Postdoctoral Research Fellow,
University of British Columbia

Alex Lyon is a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm, where she has worked since 2016. Dr. Lyon’s research looks at how and why farmers participate in alternative seed systems and the role of such systems in supporting socially and environmentally sustainable agri-food systems. She was first introduced to the world of organic seed during her PhD at UW-Madison, working with the Northern Organic Vegetable Improvement Collaborative (NOVIC) which developed an on-farm research network to breed new varieties for organic agriculture. Her primary project at UBC has been the BC Seed Trials, which consist of participatory variety trials aimed at supporting the emerging vegetable seed sector. Building on this work, beginning in the spring of 2019 Dr. Lyon and her collaborators will be working with farmers to develop new vegetable varieties for organic farms in regions across Canada through participatory plant breeding.