues from around the world is a subtle but effective means of creating the global citizens that UBC aspires to produce.

 

Quick Facts

Degree
Doctor of Philosophy
Subject
Agriculture and Forestry
Mode of delivery
On campus
Registration options
Full-time
Specialization
Forestry
Program Components
Dissertation
Faculty
Faculty of Forestry

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Graduate Student Housing Info Session

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Date: Tuesday, 02 October 2018
Time: 15:30 to 16:30
It's not too early to explore your options for accommodation, particularly if you are hoping to live on campus, in residence at UBC. About 1300 graduate students live in residence at UBC. Learn about the UBC student residences available for graduate students, the application process, waitlist logistics, and more in this 1-hour webinar presented by UBC Student Housing and Hospitality Services.

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Date: Thursday, 04 October 2018
Time: 09:00 to 10:00
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Requirements

TOEFL (ibT) Overall Score Requirement

100
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24
23
22

IELTS Overall Score Requirement

7.0
6.5
6.5
6.5
6.5

Supervisor commitment required prior to application?

Yes

Deadline Details

Application Deadline

Deadline to submit online application. No changes can be made to the application after submission.

Transcript Deadline

Deadline to upload scans of official transcripts through the applicant portal in support of a submitted application. Information for accessing the applicant portal will be provided after submitting an online application for admission.

Referee Deadline

Deadline for the referees identified in the application for admission to submit references. See Letters of Reference for more information.

May 2019 Intake

Application Open Date
04 June 2018
Canadian Applicants
Application Deadline: 15 November 2018
Transcript Deadline: 15 November 2018
Referee Deadline: 22 November 2018
International Applicants
Application Deadline: 15 November 2018
Transcript Deadline: 15 November 2018
Referee Deadline: 22 November 2018

September 2019 Intake

Application Open Date
01 October 2018
Canadian Applicants
Application Deadline: 15 March 2019
Transcript Deadline: 15 March 2019
Referee Deadline: 15 March 2019
International Applicants
Application Deadline: 15 March 2019
Transcript Deadline: 15 March 2019
Referee Deadline: 15 March 2019

January 2020 Intake

Application Open Date
01 February 2019
Canadian Applicants
Application Deadline: 15 July 2019
Transcript Deadline: 15 July 2019
Referee Deadline: 15 July 2019
International Applicants
Application Deadline: 15 July 2019
Transcript Deadline: 15 July 2019
Referee Deadline: 15 July 2019

Funding Sources

All full-time students who begin a UBC-Vancouver PhD program in September 2018 or later will be provided with a funding package of at least $18,000 for each of the first four years of their PhD. The funding package may consist of any combination of internal or external awards, teaching-related work, research assistantships, and graduate academic assistantships. Please note that many graduate programs provide funding packages that are substantially greater than $18,000 per year. Please check with your prospective graduate program for specific details of the funding provided to its PhD students.

Career Outcomes

154 students graduated between 2005 and 2013: 2 are in non-salaried situations; for 12 we have no data (based on research conducted between Feb-May 2016). For the remaining 140 graduates:


RI (Research-Intensive) Faculty: typically tenure-track faculty positions (equivalent of the North American Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, and Professor positions) in PhD-granting institutions
TI (Teaching-Intensive) Faculty: typically full-time faculty positions in colleges or in institutions not granting PhDs, and teaching faculty at PhD-granting institutions
Term Faculty: faculty in term appointments (e.g. sessional lecturers, visiting assistant professors, etc.)
Sample Employers in Higher Education
University of British Columbia (12)
University of California - Davis (2)
University of New Mexico (2)
University of Toronto (2)
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (2)
University of Waterloo (2)
University of Alabama
Oklahoma State University
Okanagan College
Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST)
Sample Employers Outside Higher Education
FPInnovations (6)
Government of British Columbia (3)
Government of Canada (3)
United States Forest Service (2)
CONICET (2)
Government of Yukon
Bonar
Security Company
BC Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Sample Job Titles Outside Higher Education
Research Scientist (5)
Manager (4)
Researcher (4)
Senior Scientist (3)
Scientist (3)
Director (2)
Consultant (2)
Content Development Manager
Director, Murie Science and Learning Center
President and Owner
PhD Career Outcome Survey
You may view the full report on career outcomes of UBC PhD graduates on outcomes.grad.ubc.ca.
Disclaimer
These data represent historical employment information and do not guarantee future employment prospects for graduates of this program. They are for informational purposes only. Data were collected through either alumni surveys or internet research.

Alumni on Success

Jill Hamilton

Job Title
Assistant Professor
Employer
North Dakota State University

Tuition / Program Costs

FeesCanadian Citizen / Permanent Resident / Refugee / DiplomatInternational
Application Fee$104.00$168.25
Tuition *
Installments per year33
Tuition per installment$1,632.61$2,868.22
Tuition per year$4,897.83$8,604.66
Int. Tuition Award (ITA) per year (if eligible) $3,200.00 (-)
Other Fees and Costs
Student Fees (yearly)$930.14 (approx.)
Costs of living (yearly)starting at $16,884.10 (check cost calculator)
* Regular, full-time tuition. For on-leave, extension, continuing or part time (if applicable) fees see UBC Calendar.
All fees for the year are subject to adjustment and UBC reserves the right to change any fees without notice at any time, including tuition and student fees. In case of a discrepancy between this webpage and the UBC Calendar, the UBC Calendar entry will be held to be correct.

Statistical Data

Enrolment Data

  2017 2016 2015 2014 2013
Applications 33 26 34 27 43
Offers 23 16 23 17 29
New registrations 23 15 20 14 23
Total enrolment 132 130 132 134 140

Completion Rates & Times

This program has a graduation rate of 77.27% based on 88 students admitted between 2004 - 2007. Based on 57 graduations between 2013 - 2016 the minimum time to completion is 3.99 years and the maximum time is 8.33 years with an average of 5.53 years of study. All calculations exclude leave times.

Disclaimer

Admissions data refer to all UBC Vancouver applications, offers, new registrants for each year, May to April [data updated: 9 March 2018]. Enrolment data are based on March 1 snapshots. Program completion data are only provided for datasets comprised of more than 4 individuals. Rates and times of completion depend on a number of variables (e.g. curriculum requirements, student funding), some of which may have changed in recent years for some programs [data updated: 29 September 2017].

Upcoming Doctoral Exams

Wednesday, 7 November 2018 - 12:30pm - 4001, Forest Sciences Centre (FSC), 2424 Main Mall, Vancouver

Katrina Vaughan Cook
Molecular, Physiological, and Behavioural Responses to Capture in Pacific Salmon Commercial Fisheries: Implications for Post-Release Survival of Non-Target Salmon Species

Research Supervisors

This list shows faculty members with full supervisory privileges who are affiliated with this program. It is not a comprehensive list of all potential supervisors as faculty from other programs or faculty members without full supervisory privileges can request approvals to supervise graduate students in this program.

  • Aitken, Sally (forest genetics, climate change, Climate change, conservation, ecology, genetics, genomics)
  • Alila, Younes (Hydrology, Flood, Water Resources, Water Structures, Forest Hydrology, Forest management, hydrological engineering)
  • Arcese, Peter (Ecology, Conservation Biology, Evolutionary Biology)
  • Avramidis, Stavros (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)
  • Bohlmann, Jorg (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)
  • Bulkan, Janette (aboriginal forestry, biodiversity, climate change, communities and livelihoods, conservation, corporate responsibility, forest management, forest policy, international trade, social impact, social science)
  • Bull, Gary (international forest policy, environmental services markets, carbon markets, Government and economic systems)
  • Burton, Cole (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 (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 (Soil microbiology)
  • Cool, Julie (modelling, wood products, wood science, wood)
  • Coops, Nicholas Charles (Telemetry (Remote Sensing, Radar), Space Techniques, Forestry Technology and Equipment, Plants and Forests)
  • Daniels, Lori (forest plants and trees; forest history; forest management; environmental protection and natural resource use, Climate change, ecology, fire regimes)
  • El-Kassaby, Yousry (Applied Genetics, Tree domestication, Seed orchards’ genetics, Tree breeding, Genomics, Conservation)
  • Ellis, Simon (Wood processing and manufacturing, Wood quality, anatomy, wood products processing program)
  • Eskelson, Bianca (Plants and Forests, Statistics and Probabilities, Resources Management, Ecology and Quality of the Environment, Forest Biometrics, Forest Modelling, Disturbance Effects)
  • Evans, Philip David (Wood anatomy, wood durability, wood products, wood technology)
  • Gergel, Sarah (Aboriginal forestry, biodiversity, climate change, communities and livelihoods, conservation, ecology, remote sensing, sustainability)
  • Grayston, Susan (Climate change, microbiology, soil science )
  • Griess, Verena (Resources Management, Plants and Forests, Landscape and Environmental Organization, sustainable forest management, forest management planning, plantation forests + productive forests, close to nature forestry/ near natural forestry, decision support systems, economic benefits of mixed + multi cohort stands, western redcedar, silviculture)
  • Guy, Robert (Plants and Forests, Physiology, Ecological and Ecophysiological Processes)
  • Hagerman, Shannon Marie (biodiversity, climate change, communities and livelihoods, conservation, forest policy, social science)
  • Hinch, Scott (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)
  • Innes, John (Plants and Forests, Climate Changes and Impacts, Forestry)

Pages

Recent Doctoral Citations

  • Dr. Timothy James Philpott
    "Dr. Philpott studied root decomposition and fungal communities under alternative forestry practices. He found that leaving some trees after harvest preserves fungi often found in uncut forests, and that tree coverage slows root decomposition. His work identified forestry practices that protect fungi and potentially increase soil carbon storage." (May 2018)
  • Dr. Letitia Da Ros
    "Dr. Da Ros examined the biological potential of poplar and willow as a buffer crop to reduce the flow of phosphorus into aquatic environments and help prevent algal blooms. Effective nutrient resorption was identified as the major factor impeding phosphorus removal. This work has implications on nutrient management in perennial agriculture systems." (May 2018)
  • Dr. Yu Li
    "Dr. Li applied Material Flow Analysis to study the structure of the forest products industry. She developed the concept of 'Apparent Industrial Input' and assessed the conversion factors to measure the wood fibre flowing through the supply chain. This will improve the use of resources and increase the socio-economic benefits of the forest products industry." (May 2018)
  • Dr. Ana Elia Ramon Hidalgo
    "Dr. Ramon-Hidalgo examined the role of social capital and networks at empowering rural communities running ecotourism projects in Ghana. This research highlights the importance of considering ethnic and gender differences as well as the role of agents of change to devise effective practices in community-based natural resources management." (May 2018)
  • Dr. Angela Lynn Dale
    "Dr. Dale used genomics to investigate tree diseases. She found that urban environments increased the diversity and number of alien microorganisms in soil and water. She examined DNA characteristics in an invasive pathogen responsible for sudden oak death and argued that changes at the DNA level enable rapid evolution and may explain the success of some invasive species." (May 2018)

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May 2019 Intake

Application Open Date
04 June 2018
Canadian Applicant Deadline
15 November 2018
International Applicant Deadline
15 November 2018

September 2019 Intake

Application Open Date
01 October 2018
Canadian Applicant Deadline
15 March 2019
International Applicant Deadline
15 March 2019

January 2020 Intake

Application Open Date
01 February 2019
Canadian Applicant Deadline
15 July 2019
International Applicant Deadline
15 July 2019

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