Faculty of Forestry
Review of Elephant Hill fire calls for Indigenous leadership in wildfire management and recovery
Four years after the Elephant Hill megafire burned more than 190,000 hectares and destroyed over 100 homes in B.C.’s south-central Interior region, a new Indigenous-led report is recommending fundamental changes to the way wildfire management and post-fire recovery is conducted in B.C.
Dec 6, 2021
A planet without apes? New research highlights danger to gorillas, chimpanzees and bonobos in shifting habitats
New analysis published today reveals that if the pressures on great ape habitat remain unchecked, Africa’s great apes could lose between 85 and 94 per cent of their range by the year 2050. Jacqueline Sunderland-Groves, a great ape expert in UBC’s faculty of forestry explains what can be done to ensure the long-term survival of gorillas, chimpanzees and other great apes.
Jun 7, 2021
Female salmon are dying at higher rates than male salmon
Female adult sockeye from the Fraser River are dying at significantly higher rates than their male counterparts on the journey back to their spawning grounds, finds new UBC research.
Mar 24, 2021
Culturally significant island in Salish Sea returns to W̱SÁNEĆ First Nations
On Friday, February 26, SISȻENEM—a culturally important island located in the Salish Sea off Sidney Island—will be returned to its rightful owners.
Feb 26, 2021
It’s not too late to save 102 species at risk of extinction
The Fraser River estuary in British Columbia is home to 102 species at risk of extinction. A new study says it’s not too late to save these species if action is taken now.
Nov 26, 2020
Camera traps show impact of recreational activity on wildlife
The COVID-19 pandemic has fired up interest in outdoor activities in our parks and forests. Now a new UBC study highlights the need to be mindful of how these activities may affect wildlife living in protected areas.
Sep 24, 2020
UBC Forestry professor receives ‘Nobel Prize’ of forest research
The Faculty of Forestry at UBC has announced faculty member and Canada Research Chair in Remote Sensing, Nicholas Coops, is the recipient of the world’s most prestigious forestry honour, the Marcus Wallenberg Prize.
Apr 28, 2020
Biodiversity highest on Indigenous-managed lands
More than one million plant and animal species worldwide are facing extinction, according to a recent United Nations report. Now, a new UBC-led study suggests that Indigenous-managed lands may play a critical role in helping species survive.
Jul 31, 2019
UBC scientists find high mutation rates generating genetic diversity within huge, old-growth trees
The towering, hundred-year-old Sitka spruce trees growing in the heart of Vancouver Island’s Carmanah Valley appear placid and unchanging.
Jul 8, 2019
From foam to bone: Plant cellulose can pave the way for healthy bone implants
Researchers from the University of British Columbia and McMaster University have developed what could be the bone implant material of the future: an airy, foamlike substance that can be injected into the body and provide scaffolding for the growth of new bone.
Mar 19, 2019
Surveying the fury: drones count the costs of the 2017 B.C. wildfires
Researchers at the University of British Columbia are using drones to survey the aftermath of the 2017 wildfires in B.C.
Dec 15, 2017
Trees can make or break city weather
Even a single urban tree can help moderate wind speeds and keep pedestrians comfortable as they walk down the street, according to a new UBC study.
Jul 26, 2017
UBC researcher sees future for flax and hemp as particleboard alternative
Wood scientist Solace Sam-Brew envisions a future where Canadian homes are furnished with products made from flax and hemp.
Apr 10, 2017
UBC students step up to Ikea hacking
Wood science students at UBC have become Ikea hackers, transforming $20 Bekväm step stools into refined furniture pieces.
Apr 3, 2017
UBC PhD student recycles chopsticks for home décor startup
A research interest in bamboo and a love for sushi has inspired a UBC student to launch a line of home décor products made from recycled chopsticks.
Sep 15, 2016
UBC researchers use augmented reality to teach kids about climate change
While Pokémon Go has helped to bring augmented reality to everyday life, UBC researchers are using similar technology to teach high school students about climate change.
Sep 13, 2016
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.
Aug 24, 2016
UBC prof creates swimming buoy out of ‘nature’s foam’
UBC wood scientist Phil Evans has created a pull buoy for swimming out of balsa wood, a more environmentally-friendly material than the foam that is typically used.
Jun 29, 2016
The fight to keep a rare woodpecker in Canada
Nestled high in the remote mountainside trees of southern British Columbia, a rare bird is disappearing.
May 31, 2016 - by Corey Allen
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.
May 9, 2016