Areas of Research


The specific areas of research reside within the faculty’s four departments, as listed below.


Agricultural, Food & Nutritional Science

The department of AFNS attracts over $20 million in research funding every year. On main campus for research and teaching in plant, animal, food processing and bio-resource, Human Nutrition, Agri-Food Materials, Genomics and Proteomics and Food Microbiology. 

Research disciplines include nutrition and metabolism, microbiology, immunology, reproductive physiology, genetics and genomics, meat quality, and ethology to support optimal health and production efficiency in domestic animal species. 

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Food Science and Bioresource Technology

Food Science and Bioresource Technology research takes an integrated approach to value-added utilization of agricultural commodities, targeting both food and industrial products.

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Human Nutrition

Human Nutrition research explores the links between all aspects of nutrition and human health with the ultimate goal of preventing diseases and enhancing the quality of life. 

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Plant Biosystems

Plant Biosystems research crosses many disciplines in the areas of plant physiology, biochemistry,plant breeding, weed management, plant pathology, and rangeland management.

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Human Ecology

The department of Human Ecology at the university supports rigorous multidisciplinary research programs with a particular focus on four main areas: aging; children, youth and families, material culture studies and, textile and apparel science. 

The research mission is to make a meaningful difference in the lives of older adults and their families by bridging research, policies and practice.

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Children, Youth & Families

In conducting research about family dynamics, and working with government and community partners, the broad aim of the research programs is to enhance the well-being of children, youth and families across the life course.

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Material Culture Studies

The interdisciplinary research in this field seeks to reveal how material forms are central to the socialization of human beings into culture.

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Textile and Apparel Science

Research fields include the study of fiber science with a focus on areas such as material response under various thermal hazards, combustion of textile materials, odour transfer, standards development and functional apparel design.

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Renewable Resources

The department of Renewable Resources research programs are focused on understanding the complexities of natural and managed ecosystems with the aim of providing creative solutions to ensure their long-term resilience and sustainability.

Agriculture and the Environment

Our research aims at developing sustainable agricultural practices and avoiding or minimizing environmental contamination.

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Conservation Biology

Our research in this area focuses on understanding drivers and patterns of biodiversity, at various spatial and temporal scales and organizational levels, and how these are affected by human-caused and natural disturbances and stresses.

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Environmental Soil Science

Our research in soil science focus on water and nutrient cycling in agricultural and forested ecosystems, soil carbon sequestration, greenhouse gas emissions from soils, and the impacts of natural and anthropogenic disturbance on soil quality as well as forest and crop production. 

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Forest Ecology and Management

Our research in this realm focuses on understanding the function of forest organisms, ecosystems, and landscapes with a view towards their sustainable management for a diversity of ecological, economic and social values.

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Reclamation and Restoration of Land and Water

Our research focuses on reclaiming terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems impacted by anthropogenic activities, including agriculture, forestry, urban development and industry, and natural disturbance such a fire and floods. 

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Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology

The department of Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology's areas of research strength and focus are: 

Environmental and Resource Economics

Environmental valuation; market based instruments and institutional arrangements for environmental protection; laboratory and field experiments; economic impacts and responses to environmental change in Indigenous communities and developed/developing countries.

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Economics of Agriculture, Food & Agribusiness

Economics of food and nutrition; consumer behavior; demand analysis, regulatory issues; international trade; agribusiness implications; agricultural finance, production and marketing; policy analysis; bio-technology.

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Environmental and Resource Sociology

Natural resource and environmental policy and governance; sociology of food, water and energy; rural and Indigenous community well-being; social impacts and responses to environmental change.

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International Development

Interdisciplinary research; food security; REDD+; technology adoption; social networks; gender; women’s empowerment; social practice; climate change; watershed management.

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