Research

In the 2016/2017 fiscal year, members of the Faculty Forestry were awarded a total of $12.1 million in research funding and authored 260 articles in 161 peer-reviewed journals. Read more about our research in our Annual Report.

Our wide breadth of research includes topics such as tree rings, integrated remote sensing, bioenergy, forest conservation genetics, landscape visualizations, African forest conservation & development, alpine studies, advanced wood processing.

Learn about all our research topics in our groups & projects section, or browse our Faculty by research interests.


Recent Research Highlights

Flight delays: UBC study finds out why some African birds stay home longer
Parents of millennials still living at home aren’t the only ones with children that refuse to leave. Now, new UBC research on a desert-dwelling African bird is yielding some answers. Martha Nelson-Flower, a postdoctoral fellow at UBC Faculty of Forestry, studied the behaviour of wild southern pied babblers, which live in family groups of up to 14 in the Kalahari Desert in South Africa.


Identifying cannabis genes
Researchers have identified the genes that give cannabis its flavour. Learn more


From forests-to-flight: Decarbonizing the aviation sector
The International Panel on Climate Change has postulated that, if left unchecked, we will likely see a 3.7 to 4.8°C increase in the Earth’s surface temperature by the end of the century. This temperature increase is likely to result in very disruptive and expensive events, such as rising sea-levels and extreme storms. Growing more trees, capturing CO2 and finding alternative, renewable sources of energy are all ways to help mitigate this temperature rise.


Mapping plant invasions in an urban area using remote sensing
The occurrence of invasive plants is increasing in all types of ecosystems, producing both positive and negative changes on the landscape. Many land managers aim to decrease the negative effects that plant invasions bring, which may require curbing their spread through proactive management.