Welcome to the School of Forestry

The School of Forestry at Canterbury is the only university department in New Zealand to offer professional forestry degree programmes.

New Zealand emissions trading scheme is failing

14 January 2014 New Zealand's initial attempt to mitigate the problem of climate change is on its last legs, a University of Canterbury (UC) forestry expert says. (read article)

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Forestry exchange programmes

Exchange programmes

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Forestry: What's in it for me?

Forestry: What's in it for me?

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‘I really enjoy the amount of work outdoors...’

Blake Jones Bachelor of Forestry Science with Honours
Harvest and Woodflow Coordinator, Forest Owner Marketing Services Ltd
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DFI Postgraduate Scholarships 2014

The New Zealand School of Forestry is a foundation partner in the New Zealand Dryland Forests Initiative which is breeding select eucalypts adapted to NZ drylands that produce naturally durable timbers.
The DFI vision is for New Zealand to be a world-leader in breeding ground-durable eucalypts, and to be home to a valuable sustainable hardwood industry based on eucalypt forests, by 2050.
DFI is:

  • selecting elite trees from within our diverse genetic resource to provide growers with superior planting stock for NZ dryland
  • researching and developing sustainable management systems for growing ground-durable eucalypts to produce high-quality hardwood
  • developing techniques to screen young trees for desirable wood-quality characteristics, so that selection and breeding work can yield the greatest end-use benefits.

The School of Forestry is offering scholarships for postgraduate research on five different projects (84KB) to support the DFI research programme.  These scholarships are supported by the NZ Forest Owners Association and Farm Forestry Association on behalf of the Forest Growing Levy Trust Board. Scholarships are primarily for students to enrol in an MForSc at the University of Canterbury.  However applicants for PhD study will also be considered.  Scholarships will cover fees (at the domestic rate), a stipend ($15,000 p.a. for an MForSc and $20,000 p.a. for a PhD) and research costs.  Students will be supervised by staff in both the School of Forestry and other relevant UC departments.

Applicants should have a BSc or BForSc.  Ideally applicants would commence study in July 2014 although applicants who cannot commence until early 2015 will be considered. 

Applications should be sent to jeanette.allen@canterbury.ac.nz and include:

  • the application form (172KB) for the scholarship;
  • a brief written submission (< 600 words) on why you wish to undertake research on the chosen project and your suitability to undertake the research.  It should include information on any associated work or practical experience you may have and extra-curricular interests; and
  • a copy of academic transcripts.

Applications close on 5 May 2014.

Workshop on Commercial Application of IR Spectroscopies to Solid Wood

Proceedings from the workshop "Commercial Application of IR Spectroscopies to Solid Wood", held on 11 June 2013 are now available. The workshop explored the issues that need to be covered before we can expect Near Infrared spectroscopy (NIR) to be taken up more widely by the forest industry. While the issues are general, those organising the workshop had a specific interest in addressing local issues and uncertainties.You are invited to download an electronic copy of the workshop, (pdf. 1.19 MB).

School of Forestry Office Locations

The main office for the School of Forestry can be found on the 2nd Floor of theForestry building (north wing), along from the entrances to F3 lecture theatre. The School Coordinator can be found in Room 217 with other academic staff in offices along this wing. The south lab/teaching block for the School has been closed for strengthening and remediation. Staff and students have been relocated to Level 3 of the Rutherford Building (south wing). Please refer to the School's People page for staff locations.

Opportunities for Bushfire Research in New Zealand

The Bushfire CRC is offering two postgraduate scholarships (PDF, 210KB) at the University of Canterbury, in collaboration with the Scion Bushfire Research Group. Applications are invited from students interested in undertaking Masters studies with backgrounds in environmental and natural resource science, geography, social science, economics or engineering.

The Graham Whyte Fund

A fund established in memory of the late Dr Graham Whyte (pdf, 254KB)