Sandra Brown

Sandra Brown

Associate Professor of Teaching


MacMillan 229, 2357 Main Mall

Soil, Water & Sustainability Group

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

  • Complementarity of teaching approaches in Soil Science Education
  • Catalysts: learning modules addressing content and language gaps in soil science education
  • Water Metabolism in Extractive Frontiers of Colombia

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


Parisa Rinaldi (joint PhD with Universidad de los Andes). Thesis - Transdisciplinary water research in extractive frontiers.


Clara Roa-Garcia (PhD, 2009-2018, co-supervised with Dr. Maja Krzic). Thesis - Soil properties and land use affecting soil water dynamics in Andisols and Inceptisols at two mid-elevation sites in the Colombian Andes.

Roa, C., S. Brown, M. Krzic, L.M. Lavkulich. 2021. Relationship of soil water retention characteristics and soil properties: a case study from the Colombian Andes. Canadian Journal of Soil Science

Krzic M., S. Brown, A. Bomke. 2020. Combining problem-based learning and team-based learning in a sustainable soil management course. Natural Sciences Education 49(1):

Roa García M.C., Brown S. 2017. Assessing equity and sustainability of water allocation in Colombia. Local Local Environment 22(9): 1080-1104.

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.

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

  • 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