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.

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.

Thesis Defense – Plant Science – MSc – Vanessa Jones



The Oral Examination for the Degree of

Master of Science
(Plant Science)

Vanessa Jones


Wednesday, November 30th, 2022 – 10:00 AM



Chair: Dr. J. Carrillo

Supervisory Committee:
Dr. J. Grenz – Supervisor
Dr. D. Clements – Co-supervisor
Dr. M. Upadhyaya – Committee member
Dr. J. Bae – Committee member

Defense Committee Composition
Dr. J. Grenz – Supervisor
Dr. D. Clements – Co-supervisor
Dr. J. Bae – Committee member
Dr. T. Martin – External

Master’s Student Position in Grapevine Physiology/Functional Genomics


One M.Sc. student position is available starting September 01, 2014 in the laboratory of Dr. Simone Castellarin at the University of British Columbia, Wine Research Centre in Vancouver, BC.  The student will be enrolled within the Plant Science program at the University of British Columbia. The research program will focus on the control of fruit ripening and the role of environmental factors on determining fruit quality in grapevine (Vitis vinifera L.). The laboratory adopts a multidisciplinary approach that considers open field and greenhouse experiments, transcriptome (RNA-seq) and metabolome (GC/MS, LC/MS) analyses.

Graduate student qualifications: Applicants must hold a degree in Plant Science, Biology, Biochemistry or other related area with a strong academic record. Applicants must have previous lab experience and good communication skills in English. A stipend will be provided.

Application process: Interested candidates should apply by June 30, 2014. Applicants can submit their cover letter, CV and names of two referees to Dr. Simone D. Castellarin at Only qualified applicants will receive a reply.

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community. We especially welcome applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Plant Science Student wins Poster Award


Li Ma (Ph.D. student in Plant Science) and Mahesh K. Upadhyaya’s poster “Impact of plant density on size hierarchy of common lambsquarters (Chenopodium album L.)” received the 1st Place Poster Award at the 2014 joint annual meeting of the Canadian Weed Science Society and the Weed Science Society of America in Vancouver, BC.