Robert Forsyth

Robert_Forsyth@bcit.ca

work experience

Robert B. Forsyth first worked in a research lab as a summer student for Dr. Robert C. Miller on a project studying cloned bacterial Cellulase enzymes. Bob Miller's booming enthusiasm for science is infectious and Rob caught the bug for applied microbiology/Biotechnology and hasn't looked back since. After completing an MSc in Network Immunology with Dr. Geoffrey W. Hoffmann, he worked as a lab technician and graduate student on a series of medical and non-medically related projects all with a practical focus.  He graduated from UBC in 2000 with a PhD in Animal Science with Dr. George K. Iwama studying Stress Proteins and Bacterial Kidney Disease in Fish. He has been teaching in the Biotechnology program at BCIT since the fall of 2000 and has served on the Sustainability in Education committee at BCIT. He has done research on bio-fuels and his current research interests are in carbon negative small scale modular algae production for food.

education

PhD,  University of British Columbia (May 2000)

MSc,  University of British Columbia (May 1989)

publications

Papers on Fish Stress Physiology and Stress Proteins in Disease 1997-2000

Papers on Network Immunology, HIV/AIDS and EBV transmission 1988-1991  

other

Reducing global net carbon emissions is a problem that is much larger than many people realize and no single solution can fully replace our consumption of fossil fuels.  My belief is that many small scale and widely dispersed solutions can combine to solve the capacity problem.  Many of the technologies such as decentralized co-generation and the use of heat pumping are already available.  Other technologies such as local production and use of carbon negative food from algae cultures could contribute to removal of carbon from the atmosphere while displacing other food sources with large carbon footprints.