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.
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.
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.
Graduate Degree Programs
Research Supervisors in Faculty
|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|
|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|
|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||Maternal and child nutrition, Micronutrients (namely iron, folic acid, and zinc), Biochemical markers of iron status, Determinants and causes of anemia, Inherited blood disorders (sickle cell, thalassemia, glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency), International nutrition, Population health|
|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|
Graduate Student Profiles
Alumni on Success
Recent Thesis Submissions
Practical mergers : export-oriented value chains and food sovereignty pathways in Haiti and Ecuador (Integrated Studies In Land and Food Systems - PHD)
Evaluating field margins for wild bee conservation at the farm- and landscape-scale in the Agricultural Land Reserve of Delta, British Columbia (Integrated Studies In Land and Food Systems - MSC)
Pair housing of dairy calves in modified individual calf hutches : an on-farm demonstration (Applied Animal Biology - MSC)
Use and perceptions of the Emergency Slaughter Program in British Columbia (Applied Animal Biology - MSC)
Influence of bacteria on menaquinone concentrations in fermented dairy products (Applied Animal Biology - MSC)
"Tails" from the farm : stories of the successes, challenges and barriers of integrating livestock on campus farms and gardens at post-secondary institutions in Canada and the United States (Integrated Studies In Land and Food Systems - MSC)
Investigations into the mechanisms involved in baculovirus nucleocapsid egress (Plant Science - PHD)
Nitrogen dynamics following incorporation of 3-year old grassland set-asides in Delta, British Columbia (Integrated Studies In Land and Food Systems - MSC)
Societal unease with modern agricultural production : the case of animal welfare (Applied Animal Biology - PHD)
Modeling the behavior of labor migration in Thailand : does the wage play an important role in labor migration (Integrated Studies In Land and Food Systems - PHD)
Exploratory behaviour in laboratory zebrafish : potential benefits of exploring the unknown (Applied Animal Biology - MSC)
Exploring the dietary choices of Chinese women living with breast cancer in Metro Vancouver (Human Nutrition - MSC)
Characteristics of estrous behaviour in heifers and lactating cows and its associations with fertility (Applied Animal Biology - PHD)
Associations between vaginal temperature and induced estrus expression and fertility in lactating Holstein cows (Applied Animal Biology - MSC)
Food insecurity in Greater Vancouver : a mixed methods exploratory study with food bank members (Human Nutrition - MSC)
Bargaining through social networks : a conceptual approach and empirical application in Jambi, Indonesia (Integrated Studies In Land and Food Systems - PHD)