Invited Speaker Series

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.

Wednesday February 15th 2023

5:30 – 8:45 PM | SCI 396 UBCO

Title: Animals, plants and fungi of Ecuador (Amazon, Cloud Forest and Galapagos)

Presenters: Dr. Melanie Jones and Dr. Dan Durall

5:30-6:00pm Presentation
6:00-6:30 pm Pizza/Soda/Cookies— discussion/socializing
6:30-8:45 pm Movie projection: “ Moonage Day dream” (David Bowie Film)



Wednesday, February 1st 2023 

Conservation Biogeography in the era of global change

Visitor Speaker: Dr. Lilian Sales, Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Brazil

11:00 AM – 12:00 p.m. | UNC 334 UBCO

UNC 334 is located  in the third floor of the UNC Building at the UBC Okanagan Campus

Free Event

Open to the public – Refreshments will be served.

Dr. Lilian Sales is a Conservation Biogeographer from Brazil, and currently holds a Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship. Combining ecological models with natural history, her research aims to unveil the impacts of past, present and future global changes on macroecological patterns of biodiversity and ecosystem functioning. More info about Dr. Sales research here:


Wednesday, September 18th, 2019

Nature’s role as municipal infrastructure”

Visitor Speaker: Emanuel Machado

Chief Administrative Officer

Town of Gibsons, B.C.

4:30 – 6:00 p.m. | EME 1202 UBCO

EME 1202 is located  in the Engineering, Management and Education  building at the UBC Okanagan Campus

Free Event

Open to the public – Refreshments will be served.

If you would like to arrange and individual meeting with Emanuel Machado


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: ( )
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.