Associate Professor
Program Director, BSc – Wood Products Processing program
Research Interests:
Forest Sciences Centre 2900
2424 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4
work phone: 6048223551

My current research interests are in the general area of wood quality. In particular I am interested in approaches and techniques used to determine wood quality, and determining the effects of silvicultural treatments on the resulting wood quality. I also have an interest in the application of image analysis techniques to wood anatomy and wood composites. I have an ongoing interest in projects involving wood identification. I am also committed to the development of teaching techniques in wood science and technology and seek to improve both my abilities and the quality of our undergraduate program in these areas.

Professional Affiliations

Fellow, Institute of Wood Science
Forest Products Society FPS
Society of Wood Science and Technology


3M National Teaching Fellow , 2013

Current Courses

Selected Publications

Sidhu, A. and S. Ellis. (2007). Evaluation of performance of phenol-melamine-formaldehyde resins for plywood. Forest Products Journal 57(10):58-63
Wang, B., C. Dai and S. Ellis (2006). Veneer surface roughnes and compressibility pertaining to plywood/LVL manufacture. Part 1. Experimental investigation and implication. Wood and Fiber Science 38(3):535-545
Wang, B., S. Ellis and C. Dai (2006). Veneeer surface roughness and compressibility pertaining toplywood/LVL manufacture. Part 2. Optimal panel densification. Wood and Fiber Science 38(4):727-735
Ellis, S.C., R.A. Kozak, W. Spetic and P.D. Evans (2006). Human Resource Needs and Demand for Post-Secondary Education in the Canadian Secondary Wood Products Industry. Wood and Fiber Science 38(1):5-16.
Wang, B., X. Zhou, C. Dai and S. Ellis. (2006). Air permeability of aspen veneer and glueline. Experimentation and implication. (accepted 2006) Holzforchung 60:304-312
Ellis, S. and P. Steiner (2002). The behaviour of five wood species in compression Journal of the International Association of Wood Anatomists 23(2):201-211
Ellis, S. and R.A. Kozak (1999). A New Model for Undergraduate Wood Processing Education – The B.Sc. in Wood Products Processing at the University of British Columbia. Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on the Development of Wood Science, Wood Technology and Forestry, High Wycombe, England (Forest Products Research Centre / University of Sopron). Proceedings 270-274.
Ellis, S. (1998). Mechanical properties of second-growth hemlock. Basic Wood Properties of Second-Growth Western Hemlock, Forintek Canada Corp. Special Publ. No. SP-38:44-49.
Ellis, S. (1997). The effects of spray-drying parameters on some chemical and physical characteristics of powdered phenolformaldehyde resins. For. Prod. J. 46(9):69-75.
Song, Dongjin and Simon Ellis. (1997). Localized properties in flakeboard: a simulation using stacked flakes. Wood & Fiber Science 29(4):353-363.