The Land & Food Lab Team
Please see this link, which has more information for prospective lab members.
M.Sc. Student (joined the lab in Fall 2017)
Department of Geography
remi.st-gelais [at] mail.mcgill.ca
My current research goal is to understand the patterns between soil nutrients and dietary nutritional production in agriculture. As the world’s population is growing, food security will become more challenging. Most of the current research looks at how to improve yields or caloric production, whereas I’m interested in the nutritional quality of the food produced. Micronutrient deficiencies can lead to hidden hunger, with serious consequences on human development. I believe that understanding how fertilizers and soil nutrients impact the dietary quality of food can provide tools to reduce nutrient deficiencies globally.
My other interests include gardening (or as they call it, urban agriculture), swimming, cross country running, arts and crafts, and plants (all kinds).
Connect with Rémi on LinkedIn.
Ph.D Student (joined the lab in Fall 2018)
Department of Geography
kerstin.schreiber [at] mail.mcgill.ca
Kerstin studies urban food supply chains and the social, ecological, and economic linkages between cities and their agricultural hinterlands. She previously studied and worked at the intersection of business, food systems, and cities in Wurzburg and Berlin (Germany), MontPellier (France), Malmo, (Sweden), and Amsterdam (the Netherlands). Besides her academic work, she is a passionate illustrator, photographer, hiker, and alpaca fan, and fascinated by the history of food, trade, cooking and cities.
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Ph.D Candidate (joined the lab in Fall 2018)
Department of Geography
Connect with Sibeal:
sibeal.mccourt [at] mail.mcgill.ca
I study how we can better account for, and manage, nitrogen in the Canadian food system. I am interested in understanding different supply-chain accounting approaches, data visualization and the related implications for policy development. My other research interests include: the footprint family (carbon, water, ecological etc), and the environmental impacts of cities.
I love to talk about my research, and enjoy discussing how to effectively communicate scientific findings with the general public. I am involved in McGill's Hot Science Cool Talks outreach program for the general public, as well as high schools and CEGEP's. You can find more information abut the program here.
Outside of academics, I enjoy knitting, gardening, and dancing.
Honours Student (joined the lab in Spring 2017)
U3 B.Sc. Honours Geography
monica.allaby [at] mail.mcgill.ca
Thesis title: Growing Pains: The Relationships Between Commercial Urban Agriculture and Peri-Urban Organic Farms in Montreal, Quebec
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SURA Summer Student (2017)
B.Sc. Honours Environment
sally.maxwell [at] mail.mcgill.ca
During summer 2017, I am working to manage a literature review project focused on virtual water and water footprint literature and its assessment of food security themes.
In my free time I enjoy hiking, camping, sitting on sunny terrasses, and eating good food.
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Hugo Fernandez Mena
Visiting scholar in the lab (spring & summer 2017)
Former Ph.D. candidate, Université de Bordeaux and INRA, France
My research aims to simulate and assess alternative scenarios of material exchanges in local agro-food networks through agent-based modelling. The objective of my project is to move towards more sustainable and circular food systems by improving material recycling and coordination between farms and their local upstream and downstream partners. To explore these leverages, I am developing an agent-based model, where food, feed and wastes are processed and exchanged among farms, feed and fertilizer dealers, food industries, waste processors, anaerobic digesters, and population at the local scale. This model was built with a set of environmental criteria in order to assess different agro-food network scenarios in terms of ecosystem services, nutrient cycling and resources autonomy. Finally, the model will be applied to different case studies, starting with three contrasted rural districts in France where data has been collected.
My other interests include Nature, Geopolitics, Basketball, Salsa, and Bass guitar.
Research Assistant / Honours Student (2016-2017)
B.A.&Sc. Honours Sustainability, Science & Society
I calculated McGill's nitrogen footprint (co-supervised by Prof. Tim Moore and Prof. Brian Robinson in the Department of Geography).
In 2016-2017, I conducted research on global nitrogen fertilizer use as part of my undergraduate Honours research with the Lab.
Connect with Aidan on LinkedIn.
Honours Student (2016-2017)
B.A. Honours Geography
I left the lab in the Spring of 2017 after finishing my Honours thesis research that involved analyzing global agricultural trade patterns. I am currently working for McGill's Food & Dining services as a sustainability coordinator, tracking and advising their environmental and socially sustainable purchasing, overseeing waste management, and doing promotions and outreach for sustainable initiatives.
Connect with Amelia on LinkedIn.
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