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Our faculty conducts leading research that is designed to drive change globally. We seek solutions to improve the state of the world’s forests, how we manage them, and utilize their products.    

Our research is multi-disciplined, award-winning, and recognized throughout Canada and internationally. With topics that range from integrated remote sensing to forest conservation genetics to advanced wood processing and bio-economy opportunities, the breadth of our research is extensive and reflected in our major research areas.   

Collectively, we take a collaborative, supportive approach to our research to ensure the tradition of research excellence that began in 1921 continues to this day and well into the future.   

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Faculty Profiles

Our faculty is a diverse and award-winning group of individuals who collectively represent an extensive range of both current and evolving disciplines in forestry. With more than 70 faculty members from all parts of the world, our faculty is home to scholars and researchers regularly recognized on the national and international stages – as well as their communities.

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Research Areas

Continued excellence in research will require the application of multi-dimensional approaches that support creativity and innovation steeped in an inspired and vibrant research culture. Ecosystems and Climate Change, Forest Bioproducts and the Bioeconomy, Sustainable Forest Management, just to name a few, are among the many different research areas our faculty is engaged in and collaborating on.

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Research Groups

Within the Faculty of Forestry, there are many different research labs, groups, and projects that are active at any one time. Visit the website of each to discover how each one addresses emerging trends and current challenges.

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Research Highlights

All of our research tells a story. Explore some of the many research highlights we feature here on an ongoing basis.


Research Awards

Throughout its history, the Faculty of Forestry has been recognized for its numerous outstanding achievements and contributions to the many disciplines of forestry. Find out why our faculty members are counted among the most esteemed innovators in the world.


Research Forests

UBC is proud to manage two educational working forests that provide students with the means for cutting-edge research, interactive education, and the opportunity for an incomparable hands-on learning experience.