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Sean Graham

Head of Botany / Professor

Botany

Faculty of Science

Professor Sean Graham specializes in plant biodiversity with a focus on both evolutionary and molecular approaches.  He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Toronto in 1997, and was a Research Associate at the University of Washington before joining the University of Alberta as an Assistant Professor in 1999.  In 2003, Dr. Graham was recruited to UBC as an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Land & Food Systems and was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2006.  In 2011, Dr. Graham moved to the Department of Botany in the Faculty of Science, and was promoted to Professor in 2012.  Prof. Graham has published more than 70 peer-reviewed papers in top journals including Nature and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.  His research is well funded by NSERC programs, including a Discovery grant and a recent Accelerator grant; he has been a co-PI on team CFI, RTI, and CREATE grants.  He has taught a range of classes in our Biology program at the 200- to 500-levels and SCIE 300 (Science Communications).  He has successfully mentored a dozen graduate students and he currently supervises six PhD and Masters students.  Prof. Graham has served as the Research Director for the Centre for Plant Research and the Associate Director of the Biodiversity Research Centre.  He is currently an Associate Editor for two journals – the American Journal of Botany and the Journal of Systematics and Evolution