Lecturer, Research Associate
work phone: 6048225965
MacMillan Building Room 156
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 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. Roa García C.E. 2015. Jerarquía de vulnerabilidades de las organizaciones comunitarias de agua en Colombia. Gestión y Ambiente 18(2): 51-79.

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

Roa García M.C. Brown S. Lavkulich L.M. 2014. Stream closure and water allocation in the Colombian Andes. International Journal of Water 8(2): 128-148. DOI 10.1504/IJW.2014.060961

Hund S. Brown S. Lavkulich L.M. Oswald S.E. 2013. Relating P lability in stream sediments to watershed land use via an effective sequential extraction scheme. Water, Air and Soil Pollution. 224(9) http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11270-013-1643-9

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. 2011. The role of land use and soils in regulating water flow in small headwater catchments of the Andes. Water Resources Research Vol 47: doi:10.1029/2010WR009582

Brown S. Schreier H. Lavkulich L. 2009. Incorporating virtual water into water management: a British Columbia example. Water Resources Management. Vol 23: 2681-2696. DOI 10.1007/s11269-009-9403-8

Roa García C.E. Brown S. 2009. Youth co-investigation of multi-use water systems: improving local participation in water resources management. Journal of Environmental Management. Vol 90: 3040-3047. DOI 10.1016/j.jenvman.2009.04.014

Brown S. Merz J.  Shrestha B. Von Westarp S. 2008. Water conservation for livelihood and labour constraints: a case study from Nepal. Asian Journal of Water, Environment and Pollution. Vol 5(3):57-67.

Roa-García M.C. Roa C.E. Brown S. Cordero E. 2008. Water resources research and education in mountain communities. Mountain Research and Development Vol. 28(4):196-200.

Brown S. Roa C.E. Roa-García M.C. Yepes L.D. Ceballos J.L. 2007. Protocol for the characterization of water and carbon cycles in high mountain ecosystems. Mountain Research and Development, Vol 27(4): 372-375.

Brown S. Kennedy G. 2005. A case study of cash cropping in Nepal: poverty alleviation or inequity. Agriculture and Human Values. 22:105-116.

Von Westarp S. Schreier H. Brown S. Shah P.B. 2004. Agricultural intensification and the impacts on soil fertility in the Middle Mountains of Nepal. Canadian Journal of Soil Science. Vol. 84(3) 323-332.

Brown S. 2003. Spatial analysis of socio-economic issues: Gender and Geographic Information Systems in Nepal. Mountain Research and Development Vol. 23 (4): 28-34.

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