Research Highlights

Joerg Bohlmann receives Genome Canada and Genome BC funding

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.

Podcast: Radiolab – From Tree to Shining Tree

Podcast: Radiolab – From Tree to Shining Tree

From Radiolab.org: A forest can feel like a place of great stillness and quiet. But if you dig a little deeper, there’s a hidden world beneath your feet as busy and complicated as a city at rush hour.

TED Talk: How trees talk to each other

TED Talk: How trees talk to each other

In the summer of 2016, Suzanne Simard presents her TED talk on the hidden communication of trees.

The fight to keep a rare woodpecker in Canada

The fight to keep a rare woodpecker in Canada

Researchers are fighting to keep a rare bird in Canada, sewing tiny trackers onto their tail feathers to map their movements. Knowing the threatened birds’ flight patterns and where they eat will help them better understand how to protect their habitat from tree cutting in southern BC

Lab Tours: The Forests and Communities in Transition lab

Lab Tours: The Forests and Communities in Transition lab

The Forest and Communities in Transition (FACT) lab, housed in the Faculty of Forestry at UBC, is an interdisciplinary research group dedicated to the development of more resilient and liveable forest-dependent communities through research, dialogue, and knowledge exchange. At the foundation of our initiative is the recognition that the natural environment is not boundless, and that it plays an integral role in the economic and social fabric of communities and the health of community members. Thus, the wellbeing of forest-dependent communities begins with the responsible and sustainable management of forest resources.