Guest Speakers

Janice Cooke

Connecting genotype with phenotype: it takes a village 


Janice Cooke is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Alberta. Janice received her BSc from the University of Victoria, and worked as a technician at the Weyerhaeuser Technology Centre before returning to school to complete her PhD at the University of Alberta. She went on to do a postdoc at the University of Florida, and was a research associate at Université Laval before arriving at the University of Alberta in 2005. She has been involved in forest biology research for over 25 years. For the last 15 years, Janice has been using genomics technologies to better understand how trees respond to their environment. 

Heidi Dungey

Transformation of forest tree breeding in New Zealand through genomics, propagation and remote sensing

Dr. Dungey specialises in tree breeding and genetic resource characterisation for commercial forestry species including radiata pine, Douglas-fir, cypresses, eucalypts and redwoods. Her research encompasses quantitative and ecological genetics and breeding, including the application of new technologies in tree breeding programmes. As leader of Scion’s genetics research programme, Heidi works closely with New Zealand seed producers and forest growers to ensure breeding strategies are tailored to meet consumer needs.

Shannon Hagerman

Trees, trust and genomics: Leveraging social science insights in the pursuit of climate resilient forests

Shannon Hagerman is an Assistant Professor of Social-Ecological Systems in the Department of Forest Resources Management at the University of British Columbia. Her research examines the science-policy-management interface in the context of adapting conservation and resource management to the impacts of climate change. She is particularly interested in dilemmas associated with proposals for novel interventions (such as assisted migration). Her research uses qualitative and quantitative social science methods to investigate the diverse ways in which people (publics, experts, stakeholders) perceive the risks and benefits of novel interventions, the preferences for policy alternatives that they hold, and the logics of these preferences. Insights from her novel interventions research over the past decade emphasize the importance of understanding how trust, and values-based commitments influence attitudes about novel, climate adaptive interventions for conservation and resource management. Dr. Hagerman is the co-lead for the GE3LS research (short for “genomics and its ethical, environmental, economic, legal and social aspects”) with the CoAdapTree: Healthy Trees for Future Climates project funded by Genome Canada. She is also the principal investigator on two federally funded (SSHRC) projects investigating novel interventions in conservation, and science-policy interactions in global conservation governance. Dr. Hagerman received her PhD in resource management and environmental studies at the University of British Columbia.

Christian Landry

From Reading to Writing Genomes to Understand and Tame Evolution


Dr. Landry is a full professor in the Department of Biology and the Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology and Bioinformatics at Université Laval. He is a researcher at the Institut de Biologie Intégrative et des Systèmes (IBIS) at Université Laval and holds the Canada Research Chair in Evolutionary Biology of Cellular Systems.  Dr. Landry received his PhD from Harvard University in 2007. He then did a postdoctoral internship in the Department of Biochemistry at the Université de Montréal from 2007 to 2009.   His work focuses on the evolution of biological systems, in particular cellular systems such as gene networks and genome organization. Its goal is to understand how the environment and population dynamics can shape the organization of these cellular systems and better understand how the organization of these systems can also shape their own evolution. His work is at the interface between the natural sciences and medical biology.