Remembering Professor Carl Douglas

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.  He was a plant molecular biologist, studying tree biology and the genes responsible for lignin in plant cell walls.  Carl was a kind and caring mentor, nominated by his present and past graduate students for a Killam Mentoring award.  He was Head of the Botany Department from 1999-2006.  He led several large tree genome projects, most recently studying genomic properties of poplar trees for renewable bioenergy. He was on the executive of the Canadian Society of Plant Biologists for many years, as western regional director from 2000-2002, vice president from 2007-2009 and president from 2009-2010. He was currently serving as Policy Director and representing the society as an executive member of the Global Plant Council, a group of senior scientists dedicated to using plant and crop science to meet global challenges.