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Department of Forestry & Wildlife Management

Research Groups

Industrial Forestry & Wood Technology Group
Lead:   Dr. Majid Hussain
Co-Lead:
Dr. Sher Shah
Forest-based products are increasingly considered as viable substitutes for petroleum-based products. Forest-based products are sourced from renewable sources (biomass), have lower global warming impacts compared to conventional petro-based products, and improve energy security and the value of local agroforestry products. As many governments across the world advance towards low-carbon economies, balancing their energy, water and food demands becomes more critical. Forest-based products can diversify nation’s economy and increase economic gains of rural areas by providing additional uses of agricultural and forestry wastes. The goal of this research group is to evaluate environmental impacts and cost of emerging Forest-based material production scenarios from agricultural and forest products and wastes in order to select optimally designed systems that can achieve a net positive and in-balance impact on the environment, economy and society.

Forest Dynamics Group
Lead: Dr. Ahmad Hussain
Co-Lead: Dr. Sajjad Saeed

The focus is on understanding how native forests develop, how they respond to disturbances and climate, and how this knowledge can inform better forest management. We work in a wide range of forest ecosystems–from sub tropical to temperate in Pakistan. Our research combines a deep understanding of the natural history of the forests with rigorous quantitative analyses to address a diverse set of questions.

Forest Ecology & Climate Change (FECC) Group
Lead: Prof. Dr. Syed Moazzam Nizami
Co. Lead: Dr. Sajjad Saeed        

To study the structure, function and dynamics of sub-tropical and temperate forest ecosystems in Pakistan, with the purpose of understanding the elementary processes occurring in forest ecosystems and developing multidisciplinary approaches in the restoration of degraded habitats. FECC on the other hand, commits itself to translating this information into results relevant to sustainable development of local economy and society. Moreover, this group focuses on carbon estimation in all components of the ecosystem (trees, dead wood, soils), and examination of diverse concepts like REDD+, Ecosystem services, risk, resilience, and valuation.

Forest Dendrochronology Group
Lead: Dr. Shershah
Co-Lead: Mr. Saad/Ms.Sadaf

This group focus on application and development of new methodologies in dendrochronology (tree-ring analysis). The data gain from ring width, maximum latewood density, and isotopes are accurate to the year. It is used to measure the impact of environmental stresses on wood anatomy and tree physiological processes, and to reconstruct vegetation history. By dating climate variability over the past millenia, we contribute to validating regional and global climate models.

Vertebrate Ecology & Management Group
Lead: Dr. Sajida
Co-Lead: Ms Ume Habiba

Vertebrate species are important ecologically, socially, and scientifically throughout much of the globe. However, the interdiction and options for management of these species are driven by localized regulation at the country or even state level and thus the management of species must be framed within that context. This group is focused around the ecology and management with particular emphasis on conservation biology of vertebrate species in the country.

Conservation Biology Group
Lead: Dr. Kabir
Co-Lead: Mr. Saad

This group research is centered on Conservation Biology. Most of our interest and expertise is with amphibians, but we also have research that is related to ecosystems and other animal groups such as feleids (Cat), canids (Dog), Ursiade(Bears), birds, and the impact of invasive species.
Being Conservation Biologists  we often carry out multidisciplinary approach and the breadth of our research projects reflect this diversity analysis to understand the role of behavior in habitat use/choice, Life stage specific behavioral patterns and avoidance of predators.

Cheroptera Group/ Bats Research Group
Lead: Dr. Muhammad Salim
Co-Lead: Dr. Sajida Naureen

Order Chiroptera is the second most diverse and abundant order of mammals with great physiological and ecological diversity. They play important ecological roles as prey and predator, arthropod suppression, seed dispersal, pollination, material and nutrient distribution, and recycle. They have great advantage and disadvantage in economic terms. The economic benefits obtained from bats include biological pest control, plant pollination, seed dispersal, guano mining, bush meat and medicine, aesthetic and bat watching tourism, and education and research. This group focuses Bat ecology and biology.

Bio-Ecology  of Ungulate Research Group
Lead : Dr. Ume Habiba
Co-Lead: Dr. Mohammad Salim

Ungulates are recognized for their economic importance and beauty. Ungulates comprise a distinctive order of mammals having hoofs. The general structure of deer is in conformity with the structure of Bovine ruminants. Ungulates are an essential segment of biodiversity, more or less adaptable to habitat quality. The Himalayan Mountains are home of many sheep, goat and deer species recognized around the world. This group focus on their biology & Ma