Doctor of Philosophy in Resources, Environment and Sustainability (PhD)
Coastal resource access and social-ecological systems as they relate to community health
A diverse range of highly ranked programs
With access to master’s and doctoral degrees through nine departments and 350 research groups, our graduate students work with world-class faculty to explore the basic sciences, and to pursue interdisciplinary and applied research across departments and units. UBC’s research excellence in environmental science, math, physics, plant and animal science, computer science, geology and biology is consistently rated best in Canada by international and national ranking agencies.
Committed to outstanding graduate training
UBC Science houses a wide range of prestigious NSERC Collaborative Research and Training Experience and related industry programs: from atmospheric aerosols to high-throughput biology, from biodiversity research and ecosystems services to plant cell wall biosynthesis, from quantum science and new materials to applied geochemistry. The options for enriched graduate training in industry related fields are almost endless.
World-class research infrastructure
Our affiliated institutes and centres include UBC's Michael Smith Laboratories, Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute, Biodiversity Research Centre, Life Sciences Institute, Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences, Mineral Deposit Research Unit, and TRIUMF, Canada’s national laboratory for particle and nuclear physics.
Top research talent
UBC Science boasts more than 50 Canada Research Chairs, 12 fellows of the Royal Society of London, and has been home to two Nobel Laureates. Our graduate students have won 15 prestigious Vanier Scholarships.
A diverse, supportive community of scholars
UBC Science is committed to excellence, collaboration and inclusion. Women account for 40 per cent of the Faculty's graduate enrollments, and the percentage of international students has increased to 48 per cent over the past decade.
Biodiversity, Evolution and Ecology
Computational Sciences and Mathematics
Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences
Genomics and Biological Sciences
Chemistry and Materials Science
Designed to inspire collaboration and creativity across disciplines, the new Earth Sciences Building (ESB) lies at the heart of the science precinct on UBC’s Vancouver Campus. The $75 million facility is home to Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, Statistics, the Pacific Institute of the Mathematical Sciences, and the dean’s office of the Faculty of Science. ESB’s updated teaching facilities will help Canada meet the challenges of a transforming and growing resource sector. Just as importantly, the researchers and students working and learning in the new facility will offer a valuable flow of well-trained talent, new ideas, and fresh professional perspectives to industry.
UBC Science faculty members conduct top-tier research in the life, physical, earth and computational sciences. Their discoveries help build our understanding of natural laws—driving insights into sustainability, biodiversity, human health, nanoscience and new materials, probability, artificial intelligence, exoplanets and a wide range of other areas.
UBC Science boasts 50 Canada Research Chairs and 10 fellows of the Royal Society of London, and has been home to two Nobel Laureates.
|Name||Academic Unit(s)||Research Interests|
|Leitch, Duncan||Department of Zoology||understanding sensory system adaptations in diverse organisms; contributions of nervous system properties to natural behaviours|
|Leyton-Brown, Kevin||Department of Computer Science||Artificial Intelligence; Algorithms; Theoretical Computer Science; Resource Allocation; Computer Science and Statistics; Machine Learning; game theory; Auction theory|
|Li, Yue-Xian||Department of Mathematics||Calcium signalling in neuroendocrine cells Fertilization calcium waves in oocytes|
|Li, Hongbin||Department of Chemistry||Biophysical chemistry, biomaterials, single molecule studies, biological, atomic force, polymer chemistry|
|Li, Xin||Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Botany||Molecules in plants, plants defence against pathogen infection, plant genes|
|Lister, Alison||Department of Physics & Astronomy||Particle physics, experimental; Large Hadron Collier (LHC); ATLAS experiment; Search for physics beyond the standard model; top quarks; dark matter; Machine Learning; Long-lived particles|
|Little, James||Department of Computer Science||Artificial intelligence, computational vision, geographic information systems, robotics|
|Loewen, Philip||Department of Mathematics||Mathematical optimization; Calculus of Variations; Optimal Control; optimization; Machine Learning|
|Macdonald, Colin||Department of Mathematics||List of publications; The Closest Point Method: a new method for PDEs on surfaces; Time-stepping for PDEs: constructing Runge-Kutta methods, strong-stability-preserving methods (visit the SSP Site); WENO spatial discretizations; The Predicted Sequential Regularization Method; List of talks and presentations.|
|MacFarlane, Andrew||Department of Chemistry||Chemical physics, Electronic and magnetic properties of crystalline solids, especially strongly correlated materials such as the cuprate high temperature superconductors|
|MacLachlan, Mark||Department of Chemistry||Supramolecular inorganic chemistry; Inorganic materials; Supramolecular organic chemistry; Synthesis of materials; Functional materials in materials chemistry sciences; Supramolecular Chemistry; Nanomaterials; Biomaterials; Cellulose nanocrystals; Chitin; Materials Chemistry; Inorganic Chemistry|
|MacLean, Karon||Department of Computer Science||Information Systems; human-computer interaction; haptic interfaces; human-robot interaction; design of user interfaces|
|Maddison, Wayne||Department of Zoology, Department of Botany||Arachnology, Biodiversity, Spiders, Phylogenetic Theory and Programming|
|Madison, Kirk||Department of Physics & Astronomy||Condensed matter, atomic, molecular and optical physics|
|Maldonado, Maite||Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences||Phytoplankton Trace Metal Physiology|
|Mank, Judith||Department of Zoology||evolution; How selection acts on males and females within a species; How the genome responds to contradictory selection to encode sexually dimorphic traits; Sex chromosomes; Gene regulation; Sexual conflict|
|Marcus, Brian Harry||Department of Mathematics||Coding and information theory, symbolic dynamics, ergodic theory and dynamical systems|
|Marshall, Katie||Department of Zoology||Animal physiology, environmental stress; Environmental Change; Marine biodiversity; Population Ecology; invertebrates and temperature adaptation|
|Martin, Gregory||Department of Mathematics||Number theory, Diophantine Approximation and Classical Analysis|
|Martone, Patrick||Department of Botany||Protist; Plants; Physiology; Taxonomy and Systematics; Ecology and Quality of the Environment; Evolution and Phylogenesis; Biomaterials; Solid Mechanics; Fluid Mechanics; Phycology; Macroalgae; evolution; biomechanics; Intertidal Zone; Ecology|
|Marziali, Andre||Department of Physics & Astronomy||Teaching methods, pedagogy, Robotics in education, Nanotechnology, Engineering Physics, Genomics, Biophysics, Genomics Technologies|
|Matsuuchi, Linda||Department of Zoology||Cell signaling of specific membrane receptors, combining aspects of Cell Biology, Immunology , Biochemistry and Molecular Biology|
|Matthews, Philip||Department of Zoology||respiratory adaptations of animals, primarily insects|
|Matthews, Benjamin||Department of Zoology||Comparative Physiology; Genome of mosquitoes; Aedes aeygpti mosquitoes; Arboviral pathogens; Dengue fever; Yellow fever; Chikungunya; Zika|
|Matthews, Jaymie Mark||Department of Physics & Astronomy||Stellar seismology, stellar structure and evolution, exoplanets, magnetic peculiar stars, photometry and spectroscopy, space astronomy|
This is an incomplete sample of recent publications in chronological order by UBC faculty members with a primary appointment in the Faculty of Science.
|2019||Dr. Scribner demonstrated the effect of contamination on the mineralogy of the Rau pegmatite group. Her research provides strong evidence that contamination has a more prominent influence on the chemical signature of pegmatites than previously recognized. She also developed a validated assessment to measure learning gains in mineralogy courses.||Doctor of Philosophy in Geological Sciences (PhD)|
|2019||Dr. Lewis developed gels using nanoparticles made from wood. The gels are water-filled, soft materials that can change their properties in a controllable way. These new materials have potential applications in environmental remediation, tissue engineering, and energy storage.||Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry (PhD)|
|2019||Dr. Sun used a model of the cystic fibrosis lung to study how bacteria use motility to adapt to these kinds of environments. She studied a new form of bacterial motility known as surfing and found that it contributes to virulence and antibiotic resistance regulated by complex genetic networks.||Doctor of Philosophy in Microbiology and Immunology (PhD)|
|2019||Dr. Patton analyzed the concentration of rare earth elements in marine sediment and constructed a numerical model of those elements in pore water.This research explores how these elements are cycled between sediment and pore water and questions the validity of previous interpretations of these elements as a water mass tracer preserved through time.||Doctor of Philosophy in Oceanography (PhD)|
|2019||In our global battle against drug-resistant superbugs, there is a limited arsenal of antibiotics. Dr. Behroozian discovered broad-spectrum antimicrobial activities in a natural clay from Kisameet Bay, British Columbia, and clarified the active principal components and modes of action. Her contributions may lead to development of novel treatments.||Doctor of Philosophy in Microbiology and Immunology (PhD)|
|2019||Dr. Leigh considered two enumerative problems in geometry that are motivated by mathematical physics. In the first he developed a new theory for counting a special type of object. In the second he provided an explicit computation involving a string-theoretic space called the "banana threefold".||Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematics (PhD)|
|2019||Dr. Rahjoo investigated the mechanics of rock fracturing, strength and deformation, and developed models for the behaviour of fracturing rocks. With tunnels and mines heading towards greater depths, this knowledge is critical for safe and stable excavations. His findings contribute to the advancement of rock mechanics and rock engineering.||Doctor of Philosophy in Geological Engineering (PhD)|
|2019||Dr. Neuenfeld applied quantum information theory to study gravitational physics. He investigated how information is transferred in processes involving gravity, and explored how quantum information restricts the spacetimes that can be realized in nature. His results contribute to a better understanding of a quantum theory of gravity.||Doctor of Philosophy in Physics (PhD)|
|2019||Dr. Campbell examined how publication policy impacts the reliability of scientific research from a statistical perspective. He proposed novel policy prescriptions and modelled how adopting these could transform the incentives driving research. This work aims to address the reproducibility crisis and issues of publication bias.||Doctor of Philosophy in Statistics (PhD)|
|2019||Dr. Didier found evidence of a previously unreported membrane steroid receptor in a Basel vertebrate. This work has wide ranging implications for our understanding of steroid/receptor evolution in vertebrates.||Doctor of Philosophy in Zoology (PhD)|