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Bentley Lecture in Sustainable Agriculture

18th Bentley Lecture in Sustainable Agriculture

Farming on a Warming Planet

Human civilizations flourished during the Holocene, a period of relatively stable climate. Sedentary agriculture allowed our numbers to skyrocket to over 7 billion today. But 1 in 7 people remain undernourished and our numbers are expected to rise to nearly 11 billion by 2100. At the same time, our current agricultural practices are one of the major causes of global environmental degradation, including climate change. Climate change, in turn, is expected to severely damage our farming system. Our farming system developed during a time of relatively stable climate, can we continue to farm the same way in a future of projected climate change volatility?

Dr. Navin RamankuttyDr. Navin Ramankutty

Navin Ramankutty is Professor and Canada Research Chair in Global Environmental Change and Food Security at the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs and the Institute for Resources, Environment, and Sustainability at the University of British Columbia. His research program aims to understand how humans use and modify the Earth’s land surface for agriculture and its implications for the global environment.
Using global Earth observations and numerical ecosystem models, his research aims to find solutions to the problem of feeding humanity with minimal global environmental footprint. He contributed to the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment report and to the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. He was an editor of the journal Global Food Security and is an Associate Editor of Environmental Research Letters. He is a Leopold Leadership Fellow.

 February 11, 2020

 Lecture – Free North Campus, University of Alberta
ECHA-2-490 Lecture Hall
4:00pm – 5:30pm

 Poster Session
Outside ECHA 2-490
2:30pm – 4:00pm

 Reception & Continued Poster Session
Agriculture-Forestry Centre Atrium, Main Floor
5:30pm – 7:00pm


The lecture is named in honor of Dr. Fred Bentley. Dr. Bentley's academic career, mainly at the University of Alberta, spanned over 36 years and included Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture from 1958 to 1968.

Each year the University of Alberta invites a speaker of international renown to present current research and updates in areas relating to soil science, agricultural production methods, and sustainable agriculture. Current students and faculty members as well as members of the public benefit from these presentations.

The purpose of the endowment is to support the Bentley Lecture in Sustainable Agriculture. This Lecture Series will allow leading national and international speakers to present novel and innovative research and/or to discuss current issues in sustainable agriculture. The Lecture Series will also provide the opportunity for students to engage in these topical discussions. Funds may be used to provide honoraria, reimburse travel related expenses for the speaker (transportation, accommodation, hosting), and any other expenses related to the lecture series (publicity).