Adriana Maria Almeida-Rodriguez Ph.D., P.Ag. , P.Ag.
Adriana moved to the Bulkley Valley in 2014, motivated by the beautiful landscapes and endless outdoor options all year around in the Valley, the vibrant Smethereen community, and her dream of growing her own food on an acreage with her family. Adriana is a biologist with extensive research experience as a molecular plant physiologist, studying physiological responses, gene expression, and phenotypic plasticity of plants exposed to abiotic stresses (such a drought, light and nutrients deficiency, and contaminants) and in plant-fungi interactions. Adriana holds a Ph.D. degree in Forest Biology and Management from the University of Alberta, and she was a postdoctoral fellow for three years with the Water Relations’ lab at the University of Alberta. She also was a postdoctoral fellow for two years in the Institut de Recherche en Biologie Végétale at the University of Montreal. Adriana is currently working as a Senior Environmental Protection Officer with the Environmental Protection Division at the BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy. Adriana volunteers as a director for the Board of the Bulkley Valley Research Centre since 2018. She also contributes to a blog “Biogenic Colombia”, as part of a group of Colombian scientists that communicate science in non-technical terms to a Spanish-speaking readership since 2003. Adriana became a Professional Agrologist in 2019 and she is currently the Professional Development Coordinator for the Cariboo-Central Interior Branch of the BCIA for the 2019/2020 period.