Welcoming Professor Sally Aitken as Keynote Speaker

Dec 11, 2023

In the ever-evolving landscape of climate change, the decisions surrounding species and seed sources for reforestation have become increasingly complex. To shed light on this pressing issue, Professor Sally Aitken, is set to deliver a keynote address on “Forest Biodiversity and its Ecosystem Services” at the IUFRO World Congress 2024.

With unprecedented rates of climate change and a cloud of uncertainty hanging over future environmental conditions, Professor Aitken’s presentation will delve into the intricate web of challenges faced in making species and seed-source decisions for reforestation. The talk will explore the crucial role that healthy managed forests play in providing essential ecosystem services such as carbon sequestration, biodiversity habitat, and more.

Professor Aitken will introduce new approaches aimed at informing forest management and conservation decision-making. These approaches will integrate climate models, species distribution insights, and genetic models, providing a comprehensive framework for addressing the complexities of today’s forest ecosystems.

Sally Aitken, a Professor in the Department of Forest and Conservation Sciences at the Faculty of Forestry, University of British Columbia, stands at the forefront of research integrating phenotypic, genomic, and climatic data. Her work focuses on unraveling the processes driving local adaptation to climate in trees.

In recognition of her contributions, Dr. Aitken received the Canadian Forestry Scientific Achievement Award in 2009, the International Union of Forest Research Organization’s Scientific Achievement Award in 2014, and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2017.

Don’t miss this opportunity to gain insights from Professor Sally Aitken’s wealth of expertise in navigating the challenges of forest biodiversity in our uncertain times.

Listen to Sally in the IUFRO podcast “Branching Out”.

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