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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

Nov. 17/21 - Lots going on this month.  First, congratulations to Carlos who successfully and elegantly defended his PhD on Nov. 12th.  You can find his thesis on the Diversity and drivers of oribatid mites (Acari: Oribatida) in boreal peatlands here.  Carlos has taken a research scientist position with OFRI in Sault Ste Marie.  We also say good-bye to Rob Buchkowski who is taking a position with AgCan (yeah!) and Katy who is returning to the UK after a whirlwind Mitacs Globalinks visiting scholar award.  Amazing!

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