Postdoctoral Fellow, Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm

Solveig Hanson received her Ph.D. in Horticulture-Plant Breeding Plant Genetics with a Ph.D. minor in Life Science Communication from the University of Wisconsin - Madison in December 2020. As part of her doctoral work with Dr. Irwin Goldman, she led a participatory beet breeding project in which farmer, chef, and consumer input was used to develop novel, flavor-identified beet cultivars for Wisconsin organic production. In her current role, she supports the Canadian Organic Vegetable Improvement Project (CANOVI) by leading its 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 discovered plant breeding after co-owning a direct market vegetable farm and working in organic seed marketing; her interests include the practice, science, social dynamics, and seed sovereignty potentials of participatory plant breeding.