Associate Professor
Research Interests:
Forest Sciences Centre 2045
2424 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4
work phone: 6048220951

Paul takes an interdisciplinary approach to teaching and research by incorporating his background in biology, forestry, and philosophy. He has extensive forest management experience, having worked for many years with the provincial government and in private forestry consulting.

His research interests encompass both fundamental and practical questions about conservation and its implementation by way of policies. Conservation – as an academic discipline, as a practice – is driven by the realization that the biosphere with its diversity of living forms is undergoing rapid homogenization. Paul’s research examines the extent to which this process should be mitigated and the corresponding types of policies that are required at global, national, and regional scales. In combination with principles of conservation biology, forest management, and planning, he makes particular use of concepts and tools drawn from philosophy and political theory.


Assigning sufficient priority to biodiversity conservation: principles and practice


Intergenerational justice, sustainability policies, and legitimacy in liberal democracies


Genomics-Related Ethical, Environmental, Economic, Legal, and Social Issues (GE3LS) in Conifer Forest Health Genomics

Genome Canada and Genome BC

Stahkeholder perspectives regarding genomic tools in fisheries management

Genome BC

Unit Associations

Centre for Applied Conservation Research CACR
Institute of Resources, Environment, and Sustainability (Faculty Associate)

Professional Affiliations

Canadian Political Science Association
Registered Professional Biologist R.P.Bio
Registered Professional Forester R.P.F.


2002 / 2003 UBC Killam Teaching Prize
UBC K.D. Srivastava Prize for Scholarly Publications for , 1999

Selected Publications

Wood, P.M. (2010). You say you want an environmental studies revolution? -Environments 37(2):43-46
Wood, P.M. and L. Waterman. (2008). Sustainability impeded: ultra vires environmental issues. Environmental Ethics 30(2):159-174
Wood, P.M. and J. Bailey. (2007). Ethical issues in forest genomics: stakeholder persepectives in British Columbia. p. 60 in: Proceedings of 4th CESAGen/CSG International Conference: Genetics and Society – Retrospects and Prospects. The Royal Society, London. 26-28 March 2007
Wood, P.M. (2007). Foreword In: Davis, N. and R. Klinkenberg (editors). 2007. A Biophysical Inventory and Evaluation of the Lulu Island Bog, Richmond, British Columbia. Richmond: Richmond Nature Park Society.
Wood, P.M. (2006). Professional reliance: consistently good decision-making. BC Forest Professional 13(6): 10-11.
Wood, P.M. (2006). Western governance and species-at-risk policies. pp. 75-80 in Proceedings: Multi-Disciplinary Approaches to Recovering Caribou in Mountain Ecosystems. Columbia Mountain Institute of Applied Ecology. Revelstoke, BC, May 2006.
Bailey, J. and P.M. Wood. (2006). Public participation in forest genomics in British Columbia. p. 80 in Proceedings: Genomics and Society: Towards a Socially Robust Science. Centre for Society and Genomics. Amsterdam, Netherlands, April 2006.
Wood, P.M. and L. Waterman (2005). Type 1 and Type 2 environmental issues: all the difference in the world pp. 116 – 117 in Proceedings of International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic, and Social Sustainability. Honolulu, Hawaii. February 2005.
Wood, P.M. (2005). North American temperate forests: past deforestation, present regulation, and future challenges. pp. 33 – 51 in Proceedings of 60th Anniversary of National Arbor Day International Symposium on Korea’s Forests. Seoul, Korea. April 2005.
Wood, P.M. (2004). Intergenerational justice and curtailments on the discretionary powers of governments. Environmental Ethics 26(4): 411 – 428.
Wood, P.M. and L. Flahr (2004). Taking endangered species seriously? British Columbia’’s Species-at-Risk Policies. Canadian Public Policy 30(4): 381 – 399.
Wood, P.M. (2004). What on Earth have we done? Global Ecology and Biogeography 13(4): 381
Wood, P., J. Oosenbrug, and S. Young. (2004). Accounts and Measures for Managing Identified Wildlife: Vananda Creek Limnetic Stickleback (Gasterosteus sp. 16) and Vananda Creek Benthic Stickleback (Gasterosteus sp. 17). Victoria, BC: Ministry of Water, Land and Air Protection.
Wood, P.M. (2004). Biodiversity conservation versus economic development: a new conception of biodiversity value. p. 57 in Proceedings of Fourth World Fisheries Congress, Abstracts Volume. May 2004
Wood, P.M., L. Flahr, and J. Tanz (2003). Provincial and federal species at risk policies: opportunities and obstacles for forest planning in British Columbia. 75pp. Forest Innovation Investment Project No. R2003-0230
Wood, P.M. (2003). Will Canadian policies protect British Columbia”s endangered pairs of sticklebacks? Fisheries 28(5):19 – 26.
Klenk, N. and P.M. Wood. (2002). Using teleological arguments to justify conservation: a non sequitur. Proceedings: Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities (Congress of the Learned Societies), June 2002, Toronto.
Wood, P.M. (2000). Biodiversity and Democracy: Rethinking Society and Nature. 288 pp. Vancouver: UBC Press
Davradou, M. and P.M. Wood. (2000). The promotion of individual autonomy and environmental ethics. Environmental Ethics 22(1):73-84.
Wood, P.M. (2000). The greatest good for the greatest number: Is this a good land-use ethic? Philadelphia: Temple University Press. Pp. 145-151 in P. List (ed.), Environmental Ethics and Forestry.