Seminars and events

People walking across campus
The Tree Walk is a popular campus community event, offered in past years as part of Ideafest.

Forest Biology Seminar Series - FORB 560

Seminars are held on Wednesdays, 2:30-3:30 p.m. in Cunningham 146 unless otherwise posted.


Date Topic Presenter
January 18 (Friday)

“A symbiosis like no other: microbial self-assembly and a plethora of questions in lichen-like systems”  

Dr. Toby Spribille, U of Alberta

co-hosted with Biology Seminar series

January 23

“A novel bioactive compound found in the leaves and bark of red alder (Alnus rubra)"

Carmen Lea (20 min MSc student talk)
January 30 "Forest Supply Chain Management in South Africa: from Stump to Mill" Lise van der Merwe (20 min MSc student talk)
February 6


Sarah Lane (20 min MSc student talk)
February 13 The invasive elm pathogen Ophiostoma novo-ulmi
(“Nightmare on Elm Street – Return of the Fungi”)
Dr. Paul de la Bastide, Centre for Forest Biology, UVic
February 20 Reading week- no seminar
February 27 "Phylogeographic patterns and migration history of Garry oak (Quercus garryana)" Rande Kanne (40 min MSc student talk)

March 7

Tremendous Trees: Glover Greenhouse Tour during UVic's Ideafest

Dr. Peter Constabel and FORB folks

March 8 (Friday) 

Simon Landhäusser, Renewable Resources, University of Alberta

co-hosted with Biology Seminar series
March 13 Joey Tanney, NRCan, Pacific Forestry Centre, Victoria
March 20 Barb Thomas, Renewable Resources, University of Alberta
March 27 Malcolm Cowan  (40 min MSc student talk)
April 3  Carolyn Smyth, NRCan, Pacific Forestry Centre, Victoria

The Forest Biology Seminar Series features recent work of Centre faculty, postdoctoral fellows, students and visitors, and is held as part of FORB 560 (a required course for all graduate students conducting research through the Centre).

In addition to the Forest Biology Seminar Series, those of interest to Centre research staff may be sponsored by other UVic departments and Centres including:


Tremendous Trees : Glover Greenhouse Tour
March 7, 12:00-1:00pm

Plant yourself in the midst of UVic's most fascinating tree research with a tour of the Glover Greenhouse. The greenhouse is the primary research facility for UVic's Centre for Forest Biology. Learn from the experts about interactions between plants and microbes, how plant tissues are cultured, the secrets held by pollen. The tour includes a visit to UVic's collection of carnivorous plants and ancient gymnosperms. 

Check out Ideafest for more info!


Forest Biology Symposium
May 3, 2019

Stay tuned for more info on this all day event