All living things depend on the sustainability of the earth’s resources, and learning how to protect and better manage those limited resources is crucial to our survival. Critical environmental issues like water pollution, food shortages and rising temperatures could have a catastrophic effect on our ability to meet basic human needs in the near future. Experts in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems are working on solutions to many of these problems.

Our researchers are studying everything from climate change and storm water management to the relationship between food, nutrition, diet and health. The research discoveries being made here have the potential to reach across borders for world-wide applications.

We are also sharing what we’ve learned with the next generation of scientists - our students. They come to us with a strong sense of global responsibility, passionate about creating positive and lasting change. We believe that by providing them with the opportunity to learn outside the traditional classroom - whether it's through an internship in their chosen field, taking part in a community-based experiential learning project or studying overseas - we can enhance their education and help them develop the skills they need to make their mark.

 

 
122
Master's Students
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Doctoral Students
84
Graduate Degrees Awarded

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Research Facilities

The Wine Research Centre has modern and fully equipped molecular biology laboratories and a mass spectrometry laboratory. In addition, the Microarray Facility in the Centre serves as a core DNA Array Facility for scientists on the UBC campus. Researchers in the Wine Research Centre also have full access to the outstanding research facilities in the Michael Smith Laboratories (MSL) which is conveniently located adjacent to the Centre.

UBC Farm is a living laboratory that contains agricultural, forest, and transitional landscape areas for interdisciplinary field research. The Centre for Sustainable Food Systems (CSFS), located at UBC Farm, is a unique research centre that aims to understand and fundamentally transform local and global food systems towards a more sustainable, food secure future.

The Dairy Education and Research Centre is an internationally recognized dairy cattle research centre supporting the development and adaptation of new technologies for the dairy industry in BC and beyond. The Centre has a large research herd that can provide sufficient numbers of experimental animals at a given physiological stage to meet most research requirements. These features support a vibrant critical mass of students, postdoctoral fellows, staff, visiting scientists, and faculty. A 10,800 square-foot student residence building opened in September 2015, which allows students and researchers to live on-site at the Agassiz research station, and more closely monitor their research projects in dairy cattle welfare, animal reproduction, and resource recovery. 

Research Highlights

In the Faculty of Land and Food Systems, our researchers are focused on finding viable solutions to pressing global crises and are known worldwide for their innovation and leadership in areas such as dairy, aquaculture and wine research.

Our researchers have attracted millions of dollars in research funding from sources including Genome Canada, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Michael Smith Scholar, the Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).

Our experts are conducting groundbreaking research in many areas including:

  • animal biology, health, and welfare;
  • food technology, genomics, and safety;
  • plant and soil health;
  • watershed management;
  • food security and sovereignty;
  • community health and nutrition;
  • agricultural land use and impact.

Research Supervisors in Faculty

Name Research Interests
Allen, Kevin why foodborne pathogens continue to be a significant issue in our food chain; antimicrobial resistance of zoonotic foodborne pathogens; factors which may contribute to pathogen contamination of produce (e.g. Norovirus, E. coli O157:H7 and other STEC, Salmonella, etc.).
Barichello, Richard Capitlization of Government program benefits , quota systems and markets, agricultural policy, trade,industrial and agricultural pocliy reform in South East Asian Countries, economics of raw material export
Black, Jennifer nutrition, public health, food environments, social determinants of health
Black, Thomas Andrew Biometeorology, Soil physics, Microclimate modification
Carrillo, Juli
Castellarin, Simone viticulture and grapevine physiology; physiological and molecular aspects that underlay fruit ripening and the biosynthesis of secondary metabolites, and how they are modulated by the environment and viticultural practices; molecular viticulture
Cerri, Ronaldo discover and develop solutions to fertility issues that affect dairy and beef cattle; effects of inflammation and health disorders on the cross-communication between the uterus and the embryo
Farrell, Anthony Angiogenesis
Fraser, David Welfare of animals on farms, animal ethics, animal behaviour, Animal welfare, innovations in animal housing and management, practical and cultural dimensions of applying ethics to animal issues
Gulati, Sumeet Tax Incentives for Hybrid or Electric Vehicles, Carbon Tax, Cap and Trade, India, Effectiveness of environmental policy, political economy of environmental and trade policy, international trade and its effect on the environment
Isman, Murray pesticides (conventional and natural), toxicology and food safety, insects, pest management, Entomology/Toxicology
Jovel, Eduardo Ethnobotany, mycology, natural product chemistry and Aboriginal health
Karakochuk, Crystal Dawn
Kitts, David Food chemistry and toxicology, cellular and molecular mechanism, oncology
Krzic, Maja Soil science, Soil science education, Inegration of multimedia and soil science
Lamers, Yvonne kinetic and bioefficacy trials and in quantitative analysis of biological samples
Lu, Xiaonan Food safety, Food microbiology, Analytical chemistry, Molecular microbiology, Nanotechnology, Advanced material, Microfluidic "lab-on-a-chip", Sensor
McAusland, Carol Interactions between globalization and public good provision, impacts of trade liberalization on environmental politics, potential use of trade policy to stem damages from exotic species introductions and biological invasions Environmental impacts of international trade, implications of skilled labor migration for the global provision of public goods
Measday, Vivien Chromosome segregation in the budding yeast using molecular biology and genomic tools
Noack, Frederik Interaction of economic development and the environment
Pratap Singh, Anubhav food processing, novel non-thermal processing, functional foods, pulsed light, high pressure, cold plasma, pasteurization, sterilization, heat transfer, mass transfer, food engineering
Riseman, Andrew plant breeding; plant genetics; horticulture; roots; stress physiology, Plant breeding, intercrop interactions, nutrient use efficiency, root physiology, biotic/abtioic stressor
Samuels, Susan Elizabeth Human and animal nutrition
Scaman, Christine Glycosidases, Enzyme mechanism, Food carbohydrate chemistry
Smukler, Sean agriculture, environment, sustainable development, ecosystem services

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Graduate Student Profiles

Jay Martiniuk

Master of Science in Food Science (MSc)
Metagenomic Survey of Wine Yeast Populations in Okanagan Vineyards and Wineries

Ivan Hartling

Master of Science in Applied Animal Biology (MSc)
Influence of bacteria on menaquinone concentrations in fermented dairy products

Laura Whalin

Master of Science in Applied Animal Biology (MSc)
Pre-weaned Dairy Calf Housing

Sean Patrick Kearney

Doctor of Philosophy in Soil Science (PhD)
Mapping, Modeling and Enhancing Ecosystem Services from Smallholder Agriculture in El Salvador

Amber Heckelman

Doctor of Philosophy in Integrated Studies in Land and Food Systems (PhD)
Agrarian Responses to Climate Change: A 'Food sovereignty' Analysis of Small-Holder Farm Systems in the Philippines

Alumni on Success

Elisabeth Ormandy

Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Animal Biology (PhD) [2012]
Job Title
Co-founder and Executive Director
Employer
Animals in Science Policy Institute

Andrea Goldson Barnaby

Doctor of Philosophy in Food Science (PhD) [2012]
Job Title
Assistant Lecturer and Programme Coordinator
Employer
University of the West Indies

Naomi Robert

Master of Land and Water Systems (MLWS) [2015]
Job Title
Research Associate
Employer
Institute for Sustainable Food Systems at Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Elaine Anderson

Doctor of Philosophy in Integrated Studies in Land and Food Systems (PhD) [2009]
Job Title
Regional Environmental Protection Coordinator
Employer
Correctional Service of Canada

Isaac Jonas

Master of Food and Resource Economics (MFRE)
Job Title
Founding CEO
Employer
Impact Africa

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