Research

Research

The Centre for Sustainable Food Systems (CSFS) is an interdisciplinary and inclusive hub for solutions to local and global food systems sustainability.

CSFS is a living lab, providing researchers with a research platform where social, economic, and environmental interventions can be designed, tested, and monitored within a living food system. Research opportunities span the whole seed to plate continuum while integrating many disciplines and sectors to provide global leadership for change leading to resilient and secure future food systems. The CSFS provides diverse research space for farm trial and wider research. For new research or collaborations, submit a research proposal or contact us.

Dr. Leonard Foster

Professor

Bee health is currently a big concern and everybody agrees that we need to do more to improve the health of bees and the viability of the industry.

Dr. Jennifer Black

Associate Professor

I care about health equity and I care about ensuring that all Canadians can live a healthy, productive life that allows them to meet their full potential. Making sure that people have access to food (and dignity).

Hughie Jones

PhD Candidate

People should know the UBC Farm is a research intensive place. It’s a multifunctional space; they’re not only getting food and products out of the Farm but they’re also contributing to community knowledge about what is happening there from a research standpoint.

Dr. Alexandra Lyon

Postdoctoral Researcher

I see agriculture and the food system as one of the ways that people have a large influence on the environment. I hope that my work has an impact on the environment in a positive way and it helps build towards a more sustainable farming system, contributing to human health.

Dr. Sean Smukler

Assistant Professor

The UBC Farm has the potential to connect researchers on campus, especially those who are interested in food systems, food production and the environment. This project is really an opportunity to get a bunch of farmers and scientists together at the UBC Farm and start building connections.

Dr. Navin Ramankutty

CSFS Associate Member

I study food security and sustainability on a global scale… More specifically, my research works with global data sets… [I analyze] data to examine how agriculture is changing in different parts of the world and how different farming characteristics or management systems influence environmental outcomes.

Dr. Gabriel Maltais-Landry

Postdoctoral Researcher

Agriculture is one of the most important activities on earth in terms of its impact on natural ecosystems, and nutrient management is a huge leverage point to improve the sustainability of our society.

CSFS Research Programs, Projects, and Areas of Investigation

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AgWIT

current

Mark Johnson NSERC tropics water hydrology climate change Lathuillière Coe Castanho Graesser water footprint

BC Seed Trials

current

Alexandra Lyon Bauta Family FarmFolk CityFolk Community Mel Sylvestre Chris Thoreau seed sovereignty community biodiversity agriculture bauta family initiative whole foods market

Beneficial Plant Root-Associated Microbes

current

NSERC cara haney microbes plant root associated mustard Identification characterization microbiology Arabidopsis Michael Smith Laboratories

Biodiversity Monitoring Plan

current

Matt Matthew Mitchell BRITE Biodiversity biodiversity monitoring UBC Farm ecosystem services CBIRD

Click Beetle Pest Surveys

current

Juli Carrillo pest management NSERC click beetle wireworm traps IPM biodiversity monitoring plant insect ecology evolution lab

Cultural Diversity in Food Policy

current

Hannah Wittman Colin Dring Tori Ostenso Richmond Food Security Society multicultural Vancouver coastal health Vancouver Foundation food security food availability

Diversified Agroecosystem Research Cluster

current

Hannah Wittman cluster diversified agroecosystem research open data Elena Bennett Rachel Bezner Kerr Andrew Black Jennifer Blesh Evan Bowness Michael Bomford Juli Carrillo Simone Castellerin Nicholas Coops Dorn Cox Evan Fraser Catherine Horner Leonard Foster Juli Gossman Cara Haney Marney Isaac Victor Izzo Dana James Mark Johnson Sean Kearney Susanna Klassen Sara Knox Claire Kremen Christian Levers Derek Lynch Leithen M’Gonigle Graham MacDonald Mollie McDowell Zia Mehrabi Matthew Mitchell Lenore Newman Lisa Powell Kate Scow Sieglinde Snapp Terry Sunderland Navin Ramankutty Loren Rieseberg Ralf Seppelt Sean Smukler Tammara Soma Siyun Wang

Ecological Pest Management

current

Juli Carrillo ecological pest management IPM blueberry bc blueberry council SWD insect herbivory Chelsea Gowton mint essential oil

Foodlands Access and New Agrarianism

current

Hannah Wittman land access farmland Farmfolk Cityfolk Vancity Real Estate Foundation of BC Jessica Dennis Heather Pritchard agrarianism Foodlands Trust Project

Food Security & Biodiversity Conservation Links

current

loren rieseberg hannah wittman Matthew Mitchell food security biodiversity conservation citizen science peter wall institute Systematizing global food security conserve biodiversity

Geographic Variation, Speciation in Birds

current

darren irwin NSERC zoology birds speciation geographic variation

GHG Mitigation in Organic Blueberries

current

sean smukler Namratha Reddy Kate Hengel Maja Krzic Paul Jassal Zoran Nesic Patrick Pow Paula Porto Andy Black blueberries ghg nutrient use organic Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada aafc

Honey Bees Pathogen Response

current

leonard foster bees honey colony collapse selective breeding biology genome bc aafc dying hygienic behaviour

Impact of GVFB on Food Security

current

dietary intake food security jennifer black gvfb food bank SSHRC scott lear hannah wittman healthy diet

Indigenous Land Based Pedagogies

current

eduardo jovel indigenous food sovereignty land based pedagogies urban contexts SSHRC food security

Living Laboratory for Water Sustainability

current

water sustainability hydrology Mark Johnson water monitoring Living Laboratory Water Action Plan

Mapping the Food Literacy Landscape

current

food literacy farm to school education will valley ashley bangsund hannah wittman kerry renwick SSHRS network FarmWonders program education

Measuring Progress Towards Food Sovereignty

current

food sovereignty farm to school programs hannah wittman lenore newman sshrc Farm to School BC/PHABC FTI Brazil’s Public Food Acquisition Program Ecuador’s Food Provision Program Farm to School BC National School Lunch Program

Organic Vegetable Nutrient Management

current

sean smukler aafc nutrient management nitrogen hybrid systems organic vegetables phosphorus organic amendments

Producing Carrot Seed in Isolation Structures

current

chris thoreau carrot seed sovereignty bauta initiative seed security high-tunnel isolation structures cross pollination BC Eco Seed Co-op UBC Farm Seed Hub

Role of Small Farms in Global Food Security

current

navin ramankutty small farms global food security sustainability vincent ricciardi dana james SSHRC Brazil India

Seed Hub

current

seed hub seedhub community-engaged research and education sustainability seed production processing distribution

Seed Sovereignty

current

Alex Alexandra Lyon Hannah Whittman Farmfolk Cityfolk seed sovereignty community seed systems food sovereignty

Stewardship Science Technology

current

monitoring farming activities zia mehrabi weston USI longterm socio-ecological research station technology open data decision making

Sunflower Pest Management

current

juli carrillo plant insect ecology sunflower crop domestication NSERC wild Tri-Trophic Interactions wild crop domestication

Sustainable Food Systems Pedagogies

current

usi tlf will valley food system pedagogies pedagogy experiential learning sustainable food systems

Think&EatGreen@School

current

lisa powell farm to school will valley city of vancouver food literacy TEGS vancouver school board LFS

Think, Eat and Grow Green Globally (TEG3)

current

hannah wittman jerry spiegel Annalee Yassi Susanna Klassen Chris Hergesheimer Anelyse Weiler globalization health equity cihr canada equador quality of life

Truffle Establishment in British Columbia

current

shannon berch truffles bc truffle association iaf truffiere

Urban Agriculture in Brazil

current

urban agriculture brazil hannah wittman

BC Food Web: Portal for BC Agrifood Sector

current

lisa powell open data open science web portal ufv bc food web

Agroforestry at UBC Farm

past

Kate Menzies trees crops livestock multiple benefits Agroforestry agriculture silviculture conservation practices land use system.

AQUA(RE)3

past

aqua biology sustainable aquaculture conservation fishing applied biology andrew riseman tony farrell fish stock food insecurity environmental degradation

Climate Smart Agriculture

past

climate change andrew black hughie jones paul jassal plastic mulch low tunnels extend growing season

Plant Functional Traits, Anatomy in Leaf Litter

past

cindy prescott leaf litter decomposition functional traits anatomy Jenna Zukswert

Farm to Institution

past

farm to institution lisa powell public health food security fti hannah wittman Jill Guerra Chris Hergesheimer Susanna Klassen food systems

Organic Soil Amendments

past

organic soil amendments sean smukler gabriel maltais landry cover crops optimization NSERC Gabriel Maltais-Landry organic amendments cover crops

Guidelines for Livestock & Small-scale Farmers

past

livestock poultry bob blair organic nutrition guidelines
News

Our Annual Report is out

CSFS Annual Report 2017-2018 Did you know: Last year we grew 109,000 pounds of food, we had 30 active research projects, 2,300+ UBC students engaged in CSFS-related courses, 7,000 food literacy program participants, and 12,000 participants in 542 community events! Our CSFS Annual Report captures the achievements of our diverse programs and the milestones we […]


The Colours of Food Security

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Focus on vegetable seeds

Our Postdoctoral Fellow Dr. Alexandra Lyon was featured in The Western Producer talking about the British Columbia Seed Trials project and its goal to help farmers identify crops and varieties that have a strong potential for the seed industry in B.C.

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