Dr. K.M. (Karin) WITTENBERG

Dean
Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences
University of Manitoba

Professor
Department of Animal Science
Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences
University of Manitoba

257 Agriculture Building
66 Dafoe Road
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada R3T 2N2
Office Phone: (204) 474-9380
Fax: (204) 474-7525
Email: km.wittenberg@umanitoba.ca


 Summary

Dr. Karin Wittenberg has a doctorate in Ruminant Nutrition from the University of Manitoba. She is currently serving as the Dean in the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences, and has previously served as Associate Dean (Research) and head of the Department of Animal Science. During her tenure as Dean, she has facilitated the integration of the Department Food and Human Nutritional Sciences, as well as inclusion of textile sciences researchers into the Faculty; overseen the transfer of the governance of the Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals to the Faculty; and initiated the renewal of the the Glenlea Research Station, the Faculty's livestock research farm.

One initiative led by Dr. Wittenberg resulted in the establishment of the National Centre for Livestock and the Environment at the University of Manitoba to study the long-term impact of conventional and alternative livestock and land management practices on environmental, economic and human health.  The $10.5 million initiative has brought animal and plant scientists together with microbiologists, engineers and food scientists to identify food production strategies that are ecologically and economically sound in the longer term. An exciting addition to the National Centre for Livestock and the Environment was the Bruce D. Campbell Farm and Food Discovery Centre, a $5 million facility which was officially opened in 2010 and which features interactive displays and programming to explain the role of science in making food. To date, over 30,000 visitors have participated in activities that help them understand current food production in Canada. The Food and Discovery Centre is the only interactive exhibit of the science and technology of sustainable food production in Manitoba and one of only a handful in Canada.

Wittenberg’s work as a university academic and professional agrologist reflects the continuing need to address key issues facing animal agriculture in Canada.  She chaired Canada’s first national Traceabilty Conference in 2010. She has been a member of the Task force for CDC North (2003/04), a Manitoba initiative that resulted in the expanded role of the Canadian Science Centre for Human and Animal Health (level 4 lab).  As well, she was appointed to the Expert Panel on Future of Food Biotechnology in Canada, Royal Society of Canada (2000‑01) to provide recommendation to the Government of Canada regarding the potential and risk of genetically modified plants and animals in our food production systems.  She was appointed to the Agriculture and Agri-Food Table on Climate Change (1998-2000), the Agriculture and Agri‑Food Canada Advisory Committee related to greenhouse gas mitigation (2002‑2006), and now Environment Canada’s Technical Committee on GHG emissions from Livestock (2008-present). Currently, Wittenberg sits on two national and one provincial industry-led agencies funding research. Her work was recognized with an Animal Science Award for Excellence in Nutrition and Meat Science in 2004, YMCA Woman of the Year in Science and Innovation in 2008,  Manitoba Pork Council Education award in 2009, and a Canadian Soceity of Animal Science fellowship award in 2013.

Wittenberg maintains a research program in the area of grassland management and environment, and has developed the research tools for some of the first greenhouse gas work generating information relevant to Canadian production systems.
 

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Dr. K. Wittenberg