IRES Seminar Series – Thurs, Oct 5 with Rachel Scholes

The next IRES Seminar is in the Beaty Museum Allan Yap Theatre:
October 5, 2023: IRES Faculty Seminar with Rachel Scholes
Emerging contaminants in road runoff and removal in green infrastructure systems
Time: 12:30pm to 1:20pm
Location: Beaty Museum Allan Yap Theatre (Basement, 2212 Main Mall) Please check in at the Admissions Desk first before going to the Theatre.
No food or drinks allowed in the Theatre.
Click here to register for Zoom link. Zoom will be terminated if we encounter tech problems 5 to 10 mins into the seminar.

Talk summary:

Freshwater and coastal ecosystems near urban areas are subject to multiple stressors, including the impacts of pollution. In particular, chemicals used in consumer products and industrial practices can negatively impact aquatic ecosystems when they are washed down the drains in our homes and workplaces, and when rain carries them from outdoor surfaces into storm drains and then into receiving waters. Of increasing concern are contaminants found in road runoff, including the tire rubber byproduct known as 6PPD-quinone, which is acutely toxic to coho salmon. This presentation will focus on 6PPD-quinone fate in urban stormwater, and the potential for green infrastructure systems to mitigate the impacts of toxic road runoff contaminants.

Dr. Rachel Scholes, Assistant Professor,
UBC Environmental Engineering


Dr. Rachel Scholes is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Engineering at the University of British Columbia. Her research focuses on emerging contaminants in water, with an emphasis on nature-based treatment systems. She earned an M.S. and Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Northwestern University. Prior to joining UBC, she conducted postdoctoral research at UC Berkeley and the United States Department of Agriculture’s Bioproducts Research Unit, where she focused on green chemistry approaches to mitigate emerging environmental contaminants.

See you next Thursday in the Beaty Museum Allan Yap 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
Email: bonnie.leung@ubc.caTel: 604-822-9249

MFRE Industry Insight Series -Friday Oct 6- Panel: Economics Solutions for a Sustainable Future

For next week the MFRE program has an exciting panel called Economic Solutions for a Sustainable Future. A panel Discussion with UBC Food and Resource Experts featuring several of our faculty members: Kelleen Wiseman, Jim Vercammen, Karen Taylor and Rick Barichello.


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Economic Solutions for a Sustainable Future.
A panel Discussion with UBC Food and Resource Experts

Kelleen Wiseman: Green financing and sustainability reporting for food processing firms.

Jim Vercammen: Futures markets and risk management for sustainable food production.

Karen Taylor: Banking practices and the move to a sustainable agri-food sector.

Rick Barichello: Economic implications of climate change on world food and trading markets.

Date: Friday, October 6 ,2023

Time: 3:00-4:30 pm

Location: Liu Institute for Global Issues. Room: Place of Many Trees. UBC Campus Vancouver

MFRE Industry Insights Series

Connecting Students to Industry Leaders

Join this weekly series which features industry experts and provides students first-hand knowledge of the important issues that are rapidly reshaping the current climate, food and environmental sector.

Every Friday 3 pm

Visit our website for more information and upcoming speakers.

Alejandro Barrero Ademe

Marketing Manager
Master of Food and Resource Economics (MFRE) | Faculty of Land and Food Systems
The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus


Join the Organic Science Cluster Team!


Interested in the science of organic agriculture?  OFC is hiring.

Join the Organic Science Cluster Team!

Job description

Organic Science Project Coordinator

The Organic Science Cluster Team is looking for a Project Coordinator. This position provides an excellent and unique experience in national organic science program management.

The Organic Science Cluster (OSC) is an industry-supported research program that is led by the Organic Federation of Canada (OFC) in collaboration with the Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada (OACC). Reporting to the Director of the OFC, the Project Coordinator will contribute to science performance management, impact analysis, and knowledge transfer.

Location: Quebec or Nova Scotia, but remote working arrangements will be considered

Job Posting (English)

Job Posting (French)

Key Responsibilities:

Support the implementation of the national organic agriculture research program, which includes more than 15 research proposals submitted by Canadian researchers:

  • Gather the information needed to finalize the objectives and deliverables of the research proposals included in the OSC,
  • Ensure that budgets and letters of support meet funding agency requirements,
  • Collaborate with industry partners.

Coordinate a network of researchers and graduate students active in the OSC and facilitate networking options.

Collaborate on OSC communication and impact analysis activities:

  • Write outreach communication related to OSC research,
  • Review articles written by others,
  • Work with the team to complete the impact analysis of previous OSC research,
  • Present OSC results to industry partners and stakeholders.

Coordinate the analysis of performance reports on OSC activities: Liaise with OSC researchers and research institutions to ensure timely receipt of performance reports from research activities,

  • Coordinate and prepare meetings of the scientific advisory body that evaluates performance reports,
  • Coordinate all other communication to OSC researchers,
  • Liaise between researchers and industry partners.
  • Support the general management of the OSC.
  • Perform other tasks related to financial tracking, budgeting, coordination of administrative tasks, etc.


The ideal person for this position will have either an MSc or PhD in an agricultural or environmental sciences discipline; experience in project management or equivalent training is an asset. Candidates must have an interest in organic agriculture, ideally first-hand experience in organic farming or research.

The following skills are required in the following areas:

  • French and English as spoken and written languages,
  • Professional level writing in English or French for extension communications to a producer audience,
  • Interpersonal skills demonstrating the ability to work as part of a team, participating in meetings with partners, producers, and government,
  • Public speaking skills,
  • Attention to detail,
  • Problem-solving skills,
  • Effective time management and ability to multi-task,
  • Proficiency in MS Excel and MS Word,
  • Proficiency in WordPress, Canva, Mailchimp, PowerPoint (strong asset).

Work Environment / Location:

The OFC works in close collaboration with OACC, on Dalhousie University’s agricultural campus in Truro, NS. The successful candidate may work from home, with the expectation of orientation and then routine meetings either in Montreal or at the OACC office in Truro. Normal working hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time but may vary. This position may include occasional travel within Canada for several days each year. This is presently a term position with the possibility of extension.

Salary Range: $50,000 – $55,000 per annum – working 35 hr/wk. Start date to be determined (in the fall of 2023)

Application Details:

Deadline: October 10, 2023, or until position is filled.

Applications must include:

  • Cover letter describing suitability for the position
  • V.
  • List of 3 references with contact information
  • An example of an article written by the applicant for a producer or general public audience relating to agriculture
Submit applications by email to:
For questions about this position, please contact
Phone – 514-488-6192

Invitation to LFS graduate students: World Food Day (Oct. 16) livestream


Dear LFS Graduate Students,

You are invited to attend a livestream:  World Food Day 2023 (Official Event): Water is Life. Water is Food. Leave no one behind.

This event is the Official North America World Food Day 2023 event. All sessions are moderated by food and agriculture journalists. Dean Rickey Yada will be opening the session at 12:30 pm.

The goal for this event is to highlight stories of hope and success in relation to the theme: Water is life. Water is food. Leave no one behind. We will explore historical roots and stories of change in British Columbia and beyond as we look to a more nourishing future from land to sea.

Water is essential to life on Earth. It covers the majority of the Earth’s surface, makes up over 50 percent of our bodies, produces our food, and supports our livelihoods. But this precious resource is not infinite and is impacted by unsustainable food and agriculture systems.

The event will be free to livestream, with stakeholders that include United Nations leadership, the non-profit community, policymakers, journalists, food businesses, the academic community, farmers, activists, individuals with lived experiences, and the funding and donor community. This unified approach aims to have a significant impact as we move towards the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28) in Dubai.

This event is presented by the FAO Food and Agriculture Program of the United Nations North America, Food Tank, Driscoll’s, WholeChain, UBC and SFU, in collaboration with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the University of Guelph and the Forum for Farmers and Food Security.

World Food Day Event Information:

Date: Monday, October 16, 2023
Time: 12:30-5:00 pm Pacific Time

Livestream Tickets (no code needed):

Livestream access to the event is free and open to everyone.


Karen Lee (She, Her, Hers)
Director of Marketing and Communications
Faculty of Land and Food Systems
The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus | Musqueam Traditional Territory
2357 Main Mall | Vancouver British Columbia | V6T 1Z4 Canada
Phone 604 827 5297 | Cell 604 312 6343 | @ubcLFS

Thesis Defense – FOOD Science – MSc – Thomas Guy


UBC – Faculty of Land and Food Systems Announces The Oral Examination for the Degree of Master of Science (Food Science)

Thomas Guy

“Investigation of Antimicrobial Sensitivity in Bacteriophage-Insensitive Mutants of Salmonella Enterica”

Wednesday, October 11, 2023 – 12:00 PM


Chair: Dr. V. Measday
Supervisory Committee:
Dr. S. Wang – Co-Supervisor
Dr. K. Fong – Co-Supervisor
Dr. H. Anany – Committee member
Dr. D. Dee – Committee member
Defense Committee Composition
Dr. S. Wang – Co-Supervisor
Dr. K. Fong – Co-Supervisor
Dr. H. Anany – Committee member
Dr. D. Dee – Committee member
Dr. L. Guan – External