News & Events

News and Events

April 28, 2017 - Bi-annual Forest Biology Symposium

Fall 2016 - Welcome new member Jessica Wyatt PhD student.

Annual Photo and Pizza Welcome, Wednesday September 15, 2016 at the Greenhouse (12:00 photo; lunch to follow)


Fall 2015 - Welcome new members Rande Kanne CREATE MSc student and Marta Fontbote CREATE PhD student.


Congratulations to the following Graduate Students who successfully defended their theses in 2015:

Russell Chedgy, PhD - "The role of BAHD acyltransferases in poplar (Populus Spp) secondary metabolism and synthesis of salicinoid phenolic glycosides" April 2015.

Kathleen Donaleshen, MSc - "Interaction between the seed-Chalcid wasp, Megastigmus spermtrophus and its host, Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) September 2015.

Erika Dort, MSc - "Reprogramming the expression of the double-stranded RNA mitovirus OnuMV1c from the mitochondria to the cytoplasm in the fungal pathogen Ophiostoma novo-ulmi" August 2015.

Hao Tang, MSc - "Characterization of a putative flavonoid 3',5'-hydroxylase (PtF3'5'H1) in Populus" April 2015.


R Bootcamp (Bamfield Marine Station) -Sept 8-12, 2015

Four-day hands- on workshop to learn the basics of using the statistical language R, an open-source software. A basic background in biostatistics will be assumed. Questions, or expressions of interest in participating in this workshop, should be directed to Dr. Barbara Hawkins (


Workshop on Next Generation Sequencing Technology - Make and Analyze Your Own RNA-Seq Libraries! April 28-30, 2015 (details)

This workshop will be held in conjunction with the CSPB Western Regional Meeting/UVic Forest Biology Symposium on May 1st at UVic. Its purpose is to bring together graduate students and postdocs, and to expose them to Next Generation DNA Sequencing (NGS) technologies and how these are applied to plant biology research.
For practical information regarding accommodation and to register, contact Diane Gray ( at the Centre for Forest Biology. For questions about workshop content, contact Jim Mattsson ( Registration deadline is April 1st, but spaces may become limited.

Workshop in Forest Genetics and Breeding: April 13-17, 2015.

As part of the CREATE Program in Forests and Climate Change, a graduate workshop in Forest Genetics and Breeding will be offered by the Centre for Forest Biology in collaboration with scientists from the Tree Improvement Branch, BC Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations. The workshop will be held at the Cowichan Lake Research Station at Mesachie Lake.  Topics will include: population and quantitative genetics, genecology and seed transfer, tree improvement and seed orchard practises, molecular genetics, and gene conservation. The effects of climate change on these topics and forest gene resource management in BC will be discussed. The format will be morning lectures and afternoon labs.  Transport to the Station, accommodation and meals are available for a nominal fee.
Questions, or expressions of interest in participating in this workshop, should be directed to Dr. Barbara Hawkins (




NSERC CREATE Program in Forests and Climate Change Announced on June 4th

June 4, 2010-March 2016
The federal government announced today that the Centre for Forest Biology will receive over $1.6 million from NSERC over six years for the new  NSERC CREATE Program in Forests and Climate Change. This will provide funding to graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and undergraduates for research in projects on the interaction of forests with climate change. It will also fund more formal training opportunities including new graduate workshops and internships. Research projects are based at UVic and will involve collaborations among labs within the Centre for Forest Biology or with collaborating scientist at the Ministry of Forests and Range, the Pacific Forestry Centre, or other universities.

The major themes for the research program are:  i) nutrition, physiology and genetics of trees for enhanced carbon sequestration and stress adaptability, ii) control of carbon allocation to stable ecologically significant compounds within trees, in particular phenolic phytochemicals, and iii) plant-soil-environment interactions, with emphasis on greenhouse gas dynamics in soils. Within participating Forest Biology laboratories, students will have be able to learn a variety of physiological, biochemical, molecular, and bioinformatic techniques. Through collaborating labs, the students will have access to cutting-edge tools in genomics, proteomics and metabolomics.

The program has provided outstanding training and research opportunities for qualified graduate students and trainees. For further information contact the Centre ( See also


Forest Biology Tree Walk

Please enjoy our campus tree walk!

Tree list, map, and notes.