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.

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Affiliated UBC Faculty & Postdocs

Name Role Research Interests
Black, Jennifer Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Human nutrition and dietetics; Community Health / Public Health; food banks; food environments; Nutrition; Public health; school food environments; social determinants of health
Borden, Kira Postdoctoral Fellow Agricultural ecology; 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) Natural environment sciences; Human Ecology; Ecology and Quality of the Environment; Social and Cultural Factors of Environmental Protection; Applied Ethics; Values and Lifestyles; Sustainable Development; conservation finance; Conservation science; cultural ecosystem services; Ecosystem services; environmental assessment; environmental values; incentive programs; payments for ecosystem services; resilience; social-ecological systems; sustainability science
Foster, Leonard Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Biochemistry; Genomics; Agriculture; antigen presentation; Bioinformatics; Biological and Biochemical Mechanisms; Biotechnology; Cell Signaling and Infectious and Immune Diseases; Honey bees; host-pathogen interactions; Immune System; Microbiology; Proteomics; Systems Biology
Johnson, Mark Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Geology; Natural environment sciences; Agriculture; Biogeochemistry; Carbon cycle; Climate Changes and Impacts; data science; Ecohydrology; Ecology and Quality of the Environment; Fresh Water; Ground Water and Water Tables; Hydrological Cycle and Reservoirs; Land and Soil; land use; Running Water Hydrosystem; Water and Sustainability
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) Atmospheric sciences; Social and economic geography; Atmosphere (Including Chemical Aspects); Biogeochemistry; climate change; Climate Changes and Impacts; Ecological and Ecophysiological Processes; Ecology; Ecosystem (Aquatic and Terrestrial); Hydrology; Micrometeorology
Kremen, Claire Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Natural environment sciences; Zoology; agroecological farming systems; Reconciliation of agricultural land use with biodiversity conservation; sustainable landscapes
Krzic, Maja Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Soil sciences; Soil quality; Soil management
Madden, John Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Electrical engineering, computer engineering, and information engineering; Medical and biomedical engineering; artificial muscle; electrochemical devices; electronic skin; Functional and Intelligent Materials; medical devices; smart materials; supercapacitors; wearables
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) Natural environment sciences; Public administration; Public policy; Public security policy; Agriculture; Climate Changes and Impacts; Climate impacts; Environment and Society; Global food security; Land use change; Sustainable agriculture
Renwick, Kerry Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Curriculum, pedagogy and didactics; Specialized studies in education; Critical Pedagogy; Educational Policy; Familial Contexts; Health Education; Home Economics; Human and Social Ecology; Public health; teacher education
Rieseberg, Loren Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Bioinformatics; Genomics; Plant biology; adaptation; crops; invasive plants; plant evolutionary biology; speciation; weeds
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) Food sciences (including food engineering); Agri-food Transformation Products; Microbiology; Bioactive Molecules; Food microbiology; Food safety
Wittman, Hannah Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Sociology and related studies; Farming systems research; food sovereignty; Sustainable agriculture; socio-ecological systems; agro-ecology