DUE TONIGHT: Last call to submit your abstract to the LFS Grad Student Conference!


Abstract submissions for the 2023 LFS Grad Student Conference are due at 11:59pm TONIGHT!

Where: GSS Loft (we are back in person!)

When: Thursday March 2, 2023

How: Submit your abstract here by Feb 10th | Register to attend here by Feb 27th

You can find more information on the conference here, and guidelines for presenters here.

The Land and Food Systems Graduate Student Conference is a one-day, student-organized conference designed to showcase the diverse graduate research and work taking place in our faculty. This conference aims to highlight the excellent work of our graduate students by providing an opportunity to present at a formal and interdisciplinary academic conference. This one-day event will include an interdisciplinary plenary address, poster and oral presentations, lunch, and an award ceremony. Awards and cash prizes will be presented for outstanding oral and poster presentations.

If you have any questions about the conference or abstract submission, email lfsgrads@gmail.com.

Faculty of Land and Food Systems Graduate Student Council


Reminder: 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: https://finance.ubc.ca/announcements/t4t4a-tax-slips-faculty-and-staff-expected-february-28



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 | mona.lee@ubc.ca


IRES Seminar Series: Thurs, Feb 16 with Erika Gavenus and Shuoqi Ren

Next week’s IRES Seminar is in the Beaty Museum Theatre.  Note: No food or drinks allowed in the Theatre.
February 16, 2023: IRES Student Seminar with Erika Gavenus and Shuoqi Ren
Time: 12:30pm to 1:20pm
Location: Beaty Museum Theatre (2212 Main Mall)

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

Zoom Rule: If we encounter technical difficulties during the first 5 to 10 mins of the seminar, Zoom will be terminated.

Restorative Diets: A methodological exploration comparing historical and contemporary salmon harvest rates


Talk summary:

First Nations face persistent challenges related to the state of their fisheries along the coast of, what some call, British Columbia. Fisheries management strategies imposed by the Crown and State have been implicated in contributing to these challenges. In particular, current strategies continue to set ceilings on First Nations’ harvest rates. Too often the evidence used to determine such ceilings reflects disrupted diets and practices, with repercussions for First Nations working to restore their fisheries, diets, and food systems. I will share how we used the example of salmon to develop methods for estimating a range of harvest rates consistent with less disrupted—restorative—diets, and to consider the magnitude of the difference between harvest rates consistent with restorative compared to contemporary diets. We find salmon harvest rates suggested by contemporary assessments consistently fall below rates consistent with restorative diets.

Erika Gavenus, IRES PhD Candidate


Erika Gavenus is a PhD candidate at IRES supervised by Terre Satterfield. She grew up on the lands of the Nichiłt’ana and learned to love fish and fishing on waters long stewarded by Dena’ina and Sugpiaq peoples. Through her doctoral research Erika uses a lens of food justice to examine how imposed fishing regulations can challenge food access for coastal First Nations. She holds a BSc in Global Health from Georgetown University and a MSc in Global Health and Environment from UC Berkeley. Erika is grateful to live and learn on the traditional, unceded, and ancestral territory of the Musqueam.

Multi-dimensional urban environmental justice analysis: exploring patterns, synergies, and trade-offs in Metro Vancouver


Talk summary:

Everyone has the right to a safe, clean, healthy, and sustainable environment; however, the uneven geographic distribution of demographics and environmental quality can result in disproportionate exposure to environmental risks or lack of access to benefits for marginalized groups, leading to distributive environmental injustice. In this research, we characterize patterns of urban environmental injustice from integrated assessments of multiple environmental factors in Metro Vancouver using geospatial environmental and demographic data for 2016 and 2006. Results show that the patterns of environmental injustice vary through time and across space; these changing patterns are driven by different aspects of environmental quality. The results can provide insights into urban planning and policymaking, for example, targeting communities with a high level of injustice with a significantly disadvantaged population and limiting traffic-related air pollution emissions in high walkable communities to avoid human exposure in active transportation.

Shuoqi Ren, IRES MSc Student


Shuoqi Ren is an MSc student at the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability, supervised by Dr. Amanda Giang at UBC. Her research interests focus on multi-dimensional assessments and modelling of urban environmental quality and its applications to environmental justice. Her Master’s research characterizes the interactions, synergies, and trade-offs between environmental variables like air pollutant concentrations, walkability, green space, and temperature and investigates whether there are environmental injustices related to the uneven distribution of environmental benefits, risks, and demographics over time in Metro Vancouver.

See you next Thursday 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


Email: bonnie.leung@ubc.ca

Tel: 604-822-9249


Event- Solving the Sustainability Challenges at the Food-Climate-Biodiversity Nexus: A Panel Discussion


A Panel Discussion

Tuesday, February 27, 2023
5:00-6:00 PM, Reception with lights refreshments to follow
Aquatic Ecosystems Research Laboratory (AERL) Theatre, 2202 Main Mall

Please RSVP: https://forms.gle/WoR2o1X6wTsXWRap9

The ocean’s capacity to sustain life and support human wellbeing is increasingly threatened by intensifying climate change that exacerbates other non-climatic human stressors such as overfishing, pollution, and invasive species. The world is facing the major challenge of finding just, equitable and culturally-sensitive ways to feed and nourish the future human population while achieving biodiversity conservation and climate mitigation goals. This is the focus of the Solving the Sustainability Challenges at the Food-Climate-Biodiversity Nexus Partnership (Solving-FCB).

Join us to hear from an international interdisciplinary panel that will discuss the development of marine and aquatic food-climate-biodiversity solutions that explicitly consider their complex social and ecological contexts. The panel will highlight case studies in Canada, China, Costa Rica, Nigeria/Ghana and the Netherlands to elucidate different potential pathways towards achieving food security, climate mitigation and biodiversity conservation goals.


Dr. Denis W. Aheto is a Professor of Coastal ecology and Director of the Centre for Coastal Management – The Africa Centre of Excellence in Coastal Resilience (ACECoR) at the University of Cape Coast. He has been working in the field of coastal zone management in Ghana for over a decade.

Dr. Ling Cao is an Associate Professor in the Institute of Oceanography at Shanghai Jiao Tung University. Trained as an agronomist and environmental scientist, she has focused on interdisciplinary research at the interface between the sustainability of food and natural systems.

Dr. Laurie Chan holds the Canada Research Chair in Toxicology and Environmental Health. He studies the exposure of chemical contaminants found in the diet and the environment, particularly among Indigenous Peoples. Dr. Chan assesses the effects of these contaminants on ecosystem health and human health and develops new tools for risk assessment.

Dr. Solen Le Clec’h is an Assistant Professor in the Environmental Systems Analysis Group at Wageningen University. Her research is highly interdisciplinary and mainly focuses on the spatial and temporal dynamics of the socioecological systems.

Dr. Ingo Wehrtmann is the founder and director of the Fisheries and Aquaculture Research Unit at University of Costa Rica and is a leading researcher in Latin American aquatic and fisheries ecology and coastal management.

Dr. Laura Pereira is an Associate Professor at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg and a leader in developing new approaches to sustainability-focused scenario building and analysis.

Dr. Temitope Sogbanmu is a Professor at the University of Lagos and is an Environmental Toxicologist with several years of experience in environmental risk assessment and pollution management.

Dr. Garry Peterson is a Professor at Stockholm University and a pioneer and world-leading expert in social-ecological modelling and scenario analysis of environmental issues.


Dr. William Cheung is a Professor and Director of the Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, the University of British Columbia. He is also a Canada Research Chair in Ocean Sustainability and Global Change. He is an international leader in developing and using scenarios and models of biodiversity and ecosystem services to understand the responses and vulnerabilities of marine human-natural systems to global change.

Dr. Rashid Sumaila is a Professor and Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Interdisciplinary Ocean and Fisheries Economics at the Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, and the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, University of British Columbia. His research focuses on bioeconomics, marine ecosystem valuation and the analysis of global issues such as fisheries subsidies, marine protected areas, illegal fishing, climate change, marine plastic pollution, and oil spills.

RSVP: https://forms.gle/WoR2o1X6wTsXWRap9

MFRE Speaker Series: Vikram Raju, Impact Investing and Environmental Metrics


Join us this Friday, February 10, 2023, as Vikram Raju, CFA, Head of Climate Investment at Morgan Stanley delves into the importance of measuring and reporting the environmental impact of business and investments. He will share insights on how to use data and metrics to drive sustainability and positive impact.

Environmental Metrics and Impact Investing

Date: Friday, February 10,, 2023

Time: 3:00-4:30 pm

Location: MCML 160

Vikram is an Investment Committee member and Head of Impact Investing, Morgan Stanley AIP Private Market responsible for emerging markets and impact investing for AIP Private Markets. He has 23 years of relevant industry experience. Vikram leads emerging markets and impacts investing at AIP Private Markets. Prior to joining the firm, he was a principal investment officer at the International Finance Corporation, World Bank Group, where he led the investment program for climate-related private equity funds across emerging markets. Previously, was a management consultant with McKinsey & Company and worked with a range of clients including US private equity firms and Indian NGOs. Vikram has also been a portfolio manager with the emerging markets team at Lazard Frères & Co. Vikram received a B.A. in economics from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai, and an M.S. in finance from the Jamnalal Bajaj Institute, Mumbai. He also received a master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

For information about the upcoming MFRE Speakers, Please visit here




Olivier Ntwali, BSc Ag. Econ, MFRE
Academic Program Manager
Master of Food and Resource Economics| Land and Food System
The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus | Musqueam Traditional Territory
Macmillan Building – 348A- 2357 Main Mall | Vancouver BC | V6T 1Z4 Canada
Phone: 6047718961| olivier.ntwali@ubc.ca| http://mfre.landfood.ubc.ca/