Agriculture and the Environment

This research program aims at developing sustainable agricultural practices and avoiding or minimizing environmental contamination. Research within this theme investigates how soil organic matter changes under different agricultural management practices, the roles of agricultural systems in the control of greenhouse gases, and agronomic and environmental impacts of fertilizer and manure.




Dyck Lab: Sustainable Agriculture

Fate and transport of mass and energy in agroecosystems; soil fertility; long-term agroecological experiments; environmental services associated with agricultural management practices.


Hernandez Ramirez Lab: Carbon and Nitrogen Fluxes in Agroecosystems
Assessments of soil carbon sequestration; greenhouse gas mitigation, climate change adaptation in agriculture; enhanced resilience in agroecosystems; evaluations of soil functions and ecosystem services; water and nutrient management, precision agriculture.

Naeth Lab: Grazing Management
Impact of grazing intensity and frequency on soil and plant community development; plant species tolerance to grazing; grazing as a management tool in restoration.


Quideau Lab: Soil Biogeochemistry
Carbon fluxes and organic matter processes; effects of natural and anthropogenic disturbance on soil organic matter; organic matter quality in reconstructed oil sands soils; quantifying carbon and nitrogen fluxes in reclaimed soils.

Shotyk Lab: Agriculture and the Environment
Biogeochemistry of the soil environment; soil-water-plant interactions; impacts of agricultural systems on the environment; effects of environmental change on agriculture, at local, regional, and global scales.

Siddique Lab: Soil Chemistry and Environmental Microbiology
Biodegradation of petroleum hydrocarbons under anaerobic conditions; metabolic pathways of hydrocarbon degradation; and molecular fingerprinting of hydrocarbon-degrading microbial communities.