Centre for Forest Biology

West Coast forest with mountains

A diverse research environment

Research in the rain forest.

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World's tallest spruce trees

Looking up

World's tallest spruce trees.

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People walking through a forest

Salal flowers

Forest plants with surprising properties.

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Trees

Join us as a graduate student

Both MSc and PhD research and training is conducted through the centre.

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Hybrid poplars in our research greenhouse

State-of-the-art greenhouse facilities.

Centre for Forest Biology

Our mission is to carry out fundamental and applied research in forest biology, and to train graduate students and post-doctoral fellows in this field. We facilitate and coordinate research, provide graduate training opportunities, foster collaboration, and promote the appreciation of the role of forests and trees to the community. The Centre is made up of professors, graduate students, and staff, and we often involve undergraduate students in our research projects.

The research interests of participating faculty are diverse, but emphasize tree-environment interactions and adaptation. Projects focus on tree resistance to pathogens, plant-microbe interactions, biochemical and physiological responses of trees to stress, conifer and poplar genomics, evolution of biochemical pathways, and adaptive responses of forests to climate change. Our research is typically carried out by teams comprised of graduate students, technicians, and post-doctoral fellows. 

Many research projects involve collaborations with scientists in government laboratories, including at the federal Pacific Forestry Centre and the B.C. Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations, and Rural Development. We foster linkages with the forest industry and private sector laboratories, and work to facilitate the transfer of knowledge to the broader community.

Research is conducted in our faculty member's laboratories, the Glover Greenhouse Research Facility, the Forest Biology Research Compound on Cedar Hill Cross Road, as well as at long-term field sites.