Balsher Singh Sidhu is a postdoctoral research fellow working with professors Milind Kandlikar and Simon Donner. His research interests lie at the intersection of climate change, food systems, and water resources. He is currently working on a project investigating the role of biofuel production and natural climate solutions in achieving net-zero emissions in Canada and elsewhere. He uses advanced statistical and machine learning methods to understand the impact of climate change on agriculture. His doctoral research was funded by a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship, wherein he developed crop yield models for various crops in India to predict yields till 2100 under multiple emission scenarios.
Balsher is a contributing author to the Water chapter in the Sixth IPCC Assessment Report (Working Group II). He has also worked as a short-term consultant for the World Bank on the Sustainability Development Atlas. Previously, Balsher holds undergraduate and master’s degrees in Civil Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Delhi and University of Toronto, respectively. There he dabbled in research on varied topics including earthquake dampers in buildings, air pollution modeling, and advanced drinking water treatment. He can be reached at balsher[dot]sidhu[st]ires.ubc.ca, and his publications can be accessed from his Google Scholars page.