Diversified Agroecosystem Cluster

The Diversified Agroecosystems Research Cluster uses ecological and systems analysis perspectives for integrated research on sustainable food systems that can feed the world while cooling the planet, protecting biodiversity, and promoting food sovereignty. Our network brings together leading researchers worldwide to create novel, next-generation, grassroots generated and open-data food systems assessment strategies from citizen science to remote sensing.


Affiliated UBC Faculty & Postdocs

Name Role Research Interests
Black, Jennifer Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Community Health / Public Health; Nutrition; Public health; food environments; social determinants of health; food banks; school food environments
Borden, Kira Postdoctoral Fellow Ecology and Quality of the Environment; Agriculture; Plants and Forests; Crop Production; Biodiversity and Biocomplexity; Climate Changes and Impacts; Plant-soil interactions; climate change adaptation; Climate change mitigation; Nutrient management; Agroecology; Agroforestry; Plant and tree root ecology; Biogeochemistry; Cocoa (Theobroma cacao); Diversified agroecosystems
Carrillo, Juli Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Plant-insect interactions; Agroecology; Invasive species; evolution; Ecology; community ecology; Environmental Change; Plant evolution; Population Ecology
Castellarin, Simone Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) 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
Chan, Kai Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Human Ecology; Ecology and Quality of the Environment; Social and Cultural Factors of Environmental Protection; Applied Ethics; Values and Lifestyles; Sustainable Development; Ecosystem services; sustainability science; Conservation science; cultural ecosystem services; environmental values; conservation finance; environmental assessment; social-ecological systems; resilience; payments for ecosystem services; incentive programs
Foster, Leonard Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Biotechnology; Bioinformatics; Biological and Biochemical Mechanisms; Microbiology; Cell Signaling and Infectious and Immune Diseases; Immune System; Agriculture; Proteomics; Honey bees; host-pathogen interactions; antigen presentation; Systems Biology
Johnson, Mark Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Hydrological Cycle and Reservoirs; Land and Soil; Climate Changes and Impacts; Agriculture; Ecology and Quality of the Environment; Running Water Hydrosystem; Fresh Water; Ground Water and Water Tables; Ecohydrology; Carbon cycle; land use; Water and Sustainability; Biogeochemistry; data science
Johnson, James Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) diabetes, hormones, cell biology, signal transduction, apoptosis or programmed cell death, heart failure, heart disease, calcium signalling, pancreatic cancer, obesity, longevity, imaging, Causes of type 1 and type 2 diabetes at a molecular level discovery of genes and associated gene networks linked to diabetes risk and by known risk factors that predispose individuals to diabetes
Jovel, Eduardo Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Ethnobotany, mycology, natural product chemistry and Aboriginal health
Knox, Sara Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Ecological and Ecophysiological Processes; Ecosystem (Aquatic and Terrestrial); Climate Changes and Impacts; Atmosphere (Including Chemical Aspects); Micrometeorology; Biogeochemistry; Hydrology; Ecology; climate change
Kremen, Claire Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Reconciliation of agricultural land use with biodiversity conservation; agroecological farming systems; sustainable landscapes
Krzic, Maja Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Agriculture; Soil science; Soil science education; Integration of multimedia and soil science
Madden, John Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Functional and Intelligent Materials; artificial muscle; wearables; smart materials; electronic skin; supercapacitors; electrochemical devices; medical devices
Prescott, Cindy Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Ecological and Ecophysiological Processes; Ecosystem (Aquatic and Terrestrial); Landscape and Restoration; Land and Soil; ecological restoration; soil organic matter; nutrient cycling
Ramankutty, Navin Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Environment and Society; Agriculture; Climate Changes and Impacts; Global food security; Sustainable agriculture; Climate impacts; Land use change
Renwick, Kerry Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Teacher Education; Familial Contexts; Human and Social Ecology; Critical Pedagogy; Educational Policy; Home Economics; Health Education; Public health
Rieseberg, Loren Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) plant evolutionary biology; adaptation; speciation; crops; weeds; invasive plants
Riseman, Andrew Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) plant breeding; plant genetics; horticulture; roots; stress physiology, Plant breeding, intercrop interactions, nutrient use efficiency, root physiology, biotic/abtioic stressor
Smukler, Sean Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) agriculture, environment, sustainable development, ecosystem services
Spiegel, Jerry Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Global health, International health, environmental health, Cuba, Latin America, Effects of globalization on health, ecosystem approaches to human health, understanding and addressing influences of physical and social environments on health, global health and human security, the economic evaluation of interventions, and health and equity in Latin America
Vanwynsberghe, Robert Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Citizenship and democracy, Social justice, Sustainability; Sustainability; Environmental Education; Theory and Method
Wang, Siyun Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Agri-food Transformation Products; Microbiology; Bioactive Molecules; Food safety; Food microbiology
Wittman, Hannah Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Social Movements; Environment and Society; Dynamics of Social Transformations; Agriculture; food sovereignty; Sustainable agriculture; socio-ecological systems; agro-ecology