News

New Master of Geomatics for Environmental Management program
The UBC Faculty of Forestry is excited to announce that the official approval of the Master of Geomatics for Environmental Management (MGEM) Program. We are now accepting applications and will welcome our first cohort in August, 2017.


Richard Hamelin receives Genome Canada and Genome BC funding
Dr. Richard Hamelin will co-lead a team of scientists to harness the power of biosurveillance by decoding the genomes of some of the most threatening invasive species and developing a new suite of tools to rapidly and accurately detect these detrimental forest enemies and assess the risk they pose.


Bill Reid’s Looplex X in the Forest Sciences Atrium
After years of planning and preparation, and with permission from the First Nations House of Learning, the Musqueam people, and the Haida people, Bill Reid’s Looplex X has finally found a home in the Forest Sciences Centre.


Joerg Bohlmann receives Genome Canada and Genome BC funding
Spruce trees are Canada’s most significant forest resource because they grow in almost every region across the country and are the largest species by the number. Spruce trees also produce high quality wood and fibre that is widely used in the industry. With roughly 400 million seedlings planted per year, spruce are the most reforested trees in Canada. Climate change and unpredictable forest product markets require innovative new tools and technologies for tree breeding programs to deliver reliable spruce stock for future seed and seedling production.


Lab Tours: Social-Ecological Systems Research Group
The SES research group is housed in the Faculty of Forestry at the University of British Columbia. We conduct problem-focused research that is motivated by the perspective that social science insights provide essential contributions for understanding and developing solutions for challenges such as adapting to climate change, minimizing biodiversity and forest loss, and fostering sustainable, self-determined livelihoods.


Yousry El-Kassaby receives Genome Canada and Genome BC funding
Changing climates and climate-induced insect outbreaks are on the rise and they can lead to drought and forest destruction. This threatens both forests and the communities that depend on the forest industry. Genome BC is supporting a $5.7 million research project co-lead by Dr Yousry El-Kassaby that aims to shorten the time, by about 20 years, for tree-breeding cycles thus alleviating side effects from climate conditions and insects.


Bill Reid Looplex X Canoe Installation Ceremony
At a staggering 53 feet in length, the Looplex X is slightly larger than a full grown humpback whale. It is one of four replicas of the “Lootas”, or “wave-eater”, which was carved by Bill Reid for the 1986 Vancouver Expo.


The broad footprint of climate change from genes to biomes to people
Tara Martin, Adjunct Professor in the department of Forest and Conservation Sciences, has co-authored a recent paper in in Science titled "The broad footprint of climate change from genes to biomes to people".


WHO report shows urban green spaces deliver multiple health benefits
Dr Matilda van den Bosch (joint appoint with Forest and Conservation Sciences and School of Population and Public Health) is a co-author of a new WHO report summarizing evidence on the health effects of green space in urban areas shows that green spaces offer numerous public health benefits, including psychological relaxation and stress reduction, enhanced physical activity and a potential reduction in exposure to – among other harmful urban factors – air pollution, noise and excessive heat.


Congratulations Andrea Lyall on receiving the Elizabeth Henry Scholarship for Communities and Environmental Health
The Fraser Basin Council and the Elizabeth Henry Scholarship Committee are very pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 Elizabeth Henry Scholarship for Communities and Environmental Health. Three scholarships of $2000 each for this inaugural year of the scholarship.