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CSFS Directors

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Hannah Wittman

Academic Director, Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm

Dr. Hannah Wittman’s research examines the ways that the rights to produce and consume
food are contested and transformed through struggles for agrarian reform, food sovereignty, and agrarian agriculture.
Her projects include community-based research on farmland access, transition to organic agriculture, and seed
sovereignty in BC, agro-ecological transition and the role of institutional procurement in the transition to
food sovereignty in Ecuador and Brazil, and the role that urban agriculture and farm-to-school nutrition initiatives
plan in food literacy education.

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2357 Main Mall Vancouver
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Clare Cullen, Operations Director

Clare Cullen

Operations Director, Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm

Clare Cullen took the helm as Operations Director at the Centre for Sustainable Food
Systems in March, 2015. She plays a key leadership role in the Centre’s daily operations, business development,
and financial and human resources management. Clare holds a B.A. honours in Film and Communication from Queens
University and an M.Ed in Art and Environment from Simon Fraser University. Prior to joining CSFS, Clare worked
with UBC’s Beaty Biodiversity Museum as the Administrative Manager. With a rich background in arts, environmental
education, finance, entrepreneurship and non-profit organizations, Clare brings a diversity of skills and a wealth
of experience.

UBC Farm 3461 Ross Drive Vancouver, BC V6T 1W5 604–822–5092
clare.cullen@ubc.ca

Associate Members

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Andrew Black, PhD

Professor, Faculty of Land and Food Systems, Department of Applied Biology

Professor Black has worked at UBC since 1969 in the Department of Soil Science as a biometeorologist.
His research puts emphasis on the energy and water balance of forests and understanding the processes controlling
carbon balance of forests by measuring forest-atmosphere CO2 exchange. Prof. Black also monitors our climate
through the climate station based in UBC Totem Field.

Jennifer Black, PhD, RD

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Land and Food Systems, Department of Food, Nutrition and Health

Dr. Jennifer Black is an Assistant Professor
in Food, Nutrition and Health at the University of British Columbia in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems and
the director of the Public Health and Urban Nutrition research group (please add hyperlink to http://phun.landfood.ubc.ca/)
. Her research aims to improve understanding of the complex social and contextual factors that shape the health
of individuals, communities and of the environment. Between 2010-2015, Dr. Black served on the Coordinating Committee
of the Think&EatGreen@School project (please add hyperlink to thinkeatgree.ca) and continues to work with
local community partners and the UBC Farm to create healthy, sustainable school food systems in Vancouver.

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Juli Carrillo, PhD

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Land and Food Systems, Department of Applied Biology

Carrillo leads the Plant-Insect Ecology and Evolution Lab
where research focuses on plant defense against herbivory. Their approach is primarily through experimental comparisons
of populations that have diverged in evolutionary history or that span a gradient of plant-insect interactions.
Carrillo’s lab is affiliated with the CSFS where her insight in plant-insect interactions helps CSFS explore
and exemplify strategies for small scale organic and diversified production systems.

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Kai Chan, PhD

Professor, IRES Professor, Institute for Oceans and Fisheries Canada Research Chair (t2, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services)

Kai is an interdisciplinary,
problem-oriented sustainability scientist, trained in ecology, policy, and ethics from Princeton University and
Stanford University. He strives to understand how social-ecological systems can be transformed to be both better
and wilder. Kai leads CHANS lab (www.chanslab.ires.ubc.ca), Connecting Human and Natural Systems; he is a Leopold
Leadership Program fellow, a director on the board of the BC chapter of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society
(CPAWS), a director on the board of the North American section of the Society for Conservation Biology, a member
of the Global Young Academy, a senior fellow of the Environmental Leadership Program, and (in 2012) the Fulbright
Canada Visiting Research Chair at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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Michelle Daigle, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Faculty of Arts, Department of Geography

Dr. Daigle is a member of the Cree Nation whose work emerges from over 10 years of experience
as a community-based researcher and educator with Indigenous communities in Canada and the U.S. Dr. Daigle’s
research examines how Indigenous foodways, including food trading networks (gifting economies), challenge colonial
territorial boundaries while cultivating a multi-scalar decolonial politics that rebuilds Indigenous governance
structures and political economies. Dr. Daigle and the CSFS work together to decolonize the food system through
teaching and research.

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Shona Ellis, PhD

Professor of Teaching, Associate Head of Biology

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Leonard Foster, PhD

Associate Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Dr. Foster is a professor in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, as well as a member
of the Michael Smith Laboratories. His group develops and applies high-throughput and high-content proteomic
methods to understand host-pathogen interactions. Recently, his team have described a novel method for mapping
the protein interaction network within cells that drives the time and cost involved in such an analysis down
by nearly two orders of magnitude. He also has a long-standing interest in honey bees. Dr. Foster maintains the
hives located at the UBC Farm and uses them in his bee research activities. In particular, they are developing
methods to use molecular profiling to guide selective breeding for disease resistance. This is aimed at helping
honey bees and beekeepers overcome the biggest threats facing bees, pests and pathogens.

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Kerry Greer, PhD

Instructor Faculty of Arts, Department of Sociology

Kerry Greer is an Instructor 1 in the Department of Sociology at the University of B.C. Her goal is to develop ways of helping UBC serve the communities surrounding its campus by connecting students to opportunities to do research and projects that benefit community organizations. As a scholar, Kerry studies non-profit community organizations and the ways they replace and compliment federal efforts to meet local need. Kerry works with the CSFS to provide leadership, guidance, and support for UBC teaching and learning on topics related to sustainable food systems. Kerry is part of the CSFS Teaching & Learning Committee, which aims to increase the diversity and quantity of curricular tools available to UBC educators to increase student’s sustainable food system knowledge and practice.

Cara Haney

Cara Haney, PhD

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Science, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences

Dr. Haney's lab (haneylab.msl.ubc.ca) studies the genetic, molecular and ecological mechanisms that govern plant-microbiome associations. Plants depend on their associated microbial communities (“microbiomes”) for pathogen protection and nutrient uptake. Consequentially, the plant microbiome holds tremendous potential to improve agricultural productivity and sustainability. Dr. Haney's lab uses model systems to fill in missing gaps in our basic understanding of plant-microbiome associations, and tests their findings in agronomically important species. Dr. Cara Haney is an Assistant Professor in the department of Microbiology and Immunology and Michael Smith Labs and is a Canada Research Chair in Plant-Microbiome interactions.

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Tara Ivanochko, PhD

Senior Instructor, Director, Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences

Tara Ivanochko’s research examines curriculum development
in Environmental Science, community service learning, educational portfolios and development of sustainability
education in EOAS, Faculty of Science and UBC. She teaches the three core environmental science courses that
focus on integrating discipline specific knowledge while taking a broad perspective of the environment, employing
critical thinking, assessing scientific evidence, effectively communicating science and working in teams. She
is currently in the CSFS Advisory Committee in CSFS.

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Mark Johnson, PhD

Associate Professor, Institute of Resources, Environment and Sustainability (IRES) and Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric
Sciences (EOAS)

Dr. Mark Johnson is working to understand how land use practices influence interactions between hydrological
and ecological processes, and how these ecohydrological processes further affect ecosystem services including
carbon sequestration. Unraveling interactions between the water cycle and the carbon cycle is essential for improving
the sustainability of land and water management, especially under changing climatic conditions, he guided the
investigation of the potentials of biochar for soil carbon sequestration and improved soil productivity that
took place at the UBC Farm with the collaboration of Fraser Common Farm Coop.

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Eduardo Jovel, PhD

Associate Professor and Director of Indigenous Research Partnerships Faculty of Land and Food Systems, Department of Applied
Biology

Professor
Jovel’s research interests include Indigenous plant knowledge, mycology, natural product chemistry and Aboriginal
health. He is interested in Indigenous peoples’ worldviews and their use of ecosystems resources to maintain
health and wellness, particularly plant uses. Professor Jovel established The Indigenous Health Research and
Education Garden at the UBC Farm in 2007 in order to emphasize on teaching, community engagement, and research.

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Maja Krzic, PhD

Associate Professor, Applied Biology/Forest and Conservation Sciences

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Stephen Mitchell, PhD

Associate Professor Director, Master of Sustainable Forest Management Program Department of Forest Sciences

Dr. Steve Mitchell’s areas of research include silviculture systems, windthrow assessment and management, natural disturbance processes and stand dynamics. Dr. Mitchell lead the Cultivating Forest Stewardship project http://cfs.forestry.ubc.ca/, which included collecting biophysical data for vegetation types across the Farm and developing a land-use plan. This information will be tremendously useful for informing future land-based academic initiatives for the Farm. Dr. Mitchell is instrumental in assessing the development and management of UBC Farm’s forests for research, teaching, and community engagement.

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Navin Ramankutty, PhD

Professor, Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability Liu Institute of Global Issues

Navin Ramankutty’s research program (http://www.ramankuttylab.com/) aims to understand how humans use and modify the Earth’s land surface for agriculture and its implications for the global environment. Using global Earth observations and numerical ecosystem models, his research aims to find solutions to the problem of feeding humanity with minimal global environmental footprint. Ramankutty has given multiple lectures on Sustainable Farming and Food Systems affiliated with CSFS and instrumental in Global Sustainable Food System Research and Policy at UBC Farm.

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Kerry Renwick, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy in the Faculty of Education at UBC

Kerry Renwick's research focuses on health and
food literacy as situated practices, health promotion, and social justice in context of K-12 educational settings.
Kerry is also the academic responsible for home economics education, a teaching specialization whose content
and practice is inherently linked to sustainable food systems.

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Loren Rieseberg, PhD

Professor, Department of Botany

Professor Loren Rieseberg’s lab integrates high-throughput genomic methods, bioinformatics, ecological experiments
and evolutionary theory to study the origin and evolution of species, domesticated plants and weeds. Dr. Rieseberg
used utilized the UBC Farm as a living laboratory for his research “Divergence in Gene Expression in Uncoupled
from Divergence in Coding Sequence in a Secondarily Woody Sunflower”.

https://www.botany.ubc.ca/people/loren-rieseberg

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Sean Smukler, PhD

Assistant Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Department of Applied Biology and Soil Science

Dr. Sean Smukler’s research program is focused
on working with farmers, and other managers of agricultural landscapes to find ways to better monitor, protect
and enhance biodiversity and the availability of ecosystem services including food, fiber, fuel and timber production,
greenhouse gas mitigation, and water quality and quantity regulation. He and his Sustainable Agriculture Landscape
lab are also currently working with CSFS at UBC Farm to better understand the nutrient dynamics of various local
amendment options for organic production system.

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Jerry Spiegel, PhD

Professor Co-Lead, Global and Indigenous Health Theme Co-Director, Global Health Research Program

Dr. Jerry Spiegel’s academic training is in economics
and sociology; environmental health and health administration; and Community Health Sciences. Dr. Spiegel’s research
interests include the 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. He currently leads a Canadian-Ecuadorian
research on “Food systems and health equity in an era of globalization: Think, Eat and Grow Green Globally (TEG3)”

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Will Valley, PhD

Instructor Academic Director of the Land, Food and Community Series Faculty of Land and Food Systems

Will Valley is an instructor in the Faculty of
Land and Food Systems and the academic director of the core curricula in the faculty, the Land, Food, and Community
Series. His research focuses on sustainable food system education, K-12 food systems, food literacy development,
urban agriculture, and community-engaged scholarship. He is also co-director of Inner City Farms, an urban farming
non-profit in Vancouver, BC. Will’s dedication to food system thinking being taught at UBC makes him an asset
and key collaborator of CSFS.

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Rob VanWynsberghe, PhD

Associate Professor Department of Educational Studies

Dr. Rob VanWynsberghe’s research expertise is in sustainability and the related areas
of social movements sand capacity building. His research is made up of three components: sustainability education,
sport mega-events and green economy and these all connect to Land-based knowledge systems and health at UBC Farm.
Since 2010, he has been on the CSFS Advisory Committee.

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Hannah Wittman, PhD

Academic Director of Centre for Sustainable Food Systems Associate Professor, Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability
Associate Professor, Faculty of Land and Food Systems

Dr. Hannah Wittman’s research examines the ways that the rights to produce and consume
food are contested and transformed through struggles for agrarian reform, food sovereignty, and agrarian agriculture.
Her projects include community-based research on farmland access, transition to organic agriculture, and seed
sovereignty in BC, agro-ecological transition and the role of institutional procurement in the transition to
food sovereignty in Ecuador and Brazil, and the role that urban agriculture and farm-to-school nutrition initiatives
plan in food literacy education.

 

Postdoctoral Fellows

Alex Lyon, Postdoctoral Fellow

Alexandra Lyon,PhD

Zia Mehrabi, Postdoctoral Fellow

Zia Mehrabi, PhD

Lisa Powell, Postdoctoral Fellow

Lisa Powell, PhD

CSFS Staff

CSFS Academic Collaborators

Much of the research project management and course instruction that takes place at the farm is performed by academic and professional users from a diverse range of faculties and departments at UBC. Here is a sample of the players within the Farm’s dynamic academic landscape.

 

CSFS Advisory Committee

As part of the University of British Columbia, the CSFS is ultimately governed by the UBC Board of Governors and the UBC Senate as detailed in the provincial University Act. For mid-­level internal governance, an advisory committee oversees the Farm’s programs and provides advisory and professional support. Current advisory committee members are:

  • Hannah Wittman, Co-Chair, Academic Director, Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm, and Associate Professor, Faculty of Land and Food Systems
  • Clare Cullen, Co-Chair, Operations Director, Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm
  • Mark Bomford, Director, Yale Sustainable Food Systems Project (external advisor)
  • Véronik Campbell, Academic Programs Manager, Centre for Sustainable Food Systems
  • Kai Chan, Associate Professor, Institute for Resources, Environment, and Sustainability
  • Shona Ellis, Senior Instructor, Department of Botany
  • Leonard Foster, Director Centre for High-Throughput Biology; Professor, Faculty of Medicine
  • Tara Ivanochko, Director of Environmental Science, Department of Earth Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences
  • Eduardo Jovel, Director, Indigenous Research Partnerships, Faculty of Land and Food Systems
  • Steve Mitchell, Associate Professor, Department of Forest Sciences
  • Mark Monroe, Senior Advisor to the UBC Centre for Urban Economics & Real Estate MBA, and SBE Clinical Professor in Real Estate Sauder School of Business
  • Andrew Parr, Managing Director, Student Housing and Hospitality Services
  • Navin Ramankutty, Professor, Institute for Resources, Environment, and Sustainability; Liu Institute for Global Issues
  • Andrew Riseman, Associate Professor, Faculty of Land and Food Systems
  • Daniel Roehr, Assistant Professor, School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture
  • Sean Smukler, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Land and Food Systems
  • Kasha Foster, AMS Sustainability Coordinator
  • William Valley, Academic Director of the Land, Food, and Community Series & Instructor, Faculty of Land and Food Systems
  • Robert VanWynsberghe, Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Studies
  • John Madden, Sustainability and Engineering Director, Campus and Community Planning
  • Bob Woollard, Professor, Department of Family Practice

This committee plays an advisory role but does not have legal responsibility for the organization