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Andrew Riseman, Associate Professor
Andrew Riseman Have you ever wondered where your vegetables came from? Were they sustainably produced? Did their production benefit the environment? These are a few of the questions that guide Andrew Riseman's research program. As a classical plant breeder, he is interested in the role of plant genetics in sustainable production systems. Moving beyond breeding for yield and pest resistance, he is more interested in breeding for the full range of ecological services plants can provide, including food provision, but also other important system-level services (i.e., nutrient cycling, microbiome habitat, carbon sequestration, soil conditioning; all critical services needed by a healthy agroecosystem). Most recently, he has been driven by a quote by farmer philosopher Wendel Berry. To paraphrase, 'By separating plant production from animal production, we have created two problems from one solution', meaning we have too much nutrients (poop from animals) in one place and not enough nutrients (fertilizer needed by the plants) in another. In thinking about this challenge and his research interests, he is now focusing on developing a program centred on intensive aquaponics, integrated multi-trophic aquaculture (IMTA), and other such integrated plant:animal systems. He is interested in better understanding how a intensive but sustainable complex food production system works and identifying those emergent properties that support system robustness and resiliency. In addition to Andrew's research interests, he teaches Applied Plant Breeding (APBI 318), Digital Storytelling (LFS 400), and Land Food Community III (LFS 450). He believes strongly in the power of engaging students in research, to personally connect theory with practice, and to create new knowledge. Andrew regularly supervises undergraduate directed studies, and undergraduate thesis courses.
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Doctor Andrew Riseman
Doctor Andrew Riseman - sustainable food production systems expert Dr. Andrew Riseman received his PhD (Horticulture) in 1997 from Penn State University where he studied the genetics of zinc deficiency in, Exacum. He then completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Denmark working on sustainable production technologies for the ornamental greenhouse industry. Following Denmark, he accepted his current faculty position at UBC where he researches sustainable food production systems (i.e., legume:grain intercropping, organic nitrogen sources for tomato production, no-till cultivation) and various aspects of urban agriculture (i.e., business models, food safety, social resilience). In addition, he is the Academic Director for the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems, fondly known as the UBC Farm.
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Andrew Riseman USI-UBC Farm Liaison In addition to his responsibilities in USI, Andrew is an Associate Professor, Plant Breeding and Agroecology at UBC; the Academic Director for the Centre for Sustainable Food System-UBC Farm; a researcher at the UBC Botanical Garden; and an Associate Member in UBC's Department of Botany. His areas of research include the breeding of crops for sustainable production systems and the development of urban agricultural technologies compatible with attractive and livable communities. Andrew completed his doctorate at Penn State, followed by a post-doc position in Denmark.