Climate change is not an abstract idea or something we need to worry about in the future. We are seeing the impact of climate change globally and at a local level, as well. Here in BC, the effects are evident; in recent years, we’ve experienced an increase in droughts and flooding. As the weather continues to change, we have to find ways to adapt.
This is our new normal. Fortunately, science can help.
Everything we do in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems has an end goal of creating a healthier, more livable and more sustainable society. Our researchers are leaders in their respective fields, scientists who have made it their life’s work to solve some of our most critical challenges.
We are working with our communities to directly to address key issues. Assistant Professor Sean Smukler and Associate Professor Maja Krzic, for example, are helping farmers in Delta, BC find ways to improve soil in the region. This is a crucial research, as the quality of soil can impact a farmer’s ability to grow food.
Our students and alumni, too, are making the world a better place. Many of our recent alumni are already sharing the knowledge they gained in our programs with other countries. Like Maureen Gitana, a graduate of our Masters of Food and Resource Economics professional program, who returned to Kenya, her home country, to take a role as a consultant at a strategy consulting firm focused on development. And Kyly Whitfield, who just completed her PhD in Human Nutrition, has accepted a job as a tenure track assistant professor in the Department of Applied Human Nutrition at Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax.
Our faculty members, students and alumni may work all over the world, but we remain connected as a community, with a collective focus of improving the quality of life for all of us.
Dean, Faculty of Land and Food Systems