Faculty of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences

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Helping Montreal prepare for the next public health emergency

As the deputy medical director at Montreal Public Health, David Kaiser, BSc’03, MDCM’09, MSc’13, oversees emergency preparedness. His holistic perspective on health issues was forged, in part, during his environmental sciences studies at McGill.

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Better, longer lives for cattle, courtesy of AI

Can artificial intelligence help dairy cows have healthier lives? That’s what McGill’s Elsa Vasseur plans to find out as one of the co-chairs of the new Research and Innovation Chair in Animal Welfare and Artificial Intelligence.

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Exploring nutrition through a high-tech lens

McGill’s Clinical Nutrition Research Unit, a key part of the School of Human Nutrition at Macdonald Campus, has a new home and vastly improved infrastructure for cutting-edge studies. The CNRU is pursuing a wide variety of projects with one common ingredient – the instrumental role that nutrition plays in keeping us healthy.

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Exploring the complexity of ecosystems

As McGill’s Canada Research Chair in Sustainability Science, Elena Bennett is one of the country’s most respected experts on the nature of Canada’s ecosystems – the varied benefits they offer, as well as their vulnerability to change.

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McGill’s Moderna connection

Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine is one of the planet’s best hopes for prevailing against a pandemic that has affected millions around the world. Noubar Afeyan, BEng’83 (pictured), is the company's co-founder, while Hamilton Bennett, BSc(FSc)’07, is one of the principal players leading Moderna’s vaccine efforts.

On Campus

Training farmers for the 21st century

Keesha Ness’s family certainly knows farming – they’ve been doing it for nearly 100 years and plan to celebrate when they reach that milestone next summer.


Research in the era of legal cannabis

The legalization of marijuana in Canada “has really opened the floodgates for cannabis research,” says Carolyn Baglole, the director of the new McGill Research Centre for Cannabis. The new centre, which involves six McGill faculties, will examine cannabis in a comprehensive way, “from plants to people to policy.”


She came, she sawed, she conquered

McGill master’s student Stéphanie Bélanger-Naud, FMT’14, BSc(AgEnvSc)’17, had a summer to remember. Thanks to her skills with buck saws and axes, she won a national timbersports championship while finishing second in an international competition.


A big step forward for sustainability

McGill experts in environmental sustainability are busy examining everything from the causes of locust swarms to the toxic impact of mountains of e-waste. The McGill Sustainability Systems Initiative aims to marshal that broad range of expertise and direct it towards some of the planet’s biggest challenges.

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