Deborah Buszard

Professor Emerita

Other Titles: Professor Emerita, McGill University

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Research Summary

Sustainability; agriculture; plant science and plant breeding. My academic discipline is plant science with a focus on fruit crops.


Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal, UBC Okanagan, 2012-2020

Director of Environmental Programs, and a founding member of the College of Sustainability, Dalhousie University, 2006-2012

Dean of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, McGill University 1996-2005 and Founding Dean of the McGill School of Environment, 2008.

Born in the UK and a graduate of the University of Bath (BSc Hons) and the University of London, UK (Ph.D) I am passionate about plants and about the role universities play in cultural, social, and economic development. As a university leader I have strived to be an advocate for social justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion, supporting the success of all faculty, staff and students.

In addition to my academic work, I am active as a volunteer, including serving on the Canadian Forces Liaison Council, Pacific Region, the Institute of Corporate Directors, BC, Okanagan Chapter Executive, and as Chair of the Council of Canadian Academies Expert Panel on Plant Health Risks in Canada.


B.Sc.(Hons) Bath, UK
Ph.D. London, UK

Research Interests & Projects

Crop plant productivity, agriculture and food policy, sustainability

Selected Publications & Presentations

Maqbool, R., D.C. Percival, Q. Zaman,T. Astatkie, S. Adl, and D. Buszard, 2017. Leaf nutrient ranges and berry yield optimization in response to soil applied nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium in wild blueberries (Vaccinium angustifolium Ait.). European Journal of Horticultural Science 82(4): 166-179.

Maqbool, R., D. C. Percival, S. Adl, Q. Zaman, D. Buszard 2012. In situ estimation of foliar nitrogen in wild blueberry using reflectance spectra. Canadian Journal of Plant Science 92(6): 1155-1161.

Pellerin, B.P, D. Buszard, A. Georgallas and R.J. Nowakowski, 2012. A novel way to understand the relationship between biennial bearing in apple trees and shoot apical meristem proximity. HortScience 47 (5): 589-592.

Buszard, D., and J. Kolb, 2011. Institutional innovation to deliver post-secondary education for sustainability. Sustainability: The Journal of Record 4(2): 80-84.

Pellerin, B.P., D Buszard, D. Iron, D.S Nichols, C.G. Embree, G. H. Neilsen, D. Neilsen, R. P. Marini, 2011. A theory of blossom thinning to consider maximum annual flower bud numbers on biennial apple trees. HortScience 46(1):40–42.

Professional Services/Affiliations/Committees

Council of Canadian Academies Expert Panel on Plant Health Risks in Canada, Chair, 2020-present.


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