Research Highlights

Biodiversity highest on Indigenous-managed lands
UBC-led study suggests that Indigenous-managed lands may play a critical role in helping species survive. The study is the first to compare biodiversity and land management on such a broad geographic scale.


UBC researchers bat for gold with new cricket bat design
A new cricket bat designed at UBC could put a high-performing bat into the hands of more youth and ultimately bring even more people into the sport.


UBC scientists find high mutation rates generating genetic diversity within huge, old-growth trees
This is the first evidence of the tremendous genetic variation that can accumulate in some of our tallest trees.


Study highlights lack of fair access to urban green spaces
A new study has found that people with higher incomes and more education tend to have greater access to urban green spaces than their less privileged neighbours.
Read the study


New insights into how plants produce cellulose
New research from the University of British Columbia and partners sheds light on how plants produce cellulose, a compound found in plant cell walls.


Thinking Socially about Novel Interventions in Resource Management
In a world that is rapidly changing, conventional interventions in forestry and conservation may not be sufficient to conserve species of interest, and/or to maintain productive forests. Thus, some scholars, practitioners, and policy-makers have called for novel interventions such as the assisted migration of trees.


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.