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Lesley Rigg, PhD, is the dean of UCalgary's Faculty of Science. Lesley is a forest ecologist. Her research interests include biogeography with an emphasis on forest ecosystems and vegetation dynamics. She has written and contributed to dozens of peer-reviewed journals, facilitated international workshops, and participated in a variety of funded research projects in North America and internationally. Before coming to the University of Calgary, she was vice-president for research and innovation partnerships at Northern Illinois University (NIU). Currently, Lesley sits on the international Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences as a director. She is the first Dean from a Canadian post-secondary institution to serve in that capacity.