work phone: 6048225965
MacMillan Building Room 229
2357 Main Mall
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4
Research Interests:


International Development Research Centre (IDRC), 1998, Post-Doc, Gender and resources in the Middle Mountains of Nepal
University of British Columbia, 1997, PhD, Interdisciplinary Studies in Resource Management
University of British Columbia, 1990, MSc, Soil Physics
University of British Columbia, 1984, BSc, Physical Geography


  • Characterization of soil–water properties of Andean soils
  • Role of soils in the terrestrial hydrological cycle
  • Assessing water allocation in Latin America

Recent projects:

Adaptación al cambio climático  en Colombia Rural: el papel de la gobernanza del agua

Inventario de plantas – pequeños humedales del Quindio Colombia

Graduate Students

Current Graduate Students:

Clara Roa-Garcia (Ph.D., started Sep 2009; co-supervised with Dr. Maja Krzic “Effects of soil type (Andisols and Inceptisols) and land use on soil water dynamics in the Colombian Andes”

Selected Publications

Roa García M.C. Brown S. 2016. Caracterización de la acumulación de carbono en pequeños humedales Andinos en la cuenca alta del Río barbas (Quindío, Colombia); Characterization of carbon storage in small Andean wetlands of the upper Barbas watershed (Quindio Colombia). Caldasia 38(1): 117-135.

Roa García M.C. Brown S. 2015. Assessing equity and sustainability of water allocation in Colombia. Local Environment, doi 10.1080/13549839.2015.1070816.

Krzic M. Bomke A. Sylvestre M. Brown S. 2015. Teaching sustainable soil management: a framework for using problem-based learning. Natural Sciences Education. 44: 34-42. doi 10.4195/nse2014.07-0015

Brown S. Schreier H. Lavkulich L.M. 2011. Developing indicators for regional water quality assessment: an example from British Columbia community watersheds. Canadian Water Resources Journal 36(3): 271-284.

Roa García M.C. Brown S. Schreier H. Lavkulich L.M. 2011. The role of land use and soils in regulating water flow in small headwater catchments of the Andes. Water Resources Research 47(5): W05510, doi:10.1029/2010WR00958

Awards & Honours

Richards Faculty Service Award , 2016
UBC Soil Science Teaching and Mentorship Award , 2013
AUCC Canada-Latin America Research Exchange Grant , 2006
IDRC postdoctoral grant , 1997
Forest Economic Policy Analysis Fellowship , 1995
University Graduate Fellowship , 1987
Charlie Rowles Scholarship , 1985