Project Leads

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Dr. Suzanne Simard

Project Leader

Dr. Suzanne Simard is a Professor of Forest Ecology at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and the leader of The Mother Tree Project. Her research focuses on the complexity and interconnectedness of nature and is guided by her deep connection to the land and her time spent amongst the trees.

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Jean Roach

Jean Roach

Project Manager

Jean Roach is a Professional Forester and the manager of the Mother Tree Project.  She has over thirty years experience as a forestry research consultant and was hired by the University of British Columbia (UBC) in 2016 to establish the Mother Tree Project sites.

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Dr. Teresa Ryan

Teresa Ryan

Associate

Dr. Teresa Ryan Smhayetsk was born into the Gitlan tribe of the Tsimshian Nation. Her research is motivated by her Aboriginal Tsimshian heritage and the guidance provided by her Grandfather to become a fisheries scientist. She completed her PhD in Resource Management and Environmental Studies at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver. Her research has focused primarily on increasing the profile and appropriate use of Ancestral Knowledge systems in sustainable management of natural resources.

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Dr. Les Lavkulich

Les Lavkulich

Associate

Dr. Leslie (Les) Lavkulich was born and raised on a farm in southern Alberta. He attended the University of Alberta where he received a BSc in 1961 and an MSc in 1963. In 1967 he was awarded a PhD from Cornell University. es joined the Department of Soil Science at the University of British Columbia as an Assistant Professor in 1966, promoted to Associate Professor in 1971 and to Professor in 1975.

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