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New Frontiers Seminar Series (NFSS)

Location:  AA160, New Council Chamber

Please join us for the next New Frontiers Seminar Series talk which will be given by Professor Marney Isaac from UTSC’s Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences and the Center for Critical Development Studies. Professor Isaac studies the ecological and social challenges associated with agriculture management and will speak about “Emergent environmental and social properties of agricultural landscapes”.

Abstract: The development of innovative approaches to agricultural land management provides strategies to minimize the environmental and economic risks associated with unprecedented levels of soil degradation, fertilizer use and land use change. These challenges are magnified by a global need for improved food security and a rising interest in ecosystem services. This talk will cover major aspects of our research program in response to these challenges by examining plant performance in modified and diversified landscapes, particularly multi-species agroecological and agroforestry systems. I will outline the use of novel techniques to quantify the role of plant diversity in both temperate and tropical agroecosystem with the use of integrated ecophysiological data and mineral uptake processes at the plant-soil interface and larger scales. I will also illustrate the social-environmental interactions at play in such landscapes with a critical examination of socio-spatial dynamics of land management.

Refreshments Provided.

The New Frontier Seminar Series is sponsored by the Office of the Vice-Principal Research and is hosted by the Graduate Students' Association at Scarborough (GSAS). The series showcases cutting edge research from the University of Toronto Scarborough, while highlighting new discoveries from leading researchers in North America.

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