UFV Research Mentors

The purpose of the Research Mentors at UFV is to provide faculty members with opportunities for success in the development of their research and scholarship program. A mentoring relationship benefits the faculty member, and the university.

Faculty benefit because they receive assistance and feedback on their research and scholarship from a 'seasoned' faculty member who has a record of research and scholarly grants. Mentors gain satisfaction from helping faculty members by providing them with feedback and opening up possibilities of collaboration and connection to networks. Mentorship relationships promote collegiality and interdisciplinary work.

The Office of Research, Engagement, and Graduate Studies is committed to facilitating mentoring relationships to help increase productivity and commitment in research, scholarship, and the integration of research and scholarship into teaching.

If you would like assistance with a research grant application, please contact directly one of the Research Mentors highlighted below.

Dr. Garry Fehr - Director, Agriculture Centre of Excellence; Geography & the Environment‌


Garry’s research interests include the inter-related themes of rural livelihoods, resource management, political ecology, local governance, and community development. Geographically, his research has focused in South Asia and here at home in British Columbia. The Agriculture Centre for Excellence promotes a network of innovation in agriculture education, technology and research. Garry’s research is especially collaborative with external industries and communities. Many of the internships he has supervised are linked to the research projects in British Columbia, Chandigargh, and Maharashtra, India. ACE facilitates knowledge transfer by acting as a coordinating hub to bring together expertise from established institutions and organizations in areas of plant and animal production, food safety, agribusiness, policy, and technology development. Garry is the recipient of several Shastri Grants and CIDA-AUCC grants.

Dr. Olav Lian - Director, Luninesence Dating Lab; Geography & the Environment


Olav’s interests include how the landscape in western Canada adjusted after the last ice age, and how it has responded to subsequent changes in climate. By understanding how the physical environment has responded to past changes in climate, it may be possible to predict the impact of future changes on the stability of our fragile landscape. Olav has been the recipient of an NSERC grant for his research on Quaternary sedimentology and stratigraphy, glacial geology, geomorphology, and geochronology (luminescence dating). He has collaborated on research with physicists, geophysicists, biologists, glacial geologists and geomorphologist in such places as the Canadian Arctic, Australia, Patagonia, New Zealand, Russia and Indonesia. All of these projects have included students from undergraduate level to post docs and allow them to not just learn but participate in research and its disseminating their findings. 


Dr. Lenore Newman - Canada Research Chair in Food Security & the Environment; Geography & the Environment


Lenore’s interests include food security; sustainable food systems/urban food systems; place, space, and urban nature; and urban spatial geography. Lenore’s investigations include a focus on Canada’s foodways and how cuisine shapes identity. She recently published a book titled Speaking in Cod Tongues which tackles that topic.

The location of UFV in a rural zone at the edge of a growing metropolis provides a perfect venue for her research, although her scope is also nationwide. Lenore is also interested in how farming families and communities are coping with the changing nature of agriculture, development pressures, and other challenges. Lenore works with many external industries and community groups on research projects relevant to our region and that provide valuable research skills to our students. She is a recipient of SSHRC and CFI grants.


Dr. Scott Sheffield - History; SSHRC grant recipient


Scott has spent two decades of research and publication on the subject of Indigenous people and the Second World War. He is working on a major comparative study of Indigenous peoples’ participation in, and experience of, the Second World War in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United States. His second main research program is focussed on the experience of the Second World War in British Columbia. His areas of specialization include Canadian, Settler-Indigenous relations, military, race, and New Zealand. He most recently was invited to work as a member of the research team on a project “Mapping Canada and the First World War”. Undergraduate students have been and continue to be involved in data acquisition, management and analysis of the data, and producing writing based on the research. Scott is a SSHRC grant recipient.

Dr. Noham Weinberg - Director, Molecular Modeling Lab; Chemistry


Noham has been with UFV since 1994. In that time, his research has focused on the chemical effects of high pressures, with a long term objective of developing a comprehensive quantitative approach toward theoretical description of reaction systems and processes at elevated pressures. Numerous students have received research training in the Molecular Modeling Lab, helping him to become a recipient of the Research Excellence Award in 2013. Noham is an NSERC grant recipient.

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