Groups & Projects

Within the Faculty of Forestry, there are several research groups and projects. Visit the website of each project to find out more.

Adaption of Asia-Pacific Forests to Climate Change
A project designed to address uncertainties in forest management policies and help forest managers and policy makers to develop effective management strategies to maintain resilient forest ecosystems for adaptation to climate change.

AFRICAD – Africa Forests Research Initiative on Conservation and Development
A research and teaching initiative working in Africa’s forested regions to pursue conservation-based approaches that address poverty alleviation and sustainable livelihoods.

Belowground Ecosystem Group
The primary goal of the Centre is to conduct interdisciplinary collaborative research towards the eventual scientific goal of linking structure and function in belowground ecosystems.

Centre for Advanced Wood Processing
CAWP conducts applied research, offers a wide range of continuing education, training and extension programs, and assists industry by supplying undergraduate students with specialist knowledge of wood products manufacturing for cooperative education placements.

Centre for Alpine Studies
The Centre for Alpine Studies serves to coordinate scientific research conducted on alpine ecosystems.

Centre for Forest Gene Conservation
The CFGC studies the genetic structure of forest trees, and genetic diversity in breeding and deployment of improved varieties to meet current and future environmental challenges.

CoAdapTree
The aim of CoAdapTree is to develop strategies and recommendations, such as climate based seed transfer and assisted migration that will help us grow healthy forests that are better adapted to future conditions. The CoAdapTree Project also aims to develop genomic tools and strategies for improved tree breeding, not only for warmer or drier climate conditions but also for resistance to pathogens.

Collaboration for Advanced Landscape Planning
An informal group of researchers at the University of British Columbia specializing in landscape visualization, environmental perception, public land management processes and sustainable landscapes.

Evaluation Forestry Contributions to the Carbon Market
An initiative targeted to aggressively implement large-scale action plans such as a global emissions trading scheme (ETS) to help meet global reduction targets.

FACT – Forests and Communities in Transition
An initiative dedicated to research, dialogue and knowledge exchange aimed at contributing to the development of more resilient and liveable forest-dependent communities.

Forest Genetics and Breeding
A group of labs and facilities dedicated to studying population genetics.

Forest Measurements and Biometrics
Forest measurements and biometrics  involves developing and testing methods for taking and using measures from forested lands, including statistical sampling and analysis methods.

Forest Values Project
A project designed to develop a questionnaire that would enable forest managers to better measure a broad array of values and attitudes associated with forest characteristics and forest management.

FRESH – Forest Resources and Environmental Services Hub
The Forest Resources and Environmental Services Hub deals with all aspects related to the sustainable management of forests and natural resources, including ecology, economics and social considerations.

Grizzly-PAW
Grizzly-PAW is an NSERC CRD research project that focusses on the grizzly bears in the Yellow head region of Alberta.

Industrial Engineering Research Group
The IE research group comprises of graduate students and research scholars working in the area of operations management, efficiency and productivity, and information technology under the supervision of Dr. Taraneh Sowlati.

Integrated Remote Sensing Studio
Advanced inventory techniques and application of remote sensing imagery.

Landscape Ecology Lab
A research lab which addresses the interactions between terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems.

Pacific Salmon Ecology and Conservation Laboratory
A lab which studies adult salmon migration survival, behaviour, energetics, physiology, habitat use, and environmental cues.

Rethink Free Growing — Discussion Board for Regeneration Practices
A blog that encourages the discussion of experiences, ideas and opinions related to silviculture practices.

Stable Isotope Facility
The SIF provides analytical services to any department on campus, and welcomes sample submissions from other academic institutions, government and industry.

Stream and Riparian Research Laboratory
This research program addresses questions related to the mechanisms that structure stream and riparian area communities, and how various land-use practices affect those systems.

Sustainable Forest Management Research Group
The Sustainable Forest Management Laboratory was established in 2000 to encourage inter-disciplinary research into problems related to sustainable forest management.

TerreWEB
The goal of TerreWEB is to create an enriched, innovative, collaborative graduate training environment that addresses key scientific gaps in understanding the impacts of global change on terrestrial ecosystems and developing strategies for mitigation and adaptation, and evaluating the factors underlying global change communication deficits, developing novel communication strategies for addressing these deficits, and measuring the efficacy of those strategies.

Tree Molecular Biology Research Lab
UBC Tree Molecular Biology Research Lab’s areas of research include , tree biotechnology, relationship between genes expression and phenotypic fibre characteristics, plant metabolism (metabolomics), cell wall development, cellulose biosynthesis, lignin biosynthesis, lignocellulosic chemistry and ultrastructure as it relates to wood quality, fibre morphology and chemistry as related to the formation and properties of paper, enzyme applications in the pulp, and paper industry and enzyme-substrate interactions.

Urban Forestry Project Showcase
Highlights of current faculty research projects related to Urban Forestry.

Watershed Hydrology Laboratory
This research lab provides scientifically based information, knowledge and expert advice to promote sound policies, solve urgent operational problems and provide a solid foundation on which to build sustainable water resources management in BC.