Melvin Tyree is a biophysicist and tree physiologist who researches how huge volumes of water are lifted to the tree canopies in the boreal, temperate and tropical forests.
In 2002, Dr Tyree received the Marcus Wallenberg Prize, considered the forestry industry’s version of the Nobel Prize, in recognition for his pioneering scientific discoveries.
According to the Marcus Wallenberg Foundation, Tyree’s research has been key in understanding how trees are designed to transport water.
In June 2003, Dr Tyree was one of three international scientists included in the 150 year anniversary celebrations of St Francis Xavier University of Nova Scotia where he also received an honorary Doctorate of Law.
Dr Tyree also researches the evolution of wood structure and the distribution of trees in forests worldwide.
Find out more about Dr Tyree: http://www.uofaweb.ualberta.ca/rr/tyree.cfm