Sandra Brown

Sandra Brown

Associate Professor of Teaching

Associate Dean, Academic


MacMillan 229, 2357 Main Mall

Soil, Water & Sustainability Group

International Development Research Centre (IDRC), 1998, Post-Doc, Gender and resources in the Middle Mountains of Nepal

University of British Columbia, 1997, PhD, Interdisciplinary Studies in Resource Management

University of British Columbia, 1990, MSc, Soil Physics

University of British Columbia, 1984, BSc, Physical Geography

  • Teaching practices for Sustainable Agriculture and the Environment
  • Water allocation in extractive frontiers of Colombia
  • Water Metabolism in Extractive Frontiers of Colombia

Recent projects:

Graduate Students


Parisa Rinaldi (joint PhD with Universidad de los Andes, co-supervised with Dr. Maria Cecilia Roa-Garcia). 2023. Thesis – Water science and democracy in Colombia’s extractive frontiers.

Clara Roa-Garcia (PhD, co-supervised with Dr. Maja Krzic). 2018. Thesis - Soil properties and land use affecting soil water dynamics in Andisols and Inceptisols at two mid-elevation sites in the Colombian Andes.

Brown, S., M. Krzic. 2022. Student perspectives of online teaching: lessons learned for the post-COVID classroom. NACTA, 66: 79-91.

Brown, S., G. Fu, and L. White. 2021. Complementary teaching approaches facilitating interdisciplinarity in soil science education. Canadian Journal of Soil Science, Online first

Brown, S., and M. Krizc. 2021. Lessons learned teaching during the COVID-19 pandemic: incorporating change for future large science courses. Natural Sciences Education, 59(1): e20047

Rinaldi, P., M.C. Roa-García, and S. Brown. 2021. Producing energy, depleting water: the energy sector as a driver of seasonal water scarcity in an extractive frontier of the upper Orinoco watershed, Colombia. Water International, 46(5): 723-743.

Roa, C., S. Brown, M. Krzic, L.M. Lavkulich. 2021. Relationship of soil water retention characteristics and soil properties: a case study from the Colombian Andes. Canadian Journal of Soil Science

Krzic M., S. Brown, A. Bomke. 2020. Combining problem-based learning and team-based learning in a sustainable soil management course. Natural Sciences Education 49(1):

Roa García M.C., Brown S. 2017. Assessing equity and sustainability of water allocation in Colombia. Local Local Environment 22(9): 1080-1104.

Roa García M.C., Brown S. 2016. Caracterización de la acumulación de carbono en pequeños humedales Andinos en la cuenca alta del Río barbas (Quindío, Colombia); Characterization of carbon storage in small Andean wetlands of the upper Barbas watershed (Quindio Colombia). Caldasia 38(1): 117-135.

Krzic M., Bomke A., Sylvestre M., Brown S. 2015. Teaching sustainable soil management: a framework for using problem-based learning. Natural Sciences Education. 44: 34-42. doi 10.4195/nse2014.07-0015

Brown S., Schreier H., Lavkulich L.M. 2011. Developing indicators for regional water quality assessment: an example from British Columbia community watersheds. Canadian Water Resources Journal 36(3): 271-284.

  • UBC Killam Teaching Prize, 2021-2022
  • Richards Faculty Service Award , 2016
  • UBC Soil Science Teaching and Mentorship Award , 2013
  • AUCC Canada-Latin America Research Exchange Grant , 2006
  • IDRC postdoctoral grant , 1997