Reclamation and Restoration of Land and Water

A recognized area of excellence at the University of Alberta, land reclamation embodies many disciplines, including soil science, plant science, hydrology, botany, ecology and microbiology. Our research is aimed at understanding the impact of human land use activities, how disturbances alter a given ecosystem, and how that ecosystem can be reclaimed to productive capacity.




Chang Lab: Forest Soils and Nutrient Dynamics
Forest soil processes; soil microbial ecology; global change and soil acidification; carbon sequestration; forest fertilization; silviculture-soil management interactions.


Dyck Lab: Sustainable Agriculture, Soil Physics
Remediation of saline and sodic soils; contaminant transport through soils; ecological risk assessment; soil fertility; long-term agroecological experiments.


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.

Karst Lab: Mycorrhizal & below-ground ecology
Anthropogenic disturbances and restoration; natural disturbances in forests; restoration of degraded ecosystems; rhizosphere carbon dynamics; ectomycorrhizal ecology.


Landhäusser Lab: Forest land reclamation and restoration
Restoration of ecosystem function; Importance of a forest canopy to understory and soil development on severely disturbed areas. Species selection and seedling quality in forest land reclamation.


MacKenzie Lab: Soil-plant relations
Effects of natural and anthropogenic disturbance on soil-plant relations; fire biogeochemistry; silviculture and soil fertility; land reclamation in the oil sands.


Naeth Lab: Land Reclamation And Restoration Ecology
Disturbance succession and ecology; plant-soil-water interrelationships; use of waste materials as soil amendments; native plant material use, sources, methods and ecology; potential of natural recovery on disturbed sites; oil and gas, mine, protected areas, urban and rural reclamation.


Olefeldt Lab: Catchment and Wetland Sciences
Impacts of disturbances and management on wetland functions; greenhouse gas fluxes and soil carbon storage; northern peatlands; permafrost thaw and thermokarst; terrestrial-aquatic linkages.


Poesch Lab: Stream and Lake Restoration
Effects of land-use on aquatic ecosystems; developing best practices for remediation and restoration of disturbed of lakes, rivers and stream; assessing harmful alterations to streams and rivers; developing compensation plans.

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: Geochemistry of the Soil Environment
Reconstructing natural and anthropogenic sources of trace metals; tracing natural and anthropogenic aerosols; soils as sources and sinks for trace metals to and from natural waters; impacts of agricultural systems on the environment.

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.