Centre for Forest Research



Pierre Drapeau


Département des sciences biologiques - Université du Québec à Montréal
Pavillon des sciences biologiques
141, Président-Kennedy
Montréal (Québec) H2X 3Y5
514 987-3000, ext. 4321



Researchers: 88

Students and postdoctoral fellows: 437


The strength of the CFR lies in its integration of scientific information in conceiving strategies and providing practical knowledge that will permit a shift in current forestry management practices to ecosystem-based management of provincial forest lands. Forest management in the 21st century must also take into account numerous emerging phenomena (biological invasions, climate change, habitat fragmentation).

In response to these challenges, the scientific mission of CFR is to better understand the functioning and dynamics of forest ecosystems, the interactions between their components, as well as their distinctive biologies, within a perspective that reconciles conservation of biodiversity with increasing basic commercial productivity.

Research Axes

  • Genetics, molecular biology and ecophysiology
  • Ecology of populations, communities and conservation biology
  • Functioning and dynamics of forest ecosystems
  • New silvicultural approaches and stratigies for sustainable forest management


*The mission comes from the group's website.