Dr. Reganold will be working with researchers at UBC to address 3 major questions related to farming systems and sustainability: a) Is optimal conservation agriculture (i.e. no-till, ground cover all year, and a three-year or longer crop rotation) more sustainable than simple no-till, and in turn is no-till more sustainable than conventional tillage agriculture?; b) Can a combination of three more-diversified farming systems (i.e. organic, integrated, and conservation agriculture) provide enough calories for the current population and the population projected in 2050?; c) Do healthier soils produce healthier foods? What is the relationship between the nutrient density (e.g., vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants) of foods and the soil in which they are grown?
Dr. Smukler is the Principal Investigator of the Sustainable Agricultural Landscapes (SAL) lab, Associate Professor and Chair of Agriculture and Environment in Land and Food Systems at UBC. He has built a research program that investigates the relationship between agriculture and ecosystem services both in developing and developed world agricultural landscapes. He is currently involved in projects investigating tradeoffs among climate change mitigation and adaptation, biodiversity and food security and developing methods for implementing, monitoring, reporting and verifying carbon sequestration projects. This research extends from lab benchtop experiments to field level trials on research and operational farms to the landscape.