BRAES brings several distinguished speakers to Kelowna each year to speak about their research. These talks are open to the campus community and to the public.
For 2017-2018 the distinguished speakers we have confirmed are:
Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017
Dr. Colleen St. Clair, University of Alberta.
Host Lab: Complexity Lab, Dr. Lael Parrott
Information about Dr. St. Clair is available here:
Wednesday, March 28th, 2018
Dr. Nathan (Nate) Swenson, University of Maryland.
Host Lab: Biodiversity and Landscape Ecology Research Facility, Dr. Jason Pither
Tittle: “Functional perspectives on tree community structure and dynamics: from traits to transcriptomes”
Information about Dr. Swenson: (http://www.swensonlab.com/ )
Dr. Swenson is a leader in plant biodiversity research. He has published a remarkable 111 papers, and has an H-index of 46, despite being an early-career researcher (less than 10 years as a prof). Dr. Swenson is at the forefront of research aiming to identify the mechanisms underlying spatial patterns of plant diversity, primarily in tropical forests. He is PI on multiple NSF grants, including a recently awarded grant that aims to complement functional-trait approaches with transcriptomics – examining whether patterns of gene expression among individuals helps to explain co-occurrence patterns.