Research Highlights

Joerg Bohlmann receives Genome Canada and Genome BC funding
Spruce trees are Canada’s most significant forest resource because they grow in almost every region across the country and are the largest species by the number. Spruce trees also produce high quality wood and fibre that is widely used in the industry. With roughly 400 million seedlings planted per year, spruce are the most reforested trees in Canada. Climate change and unpredictable forest product markets require innovative new tools and technologies for tree breeding programs to deliver reliable spruce stock for future seed and seedling production.


Lab Tours: Social-Ecological Systems Research Group
The SES research group is housed in the Faculty of Forestry at the University of British Columbia. We conduct problem-focused research that is motivated by the perspective that social science insights provide essential contributions for understanding and developing solutions for challenges such as adapting to climate change, minimizing biodiversity and forest loss, and fostering sustainable, self-determined livelihoods.


Yousry El-Kassaby receives Genome Canada and Genome BC funding
Changing climates and climate-induced insect outbreaks are on the rise and they can lead to drought and forest destruction. This threatens both forests and the communities that depend on the forest industry. Genome BC is supporting a $5.7 million research project co-lead by Dr Yousry El-Kassaby that aims to shorten the time, by about 20 years, for tree-breeding cycles thus alleviating side effects from climate conditions and insects.


African bird shows signs of evil stepdad behaviour
An African desert-dwelling male bird favours his biological sons and alienates his stepsons, suggests research published today in Biology Letters. “Nepotism has likely played a vital role in the evolution of family life in this species,” said Martha Nelson-Flower, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of British Columbia’s faculty of forestry but formerly of the […]


Podcast: Radiolab – From Tree to Shining Tree
From Radiolab.org: A forest can feel like a place of great stillness and quiet. But if you dig a little deeper, there’s a hidden world beneath your feet as busy and complicated as a city at rush hour.


TED Talk: How trees talk to each other
In the summer of 2016, Suzanne Simard presents her TED talk on the hidden communication of trees.


The fight to keep a rare woodpecker in Canada
Researchers are fighting to keep a rare bird in Canada, sewing tiny trackers onto their tail feathers to map their movements. Knowing the threatened birds’ flight patterns and where they eat will help them better understand how to protect their habitat from tree cutting in southern BC


Salmon smolts find safety in numbers
Using tags surgically implanted into thousands of juvenile salmon, UBC researchers have discovered that many fish die within the first few days of migration from their birthplace to the ocean.


Lab Tours: The Pacific Salmon Ecology and Conservation lab
The Pacific Salmon Ecology and Conservation (PSEC) laboratory is housed in the Department of Forest and Conservation Sciences. Members of the lab are committed to the study of salmonid ecology, behaviour and physiology, and to providing management systems with information needed for the conservation and sustainable use of fish resources.


Lab Tours: The Forests and Communities in Transition lab
The Forest and Communities in Transition (FACT) lab, housed in the Faculty of Forestry at UBC, is an interdisciplinary research group dedicated to the development of more resilient and liveable forest-dependent communities through research, dialogue, and knowledge exchange. At the foundation of our initiative is the recognition that the natural environment is not boundless, and that it plays an integral role in the economic and social fabric of communities and the health of community members. Thus, the wellbeing of forest-dependent communities begins with the responsible and sustainable management of forest resources.