Associate Professor, Applied Biology/Forest and Conservation Sciences
phone: 6048220252
fax: 6048222184
MacMillan 227
2357 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4


University of British Columbia, 1997, PhD
University of Belgrade, Yugoslavia, 1990, MSc
University of Belgrade, Yugoslavia, 1986, BSc


  • Application of information technology in soil science education
  • Soil compaction susceptibility
  • Land-use impacts on temperate grasslands: linking soil quality and ecosystems function
  • Rehabilitation of degraded forest soils
  • Forest grazing and its impacts on soil quality

Graduate Students

Current Graduate Students:

Clara Roa-Garcia (Ph.D., started Sep 2009; co-supervised with Dr. Sandra Brown “Effects of soil type (Andisols and Inceptisols) and land use on soil water retention and water yield in the Colombian Andes”

Alisha Hackinen (M.Sc., started Sep 2010). Thesis title: “Application of collaborative case based learning in a Sustainable Soil Management course

Jason Lussier (M.Sc., started Jan 2016). Thesis title: “Evaluation of the early remedial effects of grassland set-asides on agriculture soils”

Emma Avery (M.Sc., started May 2016). Thesis title: “Long-term impacts of biosolids application on soil quality and vegetation at the OK Ranch, Jesmond, BC”

Past Graduate Students:

Daniel Seeton (M.Sc., Apr 2016). Thesis title: “Ammonia emission and dry deposition from broiler barns in the Fraser River Valley of British Columbia”

Preston Cumming (Postdoc). “Effect of microclimate on community composition, productivity, and invasive plant establishment in grasslands”

Darrell Hoffman (M.Sc., Oct 2015). Thesis title: “Development and Evaluation of a Web-Based Educational Tool for Forest Floor Description and Humus Form Classification”

Dru Yates (M.Sc., May 2014). Thesis title: “Effects of grassland set-asides on selected soil properties in the Fraser River delta of British Columbia”

Robert Lee (M.Sc., Nov 2011). Thesis title: “Relationships of plant communities and soil properties to exotic plant invasion under climate change scenario”

Adrienne Scott (M.Sc., Jun 2011). Thesis title: “An assessment of soil water repellency after wildfire in southern British Columbia: Comparison of methodologies and predictive indicators”

Christian Evans (M.Sc., Jan 2011). Thesis title: “A comparison of the effects of 20 and 30 years of grazing on grassland soil properties in southern British Columbia”

Rachel Strivelli (M.Sc., Feb 2010). Thesis title: “Development of an innovative, interactive soils teaching tool for metapedogenesis”

Yihai (Simon) Zhao (Ph.D., Jun 2009). Thesis title: “Compaction susceptibility of forest soils in BC”

Sarah Lamagna (M.Sc., Aug 2008). Thesis title: “Development of health indicators for rough fescue grasslands in the southern interior of British Columbia”. For more details visit

Bruce Roddan (M.Sc., Apr 2008). Thesis title: “Development of sediment trap design for riparian areas”

Shannon Ripley (M.Sc., Jun 2007). Thesis title: “Soil quality indicators in the forest grazing systems in Argentina”

Maryam Mofidpoor (M.Sc., Jun 2007). Thesis title: “Soil quality indicators for peat moss as a growing media base”

Brian Wallace (M.Sc., Jun 2007). Thesis title: “Effect of biosoilds on physical properties of rangeland soils in southern British Columbia”

Peter Sorokovsky (M.Sc., Sep 2005). Thesis title: “Compaction on sand-based putting greens in the Lower Fraser Valley”

Selected Publications

Diochon, A., N. Basiliko, M. Krzic, T. Yates, E. Olson, J. Masse, B. Amiro, and D. Kumaragamage. 2016. Profiling undergraduate soil science education in Canada: Status and projected trends. Canadian Journal of Soil Science (doi: 10.1139/CJSS-2016-0058).

Wallace B.M., M. Krzic , R.F. Newman, T.A. Forge, K. Broersma, and G. Neilsen. 2016. Soil aggregate dynamics and plant community response following biosolids application in semiarid grasslands. J. Environm. Qual. Vol. 45 No. 5, p. 1663-1671 (doi:10.2134/jeq2016.01.0030)

Cumming, P.W, R.F. Newman, G. Bradfield, M. Krzic , and D.J. Thompson. 2016. Grazing and solar irradiance drive micro-scale patterning of grassland plant communities in south-central British Columbia. J. Arid Environ. 133:94-101.

Krzic, M. , A.A. Bomke, M. Sylvestre, and S.J. Brown. 2015. Teaching sustainable soil management: A framework for using problem-based learning. Natural Sci. Edu. 44: 43-50.

Iverson, M., M. Krzic, and A.A. Bomke. 2014. A framework for site assessment guides for urban impacted soils: A Vancouver case study. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development 5(1):1-11.

Awards & Honours

UBC Killam Teaching Prize, 2006
North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Teaching Award of Merit, 2006
AMTEC Award of Merit by the Association for Media and Technology in Education in Canada (AMTEC), 2007
CADE Award of Excellence for Partnership and Collaboration by the Canadian Association for Distance Education (CADE), 2007
CNIE Award of Merit in the Media Festival for the instructional, post-secondary awarded by the Canadian Network for Innovation in Education (CNIE), 2007
CNIE Award of Excellence in Innovation in Web Design by the Canadian Network for Innovation in Education (CNIE), 2011
Soil Science for Society Award by the Canadian Society of Soil Science (CSSS), 2012
Mentoring Award by the Association for Women Soil Scientists, Soil Science Society of America, 2013
CNIE Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Integration of Technology, in a Formal or Non-Formal Educational Program , 2014
Quarry Life Award (3rd place) , 2014
Platinum MARCOM Award in the mobile and web-based technology category for the educational project SOILx , 2014
Platinum AVA Digital Award in the Information Experience category for the educational project SOILx , 2015
Outstanding Associate Editor of Natural Sciences Education , 2016
3M National Teaching Fellow , 2016