LFS Scholar Series

We host an active and engaging program of special presentations where leading experts in their fields present their research and wisdom to our community. It’s a unique opportunity to gain invaluable insights into cutting-edge, top-level work, and we are grateful to all our presenters for sharing their time and expertise. 

LFS typically hosts several Scholar Series presentations each year. The upcoming schedule is posted here every fall. 

Upcoming Presentations

Recent Presentations

Agriculture’s transition to net zero emissions––what is livestock’s role?

Dr. Ermias Kebreab, Professor and Associate Dean at the University of California, Davis

Researching on animal nutrition, mathematical modeling of biological systems and the impact of livestock on the environment, Professor Kebreab has authored over 250 peer-reviewed articles and received several prestigious awards. He is also a sought-after speaker whose recent TED Talk presentation was a “must-watch climate talk of 2022.”

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Agriculture’s transition to net zero emissions––what is livestock’s role?

Dr. Emma Allen-Vercoe, Professor in Tier 1 Canada Research Chair and Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of Guelph

Launching her faculty career at the University of Calgary with a study focused on culturing ‘unculturable’ microbes, Professor Allen-Vercoe developed a model gut system that emulated human gut conditions. Later moving to the University of Guelph, and receiving several important awards, she has refined and expanded her anaerobic fermentation laboratory, and is now focusing on ‘missing microbes’ from the industrialized microbiome.

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Livestock disaster preparedness: what’s law got to do with it?

Dr. Sarah Berger Richardson, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law (Civil Law Section), University of Ottawa

Teaching food law and policy, administrative law, and civil liability at U of O, Dr. Berger Richardson is president and co-founder of the Canadian Association of Food Law and Policy plus a member of the Law Society of Ontario. Researching on the regulation of the agri-food sector (with a particular emphasis on animal agriculture and meat processing) she has also been a past research fellow at the Manna Center in Food Safety and Security and a visiting teaching fellow at the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University.

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Charting a path to net-zero carbon agriculture

Dr. Claudia Wagner-Riddle, Professor in the School of Environmental Sciences, University of Guelph

Originally from Brazil, Professor Wagner-Riddle has degrees from the University of Sao Paulo and Guelph. She leads an internationally renowned research program that measures greenhouse gas emissions to determine the carbon footprint of food, feed and fuel produced by agriculture. Editor-in-Chief of Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, she also leads a nationwide training program on Climate-Smart Soils and is North American director of the International Nitrogen Initiative.

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