Dr. Beres is a research scientist at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Lethbridge Research Centre in Alberta. Dr. Beres started his career path as a teacher in southern Alberta after obtaining Bachelor’s degrees in Education and Geography. However, the allure of scientific research, which he was exposed to as a summer student at AAFC, inspired him to change career paths whereupon he earned a Master’s and Ph.D. from the University of Alberta.
Dr. Beres established an agronomy program in 2000 and leads several multi-disciplinary projects developing innovative and integrated crop management systems. This team approach to integrated crop management research that Dr. Beres is a part of was recognized with an AAFC Gold Harvest Award in 2015. Dr. Beres publishes in the areas of agronomy and crop science and has been the author or co-author of 57 peer-reviewed research articles and 2 book chapters. He and his co-authors were the recipients of the 2013 Canadian Journal of Plant Science Best Paper Award. Dr. Beres is Past-President of the Canadian Society of Agronomy, an active member of the American Societies for Agronomy, Crops and Soils. He serves as an Associate Editor, Incoming Editor-In-Chief for the Canadian Journal of Plant Science, Associate Editor for Agriculture and Environmental Letters, and received the 2014 Outstanding Associate Editor award. He maintains close ties with both producer organizations and several national and multinational private companies that have a stake in crop production systems and life sciences research. Dr. Beres is the past-Chair of the Prairie Recommending Committee for Wheat, Rye, and Triticale and led this cross-sectorial group through a review of the current registration process to ensure any impediments to the pace of delivering new genetics to the marketplace were removed.
Dr. Beres has several international collaborations and represents Canada on the Research Committee of the International Wheat Initiative, where he also recently developed an Expert Working Group for global agronomy wheat research.