Groups & Projects

Within the Faculty of Forestry, there are several research labs, 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 policymakers to develop effective management strategies to maintain resilient forest ecosystems for adaptation to climate change.

A project that aims to improve provincial seed transfer policy and operational forest management response to climate change.

Advanced Renewable Materials Lab
The lab’s primary goal is to construct a sustainable future with the design of renewable building blocks harvested from nature.

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.

Asia Forest Research Centre
The AFRC works to promote quality education and research capacity by enhancing relationships between UBC Faculty of Forestry and its Asia partners.

A Collaborative Research and Development project that seeks to use remote sensing to enhance Canada’s forest inventory and to improve the modelling of forested ecosystems.

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.

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.

Cool Tools Warm World
This research cluster focuses on design and testing of digital media to enhance learning and influence behaviour.

Cranston Research Group
The Cranston Research Group aims to design high-performance materials to replace those that are based on non-renewable resources by learning from nature and using biological components.

Energy Resources, Development and Environment Laboratory (ERDELab)
The Energy Resources, Development and Environment Lab (ERDELab) uses inter-disciplinary approaches to research problems at the intersection of technology, environment and development.

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 Carbon Policy
A project funded by the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions that aims to generate recommendations for regionally differentiated climate change mitigation alternatives for BC’s forest sector.

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.

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.

Future Delta 2.0
Future Delta 2.0 explores the use of video gaming to encourage exploration of local climate change challenges and solutions in an innovative place-based game environment by high school students and other community members.

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.

National Parks Research Center
The National Parks Research Center studies national park systems all over the world in order to contribute to a growing body of knowledge on protected areas.

Peter Arcese Lab
The Peter Arcese Lab addresses a wide range of questions related to the ecology and evolution of small populations and the indirect effects of humans on the ecology, evolution and conservation of bird, mammal and plant populations.

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

SCHIRP – Salal Cedar Hemlock Integrated Research Program
SCHIRP’s research is to to determine the underlying causes of poor growth of regenerating western redcedar on cedar-hemlock cutovers invaded by salal on the west coast of North America and to establish the best operational means for improving productivity on these sites.

Simard Lab
The Simard Lab is run by Suzanne Simard.

Social-Ecological Systems Research Group
The SES Research Group seeks to provide insight into human behavioural and institutional dimensions of dilemmas associated with the governance and management of social-ecological systems (SESs) in a rapidly changing and contested world.

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.

Sunderland Lab
The Sunderland Lab performs research focused on applied research, biodiversity, conservation sustainable resource management, and linkages to levering policy influence.

Sustainable Functional Biomaterials Lab
The Sustainable Functional Biomaterials Lab is run by Dr. Feng Jiang, Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in Sustainable Functional Biomaterials.

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.

TREE RINGS: Reading Between the Lines – Tree Ring Lab
The Tree Ring Lab performs research that combines forest ecology and dendrochronology to investigate the influences of natural and anthropogenic disturbances and climate variation on the dynamics of temperate forests of western North and South America.

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

Wildlife Coexistence Lab
This research lab is led by Cole Burton, Assistant Professor in the Department of Forest Resources Management on wildlife and conservation.