Dr. Nancy Turner
Professor of Environmental Studies, University of Victoria
An internationally-distinguished scholar and scientist who has devoted her career to documenting First Nations knowledge and cultural heritage, Nancy Turner is a pioneer of ethnobotany. Her focus, as a University of Victoria environmental studies professor, is on the plant classification system used by Aboriginal people and on their various traditional uses of plants.
In 1997, Dr. Turner received a notable international science award, the Richard Evans Schultes Award. In 2002 she was presented with the Canadian Botanical Association’s most prestigious honour, the Lawson Medal. In 2009, she was made a Member of the Order of Canada.