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Advisors

In addition to the core development team, LiteFarm has been shaped by a diverse team of researchers investigating food system transformations for sustainability and resilience. Below is a list of advisors in alphabetical order of last names.

Dr. Lucas Garibaldi
Professor of Natural Resources, Agroecology, and Rural Development
University of Rio Negro (UNRN), Argentina

Lucas Garibaldi is a professor at the National University of Río Negro (UNRN) and director of the Research Institute on Natural Resources, Agroecology and Rural Development (IRNAD - UNRN) He studied Agronomical Engineering at the University of Buenos Aires (UBA), specialized in Ecology and moved to Bariloche once he got his degree. His work focuses on finding new ways to produce food without destroying the environment and encouraging biodiversity. He was recently awarded the “Incentive Award” of the Bunge y Born Foundation, for his contributions to the field of Ecology. He has also received the Houssay Award in 2007 for his contribution on Environmental Sciences and Technologies, and the “Incentive Award” of the National Academy of Exact, Physical and Natural Sciences in 2015.

Dr. Mark Johnson
Professor of Ecohydrology 
University of British Columbia

Dr. Mark Johnson is working to understand how land use practices influence interactions between hydrological and ecological processes, and how these ecohydrological processes further affect ecosystem services including carbon sequestration. His research in ecohydrology demonstrates that soil carbon processes are also integrally important to the health of freshwater ecosystems and drinking water supplies. Dr. Johnson and his team are testing carbon and water cycle interactions to address questions such as: How much carbon does water transport from the land into freshwater systems? His research can also help to answer very applied questions related to soil fertility and water use such as: How much food can be produced in urban environments, and how much water would that require? To address these and other related questions, Johnson is developing innovative approaches to ecohydrological research in partnership with communities, natural resource management agencies and organizations, and industry.

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Dr. Michele Konschuh
Irrigated Crop Scientist University of Lethbridge

Dr. Michele Konschuh is an Irrigated Crop Scientist with the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Lethbridge. Michele earned a Ph.D. from the University of Calgary in 1995 studying Developmental Plant Physiology in the Biological Sciences Department. Dr. Konschuh worked on potato and other irrigated crops with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry for over 20 years, first as a Research Scientist with the Cropping Systems section and more recently with the Irrigation Management section. The focus of her irrigated crop research will be to foster increased irrigation efficiency while maintaining competitive production of specialty crops, especially those with value added processing in Alberta.

Dr. Claire Kremen
Professor of Biodiversity
University of British Columbia

Claire Kremen is President’s Excellence Chair In Biodiversity with a joint appointment in IRES and Zoology at University of British Columbia.  She is an ecologist and applied conservation biologist working on how to reconcile agricultural land use with biodiversity conservation.  Current research questions in her lab include: How do different forms of agricultural land management influence long-term persistence of wildlife populations by promoting or curtailing dispersal movements and population connectivity?  Specifically, can diversified, agroecological farming systems promote species dispersal and survival?

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Dr. Ilyas Siddique
Associate Professor of Agroecosystems
Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC), Brazil

Ilyas Siddique is Professor of Agroecosystems and currently heads the Applied Ecology Lab in the Department of Crop Science of the Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil. He graduated in Tropical Environmental Science from The University of Aberdeen (UK), with a PhD in Ecology from The University of Queensland (Australia), and a postdoctoral fellowship in Ecosystem Ecology at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. Ilyas teaches undergraduate and postgraduate courses in agroecology, agroforestry, syntropic agriculture, forest restoration, weed ecology, research synthesis, epistemology, scientific methods and communication. He coordinates the participatory integration of practitioners' and scientific data into an open source database of plant management traits for diversified agroforestry.

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Dr. Sean Smukler
Associate Professor of Applied Biology and Soil Science 
University of British Columbia

Dr. Sean Smukler's research is focused on working with farmers, and other managers of agricultural landscapes to find ways to better monitor, protect and enhance biodiversity and the availability of ecosystem services including food, fiber, fuel and timber production, greenhouse gas mitigation, and water quality and quantity regulation. His research has been concentrated on assessing the impact of farm management practices on plant biomass and biodiversity, soil physical and chemical properties, nutrients in water (leaching, and storm and irrigation runoff), and carbon dioxide (CO2) and nitrous oxide (N2O) emissions. 

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Dr. Tammara Soma
Assistant Professor of Food Systems 
Simon Fraser University

Dr. Tammara Soma MCIP RPP is an Assistant Professor at the School of Resource and Environmental Management (Planning program) at Simon Fraser University and Research Director of the Food Systems Lab. Originally hailing from Indonesia, she conducts research on issues pertaining to food loss and waste (FLW), food system planning, food access, and the circular economy. Dr. Soma is a Co-editor of the Routledge Handbook of Food Waste, and co-founder of the International Food Loss and Food Waste Studies group, a global network of FLW researchers and practitioners. Dr. Soma was selected as a committee member of the US National Academies of Sciences and co-authored the consensus study A National Strategy to Reduce Consumer Food Waste. She is registered professional planner.

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Dr. Anelyse Weiler
Assistant Professor of Sociology
University of Victoria

Dr. Anelyse Weiler's research explores the convergence of social inequalities and environment crises in the food system, with a focus on struggles for viable agrarian livelihoods, dignified migration, decent work, and resilient farm ecosystems. Dr. Weiler’s interdisciplinary projects have included community-based research on local food and migrant justice movements, the environmental and cultural politics of meat production, the revival of North American craft cider, food sovereignty and health equity, and comparative analyses of global farm labour-migration programs.