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In Memoriam: Dr. Jane M. Bowles

Jane Bowles

With great sadness we announce the passing of our colleague and friend, Dr. Jane Bowles.

Dr. Jane Bowles came to Canada in 1976 to complete her PhD in the (then) Department of Plant Sciences, The University of Western Ontario. Her thesis “Effects of disturbance on sand dunes of Pinery Provincial Park”, was conducted under the guidance of the late Dr. Anwar Maun.

Jane continued to be an integral member of the Departments of Plant Sciences and Zoology (now Biology) and Geography as an adjunct professor. She taught a range of courses in both departments, including the legendary Desert Ecology field course module, with Dr. Paul Hanford. Since 2004 Jane was the Curator of the Biology Herbarium and Director of the Sherwood Fox Arboretum.

Jane, a passionate and dedicated ecologist, worked tirelessly to preserve unique natural habitats. She worked on countless conservation projects across Southwestern Ontario and was a founding and devoted member of the Thames Talbot Land Trust.

Jane will be missed by all.

Plans are underway to have a newly planted native tree in the B&GS courtyard dedicated to Jane’s memory.

[Tribute from Thames Talbot Land Trust]
[Tribute from Maitland Valley Conservation Authority]

Posted September 11, 2013