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 major impact and lead to solutions that change the world.
These are some of the qualities that embody those with the distinction of University Killam Professor – the highest honour UBC can bestow on a faculty member.
As 2015/2016 academic year recipient of University Killam Professor, Dr. Loren Rieseberg is a professor and Canada Research Chair in Plant Evolutionary Genomics, and Associate Director, Research at the UBC Botanical Garden. With a focus on sunflowers, Dr. Rieseberg studies the origins and evolution of new species to understand weed evolution and plant domestication, and to provide genomic tools for crop improvement.
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