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Research in our lab broadly focuses on biodiversity and ecosystem function relationships using soil systems as models. Soils contain the majority of the world’s biodiversity and perform critical functions such as nutrient cycling and carbon storage.

We use a combined approach of large-scale field observations, laboratory, greenhouse and field-scale experimental manipulations, and theoretical approaches to understand how global environmental changes will impact soil biodiversity and function.

As a research group who study the diversity of life on Earth, we place high priority on being inclusive to diversity among students and our colleagues. Please contact us if you are interested in joining our team or learning more about our research.


Lab News

Sept. 7/21 -Thrilled to welcome new students to the lab: Katy (visiting PhD), Holly (PhD), Trevor (MSc), and Eileen (BSc Honours).

July 1/21 - It's official.  Dr. Zoë Lindo is now Full Professor at Western.

May 28/21 - Matt's manuscript examining short-term warming on Mesostigmatid mite (soil predator) communities is out in Pedobiologia Special Issue https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pedobi.2021.150742

May 6/21 - Looking for information about oribatid mite diversity in Canadian peatlands?  Look no further: Carlos's manuscript is out! https://doi.org/10.11158/saa.26.5.4   

Apr 22/21 - Closing Plenary talk by Dr. Lindo for the UN-FAO Global Symposium on Soil Biodiversity can be viewed here: http://www.fao.org/webcast/home/en/item/5543/icode/