If a Tree Could Talk

Lesley Rigg · TEDxNIU 2014

Lesley Rigg (B.A at York University, Canada, M.A. at the University of Colorado, Boulder and Ph.D. University of Melbourne) is currently the Interim Vice President for Research. Since her area of research interest is Biogeography she is also cross appointed in the Department of Biological Sciences. A keen interest in women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) has developed through her position as a Faculty Associate in Women’s Studies for which she has taught a course on women in science.

As a University Administrator she stresses the importance of maintaining an active research program including a primary interest, within Geography, involving the population and regeneration dynamics of native tree species. Current projects include; population dynamics in the boreal forest/deciduous forest ecotone in Lake Superior (Ontario, Canada) and the status of vegetation degradation in the Okavango Delta, in Botswana.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.