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Canadian Society of Plant Biologists

The Canadian Society of Plant Biologists/La Societé canadienne de biologie végétale comprises undergraduate and graduate students as well as professional scientists. Members have interests in: genomics, molecular and cell biology, bioinformatics, biotechnology, plant development, biochemistry, natural products, metabolism, proteomics, metabolomics, physiology, physiological ecology, adaptations to biotic and abiotic stress, development of research techniques and equipment, and education. Members of the CSPB are engaged in basic and applied research, undergraduate and graduate education, management, extension, and the design and manufacture of scientific equipment. Society members are employed in academic institutions, government research institutes, and private industry. There are a significant number of international members, and also corporate members. The CSPB is the largest plant science organization in Canada, with approximately 400 members.

The Canadian Society of Plant Biologists was founded in 1958 as the Canadian Society of Plant Physiologists/La Societé canadienne de physiologie végétale, and grew out of informal meetings and conferences earlier in the 1950s; in 2012 the Society adopted its present name. The Society is a not-for-profit organization and a registered charity, and is a founding member of both Plant Canada and the Global Plant Council. It is also a member of the Partnership Group for Science and Engineering. Botany, published by NRC Press, is the official journal of both the CSPB and the Canadian Botanical Association.


It is with incredible sadness that the Canadian Society of Plant Biologists has learned that Professor Carl Douglas, Professor at the University of British Columbia, died on Monday July 25, 2016 following a mountain climbing accident in the Rogers Pass area of Glacier National Park, British Columbia.

Professor Carl Douglas had been a faculty member in the Department of Botany of the University of British Columbia since 1987. He was a plant molecular biologist with particular interest in tree and pollen biology. He had been member of the Executive Committee of the Canadian Society of Plant Biologists for many years. He served as Western Regional Director from 2000 to 2002, as Vice-President from 2007 to 2009 and he was the President of the Society from 2009 to 2011. After two years as Past President he became the CSPB Science Policy Officer and represented the Society as an executive member of the Global Plant Council. Last June, the Society awarded him the David J. Gifford Award in Tree Biology for his outstanding contributions in that field.

Carl was a most successful scientist, excellent and caring mentor to his graduate students, and dedicated and wonderfully engaged member of the CSPB and the Executive Committee. He will be dearly missed and our thoughts are with the family, his wife Lorraine Sharpsteen and his daughter Jennifer Douglas.

A fund for an award that recognizes outstanding achievements by postdoctoral CSPB members in the field of plant biology has been established in Carl's honour.

The Carl Douglas Endowment Fund

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