The last child of ancient Ireland, a bestselling author, botanist, and medical biochemist, Diana Beresford-Kroeger has dedicated her life to understanding the underlying beauty of trees. Her work consists of trying to give ordinary people a new relationship with nature. In one of her speeches, she mentions how many doctors overuse antibiotics, and by using natural tree based medicines instead, the effectiveness increased by 100 percent. Diana was orphaned at a young age, which left her to be taught by her elders about the Brehon, which is the knowledge of plants and nature. This deeper understanding of nature then lead her to pursue her passion in maintaining the legacy of the forests. In her film, Call of the Forests, she explains what steps people can take to recreate the beauty and sacredness of the forests.
Along with being a successful botanist and tree expert gaining awareness for trees all across the globe, Diana Beresford-Kroeger also designed stroma-free hemoglobin, the hemoglobin which could be used in tissue transplantation. With advanced degrees in Botany, Chemistry and Medicine, she has always had an immense interest in developing a cure for cancer, but has, at the same time, made sure to maintain the connection between mind, body, and soul as she says that "the mind and soul are beginning to go astray." Diana Beresford-Kroeger has written over 6 books including, "Global Forests: 40 Ways Trees can Save us," and her most recent book, "The Sweetness of a Simple Life." In 2011 she was named one of the Utne Reader’s World Visionaries. Later that year she was nominated as a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. In 2016 she was named one of the 25 women explorers of Canada.
Hometown: Merrickville, Ontario, Canada
Education: Advanced degrees in Botany, Chemistry and Medicine
Occupation: Scientist, author
Expeditions: Botanical explorations in Europe and North America
Favorite Place to Be: Gougane Barra, Ireland
Best Discoveries: Plants can change their chemistry to attract pollinators or revel predators; pioneering research in cathodoluminescence, whereby a beam of electrons shot from an electron gun impacts a material, causing it to emit visible light
Favorite Items in the Field: Good tea, lens, scalpel, collecting bags, and folding shovel
Personal Hero: Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Hobbies: Theater and art
Website: Arboretum America: A Philosophy of the Forest; A Garden for Life; Time Will Tell: Stories of the Rideau Valley; The Sweetness of a Simple Life, Arboretum Borealis: A Lifeline of the Planet, The Global Forest
Advice: Apply the virtue of simplicity.