Forestry and Environmental Management

Degrees Offered: MScF, MF, MScFE, MFE, MEM, PhD and MBA - Forest Products Marketing
Campus Address: Forestry Building, - IUC , Room 101
Faculty Telephone: (506) 453-4501
Faculty Fax: (506) 453-3538
Faculty Email Address: forem@unb.ca
Website: http://www.unbf.ca/forestry/index.html
Acting Dean of Forestry and Environmental Management: Dr. Van Lantz
Director Graduate Studies: Dr. Marek Krasowski (marek@unb.ca) Ph. (506) 453-4933
Secretary of Graduate Studies: Faith Bradley-Sharpe (forgrad@unb.ca) Ph. (506)458-7520

Faculty of Members of the Graduate Academic Unit (GAU)

  • PAUL A. ARP, BSc (Carleton), PhD (McGill). Forest Soils, Forest Ecosystems (Cycles and Flows).
  • TOM BECKLEY, PhD, PhD Minor (Wisconsin-Madison). Integrated Forest Management.
  • CHARLES BOURQUE, BSc (Honours) (Dalhousie), BSc (Meteorology) (Alberta), MScF, PhD (UNB). Forest Meteorology.
  • YING HEI CHUI, BSc (Southampton), PhD (Brighton). Wood Engineering.
  • RICHARD A. CUNJAK, BSc (Honours) (Guelph), MSc (Memorial), PhD (Waterloo). Joint with Biology. Fish Ethology, Stream Ecosystems Dynamics, Atlantic Salmon Biology.
  • ALLEN CURRY. BES (Wat), MSc (Trent), PhD (Guelph). Joint with Biology. Fish Habitats, Population Dynamics.
  • A.(TONY) W. DIAMOND, BA (Cantab), MSc, PhD (Aberdeen). Joint with Biology. Bird Ecology.
  • THOM A. ERDLE, BScF, (UNB), MF (UBC), PhD (UNB). Forest Management Program Director, Forest Ecosystem Management.
  • GRAHAM FORBES, BA (York), MA, PhD (Waterloo). Ecology, Park Management, Conservation Biology.
  • DON FLOYD, BA (Humboldt), MS(University of Wisconsin), PhD(University of Arizona). Forest and natural resources policy.
  • JASEN GOLDING, BScF (UNB) Forest operations planning.
  • GLENWOOD A. JORDAN, BSCF, MScF (UNB). Forest Management Modelling Geographic Information Systems (GIS). (Retired)
  • DANIEL M. KEPPIE, BS (Wisconsin), MS (Oregon), PhD (Alberta). Joint with Biology. Wildlife Ecology.
  • JOHN A. KERSHAW, BS, MS (Purdue), PhD (Washington). Forest Mensuration, Forest Biometrics.
  • MAREK KRASOWSKI, BSc, (Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Poland) MSc, PhD (Victoria). Tree Biology.
  • VAN LANTZ, BA Economics (Carleton), MA Economics (Dalhousie), PhD Economics (Simon Fraser). Joint with Economics. Forest and Environmental Economics.
  • BRIGITTE LEBLON, BAgricEng (Catholic University of Louvain-la-Neuve), PhD (Ecole Supérieure d'Agronomie de Montpellier and University of Montpellier). Remote Sensing.
  • DAVID A. MACLEAN, BSc, PhD (UNB). Forest Ecology, Fire Ecology, Natural Disturbance Insect Impacts.
  • FAN-RUI MENG, BS, MS (Northeast Forestry), PhD (UNB). Forest Science.
  • TED D. NEEDHAM. BScF (Virginia Tech),  MScF (Virginia Tech), PhD (Virginia Tech). Silviculture.  
  • DAN T.W. QUIRING, BSc (Simon Fraser), PhD (Laval). Insect Ecology and Integrated Pest Management.
  • EVELYN J. RICHARDS, Dip Eng (London), Dip Mang (McGill), PhD (Daltech). Forest Engineering.
  • RAJORA, OM, PhD, P. Eng., Forest and Conservation genomics and Biotechnology.
  • EDWARD(TED) W. ROBAK, BScFE (UNB), MBA (Maine). Forest Operations Management. (Retired)
  • RODNEY A. SAVIDGE, BScF, MScF (Toronto), PhD (Wales). Tree Physiology and Biotechnology.
  • BRIAN SERGEANT, Computer Assisted Learning.
  • IAN SMITH, BSc (Sunderland), MSc (Durham), PhD (South Bank). Wood Engineering. (Retired)

Adjunct Professors

  • Benoy, Glenn, PhD - Agric-environment
  • Cameron, Stewart, PhD - Tree physiologist, biproducts NTFPs
  • Gong, Meng, PhD- Wood Technology, Wood Mechanics.
  • Klenk, Nicole - Mobilization, innovative environmental governance arrangements and natural resource policy
  • Kosny, Jan, PhD - Building envelop technologies, Building science, Thermal insulations, Energy design.
  • Li, Xiu-Qing, PhD - Biotechnology.
  • Ni,Chun, PhD - Wood engineering.
  • Park, Yill Sung, PhD - Forest Genetics.
  • Smith, Ron, PhD - Non-timber forest products research, tree reproduction, seed orchard management.
  • Sweeney, Jonathan, PhD - Forest Entomology.
  • Wang, Brad, PhD - Veneer, plywood and laminated lumber (LVL)
  • Wang, Xiang-Ming, PhD - Wood composites and adhesives
  • White, Barry, PhD - Forest Soils & Silviculture, Wet-areas, Mapping Initiative
  • Whitney, Norman A., PhD - Forest Pathology, Bioethics.

Professor Emeritus

  • Methven, Ian R., Professor/Dean Emeritus.
  • Powell, Graham R., Professor Emeritus.
  • Whitney, Norman, Professor Emeritus.

Honorary Research Associates

Honorary research associates cooperate with members of this faculty's graduate academic unit in the direction or evaluation of research students.

  • Alexander, Martin - Forest or wildland fire research, specifically fire behaviour, fire danger rating.
  • Anderson, Kerry - Wildland fire science, including fire weather and fire behaviour; meteorology, including seasonal forecasting, lightning and smoke plume modelling.
  • Asiz, Andi - Structural engineering and mechanics
  • Betts, Matthew – Ecosystem informatics, landscape and wildlife ecology, distribution modeling, habitat selection, the effects of forest fragmentation on ecological processes, research on flying squirrels and forest songbirds
  • Birkhoff, Juliana - Conflict and conflict analysis, evaluations of collaborative processes, for integrating information into collaborative processes
  • Buckley, Joseph - Satellite remote sensing, radar polarimetry, image processing, classification, change detection in natural environments
  • James Burger
  • Chaini, Rajendra -Environmental and natural resource policy and economics (forest industry, markets, taxes, trade, carbon credits), nontimber forest products (including bioenergy), private and community forestry, international forestry
  • Chan, Felisa - Wood composites and adhesives.
  • Charbonneau, François - Radar remote sensing (polarimetry, interferometry and compact polarimetry)
  • Comeau, Louise
  • Dalton, Shawn
  • Defo, Maurice
  • Ducey, Mark - Biometrics/Mensuration
  • Duchesne, Isabelle - Resource characterization, wood science, silviculture and wood quality, wood anatomy and ultrastructure
  • Dunham, Scott - Ecological ethics and religion and the environment
  • Golding, Jasen - Forest management silviculture; stand level management; tolerant hardwood management; forest operations; process/productivity improvement
  • Hennigar, Chris - Forest management optimization and stand growth modeling, forest and forest-sector carbon accounting, insect decision support systems
  • Hu, Lin H - Wood floor serviceability, wood framed building acoustics, numerical modeling, non-destructive test and evaluation.
  • Kasal, Bo - Wood engineering and mechanics.
  • Lapointe, Renée - Insect virology and microbial pest control
  • LaRocque, Armand - GIS, physical geography, geomorphology, hydrology, climatology, biogeography, soil science, geology, environmental education, remote sensing, photo-interpretation
  • Lavigne, Michael - Physiology.
  • Legér, Raymond - Forest history, 19th century, labour history, 19th century and 20th century.
  • Li, Sheng - Soil erosion and sediment transportation, watershed hydrology and water quality, geomorphometry and landscape segmentation
  • Maguire, David - Environmental and strategic impact assessment (including cumulative effects assessment; stakeholder engagement/consultation; and environmental management; and species at risk management/protection.
  • Mathieu, Renaud - Remote sensing, SAR, LiDAR, vegetation assessment and mapping, African savannahs
  • McFarlane, Bonita – Human dimensions in forestry, forest values, social survey research.
  • McMartin, Isabelle
  • Mohammad, Mohammad - Wood Science
  • Moreau, Gaétan - Insect population dynamics, trophic interactions within natural and altered habitats, biological control of insect herbivores.
  • Nadeau, Solange - Values and attitudes towards forest and forestry, public involvement in forest management and policy, forest-dependent communities.
  • Nader, Joseph - Wood fiber characterization and quality, Mathematical modeling, Statistical analysis
  • Partington, Mark - Forest operations, forest road construction, soil erosion and sediment control, environmental impacts of forest operations, forest soils impacts and protection
  • Pitt, Douglas G. 
  • Porter, Kevin - Decision-support systems, forest visualization.
  • Rencz, Andrew - Environmental geochemistry; biogeochemistry; climate change
  • Richards, William - Atmospheric and climate science, adaptation and impacts.
  • Roy, Roger - Integrated resource management, wood supply analysis, land allocation, forest policy
  • Royer, Lucie -Forest insect pest and natural enemies, population dynamic, metapopulation/ecology, ecology, chemical ecology, behavioural ecology, ecophysiology.
  • Shaanker, R. Uma - Plant evolutionary biology; tree population genetics and conservation, conservation and livelihoods in tropics, bioprospecting for plant secondary metabolites, endophytic fungi, data mining
  • Simpson, Dale -Seed biology, tree improvement.
  • Snow, Monica - Wood engineering, wood technology, timber connection design.
  • St-Hilaire, André, Statistical modeling and analysis of abiotic aquatic habitat variables, including water temperature and sediments. Instream flow estimation methods, analysis of hydrologic extremes, hydrological components of environmental impacts studies, climate change and hydrology.
  • Stirling, Rod - Natural durability, wood preservation and protection, near infrared spectroscopy
  • Swift, Ed - Silviculture research.
  • Taylor, Anthony - Modeling Climate Change effects on tree species distribution and community structureTaylor, Sarah - Forest stand dynamics following disturbance, dead wood ecology, landscape ecology and modelling invasive species.
  • Thurston, Graham - Forest insect pest management; microbial control; pathogen epizootiology; pheromone development; insect ecology
  • Wagner, Robert -Silviculture, forest vegetation ecology, management.
  • Webster, Kara - Modeling forest plant community dynamics, specifically forest succession, and testing casual ecological mechanisms
  • Weng, Yuhui - forest genetics, tree improvement, climate change and wood quality
  • Wyatt, Stephen - First Nations and Aboriginal roles in forestry, public involvement in forest management and policy, small-scale private forests, forest certification
  • Xing, Zisheng - Carbon flux of forest ecosystem under changing climate; soil and water issues relating to agricultural operations; watershed evaluation of beneficial management practices in agriculture and forestry

Admission and Degree Requirements

PROGRAMS OF STUDY

The Faculty of Forestry and Environmental Management (Forestry Graduate Academic Unit) offers the following degrees: PhD (Doctor of Philosophy); MScF (Master of Science in Forestry); MScFE (Master of Science in Forest Engineering); MF (Master of Forestry); MFE (Master of Forest Engineering); MEM (Master Enviromental Management); and MBA - Forest Products. Forestry graduate degrees are offered in areas of concentration.

Potential applicants are able to determine, at no cost to themselves, whether their interests and qualifications match the research programs and possible graduate student vacancies currently in our faculty.

Please visit the following website: http://www.unbf.ca/forestry/graduate/m-d_prog.html and /or http://www.unbf.ca/forestry/mbainFPMmainpage.html.

School of Graduate Studies Application

If it is concluded by Forestry that serious consideration could be given to a formal application, an official application package will be forwarded from the School of Graduate Studies to the student for completion. An application fee of $50.00 (Cdn.) must be submitted with each application mailed to:

  • School of Graduate Studies
    University of New Brunswick
    Room 318, Sir Howard Douglas Hall, 3 Bailey Drive
    P.O. Box 4400 Fredericton, NB, Canada
    E3B 5A3

With a formal application, candidates submit official recommendation letters, official copies of all academic transcripts, and official TOEFL or TWE test scores to prove capability in the English language. All of these forms are authenticated by the School of Graduate Studies before an application will be forwarded to the Faculty of Forestry for consideration but final acceptance is made at the School of Graduate Studies.

Residency Requirement

Although the minimum residence requirement for the MScF and MScFE programs is one academic year, most students take two years for completion. A program may contain credit, non-credit and qualifying or background-building courses. A thesis is a major component of the graduate program. The MF and MFE programs require a minimum of one academic year in residence and a minimum of 30 units of credit, of which at least 24 units are course credits (usually eight, one-term graduate courses). A master's report, based upon a comprehensive study of a specific problem, is required and is rated at 6 units. The minimum residence requirement for the PhD degree following a master's degree is 5 academic terms. For those exceptional students who are permitted to proceed to PhD candidacy directly from a bachelor's degree, the minimum residence requirement is 9 academic terms. Candidates for the PhD degree are required to pass a Qualifying Examination at the beginning of their program. Before a degree is conferred, all candidates must successfully defend their thesis research in an oral presentation and examination.

MBA in FOREST PRODUCTS MARKETING

This track focuses on forest products commerce within the existing UNBSJ MBA program. The track's first three modules are from the existing program and are delivered at the Saint John Campus and the nine forestry courses are delivered by the Faculty of forestry & environmental management at the Fredericton campus. Module four consists of five courses entitled: forestry and the forest industry, forest management and policy, wood technology, utilization of forest products, and forest products manufacturing. Module five includes four courses: international trade, forest products marketing, forest products business project, and forest management project.

The forest industry has traditionally been a large-scale industry producing commodity products, where product marketing may be of lesser importance. Advancement in processing technology has increased specialization within the industry and the ability to produce specialty products which better meet the requirements of consumers. Increased globalization in trade and environmental awareness necessitate the need for forest products producers to provide information about product characteristics, including origin of raw material, manufacturing process and performance of the product in service. Graduates from this Program possess a unique combination of business management and product marketing skills, and background technical knowledge on wood as a material, manufacturing processes in the forest industry and forest management practices. Because of the unique combination of marketing skills and technical knowledge, graduates are better equipped to play a more active role than a traditional marketer, in helping to identify market niche and product enhancement.

For additional information about the MBA in Forest Products Marketing, please see the FOREM website at: http://www.unbf.ca/forestry/mbainFPMmainpage.html.

Forest Products Marketing Certificate

If you already hold an MBA degree and are interested in a career in forest products marketing, you should seriously consider enrolling in this certificate program. These courses can also be taken individually as non-credit courses. Graduates from the certificate program will possess the same skill set as graduates of the MBA Forest Products Marketing program. Typical careers for graduates are in forest products marketing, commodity product brokering, forest products economics, management of forest products manufacturing, distribution and sale, quality control, wood or wood products purchasing, and in government and private agencies serving forest products-based small businesses. The certificate program is offered between May and September of each calendar year and consists of 9 courses. Students can pursue the certificate program over a period of a few years.

These courses are part of the MBA Program in Forest Products Marketing and of the Graduate Certificate Program in Forest Products Marketing.

The faculty is making these courses available to anyone who has a degree in a science or an applied science discipline or an MBA degree. Applicants with a degree in other than these disciplines may be accepted if they have at least five years of relevant work experience in the forest industry. International applicants are required to have a TOEFL score of 213 (or 4.0 on TWE) or better.

For additional information about the FPM certificate, please see the FOREM website about at http://www.unbf.ca/forestry/graduate/FPM-cert.htm.

Courses Offered

Graduate Courses

The following courses are generally available to all graduate students but are not necessarily offered every year. Considerable flexibility is allowed in subject content within the confines of the course titles in order to meet, in part, the individual requirements and objectives of students of varying background and interest. Most courses listed are full-year courses, but, depending on the needs of individual students, may be given as term courses.

Courses bolded are required courses and those bolded and in italic are thesis courses.

FOR 6043 Fire Management Maclean
FOR 6123 Forest Economics Lantz
FOR 6153 Forest Engineering Economics Robak
FOR 6203 Forest Mensuration Kershaw
FOR 6304 Advanced Studies in Radar Polimetry 
FOR 6233 Multivariate Analysis Kershaw
FOR 6243 Statistical Methods in Forestr Kershaw
FOR 6280 Geographic Information Systems Jordan
FOR 6283 GIS in Forestry I Jordan
FOR 6284 Advanced GIS in Forestry Jordan
FOR 6303 Advanced Studies in Remote Sensing Leblon
FOR 6403 Tree Development Krasowski
FOR 6304 Advanced Studies in Radar Polarimetry (RADARSAT 2 - images)
FOR 6452 Ecological Modelling Arp/Bourque/Meng
FOR 6453 Problems in Forest Ecology Roberts
FOR 6463 Advanced Silviculture Needham
FOR 6490 Tree Biochemistry and Biotechnology Savidge
FOR 6493 Tree Physiology Savidge
FOR 6503 Soil Physics Arp
FOR 6513 Soil Chemistry Arp
FOR 6530 Advanced Studies in Forest Soil Science Arp
FOR 6543 Forest Meteorology Bourque
FOR 6553 Forest Hydrology Bourque
FOR 6580 Forest Fire Management MacLean
FOR 6623 Insect Behavioral Ecology Quiring
FOR 6633 Insect Population Dynamics Quiring
FOR 6653 Forest Insect Pest Management Quiring
FOR 6723 Forest Machine Design Afzal
FOR 6753 Management Strategies for Forest Operations Robak
FOR 6763 Ergonomic Studies in Forestry Rickards
FOR 6783 Geosynthetics I - Forest Oper Systems Jaeger
FOR 6813 Wood Engineering Smith
FOR 6833 Management of Forest Biodiversity
FOR 6843 Polymer Science and Adhesives Technology Schneider
FOR 6883 Kiln Drying Wood Schneider
FOR 6900 Master's Graduate Seminar Roberts
FOR 6910 PhD Graduate Seminar Roberts
FOR 6913 Research Methods Keppie
FOR 6920 Directed Studies
FOR 6928 Independent Study
FOR 6994 MFE Report
FOR 6995 MScFE Thesis
FOR 6996 MF Report
FOR 6997 MScF Thesis
FOR 6998 PhD Thesis
BIOL 6183 River Habitats and Hydraulics Cunjak
ENVS 6001 Nature, Society and Social Ecology Beckley/Dalton

The Following are Forest Products Marketing courses and are available to all graduate students for an additional fee. Please direct any enquiries to Dr. Y.H. Chui. yhc@unb.ca

FPM 7931 Forestry and the Forest Industry
FPM 7932 Forestry Management and Policy
FPM 7933 Wood Technology
FPM 7934 Utilization of Forest Products
FPM 7935 Forest Products Manufacturing
FPM 7936 International Trade
FPM 7937 Forest Products Marketing
FPM 7938 Forest Management Project
FPM 7939 Forest Products Business Report