Postdoctoral Researchers

Solveig Hanson

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm
    Faculty of Land and Food Systems, University of British Columbia


  • Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison, Horticulture – Plant Breeding Plant Genetics –
    • Minor: Life Sciences Communication
  • B.A. Economics, Grinnell College


Research interests:

Farmer- and consumer-engaged participatory plant breeding; vegetable breeding for organic systems; social dynamics and seed sovereignty potentials of seed systems.


Solveig Hanson is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm. Her research explores the practice, science, social dynamics, and seed sovereignty potentials of participatory plant breeding. In her current position, she supports the Canadian Organic Vegetable Improvement Project (CANOVI) by leading a participatory carrot breeding project and co-facilitating decentralized Canada-wide vegetable variety trials in partnership with the Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security. Solveig holds a Ph.D. in Horticulture-Plant Breeding Plant Genetics with a Ph.D. minor in Life Science Communication (2020) from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and a B.A. in Economics from Grinnell College (2001). Solveig discovered plant breeding after co-owning a direct market vegetable farm and working in organic seed marketing.


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Curriculum Vitae 



Hanson, S.J., Dawson, J.D., and I.L. Goldman. In press. B. vulgaris ssp. vulgaris Chromosome 8 shows significant association with geosmin concentration in table beet. G3: Genes, Genomes, Genetics.


Hanson, S.J. and I.L. Goldman. 2019. Genotype is Primarily Responsible for Variance in Table Beet Geosmin Concentration, but Complex Genotype x Environment Interactions Influence Variance in Total Dissolved Solids. J. Amer. Soc. Hort. Sci. 144:429-438.


Past Postdoctoral Researchers

Alexandra Lyon

Bio photo for Alex Lyon

Postdoctoral Fellow, Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm
Faculty of Land and Food Systems, University of British Columbia








Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison, Environment and Resources
M.S. University of Wisconsin-Madison, Agroecology
B.A. Anthropology, Smith College
Co-founder, Student Organic Seed Symposium

Research interests:

seed systems; organic agriculture; diversified cropping systems; participatory evaluation of agricultural technologies; knowledge mobilization for agroecology

Alex Lyon is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm. She holds a Ph.D. in Environment and Resources (2015) and a M.S. in Agroecology (2009) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a B.A. in Anthropology from Smith College (2004). Her research uses participatory and interdisciplinary methods to advance seed systems for resilient agriculture. In her current project, Canadian Organic Vegetable Improvement (CANOVI) she leads a network of on-farm research sites across Canada to facilitate participatory plant breeding and variety selection in organic vegetable crops including carrot, pepper, and squash. While serving farming communities on a practical level, this work also explores the current and potential role of public institutions in seed and crop development for diversified agroecosystems.

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Curriculum Vitae

Recent Publications: 

Lyon, A. H., W. Tracy, M. Colley, P. Culbert, M. Mazourek, J. Myers, J. Zystro, and E. M. Silva.
2019. “Adaptability Analysis in a Participatory Variety Trial of Organic Vegetable Crops.”
Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems,

Lyon, A. H., E. M. Silva, J. Zystro, and M. M. Bell. 2015.  “Seed and Plant Breeding for Wisconsin’s Organic Vegetable Sector: Understanding Farmers’ Needs.” Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems.

Luby, C. H., A. H. Lyon, and A. C. Shelton. 2013. “A New Generation of Plant Breeders Discovers Fertile Ground in Organic Agriculture.” Sustainability 5, 6: 2722-2726.

Lyon, A. H., M. M. Bell, C. Gratton, and R. Jackson. 2011. “Farming without a recipe: Wisconsin graziers and new directions for agricultural science.” Journal of Rural Studies 27, 4: 348-393.

Lyon, A.H., M. M. Bell, C. Gratton, and R. Jackson. 2010 “Maculate Conceptions: Power, Process, and Creativity in Participatory Research.” Rural Sociology 75, 4: 538-559.



Lisa Jordan Powell

lisatulipPostdoctoral Fellow, Agriburban Research Centre & Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm
Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability, University of British Columbia
Department of Geography, University of the Fraser Valley







Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin, American Studies & Sustainability
M.A. University of Texas at Austin, American Studies
M.S. Vanderbilt University, Mathematics
B.A. Harvard University, Mathematics
and Foodways Texas Program Coordinator, 2011-2013.


Research interests:

agriburbia; food systems; food sovereignty; food literacy; agriculture and food policy; land use conflict and negotiations; cultural geography of natural resources extraction; farm to institution


Recent publications:

Powell, L.J. and Wittman, H. 2017. Farm to school in British Columbia: mobilizing food literacy for food sovereignty. Agriculture and Human Values, 1-14.

Newman, L., Powell, L.J., Nickel, J., Anderson, D., Jovanovic, L., Mendez, E., Mitchell, B., Kelly-Freiberg, K. 2017.  Farm stores in agriburbia: The roles of agricultural retail on the rural-urban fringe.  Canadian Food Studies, 4-23.

Powell, LJ, Newman, L., and Kurrein, M. 2016. Agriculture’s Connection to Health: A summary of the evidence relevant to British Columbia. Report for the Provincial Health Services Authority of BC.  Available here.

Newman, L., Powell, LJ. and Wittman, H.  2015. Landscapes of food production in agriburbia: farmland protection and local food movements in British Columbia, Canada.  Journal of Rural Studies.

Powell, LJ., and Engelhardt, E. 2015.  The Perilous Whiteness of Pumpkins.  GeoHumanities. doi: 10.1080/2373566X.2015.1099421

Wittman, H., Powell, LJ., and Corbera, E. 2015. Financing the Agrarian Transition? The Clean Development Mechanism and Agricultural Change in Latin America. Environmental and Planning A.  doi: 10.1068/a130218a.