Interview: Dr. Sally Aitken, UBC

Dr. Sally Aitken has received an IUFRO Scientific Achievement Award in recognition of her distinguished scientific achievements in the field of forest conservation genetics. Dr Aitken leads a broadly-based research program that ranges from investigating basic scientific questions around how forest-tree populations adapt to local climatic conditions and how rapidly they can adapt to new climates, to applied research about how the diversity of native tree species is best managed to ensure planted forests are both productive and resilient to environmental perturbations. As leader of the multi-disciplinary AdapTree project, Dr Aitken is bridging genetics, climate modelling and socio-economic studies to understand and predict the adaptive responses of trees to climate change.

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