Research

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In the 2015/2016 fiscal year, members of the Faculty Forestry were awarded a total of $9.4 million in research funding and authored 200 articles in 122 peer-reviewed journals. Read more about our research in our Annual Report.

Our wide breadth of research includes topics such as tree rings, integrated remote sensing, bioenergy, forest conservation genetics, landscape visualizations, African forest conservation & development, alpine studies, advanced wood processing.

Learn about all our research topics in our groups & projects section, or browse our Faculty by research interests.

Recent Research Highlights

Identifying cannabis genes
Researchers have identified the genes that give cannabis its flavour. Learn more


From forests-to-flight: Decarbonizing the aviation sector
The International Panel on Climate Change has postulated that, if left unchecked, we will likely see a 3.7 to 4.8°C increase in the Earth’s surface temperature by the end of the century. This temperature increase is likely to result in very disruptive and expensive events, such as rising sea-levels and extreme storms. Growing more trees, capturing CO2 and finding alternative, renewable sources of energy are all ways to help mitigate this temperature rise.


Mapping plant invasions in an urban area using remote sensing
The occurrence of invasive plants is increasing in all types of ecosystems, producing both positive and negative changes on the landscape. Many land managers aim to decrease the negative effects that plant invasions bring, which may require curbing their spread through proactive management.


Sally Aitken receives Genome Canada and Genome BC funding
Dr. Sally Aitken is leading a team that will use genomics to test the ability of trees from different populations to resist heat, cold, drought and disease, and identify the genes and genetic variation involved in climate adaptation.