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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

Feb. 1/23 - The book is out!  Longtime collaborator, mentor and friend, Dr. Valerie Behan-Pelletier and I have a new book on Oribatid Mites published by Taylor & Francis,

Feb. 10/23 - Happy to announce that former lab member Dr. Matthew Meehan was awarded an NSERC PDF fellowship. Congratulations Matt!

Nov. 25/22 - Where did the term go?  Please to announce that former lab member Carlos Barreto won the Western Hu thesis award. Congratulations Carlos!  Stay tuned for updates about our Wolrd Soil Day (Dec 5th) activities.

Sept 14/22 - Here we are!  Welcome (back) everyone: Holly, Trevor, Eileen, Sam, Pedro, and Cristina!  Looking forward to a fantastic Fall term.

June 20/22 - Matt's unicorn paper is finally out showing that Predators minimize energy costs, not maximize energy gains when feeding under warming