Thesis Defense – MSc – AANB


The University of British Columbia – Faculty of Land and Food Systems
The Oral Examination For the Degree of

M.Sc. (AANB)


Friday, November 7, 2014, 10:00 a.m.

Room 350, MacMillan Bldg.



THESIS TITLE: Assessment of visceral pain associated with metritis in dairy cows


Supervisory Committee

Dr. D Weary (Supervisor)
Dr. M. von Keyserlingk (Committee member)
Dr. K. Craig (Committee member)
Examining Committee

Dr. D. Fraser (Chair)
Dr. D Weary (Supervisor)
Dr. K. Craig (Committee member)
Dr. R. Cerri (External)

Everyone welcome!


RMES 500T: Global Food Security and Sustainability


Resource Management and Environmental Studies (RMES) is pleased to introduce a new graduate course open to all graduate departments starting in 2014 term 2 (January 2015). Senior Undergraduate students permitted with the instructor’s permission.

Please find the course details attached and below:

RMES 500T: Global Food Security and Sustainability

Instructor: Navin Ramankutty

2014 Term 2 (January 5, 2015 – April 10, 2015)

Mondays 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Location: AERL 107/108


Achieving food security for 10 billion while enhancing the sustainability of our food production system is a major challenge of the next century. This graduate seminar course will discuss papers on the multiple dimensions of this challenge, including biophysical, economic, nutritional, socio-political, and institutional. We will take a global perspective on the issues, drawing upon both global-scale research as well as case studies from different regions of the world to understand the geography of agricultural production, its environmental footprint, and of malnutrition.


RMES 500T Syllabus:


RMES Courses Descriptions:

Upcoming seminars


Agricultural Drought Response Planning: Exploring Policy Options in BC’s Water Sustainability Act

 Steve Conrad

PhD Candidate, School of Resource and Environmental Management, SFU
Research Fellow, Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions

Friday, Oct. 24th, 2014

3:00 – 4:00 pm

MCML 154, 2357 Main Mall, UBC

In 2010, the BC government proposed several new water policies options for managing regional watersheds. Two of these included the formation of an agricultural water reserve and to give regions more flexibility in developing their own drought response plans. In 2013 a new approach for engaging an often elusive group was used to measure farmer preferences and acceptance of drought response options, including water trading, reductions in water allotments, and new allocation methods. Results suggests that farmers are more tolerant toward policy changes than previously assumed, and may in fact prove an important partner for managing drought.



Steve is a research fellow with Simon Fraser University and chairs the water research group in the school of Resource and Environmental Management. With degrees in management, psychology and engineering, Steve explores the intersection between technology, people and policy. Steve has written broadly on decision-making, participatory policy making, science communications, coupled social-ecological modelling, the water-energy nexus, water governance, and human dimensions.
Prior to his academic career he was a managing partner with a major US/Canada environmental consulting firm with close to 20 years experience working with water managers and decisions makers on numerous water management issues. Steve also chairs the BC Water and Waste Association climate change committee, chairs the REM water research working group and chairs the water-energy subcommittee of the IWA Water Reuse specialist group.

Jointly hosted by the Master of Land and Water Systems Program and the Soil Seminar Series

Head in the Clouds and Boots on the Ground: Why BC needs to reinvest in Applied Agricultural Research & Extension

Rebecca Harbut, PhD

Faculty, Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems Program
Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Richmond, BC

Friday, Oct. 31st, 2014

3:00 – 4:00 pm

MCML 260, 2357 Main Mall, UBC

North American agriculture has gone through a monumental shift over the last century fostered by the introduction of new technologies, crop management strategies and production systems. At the heart of many of these changes was the work of agricultural scientists at universities and Agricultural Research Stations generating knowledge disseminated through extension networks for field application. The transformation of agriculture is a testament to the power of a coordinated effort to connect research results with farmers who applied it in the field.

As technologies have become more advanced and scientists spend more time in the lab, the prevalence of applied scientists has been on the decline. With challenges such as climate change, increasing food insecurity, and declining resources, the need for ‘boots on the ground’ agricultural scientists with a comprehensive understanding of agroecosystems is more critical than ever. Despite the rich agricultural history of BC and high production potential in the region, the resilience of BC’s agricultural sector in the face of growing challenges is in question. It is imperative that researchers and the broader community re-engage and reinvest in applied agricultural research and extension programs in order to ensure the sustainability of our food system.



Rebecca Harbut is the coordinator and faculty member in the Sustainable Agriculture program at Kwantlen Polytechnic University and a researcher in KPU’s Institute for Sustainable Food Systems. Trained as an agricultural scientist (PhD, Cornell University, MS, U of Guelph) her work has focused on horticultural crop production systems with a focus on nutrient management, water use efficiency and low input production systems. As an extension professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Rebecca worked closely with the agriculture industry and focused on developmental physiology of fruit crops, water use efficiency in cropping systems and low-input season extension for temperate production systems. Since joining the Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems group at KPU, Rebecca’s efforts have been focused on the advancement of low-input, regional food systems through educational programing and research on peat-based cranberry production systems.



Dear Graduate Students,

So, Laser Tag was a blast. The Microlaserology team pretty much slaughtered everyone to emerge as the 1st Champions of the League of Lasers. It was like a scene from 300, except bloodless, and still awe inspiring. (Check out the pictures!) Yea, so get your tickets for the GSS Halloween Party this Friday – don’t wait for the recap, it will never be as real. RSVP if you’re coming to Pumpkin Carving so we have supplies for everyone. Also BC Lions!

GSS Social & Recreational

– It’s all about our Halloween Party This Friday!

Friday, 5pm: Pumpkin Carving Family Event – RSVP to or at GSS front desk so we have enough Pumpkins! Event is free and family friendly

Friday, 7pm: PARTY – Required: You; possibly too cool to admit the effort expended on your costume, probably dancing, definitely having a blast. Equipment: Your ticket (still available at $5/$10 for Non Grads), your Government ID – (This event is 19+)

GSS Catchup

– Next up on our GSS Coffee Social Tour, Mechanical Engineering!! We’ll be there on Tuesday, November 4th, from 4pm-5pm in the Graduate Student Lounge in CEME Rm 2202. Stop by for coffee and a snack, and come look your GSS Exec in the face. The guy on the right is Kevin Mehr, he’s VP Admin. The one on the left is Min Xia, he’s VP Services – aka the man to talk to about graduate student social events. If you’ve got to have a boss, they’re a decent sort. 🙂

GSS Research & Conferences

Your GSS, together with the Faculty of Graduate & PostDoctoral Studies, are interested in your perspectives on Graduate Student Mentoring; we’re hoping you can help us improve things.

Please be part of our study! We only ask that you give us 2hrs (we’ll bring refreshments) for one on-campus focus group. We’ll ask you to fill in a questionnaire too. That’s it.

Interested? contact Sarah Liva at 604-460-1174 or

Bundle up, Get your Flu Shot. Work hard, then make time to play with us!

– Ngwatilo: for your GSS.


PLAN 599 -Enviromental Policy- Graduate Course



We are pleased to announce that we have a graduate course that is open to graduate students from all departments called:

PLAN 599, Environmental Policy – An Introduction to Risk and Decision Analysis for Environment, Technology and Climate Adaptation Choices –  Term 2 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:15-4:15pm:

School of Community and Regional Planning