Dr. Shona Ellis, Professor of Teaching, Department of Botany, and Associate Head of Biology, University of British Columbia

An expert on the native plant life of British Columbia, Dr. Ellis has restructured UBC’s Biology program, the largest undergraduate science program offered at UBC, by shifting instructional strategies to improve teaching and student advising, as well as integrating sustainability into the curriculum so students become informed global citizens. She has demonstrated outstanding achievement in advancing pedagogical innovation and leadership, reflective teaching practices and service to the general community. She has twice won both the Killam Teaching Award and the student directed Just Desserts Award. Her current projects include a study of spatial and temporal variation in the forest plant communities of Pacific Spirit Park.