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, mycorrhizal ecology, soil biology, soil quality and fertility, soil-plant interactions, ecosystem services, land and water systems.
Black, Andy: Professor. Biometeorology, climatic variability, carbon, water and energy balances of forests and agricultural crops
Chanway, Chris: Professor (appointed jointly with Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences). Soil, microorganisms, bacteria, fungi, ecology, nitrogen fixation, plant growth promotion
Grayston, Sue: Professor (appointed jointly with Department of Forest Sciences). Microbial diversity and function in soils, plant-microbe interactions, rhizodeposition
Krzic, Maja: Associate Professor (appointed jointly with Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences). Soil quality, application of information technology in soil science education, soil compaction.
Lavkulich, Les: Professor Emeritus, Gradaute Advisor: Mineralogy, surface reactions, soil genesis, mineral-organic interactions, natural science and policy development
Prescott, Cindy: Professor (appointed jointly with Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences). Soil ecology, nutrient cycling, soil restoration, forest soils.
Schreier, Hans: Professor Emeritus, Watershed management, land-water Interactions, soil and water pollution
Smukler, Sean: Assistant Professor. Agricultural landscape ecology, biodiversity, ecosystem services, sustainable development
Simard, Suzanne: Professor (appointed jointly with Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences). 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: ·