You’re invited: LFS Scholar Series – Dr. Claudia Wagner-Riddle November 3


Land and Food System Scholar Series


Invited scholar: Dr. Claudia Wagner-Riddle


Hosted by:  JT Cornelis, Soil Science


Title: Charting a path to net-zero carbon agriculture


Abstract: Agriculture is a significant source of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), has a unique capacity for carbon storage and is also significantly impacted by changing temperature, and extreme climate events making it an important focus for climate change action. As a result, government and industry have set ambitious emission reduction targets for the sector. Achieving these targets requires the identification and implementation of the most promising mitigation practices for on-farm management of energy, animals, manure, soils and crops. Taking an integrated systems approach to food systems considering the inter-connectedness of various parts will be key.


Biography: Dr. Claudia Wagner-Riddle is a Professor in the School of Environmental Sciences, University of Guelph, Canada.  Originally from Brazil, Claudia has degrees from the University of Sao Paulo and Guelph. Claudia leads an internationally renowned research program greenhouse gas emission measurements to determine the carbon footprint of food, feed, and fuel produced by agriculture.  Claudia is the Editor-in-Chief of Agricultural and Forest Meteorology and leads a nationwide training program on Climate-Smart Soils. Claudia is Director of the North American regional chapter of the International Nitrogen Initiative and was awarded the 2020 IFA Borlaug Award of Excellence in Crop Nutrition.


Join in-person or via Zoom:

Date: Novemeber 3, 2022

Time: 10:00-11:00 AM PDT

Location: In-person at SWNG 310, or via Zoom

Please register here by Oct 30.

In-person seating is limited (capacity of 30),

IRES Seminar Series: Thurs, Oct 27 with Shashidharan Enarth


Next week’s IRES Seminar is in the Michael Smith Labs Theatre.  Reminder: No food or drinks allowed in the Theatre.
October 27, 2022: IRES Faculty Seminar with Shashidharan Enarth
Agriculture policy reforms in India: beyond the noise and popular narratives

Time: 12:30pm to 1:20pm

Location: Michael Smith Labs Theatre (Room 102, 2185 East Mall)

Click here to register in advance to receive a Zoom link.

Talk summary:

In Sept 2020, the Government of India hustled three Bills through the Parliament, in what many observers describe as a subversion of basic democratic and parliamentary procedures. These three laws were touted as a paradigm changer for the agriculture sector in the country. On the face of it, the laws appeared to steer the agriculture value chain toward a free market, implicitly acknowledging that the sector is heavily subsidized. opponents argued that the laws weakened the price guarantees that staple food crops enjoyed, removed existing regulations to prevent hoarding and price rigging and pitted powerful corporations against unorganized farmers. A majority of the critics agree that the new laws were designed to fast-track investment from large corporations. What they disagree on is whether the entry of corporations will come at the cost of farmers.

This discussion will look at the controversy from an additional angle — from a viewpoint that policy debates on agriculture and allied sectors in India (and much of the Global South) are about much more than productivity and food security. It is also about poverty reduction goals, equity, property rights and disempowerment. We will discuss how a vast majority of farmers are under-represented in the policy-making process. And how they will remain excluded despite all the hype and attention that the recent agitation garnered.

Dr. Shashidharan Enarth, Adjunct Professor at the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability in the University of British Columbia



Shashi Enarth is a development activist from India, struggling to strike a balance between academia and praxis. Starting his career as a community organizer, he has worked with low income segments of the population, particularly with farming communities in India, Nigeria and Tanzania.

His area of interest is: building community-based self-governing people’s institutions that can safeguard the interests of its members through sustainable and equitable use of all forms of capital, especially natural and human resources. A good part of his 25 year development career saw him struggle with implementation of development policies that mandated decentralization of fiscal, administrative and political powers against a backdrop of a political economy that is shaped by traditional institutions and forces of centralization. In the process, he got involved in policy research and advocacy initiatives through NGOs in India and as a consultant to The World Bank in Africa.

His current research interests, therefore, focusses on understanding barriers to equity and sustainability in the geo-political context of developing economies. Before taking the current sabbatical, he was a senior member of BASIX Social Enterprise Group, an Indian conglomeration of 15 organizations working on a mission to promote large scale sustainable livelihoods.

Shashi is a trained social worker who returned to school to do a PhD that explored the relationship between the processes of decentralization and democratization and its impact on good governance. He is an IRES/UBC Alumni, during the days of RMES!


See you on October 27 in the Michael Smith Labs Theatre!


Bonnie Leung

RES Program Support (she/her/hers)

Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability (IRES)

University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus | Musqueam Traditional Territory

Aquatic Ecosystems Research Laboratory (AERL Building)

Room 429 – 2202 Main Mall | Vancouver, BC | V6T 1Z4 | Canada



Tel: 604-822-9249


Fellowship opportunity at USDA


I am an investigator at the USDA’s Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center, just outside Washington, DC. We are looking for candidates for a post-doctoral or post-masters fellowship opportunity at our center to apply machine learning techniques to research dietary patterns and human health. Please share the posting below within your network, or feel free to share contact information of other people that I can reach out to. Thanks in advance!!

The USDA’s Agricultural Research Service is seeking a post-masters or post-doctoral fellow for a research opportunity focused on applying machine learning techniques to advance dietary patterns research, including research questions related to discovering biomarkers of food intake and precision nutrition. Posting: Please contact Lauren O’Connor at for more information.

Lauren E. O’Connor, PhD, MPH (she/her)
Research Nutritionist
Food Components and Health Laboratory
Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center
Agricultural Research Service
United States Department of Agriculture
Phone: 202-809-5772

Invitation to VCH Food Services Job Fair – Oct 26


Hi there,

FSW Job Fair QR – Oct 2022

FSW Job Fair Web – Oct 2022

My name is Jenna and I am the Marketing Coordinator for Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) Recruitment Services. We are hosting a Coastal Community Food Services Job Fair, and I am reaching out to invite students to attend.


Students can learn more about food service opportunities at VCH and if they are ready to work, can attend for an interview on the spot to be hired into a role at Lions Gate Hospital, Berkley Care Centre, and/or HOpe Centre.


There are more details including the registration link in the poster attached, but I have also added in the key details below:


Event Details

Date: Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Time: 2:00pm – 5:00pm PST
Location: HOpe Centre Atrium, 1337 St Andrews Ave, North Vancouver, BC V7L 2R4



If you could please help circulate the poster, that’d be much appreciated! Please feel free to reach out with any questions.


Kind regards,


Jenna Wu (she/her)

Marketing Coordinator, Recruitment Services | People

Vancouver Coastal Health


mobile    778 384 3018



Come for the job. Stay for the team.
Find out more and apply at:


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Save the date: 2022 Larkin Lecture – November 16, 2022




2022 Larkin Lecture

Critical Freshwater Fish Futures: using interdisciplinary and arts-based research approaches to engage relationships between Indigenous sovereignty and freshwater fish well-being

November 16, 2022

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Refreshments to be served after the event

Location: AERL Theatre (Rm. 120, 2202 Main Mall)

The University of British Columbia

Vancouver, BC



Dr. Zoe Todd

Associate Professor

Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Carleton University


This talk provides an overview of the relationships between Indigenous sovereignty and freshwater fish futures in Canada, with an explicit focus on ongoing community-driven interdisciplinary research partnerships in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Ontario. Drawing on decades of scholarship in the discipline of Critical Indigenous Studies that centres Indigenous sovereignty to elucidate relationships between Indigenous peoples and colonial nation-states and entities in Canada, this talk examines how an unambiguous engagement with Indigenous sovereignty, as understood through Indigenous legal orders and legal-ethical practices in Canada and internationally, can strengthen efforts to protect at-risk aquatic species and watersheds across the country. The use of arts-based research-creation approaches will be examined to help illustrate dynamic cross-disciplinary and pluralistic approaches to documenting, engaging, and upholding plural governance principles grounded in Indigenous sovereignties across many different homelands.


Speaker Bio:

Dr. Zoe Todd (she/they) (Red River Métis) is a practice-led artist-researcher who studies the relationships between Indigenous sovereignty and freshwater fish futures in Canada. As a Métis anthropologist and researcher-artist, Dr. Todd combines dynamic social science and humanities research and research-creation approaches – including ethnography, archival research, oral testimony, and experimental artistic research practices – within a framework of Indigenous philosophy to elucidate new ways to study and support the complex relationships between Indigenous sovereignty and freshwater fish well-being in Canada today. They are a co-founder of the Institute for Freshwater Fish Futures (2018), which is a collaborative Indigenous-led initiative that is ‘restor(y)ing fish futures, together’ across three continents. They are also a co-founder of the Indigenous Environmental Knowledge Institute (IEKI) at Carleton University (2021). They were a 2018 Yale Presidential Visiting Fellow, and in 2020 they were elected to the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars.


Note: all images ©Zoe Todd



About Larkin Lectures

Offered biennially, the Larkin Lecture is a free public lecture by a leading oceans or fisheries researcher. The Larkin Lectures honour the memory of Dr. Peter Larkin, an eminent fisheries biologist and emeritus professor who was known for his expertise in conservation, resource management and environmental impact assessment.





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