You’re invited: LFS Scholar Series – Dr. Megan Bartlett February 9


Land and Food System Scholar Series

Invited scholar: Dr. Megan Bartlett

Hosted by:  Thorsten Knipfer and Risa Sargent, Plant Science

Title: Drought tolerance goes underground: root traits for a drier world

Abstract: Most of plant resistance to water transport from the soil to the canopy during drought comes from the roots. Climate change is expected to increase evapotranspiration and exacerbate soil drying. Developing crops that can maintain water uptake from drier soil is a potential strategy to compensate without increasing dependence on irrigation. I will talk about my lab’s work using grape rootstocks as a diverse study system to identify traits that maintain root water uptake under drought. Our findings show that classic water relations traits that have long been measured for leaves can also be applied to capture root drought tolerance.

Biography: Dr. Megan Bartlett is an assistant professor in the Department of Viticulture and Enology at the University of California, Davis. She conducted her Ph.D. research on plant ecophysiology with Dr. Lawren Sack at UCLA and her postdoc research on using optimization theory to understand plant adaptations to drought with Dr. Stephen Pacala at Princeton University. As a plant physiologist, her work is focused on the mechanisms underlying plant drought and heat tolerance. Her research applies insights from fundamental plant physiology to address challenges facing the grape and wine industry.


Join in person or via Zoom:

Date: February 9, 2023

Time: 3:00-4:00 PM PST

Location: In-person at Auditorium at Beaty Biodiversity Museum or via Zoom

This presentation will be followed by a meet and greet from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM at Agora Café. Refreshments will be served.

Please register here by Feb 6.

*Note: Admission desk staff will identify in-person attendees before entering the Museum. No food or drinks are permitted in the Museum.


2022 UBC Tax Slip Announcement – for LFS Today, Graduate Programs, Student Services


When Are 2022 Tax Slips Available?

UBC issues electronic tax slips as PDFs that faculty, staff and student employees can download through Workday. T4 and T4A tax slips for the 2022 tax year are expected to be available through Workday by February 28, 2023.

How do I find my T4? (CWL-login required).

More information:

Mona Lee
Human Resources Administrative Clerk
UBC Faculty of Land & Food Systems

248 – 2357 Main Mall

Traditional, ancestral and unceded Musqueam territory

Tel 604-827-5312 |


IRES Seminar Series: Thurs, Feb 2 with Nivi Thatra


The next IRES Seminar is in the Beaty Museum Theatre.  Reminder: No food or drinks allowed in the Theatre.

February 2, 2023: IRES Professional Development Seminar Series with Nivretta Thatra

Science Communication Skills: Lay Abstracts and Digital Profiles

Time: 12:30pm to 1:20pm

Location: Beaty Museum Theatre (2212 Main Mall)

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

Talk summary:

Help improve the reach of your research and your skills! Communicating your work to a wider audience can help inform policy and society, and gets you hired. Join Nivi Thatra for this free workshop covering how to
1- write a lay abstract/summary of your research, which is a requirement for all UBC grad students when submitting your dissertation and,
2- getting starting with or refining your professional online presence.

Please bring a research topic, paper, or online profile (IRES profile, Twitter, LinkedIn, and/or ORCID iD, ResearcherID and/or Google Scholar profile) on which to practice your newfound skills. This hour is for YOU… use it to check off part of your dissertation, prep for a presentation, or update your professional profiles.

  Nivretta Thatra, IRES Communications Manager

Bio: Nivi is a communicator with a scientific sense of curiosity. After 10 years learning about and working in neuroscience, Nivi now broadens the reach of academic research at IRES by writing, posting, and sharing the department’s interdisciplinary efforts towards a more sustainable future.

See you on Feb 2 in the Beaty Museum 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


Paid internships for UBC Graduate students ????


Scholars Program

Apply for a paid internship with the UBC Sustainability Scholars Program. Bring your critical thinking and research skills to solving a real-world challenge and contribute to advancing sustainability and climate action across the region.

Applications close January 29.


For UBC graduate students interested in . . .

  • solving real-world sustainability questions and challenges.
  • getting paid while gaining valuable professional work experience.
  • developing applied sustainability skills and knowledge under the guidance of a mentor.
  • building a professional network of sustainability practitioners.

Visit our Student Opportunities page for information on available projects.

Green College Grad Student Recruitment 2023-24


Applications for resident membership at Green College are now open. Below you will find some information about Green College that might prove useful for sharing with your new and prospective students. If you have any other questions at all, don’t hesitate to contact us. Our contact details are at the end of this message.

We hope to see you in-person (or livestream) at our Coach House for one of our public events or lectures this year. You can sign up for the Green List to receive weekly public programming notices. All publicized events at the College are open to the public, and no registration is required.

A bit about Green College

Green College is a graduate residence on the UBC campus, with a mandate to promote exchange between academic disciplines at the graduate and postdoctoral levels. Since 1993, more than a thousand UBC graduate students have taken advantage of the College’s unique combination of west-coast living conditions, extracurricular academic programs, and broad array of social, artistic and recreational opportunities. As members of “a dynamic community of scholars dedicated to the multi-disciplinary ideal” (Cecil Green, founder), they have enriched their own intellectual lives and brought insights from cross-disciplinary and extracurricular conversations to bear on the work they do in their home departments and programs.

The College provides accommodation for around 85 graduate students at the master’s and doctoral levels, and another 15 places for postdoctoral scholars and visiting faculty. The maximum length of residency for members varies by program, and ranges from 1-4 years. No distinction is made between “professional” and “academic” programs; students in the Juris Doctor program are also eligible. Residency is offered incrementally in 12-month leases (“housing contract”), typically beginning in September.


If we can help to answer any questions about our application process, or about the College more generally, we invite you to contact me at For any questions about public programming or College promotion and communications, please contact our Academic Program Manager, Heather Muckart at

Yours in Ideas and Friendship, 

Anna Tam (she, her, hers)

Membership Coordinator, Green College

The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus | xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Territory

6201 Cecil Green Park Road | Vancouver, BC Canada V6T 1Z1

Phone: 604-822-6067 | | | @GreenCollegeUBC