Dr. Hepworth is set to collaborate with Co-Editor-in-Chief Dr. Liette Vasseur and the esteemed editorial board, stepping into this pivotal role with a wealth of experience and expertise.
Dr. Christian Lacroix, a long-serving and dedicated champion of the journal, has graciously transitioned into a Consulting Editor role after steering the journal for an illustrious 12 years. Botany expressed its gratitude for Dr. Lacroix's invaluable contributions and leadership.
A distinguished figure in the field of plant biology, Dr. Shelley Hepworth holds the prestigious position of a full professor in the Department of Biology and Institute of Biochemistry at Carleton University. Her expertise lies in developmental plant biology, focusing on unraveling the genetic foundations of plant architecture traits crucial for enhancing crop yield. Her internationally connected research program is widely acknowledged for its pivotal work on flowering traits and abscission.
Dr. Hepworth's dedication extends beyond academic pursuits. She has collaborated extensively with local industry partners, notably engaging with Canopy Growth in Smith Falls, Ontario, while fostering international connections with collaborators at the INRAE in France. Her laboratory's commitment to sustainability is evident through initiatives aimed at minimizing the environmental impact of their experimental endeavors.
Readers and contributors are encouraged to extend a warm welcome to Dr. Hepworth as she embarks on this new journey within the Botany editorial team. The journal is committed to advancing the field of plant science and invites all interested parties to explore the Botany website for further insights into the journal and its esteemed editorial board.
Dr. Hepworth's appointment marks an exciting chapter for Botany, symbolizing a continued commitment to excellence and progress within the vibrant landscape of plant science research.Click here to read the original press release.