UBC Forestry professor Dr Richard Hamelin has been named the 2020 American Phytopathological Society (APS) Fellow.
Dr Hamelin’s research aims to develop methods, tools, and approaches to improve our ability to identify, detect, monitor, and track pathogens of trees. He was at the forefront of the development of the field of molecular epidemiology of plant pathogens, applying population genetics concepts to answer questions about introduction, colonization patterns, and spread of native and invasive pathogens.
His approach to research has been to assemble large teams to address the health challenges faced by forests. An inspirational role model for young scientists, he has participated in the training and education of the next generation of plant pathologists by teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in forest pathology, forest ecology, biotic disturbances, and sustainable forest management.
Hamelin’s multidisciplinary approach to answering complex research questions, along with his capacity for bringing together scientists of various expertise have been key to his success.
In recognition of his contributions to forest pathology and his inspiring role as a mentor to the future generation of forest pathologists, Dr Hamelin is most deserving of recognition as a fellow of the American Phytopathological Society.
About the APS Fellow
The American Phytopathological Society grants this honor to a current APS member in recognition of distinguished contributions to plant pathology or to the Society. Fellow recognition is based on significant contributions in one or more of the following areas: original research, teaching, administration, professional and public service, and/or extension and outreach.
About the American Phytopathological Society
APS works with a variety of stakeholders on agricultural, food safety, and food security issues. APS also provides scientific input on public policy issues to federal policymakers and agency personnel and works with other scientific organizations and coalitions to increase the awareness of the science of plant pathology and advocate for increases in agricultural research funding.