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Vital research on a vibrant campus

Modern agriculture at Dalhousie’s Faculty of Agriculture brings together the land and the lab, innovation and invention, students and professors. Our research is helping to innovate new technologies for environmental sustainability, rural growth, and bio-resource innovation in support of the agri-food and aquaculture industries.

We have over 400 hectares of research fields. In addition to our modern laboratories, we have a number of research facilities unique to the Atlantic region, including a 250-hectare farm, extensive pasture, field and turf grass facilities, greenhouses, an experimental orchard and a number of outlying research facilities. Every day, the work and research of our students and faculty puts better food on our tables, richer soil in the ground and greater resources at our fingertips.

Conducting more than $10 million in annual research, we work with industry, government, academic and research institutions - both nationally and internationally - to carry out innovative research in agriculture, aquaculture, the environment and related fields.

Featured Researchers

Research Interests

Dr. H.P. Vasantha Rupasinghe

Professor and Killam Chair in Functional Foods & Nutraceuticals
Plant, Food, & Environmental Sciences
  • Food bioactives
  • Health benefits of plant-food antioxidants
  • Medicinal and nutritional biochemistry
  • Mechanism of action of flavonoids

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Dr. Rajasekaran Lada
Department Chair & Founding Director, Christmas Tree Research Centre
Plant, Food, & Environmental Sciences
  • Environmental Sciences, Environmental Stresses & Crop Adaptation
  • Horticultural Science and Global Agro-ecosystems
  • Plant Science
  • Plant, Tree, Seed and Ecophysiology

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Dr. Scott White, Assistant Professor
Plant, Food, & Environmental Sciences
  • Weed management in horticultural crops
  • Weed management in perennial crops
  • Perennial weed management
  • Plant population dynamics and demography
  • Predictive plant modeling
  • Plant reproductive biology

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Dr. Lord Abbey, Assistant Professor

Plant, Food, and Environmental Sciences
  • Vermicast enhancement of plant nutrient density and human health benefits
  • Microwave irradiation alteration of vermicast bio-physicochemical characteristics
  • Judicious application and alternative use of natural amendments
  • Greenhouse microclimate variability and crop response

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Dr. Sean Myles, Associate Professor

Plant, Food, & Environmental Sciences  
  • Genomics
  • Bioinformatics
  • Apple, grapes and cannabis

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Dr. Derek Lynch, Professor
Canada Reseach Chair Organic Agriculture (2005-2015)
Plant, Food and Environmental Sciences
  • Agronomy
  • Agroecology
  • Soil organic carbon dynamics
  • Soil health

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Dr. Stefanie Colombo, Assistant Professor

Canada Research Chair (Tier II) – Aquaculture Nutrition
Department of Animal Science and Aquaculture
  • Aquaculture nutrition and production
  • Fatty acid biosynthesis in fish
  • Environmentally sustainable feeds
  • Nutrigenomics
  • Impact of climate change on nutrition
  • Farmed seafood nutritional quality

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Dr. Sarah Stewart-Clark, Associate Professor
Animal Science and Aquaculture
  • Invasive Species
  • Aquaculture Genomics
  • Shellfish Production
  • Climate Change Impacts
  • Aquatic Ecology

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Dr. Quan(Sophia) He, Associate Professor

  • Production of biodiesel, bio-oil and bio-char from biomass
  • Catalysts development and application
  • Separation via extraction and crystallization
  • Chiral resolution of active pharmaceutical ingredient (API)

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Dr. Tri Nguyen-Quang, Associate Professor

Biofluids and Biosystems Modeling Lab (BBML)
  • Natural pattern recognition: Harmful Algal Blooms and Cyanotoxins
  • Water quality monitoring, Water modeling, Bio-fluids and Biosystems modeling
  • Modeling in industrial production: Operations and Optimizations
  • Dynamics of External bio-fluid and Optical visualization for fluid flows
  • Coastal dynamics and Coastal Ecosystem Evolution

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Dr. Haibo Niu, Associate Professor
  • Agricultural water management
  • Aquaculture and environment interactions
  • Contaminant fate/transport in the environment
  • Environmental modeling

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Dr. Christopher M. Hartt

Business & Social Sciences
  • Decisions as a Social Interaction of Ideas
    • Examples of current work: Food Waste policy, Pharmacy Safety, Image of Farming and Agriculture as taught in Business Schools
  • Indigenous Entrepreneurship (SSHRC)
  • Organizational History
  • Critical Management Studies

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Dr. Simon Somogyi, Associate Professor
Agri-food Value Chain Management
Business and Social Sciences
  • Value chain management
  • Agribusiness management
  • Food marketing
  • Agribusiness sustainability

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Dr. Ji Lu, Associate Professor
Business and Social Sciences
  • Healthy lifestyle promotion
  • Obesity prevention
  • Food product marketing
  • Consumer psychology

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Read about select areas of research