Research Highlights

New tool helps conservationists make smarter decisions
A new tool developed by UBC researchers could help ensure limited conservation dollars are well spent by determining which actions would save the most species per dollar.


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.


Sally Aitken receives Genome Canada and Genome BC funding
Dr. Sally Aitken is leading a team that will use genomics to test the ability of trees from different populations to resist heat, cold, drought and disease, and identify the genes and genetic variation involved in climate adaptation.


Scott Hinch receives NSERC Strategic Grant
Scott Hinch was awarded a NSERC Strategic grant totaling $590,000 for research into the effects of injury , pathogens, and climate warming on migration and spawning success of Pacific salmon that have escaped from fishing gear. Partner organizations include the Canadian Dept. Fisheries and Oceans, Pacific Salmon Commission, and Pacific Salmon Foundation.


Richard Hamelin receives Genome Canada and Genome BC funding
Dr. Richard Hamelin will co-lead a team of scientists to harness the power of biosurveillance by decoding the genomes of some of the most threatening invasive species and developing a new suite of tools to rapidly and accurately detect these detrimental forest enemies and assess the risk they pose.