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Winners of FoS 'Excellence in Service' awards Friday, March 6, 2020 - 3:06pm

Congratulations to Geoff Wasteneys and Linda Jennings for winning UBC Faculty of Science 'Excellence in Service' awards (pictured here at the awards ceremony, March 4th, 2020).

Statement of the UBC Department of Botany on the Global Climate Strike Monday, September 23, 2019 - 10:53pm

The Department of Botany supports the local and global actions of our members to increase awareness of the global climate crisis and to push for change.

Congratulations to Geoffrey Wasteneys Thursday, August 15, 2019 - 12:39pm

Geoffrey Wasteneyshas been elected President of the Federation of Canadian Plant Science Societies, Pla

Generating DNA sequence data in the developing world Friday, August 31, 2018 - 9:40am

Globally, biodiversity is concentrated around the equator, but the scientific institutions generating DNA sequence data to study that biodiversity tend to be clustered in developed countries

Emerging Leadership- Winnie Cheung, Lab Manager, Department of Botany and Biodiversity Research Centre Tuesday, August 21, 2018 - 1:25pm

Winnie Cheung demonstrates her commitment to the wellbeing and success of her community, and sets an

SCIE 113- Science Lecturer Hiring Monday, August 13, 2018 - 4:09pm
Congratulations to Ludovic Le Renard (Berbee Lab) Friday, July 27, 2018 - 3:22pm

Ludovic Le Renard (Berbee Lab) won one of four 'Best Poster' prizes from the Mycological Society of America at the 11th International Mycological Congress in San Juan, Puerto Rico for his poster ti

2018 Staff Appreciation Day Thursday, May 31, 2018 - 12:47pm

The sticky notes cover the wall with comments to our staff written by faculty and students; commending them on their wonderful work they do.

Women In Science Workshop Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - 10:02pm

Speaker Dominique Bergmann, PhD, Stanford University & Research-Mentor Workshop

Strategies for early career scientists to advance their professional development in academia!

UBC researcher develops app to identify poisonous mushrooms Tuesday, December 5, 2017 - 10:22am

Foraging is a centuries-old practice, but many of the mushrooms in British Columbia are just now being identified through DNA sequencing and the enthusiasm of amateur collectors.

UBC President Santa Ono lectures in BIOL200 Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 1:12pm

On October 13th, students in BIOL200 section 104 had a surprise guest lecture, when our university president, Professor Santa Ono, graciously agreed to come to class and speak about his own researc

Registration for Bonspiel 2018 coming soon! Tuesday, January 24, 2017 - 4:53pm

Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 botany bonspiel competition- 'The Phycoholics' ! 

Ocean Predator Friday, November 25, 2016 - 4:16pm

UBC Researchers led by Patrick Keeling and postdocs Javier del Campo, Ryan Gawryluk, Noriko Okamoto, and Jurgen Strassert discover a k

2016 Emeriti Lunch Friday, October 28, 2016 - 11:28am

2016 Botany Emeriti Lunch was hold at UBC Botanical Garden.

Loren Rieseberg - University Killam Professor Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - 1:08am

An extraordinary teacher who encourages their students to pursue excellence. An internationally recognized leader in their academic field. An exceptional researcher whose accomplishments have had a

Federal, provincial investments set to renew UBC's life sciences teaching labs Tuesday, September 20, 2016 - 8:19am
Remembering Professor Carl Douglas Friday, July 29, 2016 - 12:57pm

Professor Carl Douglas passed away tragically on Monday, July 25, 2016 in a climbing accident. Professor Douglas was a faculty member in the Department of Botany from 1987-2016.

Carl Douglas has won, ‘The David J. Gifford Award’ Monday, June 27, 2016 - 12:30pm

Carl Douglas has won, ‘The David J. Gifford Award’ in Tree Biology from the Canadian Society of Plant Biologists.

Fanscination of Plants Day Friday, June 17, 2016 - 12:52pm

Santokh Singh led this initiative along with Jarnail Chandi, Olivera Gavric and student volunteers for “Fascination of Plants Day”.

UBC Chemistry and Botany Welcome New Heads Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 11:16am

Congratulations to UBC researchers Michael Wolf and Sean Graham, who will lead the departments of Chemistry and Botany, respectively, starting July 1, 2016.

Professor Wayne Maddison and Brother Professor David Maddison Receive President's Award Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 11:13am

Congratulations to Professor and CRC1 Wayne Maddison (Botany/Zoology) and his brother Professor David Maddison (Oregon State University), who will be awarded the President’s Award for Lifetime Achi

John Gourlay wins 2016 Faculty of Science Excellence Service Award Tuesday, April 5, 2016 - 10:04am

Botany's John Gourlay won a 2016 Faculty of Science Excellence in Service Award.

Janet Stein Taylor passed away Wednesday, January 20, 2016 - 11:41pm

Sad news from Professor emeritus of Botany Iain Taylor regarding Janet Stein:

Walter H. Lewis Award in Plant Biodiversity Thursday, January 7, 2016 - 3:09pm

The Botany Department and the UBC Herbarium are pleased to announce the inaugural competition for the Walter H. Lewis Award in Plant Biodiversity.   

Botanists conduct first large-scale genetic study of marijuana, hemp Wednesday, August 26, 2015 - 12:16pm

A study by Canadian researchers is providing a clearer picture of the evolutionary history and genetic organization of cannabis, a step that could have agricultural, medical and legal implication

Philippe Tortell appointed Peter Wall Scholar for 2015-2016 Friday, May 15, 2015 - 9:24am

Philippe Tortell is one of the 12 faculty members appointed a Peter Wall Scholar for 2015-2016. During his year in residence at the Peter Wall Institute, Dr.

Laura Wegener Parfrey; Awarded Young Investigator Grant Friday, April 24, 2015 - 10:33am

Botany and zoology professor receives Young Investigator Grant

Shona Ellis- recipient of the Margaret Fulton Award Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 9:32am

Congratulations to Shona Ellis; recipient of the Margaret Fulton Award!

Botany 3-minute thesis heat Friday, February 27, 2015 - 10:15am

 Botany graduate students explained their dissertation work and its impact in precisely three minutes to an enthusiastic audience.

Ocean Protists’ Impact Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 8:52am

Patrick Keeling, along with CIFAR colleague Alexandra Worden and several U.S.

2015 Botany Curling Pictures Monday, February 2, 2015 - 10:25am

Congratulations to the winners of the 2015 Botany Curling competition. The Ice Breakers- (George Haughn, Ljerka Kunst, Lebby Balakshin and Mike Balakshin)

Mathias Schuetz - Science Achievement Award Friday, January 23, 2015 - 12:20pm

Congratulations to Mathias Schuetz (Samuels Lab)! Mathias has been awarded a Faculty of Science Achievement Award for Service in 2014.

Botany Internal Website Wednesday, December 24, 2014 - 11:27pm

The Botany Internal Website is up and running now. This website is restricted to authenticated users for Botany internal business.

Annual Botany Bonspiel Friday, December 19, 2014 - 10:40am


To sign up see: Isabel Ferens- room 3529, Botany Office; ext. 2-8524.

New Botany Website Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 12:28am

The Department of Botany has launched its new website, which is a major facelift of the old one.

Brook Moyers and Caitlin Donnelly Recipients of the Biology Graduate Student Teaching Award Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 1:49pm

The committee for the Biology Graduate Student Teaching Award are excited to congratulate the 2013/14 recipients:
Brook Moyers and Caitlin Donnelly 

BGSA Halloween Bake Sale Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 1:13pm

Fri October 31 
(10-12:30, Botany office) or (1-3:30, BioDiv 1st Floor) 


Cover of The Plant Cell for Ryan Eng and Geoffrey Wasteneys Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 12:48pm

PhD student Ryan Eng from the Wasteneys lab was profiled by Plant Cell after his manuscript, which was selected both for an “in Brief” article (

Graduate Student Awards 2013-2015 Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 11:48am

2013-2014 Frances Chave Memorial Graduate Scholarship in Botany

Hayley Darby
Michelle Wang