Thesis Defense – Integrated Studies in Land and Food Systems – PhD – Celina Guadalupe Solis-Becerra



The Oral Examination for the Degree of

Doctor of Philosophy
(Integrated Studies in Land and Food Systems)

Celina Guadalupe Solis-Bacerra

“ Decolonizing Palates: Indigenous Foods in the Culinary Scene of San Cristobal de Las Casas, Mexico. Opportunities to Promote Indigenous Food Sovereignty and Biocultural Diversity Conservation in a Post-Pandemic World ”

Tuesday, November 29th, 2022 – 11:00 AM



Chair: Dr. K. Lokman

Supervisory Committee:
Dr. E. Jovel – Supervisor
Dr. L.Newman – Committee member
Dr. A. Gonzalez – Committee member
Dr. S. Gulati – Committee member

Defense Committee Composition
Dr. E. Jovel – Supervisor
Dr. L. Newman – Committee member
Dr. A. Gonzalez – Committee Member
Dr. S. Smukler – University Examiner
Dr. D. Rosenblum – University Examiner
Dr. J. Cidro – External Examiner

Call for Applications: PhD Research Fellowships, University of Oslo


The Centre for Development and the Environment (SUM) at the University of Oslo is inviting applications for two PhD research fellowships in ‘Food, Food systems and land use’.

SUM, is an international research institution at the University of Oslo with a well-established track record of undertaking critical, independent and high quality interdisciplinary and policy-related research on the challenges and dilemmas posed by sustainable development.

Read more about the Phd applications and apply here.

Food Science PhD Student a 3MT Finalist


Congratulations to Isabelle Lacroix, a PhD student in our Food Science program, who has won her semi-final heat in UBC’s 3-Minute Thesis competition! Isabelle will compete in the final heat on Thursday, March 13 at 4:30pm in the Graduate Student Ballroom (Thea Koerner House, 6371 Crescent Road). Isabelle’s thesis is on, “Milk Proteins as Allies for the Management of Type 2 Diabetes .

Visit the UBC 3MT website for additional information:

Sean Kearney wins campus-wide GIS award


Sean Kearney, PhD student in Soil Science (supervisor Sean Smukler) has won the ESRI Canada Scholarship for the campus-wide “Can you make a map?” contest. Seans’ entry on Agroforestry, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Service Assessment in El Salvador combined Geographic Information System (GIS) innovation, high quality mapping and clarity. Sean was the unanimous selection as winner of this years contest. Congratulations Sean on the award and the cash prize!

For more on Sean’s research, visit

For more on the Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI), visit

O’Riordan Fellowship in Sustainable Development


Terms of reference

“A $3,500 fellowship (p.a.) has been endowed by Tim and Ann O’Riordan and the University of British Columbia for a doctoral student involved in research into or the study of sustainable development. Recipients must be Residents or Non-Resident Members of Green College. The award is made on the recommendation of the Faculty of Graduate Studies” [following a selection process conducted by an expert committee struck for the purpose by the Principal of Green College]. -UBC Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies ref. # 6328

In accordance with the donors’ wishes, the O’Riordan Fellowship will be awarded to an incoming doctoral student, who will be eligible to hold the fellowship for a maximum of four consecutive years, subject to maintaining satisfactory academic progress.

Nominations for candidates intending to work on issues of sustainability with particular reference to British Columbia and in a broad interdisciplinary perspective are especially invited.

The holder will have the status of non-resident member of Green College in virtue of the fellowship (unless he or she happens to be or to become a resident member of the College).

It is a condition of the fellowship that the holder should make a public presentation on his/her research at Green College in the final year of the award, for which additional resources may be available from the College.

Procedure and deadline

Graduate programs admitting students to begin doctoral work in 2014-15 in the area of sustainable development are invited to nominate candidates by forwarding UBC application dossiers (edited as appropriate, but including, as a minimum, research proposal, full academic transcripts and letters of reference) in a message with subject-line “O’Riordan Fellowship: [Name(s) of candidate(s)]” to by Monday 3 February 2014.

Notice of the selection committee’s decisions will be given to graduate programs by early March (subject to confirmation by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies). Inquiries to the Principal of Green College, Dr. Mark Vessey,