Soil Science (M.Sc., Ph.D.)
A collaboration between the Faculty of Land and Food Systems and Faculty of Forestry, the inter-faculty Soil Science Graduate Program offers opportunities for advanced study and research leading to MSc and PhD degrees. Students are registered in the Faculty of Graduate Studies through either the Faculty of Land and Food Systems or Faculty of Forestry, depending upon their research interests.
Areas of study include biometeorology, forest nutrition and nutrient cycling, land use and land evaluation, mycorrhizal ecology, soil biology, soil chemistry and mineralogy, soil fertility, soil physics and hydrology, soil-plant interactions, soil and water conservation.
Black, Andy: Professor. Climatic variability, carbon and water balances of forests and agricultural crops
Chanway, Chris: Professor. Soil, microorganisms, bacteria, fungi, ecology, nitrogen fixation, plant growth promotion
Chieng, Sie-Tan: Professor. Irrigation and drainage, soil and water management, environmental impact assessment.
Sue Grayston: Professor. (Faculty of Forestry, UBC.) Microbial diversity and function in soils, plant-microbe interactions, rhizodeposition
Krzic, Maja: Associate Professor. Soil quality, application of information technology in soil science education, soil compaction.
Les Lavkulich: Professor Emeritus, Gradaute Advisor: Mineralogy, surface reactions, soil genesis, mineral-organic interactions, natural science and policy development
Novak, Michael: Associate Professor. Heat and moisture transfer in soil and atmosphere, soil hydraulic properties, wind tunnel and field measurements
Cindy Prescott: Professor. (Faculty of Forestry, UBC) Forest nutrition, N availability, forest fertilization.
Schreier, Hans: Professor Emeritus, Watershed management, land-water Interactions, soil and water pollution
Smukler, Sean: Agricultural landscape ecology, biodiversity, ecosystem services, sustainable development
Suzanne Simard: Professor. (Faculty of Forestry, UBC) Plant community ecology, plant - soil microbial interactions, mycorrhizae, forest regeneration.
The program is enriched through collaboration with colleagues in other graduate programs such as Forestry, Geography, Plant Science, Institute for Resources and Environment, Landscape Architecture, and in agencies such as Environment Canada, Canadian Forest Service, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Forest Innovation Investment, and various provincial government agencies.
Graduates from soil science graduate program often obtain positions with government or industry. Some graduates decide to continue in the area of research and academia with various universities and colleges.
Examples of where some of the graduate are currently based: ·