who we are


Leanne Elias

Associate Professor of New Media, Faculty of Fine Arts


Leanne’s interests lie in finding relationships: either in people, data or ideas. Her background in art and design have led her to projects such as NewMediaIntersections, an exploration of interdisciplinary artistic work, and Ecotone, a collaboration with ranchers, scientists and artists. Currently she is working with the Musagetes Foundation on The Resilient City Project and is a lead researcher in the Disruptive Imaginings Data Visualization Lab at the University of Lethbridge.

Denton Fredrickson

Assistant Professor of Sculpture and Media Art, Art Department, Faculty of Fine Arts


Denton Fredrickson’s work invites experiential and contemplative interactions with sound, objects, and architectural space. The seductive lure of both old and new wonders, fantastic inventions, and absurd theories are familiar territories for Fredrickson. He investigates their histories and representations in popular culture through media archaeology, experimental data visualization, and the practice of making. His recent interest in the intermingling of traditional, material-based processes with electronics and digital fabrication has led him to explore how speculative fiction can become awkwardly nestled within the psychology of the everyday.
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Jamie Larsen, PhD

Research Scientist, Perennial Cereals Biomass Breeding, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada


Dr. Jamie Larsen is a research scientist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada based at the Lethbridge Research Centre in Lethbridge, Alberta. He received his Ph.D. in Plant Agriculture with a focus on wheat breeding from the University of Guelph in 2012. His research focuses on developing perennial wheat, perennial cereal rye, fall rye and winter triticale for grain and livestock producers, with the goal of maximizing the sustainability of cereal production systems. 

To initiate the development of perennial cereals, Dr. Larsen’s research group is completing wide crosses between perennial grasses and annual cereals (wheat and rye) and advancing breeding lines using traditional plant breeding methods. His lab is also using advanced genomic approaches to work towards understanding the genetics of perennial habit in grass species closely related to wheat and rye. In annual cereals, the breeding goal is to develop fall rye and winter triticale varieties that address grain and biomass market requirements across Canada. Targeted traits include improved sprouting tolerance, reduced ergot susceptibility and improved biomass yield and digestibility, but also those that can facilitate emerging sustainable agriculture production systems like cover cropping and dual cropping.

Rose De Clerck-Floate, PhD

Weed Biocontrol, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada


Rose De Clerck-Floate is an Insect-plant Ecologist at the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Lethbridge Research Centre. Her expertise is in the applied area of “weed biological control”, which involves usage of imported, carefully screened insects to reduce the impact of invasive alien plants within agricultural and natural ecosystems. Of interest to Rose are the intricate interactions of insects and plants viewed at all scales, from micro to macroscopic, as well as the revelation of weeds as active, destructive organisms within our environments.