Research Highlights

UBC Faculty of Forestry Research Highlight

UBC Researchers Develop Biodegradable Medical Mask for COVID-19
Made entirely from BC wood fibres, this could be the world’s first fully-compostable and biodegradable medical mask to help coronavirus aid.


UBC Faculty of Forestry Research Highlight

Assessing Ecological and Social Impacts of Urban Forests
Managing urban landscapes is one of the greatest challenges we face this century. Globally, 60% of the area expected to be urban by 2030 has yet to be built. The effects of this urbanization will undoubtedly reach far beyond the physical boundaries of cities. Accompanied by increased competition for land, unequal distribution of wealth, and often unplanned expansion of urban infrastructure and services, urbanization is also exposing more people to cumulative natural and human-made disturbances, such as floods, wildfires, and heat waves. The state of urban ecosystems and the wellbeing of urban dwellers will greatly depend on the way cities anticipate and prepare for rapid change in the next decade. Urban forests have an important role to play, and considerable scientific effort has focused on their potential to maintain, and improve, urban quality of life.


UBC Faculty of Forestry Research Highlight

UBC Forestry Professor Receives ‘Nobel Prize of Forest Research’
Dr Nicholas Coops is the winner of the 2020 Marcus Wallenberg Prize, the 'Nobel Prize of the forest sector' for his ground-breaking work in satellite imagery analysis and its impact on forests' response to climate change.


UBC Faculty of Forestry Research Highlight

How Virtual Reality Can Aid Land-Based Resource Management and Operation Planning
In order to advance decision making in operational planning, it is vital that forestry professionals use the most advanced tools and technologies. The lack of an intuitive and unified visual analytics platform prevents forestry stakeholders from fully exploiting the potential of data-driven decision-making, and is a barrier to effective multi-objective forest planning across large landscapes. To address this challenge, the Faculty joined forces with LamaZoo, Interfor, and FPInnovations to develop TimberOps, an immersive visual analytics platform to improve operational planning and decision making in forest resource management.


UBC Faculty of Forestry Research Highlight

Wildflowers Adapt to Deer Presence – UBC Study
Researchers from the University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Forestry have now shown that seablush, a wildflower of endangered Garry Oak ecosystems throughout the Pacific Northwest, can adapt rapidly to become a large, showy plant over a metre tall where deer are absent, or a diminutive plant only centimeters tall where deer are present, but is nevertheless rapidly driven to extinction where deer are overabundant.


UBC Faculty of Forestry Research Highlight

Surprisingly Malleable Public Preferences for Climate Adaptation in Forests
Researchers and policy-makers often assume that public preferences for climate change adaptation are positive and stable compared to those of mitigation. However, public judgments about adaptation in natural resource sectors (like forestry) require that people make difficult, value-laden and uncertain trade-offs across complex social-ecological systems.


UBC Faculty of Forestry Research Highlight

UBC Forestry Part of North American Research Project Combating Climate Change
Two UBC Forestry professors have joined forces with a research team working to de-escalate the impact of wildfires caused by climate change.


UBC Faculty of Forestry Research Highlight

Alex Fraser Fireguard Rehabilitation Plan Addresses Forest Values
During the 2017 lightning-ignited fires in the Alex Fraser Research Forest, a 10,000-hectare parcel of crown land managed by the Faculty of Forestry to provide teaching and research opportunities. Resources and equipment were immediately deployed to suppress the fires. This included the construction of fireguards, areas strategically cleared of trees and other vegetation that serve as barriers around the perimeter of a wildfire. Fireguards work to stop a fire’s spread by removing all sources of fuel.


UBC Faculty of Forestry Research Highlight

Building Reforestation Strategies Through Macroscale Analysis
Finding research-based solutions to decide on the best reforestation practices in regions experiencing dryer and warmer conditions.


UBC Faculty of Forestry Research Highlight

Protecting Wild Salmon in Uncertain Times
Addressing the challenges to protect, conserve, and manage wild Pacific salmon is a significant aspect of professor Scott Hinch's research.