The Doug Little Memorial Lecture

Dr. Suzanne Simard

Dr. Suzanne Simard
Professor of Forest Ecology
University of British Columbia

Date: Thursday April 7, 2022
Time: 7:30 pm
Place: Canfor Theatre (Room 6-213)


Dr. Suzanne Simard is a Professor of Forest Ecology at the University of British Columbia and Leader of The Mother Tree Project. She conducts research on ecological relationships between trees, soils, climate and disturbances that are the foundation of forest structure and function. She is known for her work on belowground fungal networks that connect trees and facilitate inter-tree communication, and she is investigating how this underpins the complexity, adaptability and resilience of forests to climate change. She has published over 200 scientific and popular science articles. Her book, “Finding the Mother Tree”, was published in 2021 by Knopf at Penguin Random House

The Doug Little Memorial Lecture will be webcast via livestream.
The link for this webcast will be as follows:

History of the Doug Little Lecture Series

The Doug Little Memorial Lecture Series was initiated by the Faculty of Natural Resources and Environmental Studies at the University of Northern British Columbia in the Fall of 1996.  The annual event commemorates the late J.D. Little, former Senior Vice-President Forest Operations, Northwood Pulp and Timber Limited.  Doug was a founding supporter of UNBC and a recipient in 1986 of the Distinguished Forester Award from the Association of British Columbia Professional Foresters.  Doug Little's philosophy was that with appropriate forest management, the resources of the forest can be sustained for future generations. 

The lecture series is supported by an endowment form Northwood Pulp and Timber Limited now Canfor.

Archive of past Doug Little Lectures

2019: Dr. Francis E. (Jack) Putz, Distinguished Professor of Biology and Forestry, Failure of Research to Improve the Fates of Tropical Forests

2018:  Dr. Michael Wulder, Senior Research Scientist, Canadian Forest Service of Natural Resources Canada
Sometimes the Crazy Plan Comes Together

2017:  Dr. Andy MacKinnon, Forest Ecologist, Retired RPBio and RPF
Competition and Collaboration

2016:  Dr. Susan Wood-Bohm, Alberta Innovates - BIO Solutions
"BioCleantech: New Opportunities for Canada's Forest Sector"

2015:  No lecture

2014:  Dr. Richard H. Waring, Oregon State University
"Managing Forests That Won't Stand Still"

2013:  No lecture

2012:  Dr. Fred L. Bunnell, University of British Columbia
"Her Majesty, Social License and Astonishing Opportunity - Observations of a Bystander"

2011:  Dr. (M.A.) Peggy Smith, R.P.F., Lakehead University
"Giving Voice to First Nations' Views of Land Stewardship: Moving Beyond the Boreal Conservation vs. Development Debate"

2010:  Dr. Briony Penn, University of Victoria
"The Big Burn"

2009:  Dr. Robert Kozak, University of BC
"The Conservationist’s Axe and Other Thoughts About Forests and Communities  in Transition”

2008:  Dr. Winifred Kessler, US Forest Service, Alaska Region
"Revisiting Forestry's Crystal Ball"

2007: Dr. Christian Messier, Université du Québec à Montréal
"The Decline of the Forestry Profession: Causes and Solutions?"

2006: Dr. Ben Cashore, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies
"Sustainable Forest Policy Development in the Global Era: What Role Ought British Columbia to Play?"

2005: Dr. David Lindenmayer, Centre for Resource and Environmental Studies at the Australian National University
“Salvage Harvesting and Environmental Responses – Australian Perspectives”

2004: Dr. Raymond Guries, Forest Ecology and Management, University of Wisconsin
“Forestry Education:  Meeting Expectations in a Changing World”

2003: Dr. Yvan Hardy, Chief Scientist for Natural Resources Canada
“Natural Resources Management:  Positioning Science a Step ahead of the Issues”

2002: Larry Pedersen, Chief Forester, Ministry of Forestry, BC
“Bob Dylan was right – The times they are a changin!”

2001: Dr. John Zasada, US Forest Service, Grand Rapids, Minnesota
“Goods from the woods, Alaska and Minnesota Style”

2000: Dr. Gordon Weetman, University of British Columbia
“Distinctly Canadian silviculture and forest management”

1999: Dr. Linda Coady, MacMillan Bloedel Ltd.
“What I saw of the revolution that you won’t find on anybody’s website”

1998:Dr. Jack Ward Thomas, University of Montana
“The worst of times, the best of times:  Forestry at the millennium”

1997: Dr. Gordon Baskerville, University of British Columbia
“Canadian Forestry in the rear view mirror”

1996: Dr. Rod Carrow, University of Toronto
“Canada’s quest for forest sustainability:  Options, obstacles and opportunities”