Student Research Opportunities

There are usually multiple research and innovation projects happening at any time. Projects that involve NRFT faculty are opportunities to guide or supervise students. 

Students also have the opportunity to work with CNC’s research partners and benefit from their knowledge and expertise.

Student involvement in research projects may include:

  • Collection of field samples
  • Collection of field data
  • Lab analysis at CNC
  • Literature reviews
  • Statistical analysis
  • Report writing

Student completion of a natural resource research project fulfills both a capstone NRFT course for graduation and professional accreditation requirements.

Student Recognition for Research

Because our research is important to local industry, government agencies, First Nations and communities, there may be requests to use students’ research results and to receive recognition from CNC’s various research partners.

Learn more about a student success story: “Forestry research nets CNC grad national prize,” Prince George Citizen. December 2017.

Recent Student Research Topics

CNC NRFT students are highly likely to discover a research topic of interest from the breadth of research projects generated via the CNC Research Forest and CNC Applied Research and Innovation department.

Previous student research topics include:

  • Assisted migration of western white pine to Prince George Forest District
  • Using unmanned aerial vehicle to conduct stump counts
  • Biogeoclimatic subzone shifts in the Prince George region
  • Determining the accuracy and reliability of LiDAR in identifying understory attributes of height and density
  • Determining young forest stand densities using unmanned aerial vehicles and LiDAR systems
  • Validating tree heights with images from unmanned aerial vehicles
  • Effects of clearcut harvesting on small stream temperatures
  • Effects of timber harvesting on western toad habitat
  • Influence of adjacent vegetation and tree species on funnel trap capture of spruce beetles
  • Efficacy of Veradera on cut aspen
  • Mortality of blueberry stems from herbicide where aspen cover
  • Control of Populus tremuloides by Chondrostereum
  • Assessing modelled climate data with CNC Research Forest
  • Evaluating the viability of western larch as a crop tree in Sub-Boreal Spruce Zone