Dr. Guangyu Wang’s research interests include sustainable forest management and integrated watershed management, specifically using computer modelling applications. He has completed several research projects on watershed-scale forest restoration and sustainable development projects, wherein he used system dynamic approaches, bioregional assessments and geographic information systems techniques to analyze the mechanisms of ecosystem degradation and model broad land use management. One of his major research focuses involves examining Chinese forest management practices, where he has been able to develop novel management plans and sustainable management models for Chinese forests. Furthermore, Dr. Wang is currently involved in serval researches related to climate change, forest adaptation and carbon market mechanism.

As a previous business professional, Dr. Wang is also interested in the strategic planning and financial management of natural resources, in addition to the public perception and implementation efficiency of land use change policies.

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Asia Forest Research Center


The Asia Forest Research Centre is a cross-departmental entity within the Faculty of Forestry, with the ability to promote regionally specific research to enhance forestry practices and knowledge in Asia. Seeking to enhance the research capacity at UBC, the Centre facilitates forestry research by both domestic and international students and scholars. A comprehensive network involving scientists, policymakers, practitioners, and other stakeholders will be extended by research and support conducted at the AFRC and will further advance Asian forestry research. The AFRC additionally works closely with partners to continuously enhance knowledge, networking, and capacity building within the region. Further, the Centre will promote education and exchange opportunities, while augmenting research and engagement on forest-related issues in Asia. Student recruitment and mobility will continue to advance, wherein unique and valuable research experiences will be provided to students and scholars.

While forest management strategies generally differ among Asian countries and Canada, both regions have common objectives of sustainable forest management, production of wood products, and trade. The Asia Forest Research Center provides a mechanism for collaboration and management integration between Asia and Canada, addressing gaps in forest management knowledge and the effectiveness of current management strategies. In a region experiencing unprecedented deforestation, climate change, and general loss of biodiversity, the AFRC is critical for the sustainable and adaptive forest management of Asian forests for future viability.

National Park Research Center


For over a century, national parks systems have represented a unique tool that helps countries approach natural landscape protection in a cohesive and integrated way. The National Parks Research Center (UBC-NPRC) strives to promote national park management best practices through research projects that analyze and evaluate various country approaches.  Ultimately, our aim is to synthesize information on what works and what doesn’t work in national park management. It is our hope that these projects will help inform existing and newly implemented national park systems worldwide.

The UBC-NPRC functions under 4 guiding principles:

  1. Facilitating information sharing to benefit national park management in the Asia Pacific and worldwide
  2. Promoting regional cooperation between national park managers, policymakers, scientists, and other stakeholders
  3. Providing research-based support to our partner organization
  4. Improving science-based national park management through our networks and research

Adaptation of Asia-Pacific Forests to Climate Change


Climate change is one of the most important threats to the capacity of forest landscapes to provide ecological, economic and social services in the Asia-Pacific region. Meanwhile, the potential of forests to mitigate climate change represents a major opportunity for the forest sector, as forest ecosystems can either serve as a carbon sink or carbon source depending on their level of health and their resilience to climate change. There is remarkably little evidence that science-based decision-making processes are being incorporated into forest management practices in the Asia-Pacific region. As a result, considerable uncertainty exists over management policies aimed at enabling forests and forest-dependent communities to adapt to climate change. The goal of this project is to address this uncertainty and help forest managers and policy-makers to develop effective management strategies to maintain resilient forest ecosystems for adaptation to climate change.

Phase 1 of the project was implemented from November 1, 2011 to October 31, 2014. All research and associated activities have been completed and some have exceeded the original objectives, including the publishing or submission of 28 papers in scientific peer-reviewed journals. Phase 2 of the project is currently in progress, with an expected completion date of December 31, 2018.

Asia-Pacific Forestry Education Coordination Mechanism


Forests in the Asia-Pacific region serve nearly half of the global population. More than five million people work in the forestry sector in this region. However, the region’s forests face mounting challenges, such as a decline in forest cover, loss of biodiversity, damage to forest ecosystems and reduced ecosystem stability and resilience. To address these challenges, an improved and more innovative team of forestry practitioners is critical, and post-secondary forestry education and training will play a key role in creating this team. It will require closer linkages and synergies among forestry institutions and forest-related organizations in our increasingly globalized world.

Initiated by the Asia-Pacific Network for Sustainable Forest Management and Rehabilitation (APFNet), the Asia Pacific Forestry Education Coordination Mechanism (AP-FECM) (former name: the Forestry College Deans Meeting Mechanism in the Asia-Pacific Region) was proposed during the First Forestry College Deans Meeting in 2010 and formally launched in the second meeting in 2011. Its objective is to develop concrete activities in support of the reform and improvement of forestry education in the region. The mission of the Asia Pacific Forestry Education Coordination Mechanism (AP-FECM) is to promote forestry education by strengthening cooperation and taking collaborative actions that contribute to furthering Sustainable Forest Management (SFM).

Evaluating forestry carbon to contributions to the carbon Market


China, being the largest greenhouse gas emitting country in the world, has been working tirelessly to reduce emissions by taking direct action through the adaptation of policy and promoting energy conservation. Emissions trading has become an important part of the policy to reach emission reduction goals in China. In October of 2011, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) approved pilot projects of emissions trading rights in Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai, Chongqing, Hubei, Guangdong, and Shenzhen provinces. In accordance with the U.S.-China Joint Presidential Statement on Climate Change in October 2015, there are plans to launch a nationwide emissions trading system in 2017 in China. This system will cover steel, chemical, building materials, paper, electricity, non-ferrous metals, and other heavy metal industries in order to reach an emissions peak by 2030 (Wang, 2015).

In order for China to achieve its promised emissions peak by 2030, the transition to low-carbon economic growth and green development is a necessity. Plans to launch a nationwide emissions trading system in 2017 will create the world’s largest emissions trading market. Understanding the existing foreign emissions trading markets and rules is necessary to establish a Chinese carbon market. Forestry will be the main source of future carbon sinks while being important for domestic and international trading. The inclusion of forestry carbon sequestration, and the rules and market docking that apply, requires more research to be a part of the carbon market in order to establish a unified market in China.

The Asia-Pacific Network for Sustainable Forest Management and Rehabilitation (APFNet) American’s Office


The APFNet-UBC Americas Office has been established in the Faculty of Forestry at the University of British Columbia (UBC). The UBC-based Americas office will bridge the cooperation between APFNet and the economies at the Pacific eastside (North and South America), which is very important for, and will contribute to, the future development of APFNet and the Asia Pacific Region’s forestry.

As described by APFNet’s Strategic Plan 2016-2020, North America and Latin America are two key regions under its geographic focus.  The Americas Office has been established to facilitate the efficient cooperation between economies within this region in order to promote sustainable forest management and rehabilitation. The role of the Office will expand APFNet’s efforts in North America, Latin America, as well as Oceania, through a number of initiatives promoting capacity building, information sharing, supporting policy dialogues, and demonstration projects.

Multidisciplinary Institute of Natural Therapy


MINT is a multidisciplinary group cooperating with different agencies, including UBC Faculty of Forestry, BC Cancer Research Center, UBC hospital, Association of Nature and Forest Therapy (ANFT), and other forest therapy business groups. 

We aim to promote forest therapy and bridge the scientific gap between forest therapy activities and physiological and psychological impacts on human beings. Specifically, our team has the following objectives:To identify the mechanism of the interaction between forest therapy and humans.

1. To analyze the different impacts of forest therapy activities on humans.

2. To determine the impacts of forest therapy on humans by different audience groups.

3. To develop an integrated approach for different forest therapy audience groups.

Selected Publications

Selected Publications

Huan-Yu Lin, Ching-Feng Li, Tze-Ying Chen, Chang-Fu Hsieh, Gaungyu Wang, Tongli Wang and Jer-Ming Hu (2020). Climate-based approach for modeling the distribution of montane forest vegetation in Taiwan Applied Vegetation Science
Julia Brewer, James Douglas Langston, Kalifi Ferretti-Gallon, John L. Innes, Shuyu Xin, Hongbo Zhai & Guangyu Wang (2020). Alleviating forest degradation in Lancang-Mekong Region requires closing management- measurement gaps Journal of Forestry Research
Su, Z., Tigabu, M., Cao, Q., Wang, G., Hu, H., & Guo, F. (2019). Comparative analysis of spatial variation in forest fire drivers between boreal and subtropical ecosystems in China Forest Ecology and Management 454, 117669.
Zhu, Z., Wang, G., & Dong, J. (2019). Correlation Analysis between Land Use/Cover Change and Air Pollutants—A Case Study in Wuyishan City Energies 12(13), 2545
Hong, X., Wang, G., Liu, J., & Lan, S. (2019). Cognitive persistence of soundscape in urban parks Sustainable Cities and Society 51, 101706
Su, Z., Hu, H., Tigabu, M., Wang, G., Zeng, A., & Guo, F (2019). Geographically Weighted Negative Binomial Regression Model Predicts Wildfire Occurrence in the Great Xing’an Mountains Better Than Negative Binomial Model Forests 10(5), 377.
Hong, X., Liu, J., Wang, G., Jiang, Y., Wu, S., & Lan, S. (2019). Factors influencing the harmonious degree of soundscapes in urban forests: A comparison of broad-leaved and coniferous forests Urban Forestry & Urban Greening 39, 18-25
- (2019). Dynamics of major air pollutants from crop residue burning in mainland China, 2000–2014 Journal of Environmental Science 70, 190-205
Sun, P.; Zhang, Y.; Sun, L.; Hu, H.; Guo, F.; Wang, G.; Zhang, H (2018). Influence of Fuel Moisture Content, Packing Ratio and Wind Velocity on the Ignition Probability of Fuel Beds Composed of Mongolian Oak Leaves via Cigarette Butts Forests 9, 507.
Su, Z.W, Hu,H.Q, Wang, G.Y. Ma, Y.F Yang, X.J & Guo, F.T (2018). Using GIS and Random Forests to identify fire drivers in a forest city, Yichun, China Geomatics, Natural Hazards and Risk 9:1, 1207-1229
Zhang, Q., Wang, G.Y, Mi, F. Zhang, X.C, Xu. L.Z, Zhang, X. F. Jiang X.L (2018). Evaluation and scenario simulation for forest ecological security in China Journal of Forestry Research pp 1–16
Wu, P.F, Lai, H.Y, Tigabu, M, W.J, Wang, P, Wang, G.Y. Ma, X.Q, (2018). Does phosphorus deficiency induce formation of root cortical aerenchyma maintaining growth of Cunninghamia lanceolata? Trees https://doi.org/10.1007/s00468-018-1739-3
Wang, L.G, Chen, M, Q, Miao, G.P, Wang, G.Y. (2018). Forest Tourists’ Decision-making Behaviors of Carbon Offset and Its Influencing Factors—Based on the data from 11 typical forest parks in Jiangxi Forestry Economics No.12: 82-88
Guangyu Wang (2018). National Park Management Overview-Canada, USA, Australia and New Zealand Asia Pacific Forestry
P Wu, G Wang, YA El-Kassaby, P Wang, X Zou, X Ma. (2017). Solubilization of aluminum-bound phosphorus by root cell walls: evidence from Chinese fir, Cunninghamia lanceolata (Lamb.) Hook. Can J For Res 47:419–423.
Zhang,Q.,Wang,G.Y.,Gao,Y.,Wang,Z.Q.,Mi, F. (2017). Trade-Offs between Economic and Environmental Optimization of the Forest Biomass Generation Supply Chain in Inner Mongolia, China. Sustainability. 9(11), 2030 doi:10.3390/su9112030
Wang, G.Y., Nuyun Li, Feng Mi, Innes, J.L. (2017). Global Carbon Markets: progress, key issues and strategies Forestry Publishing House, Beijing, China
John Innes, Peter Marshall, Guangyu Wang, Michelle Zeng (2017). Global Carbon Markets: progress, key issues and strategies Forestry Publish House
Guo F, Su ZW, Wang G.Y, Tigabu, M, Sun L, Yang, XJ, Hu HQ (2017). Understanding fire drivers and relative impacts in different Chinese forest ecosystems. Science of the Total Environment 605-606:411-425. doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.06.219
Guo, F., Su, Z., Tigabu, M., Yang, X., Lin, F., Liang, H., Wang, G.Y (2017). Spatial Modelling of Fire Drivers in Urban-Forest Ecosystems in China. Forests 2017, 8, 180 doi:10.3390/f8060180.
Riehl, B., Wang, G.Y, Eshpeter, S., Zhang, H., Innes, J.L., Li, N., Li, J., Niles, J.O. (2017). Lessons Learned in Mandatory Carbon Market Development International Review of Environmental and Resources Economics 10(4), 227-268
Guo F, Yang XJ, Jin QF, Ma XQ, Wang G.Y (2017). Dynamics of major air pollutants from crop residue burning in mainland China 2000-2014 Journal of Environmental Sciences Accepted
Wang, T., Wang, G.Y., Innes, J.L., Seely, B., Chen, B. (2017). ClimateAP- an application for dynamic local downscaling to historical and future climate data in the Asia-Pacific Frontiers of Agricultural Science and Engineering DOI: 10.15302/J-FASE-2017172
Mang, S., Riehl, B., Huang, J., Xu, L., Huang, K., Innes, J.L., Wang, G.Y. (2017). Climate change impacts and forest adaptation in the Asia-Pacific region: from regional experts’ perspectives International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management Accepted
Wu, P., Wang, G.Y., Farooq, T.H., Li, Q., Zou, X., Ma, X.Q (2017). Low phosphorous and competition affect Chinese fit cutting growth and root organic acid content: does neighbouring root activity aggravate P nutrient deficiency? Journal of Soils and Sediments doi.org/10.1007/s11368-017-1852-8
Pang, Y., Wang, G.Y., Mang, S.L., Xu, Z., Zhai, H., Yang Z., Innes, J.L. (2016). RE: Effects of conservation policy on China’s forest recovery. Science Advances 2(3), Online, DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1500965
Wu, P.F., Wang, G.Y., El-Kassaby, Y.A., Wang, P., Zou, X.H., Ma. X.Q. (2016). Solubilization of aluminum-bound phosphorus by root cell walls: evidence from Chinese fir, Cunninghamia lanceolata (Lamb.) Hook Canadian Journal of Forest Research. doi: 10.1139/cjfr-2016-0310)
Wang, G.Y, Mang, S., Cai, H., Innes, J.L., Liu, S., Zhang, Z. (2016). Integrated watershed management: evolution, development and emerging trends Journal of Forestry Research 27(5), 967–994.
Kang, H., Seely, B., Wang, G.Y., Innes, J.L., Zheng, D., Chen, P., Li, Q. (2016). Evaluating management tradeoffs between economic fiber production and other ecosystem services in a Chinese-fir dominated forest plantation in Fujian Province Science of The Total Environment 557–558, 80 –90.
Guo, F., Selvalakshmi, S., Lin, F., Wang, G.Y., Wang, W., Su, Z., Liu, A. (2016). Geospatial information on geographical and human factors improved anthropogenic fire occurrence modeling in the Chinese boreal forest. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 46(4), 582–594.
Zhang, L., Liu, S., Sun, P., Wang, T., Wang, G.Y., Wang, L., Zhang, X. (2016). Using DEM to predict Abies faxoniana and Quercus aquifolioides distributions in the upstream catchment basin of the Min River in southwest China. Ecological Indicators 69, 91–99.
Guo, F.T., Wang, G.Y., Ma, Z.H., Innes, J.L., Ma, X.Q. (2016). Comparison of six generalized linear models for modeling the occurrence of lightning-induced fires in Northern Daxing’an Mountains, China Journal of Forestry Research 27, 379 –388.
Guo, F., Su, Z., Wang, G.Y., Sun, L., Lin, F., Liu, A. (2016). Wildfire ignition in the forests of southeast china: Identifying drivers and spatial distribution to predict wildfire likelihood. Applied Geography 66, 12–21.
Zhang, Z., Zang, R., Wang, G.Y., & Huang, X. (2016). Classification of landscape types based on land cover, successional stages and plant functional groups in a species-rich forest in Hainan Island, China. Tropical Conservation Science 9(1): 135-152
Guo, F., Wang, G.Y., Su, Z., Liang, H., Wang, W., Lin, F., Liu, A. (2016). What drives forest fire in Fujian, China? Evidence from logistic regression and Random Forests International Journal of Wildland Fire 25(5), 505–519.
Wang, G.Y., Wang, T., Kang, H., Mang, S., Riehl, B., Seely, B., Innes, J.L. (2016). Adaptation of Asia-Pacific forests to climate change. Journal of Forestry Research 27(3), 469–488.
Wang, T., Wang, G.Y., Innes, J.L., Nitschke, C.R., Kang, K. (2016). Climatic niche models and their consensus projections for future climates for four major forest tree species in the Asia-Pacific region. Forest Ecology and Management 360, 357–366.
Wang, S.S., Luo, Y.Y., Wang, G.Y., Innes, J.L., Kang, H., Wang, B., Li, K.F., Zhao, S.W. and Liu, B (2016). Methane Fluxes along a Permafrost Hillslope Gradient in Northcentral China Forest Science, 62(3), 281-287
Wang, G.Y., Mang, S., Cai, H.S., Liu, S.R., Zhang, Z.Q., Wang, L.G. and Innes, J.L. (2016). Integrated watershed management: evolution, development and emerging trends. Journal of Forestry Research, 27(5), 967-994
Chen, P., Kang, H., Seely, B., Wang, G., Innes, J.L., Zheng, D., Wang, T. and Li, Q. (2015). Simulating the impact of climate change on the growth of Chinese fir plantations in Fujian Province, China PLoS One
Guibin Wang, Fuliang Cao, Guangyu Wang, Yousry A. El-Kassaby (2015). Role of Temperature and Soil Moisture Conditions on Flavonoid Production and Biosynthesis-Related Genes in Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba L.) Leaves. Nat Prod Chem Res 3:162. Dol:10.4172/2329-6836.1000162
Lu, Y., Coops, N.C., Wang, T., Wang, G.Y. (2015). A process-based approach to estimate Chinese Fir (Cunninghamia lanceolata) distribution and productivity in southern China under climate change Forests 6(2), 360–379.
Guo, F.T., Su, Z.W., Wang, G.Y., Wang, Q, Sun, L., Yang, T. (2015). Prediction model of human-caused fire occurrence in the boreal forest of northern China Chinese Journal of Applied Ecology 26(7), 2099 –2106.
Wang, G.Y., Mang, S., Krzyzanowski, J., Guo, F., Wang, T., Riehl, B., Kang, H., Li, Q., Innes, J.L. (2015). Climate change and forest adaptation in the Asia-Pacific Journal of Geographical Research 63: 73-109.
Lu. Y., Coops, N.C., Bolton, D.K., Wang, T., Wang, G (2015). Comparing Stem Volume Predictions of Coastal Douglas-fir stands in British Columbia using a simple Physiological Model and LiDAR Remote Sensing Annals of Forest Science 61(3): 586-596. doi:10.5849/forsci.13-197
Lu, Y., Coops, N.C., Wang, T., Wang, G., (2015). A process-based approach to estimate Chinese Fir (Cunninghamia lanceolata) Distribution and productivity in Southern China under climate change Forests 6(2) 360-379
Guibin Wang, Fuliang Cao, Guangyu Wang, Yousry A. El-Kassaby (2015). Role of Temperature and Soil Moisture Conditions on Flavonoid Production and Biosynthesis-Related Genes in Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba L.) Leaves Nat Prod Chem Res 3:1 doi.org/10.4172/2329-6836.1000162
Guo, F.T., Wang, G.Y., Innes, J.L., Ma, X.Q., Sun, L., and Hu, H.Q. (2015). Gamma generalized linear model to investigate the effects of climate variables on the area burned by forest fire in northeast China Journal of Forestry Research 26(3), 545-555.
Lei Zhang, Shirong Liu, Pengsen Sun, Tongli Wang, Guangyu Wang, Xudong Zhang, Linlin Wang (2015). Consensus Forecasting of Species Distributions: The Effects of Niche Model Performance and Niche Properties PLoS ONE 10(3): e0120056. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0120056
Wang, J, Tang, D, Wang, G.Y. (2014). Comparison and revelation on correlations of forestry development with forestry higher education between China and USA World Forestry Research. DOI:10.13348/j.cnki.sjlyyj.2014.01.015.
Xu, G., Zhang, H., Chen, B., Zhang, H., Innes, J.L., Wang, G.Y., Yan, J., Zheng, Y., Zhu, Z., and Myneni R.B. (2014). Changes in vegetation growth dynamics and relations with climate over China’s landmass from 1982 to 2011 Remote Sensing 6, 3263–3283
Lin, W.X., Huang, Y.R., Wang, G.Y., Hong C.F. (2014). Fractal study on soil structure of mixed forest of Cunninghamia lanceolata in Jiulong River Watershed Journal of Biomathematics 2014-02, 283-290.
Chen, M., Chen, B., Innes, J.L., Wang, G.Y., Dou, X., Zhou, T., Zhao, H (2014). Spatial and temporal variations in the end date of the vegetation growing season throughout the Qinghai–Tibetan Plateau from 1982 to 2011 Journal of Biomathematics 2014-02, 283-290
Xu, Y., Wang, G.Y., Cao, F., Zhu, C., Wang, G., El-Kassaby, Y.A. (2014). Light intensity affects the growth and flavonol biosynthesis of Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba L.) New Forests 45(6), 765–776
Chen, B., Xu, G., Coops, N.C., Ciais, P., Innes, J.L., Wang, G., Myneni, R.B., Wang, T., Krzyzanowski, J., Li, Q., Cao, L., and Liu, Y. (2014). Changes in vegetation photosynthetic activity trends across the Asia-Pacific region over the last three decades Remote Sensing of Environment 144: 28-41
Chen, J., Chen, B., Black, T.A, Innes, J.L, Wang, G., Kiely, G., Hirano, T., Wohlfahrt, G. (2013). Comparison of terrestrial evapotranspiration estimates using the mass transfer and Penman-Monteith equations in land surface models Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences 118(4),1715-1731.
Yan, J.Y., Chen, B.Z., Feng, M., Innes, J.L., Wang, G.Y., Fang, S., Xu, G., Zhang, H.F., Fu, D.J, Wang, H.M., Yu, G.R, Sun, X.M. (2013). Research on land surface thermal-hydrologic exchange in Southern China under future climate and land cover scenarios Advances in Meteorology 2013, Article No. 969145, 12 pp
Wang, G., Innes, J.L., Hajjar, R., Zhang, X., and Wang, J. (2013). Public awareness and perceptions of watershed management in the Min River area, Fujian, China Society and Natural Resources 26(5), 586-604
Wang, G., Innes, J.L., Wu, S.W., Krzyzanowski, J., Yin, Y., Dai, S., Zhang, X., and Liu, S. (2012). National park development in China: Conservation or commercialization? Ambio 41(3), 247-261.
Wang, G.Y., Innes, J.L., Yang, Y., Chen, S., Krzyzanowski, J., Xie, J., and Lin, W. (2012). Extent of soil erosion and surface runoff associated with large-scale infrastructure development in Fujian Province, China. Catena 89(1), 22-30.
Wang, G.Y., Innes, J.L., Wu, S.W., Dai, S.Y. and Lei, J.F. (2008). The need to cut China's illegal timber imports - Response Science 319(5867), 1184-1185
Wang, G.Y., Innes, J.L., Wu, S.W., Dai, S.Y. (2008). Towards a new paradigm: development and implications of China's forestry in the 21st century. International Forestry Review 10(4), 619 –631
Wang, G.Y., Innes, J.L., Dai, S.Y., He, G.H. (2008). Achieving sustainable rural development in Southern China: the contribution of bamboo forestry The International Journal of Sustainable Development and World Ecology 15, 484–495.
Wang, G.Y., Innes, J.L., Lei, J.F., Dai, S.Y., and Wu, S.W. (2007). China's forestry reforms. Science 318 (5856), 1556-1557.
Wang, G.Y. and Innes, J.L. (2005). Watershed sustainability: Strategic and tactical level assessments in the Min River Watershed, China. Environmental Informatics Archives 3, 76-83.
Wang, G.Y. (2003). Study on water conservation and soil properties of Chinese fir mixed stands Scientia Silvae Sinica 39(Spl), 15–20.