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

Doctor of Philosophy
Agriculture and Forestry
Mode of delivery
On campus
Registration options
Program Components
Faculty of Forestry

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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)
Government of Yukon
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.
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
North Dakota State University

Tuition / Program Costs

FeesCanadian Citizen / Permanent Resident / Refugee / DiplomatInternational
Application Fee$102.00$165.00
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)$923.38 (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

New registrations2315201423
Total enrolment132130132134140

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.
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

Thursday, 22 March 2018 - 9:00am - Room 203

Letitia Da Ros
Mitigating the Downstream Effects of Excess Soil Phosphorus Through Cultivar Selection and Increased Foliar Resorption

Wednesday, 28 March 2018 - 12:30pm - Room 200

Timothy James Philpott
The Effects of Variable-Retention Harvesting and Stand Age on Fine-Root Decomposition and Fungal Communities in Coastal Temperate Rainforests

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 (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 (Imaging tech, remote sensing and spatial data modeling in forestry and ecology, integrated remote sensing studio)
  • Daniels, Lori (forest plants and trees; forest history; forest management; environmental protection and natural resource use, Climate change, ecology, fire regimes)
  • El-Kassaby, Yousry (Tree domestication, Seed orchards’ genetics, Tree breeding, Genomics, Conservation)
  • Ellis, Simon (Wood processing and manufacturing, Wood quality, anatomy, wood products processing program)
  • Eskelson, Bianca (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 (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)
  • Guy, Robert (plant biology, plant physiology, tree physiology, trees, stable isotopes, Ecophysiology and stress physiology of trees and other plants, Use of stable isotopes in plant physiology and ecology, Phenotypic plasticity and resource allocationPhotosynthesis, Respiration (particularly alternative path respiration), Water relations, Phenology, Forest regeneration and stock quality)
  • 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 (Forestry)


Recent Doctoral Citations

  • Dr. Rene Reyes
    "Dr. Reyes examined the influence of markets and culture on the use of native forests in Chile. This research helps us to understand how forests are used and why, in the context of a complex socioecological system." (November 2017)
  • Dr. Kahlil Baker
    "In response to the common underperformance of smallholder afforestation programs, Dr. Baker developed a novel theory to explain how smallholder farmers make their forestland-use decisions in two regions of Nicaragua. His research provides a basis for improving the design of smallholder afforestation programs for many regions of the world." (November 2017)
  • Dr. Ian Robert MacLachlan
    "Trees are rooted to the spot and evolutionarily adapted to local climates. Dr. MacLachlan found that tree breeding programs increase tree growth and maintain climatic adaptation, without compromising provincial reforestation policies designed to mitigate the effects of climate change, and they help to maintain future timber supplies in western Canada." (November 2017)
  • Dr. Greg James Rickbeil
    "Dr. Rickbeil assessed how changing environmental conditions are affecting barren ground caribou habitat use and movement in the Canadian Arctic." (November 2017)
  • Dr. Maria Fernanda Tomaselli
    "Dr. Tomaselli explored different mental models and attitudes about economic growth and the environment among Canadians. A majority of the sampled population supports moving into an economic model based on lower levels of consumption. This research supports the development of political discourses less focused on economic growth as a main goal." (November 2017)

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September 2018 Intake

Application Open Date
01 August 2017
Canadian Applicant Deadline
15 March 2018
International Applicant Deadline
15 March 2018

January 2019 Intake

Application Open Date
01 February 2018
Canadian Applicant Deadline
15 July 2018
International Applicant Deadline
15 July 2018

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

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