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Council Members

2017 Council

  • Dr. Noura Ziadi, President

    Joann K. Whalen
    Dr. Noura Ziadi, President
    Noura is a research scientist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Quebec City. She holds a B.Sc. (Agronomy) from Tunisia and a M.Sc. and a Ph.D. (Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition) from Laval University, Quebec, Canada. Noura is an adjunct professor at Laval University, Graduate University of Chinese Academy of Science (Beijing, China), and Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue. Noura has a distinguished career in soil science especially soil fertility and plant nutrition and she’s conducting her research on national (from Coast to Coast) and international scales (France, China, Switzerland, Finland, Tunisia) in multi-disciplinary teams including government and university researchers and industry partners. Her research includes training of post-doctoral fellows and graduate and undergraduate students (+30). Noura published more than 130 papers, five reviews and 11 book chapters. These publications were in collaboration with 50 Canadian researchers and 25 international researchers. Noura joined the CSSS in 1994 and has served as the Eastern Councillor and associate editor. She was been recognized for her contributions to soil science and to the CSSS with a Fellow Award in 2015.
  • Dr. Joann Whalen, Past President

    Dr. Joann Whalen, Past President
    Joann K. Whalen is a Professor and William Dawson Scholar at McGill University and an Adjunct Professor with the Northeast Institute of Geography and Agroecology, Chinese Academy of Sciences. She received her Ph.D. from Ohio State University and worked as a research scientist for Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada prior to joining the faculty at McGill. Joann is a professional agronomist (agronome) in Quebec. Her research focuses on nutrient cycling and soil biological activity in agroecosystems, and she teaches courses in soil fertility, nutrient management planning and soil ecology. She has supervised/co-supervised more than 50 students at the M.Sc. and Ph.D. levels and published more than 140 peer-reviewed scientific publications. She is senior author of the textbook "Soil Ecology and Management" published in 2010 by CABI Publishers and edited “Soil Fertility Improvement and Integrated Nutrient Management: a Global Perspective”, an e-book published in 2012. Her editorial contributions to the Canadian Journal of Soil Science include service as an Associate Editor (2007-2009), the Special Issues Editor (2009-2011), an Editor (2012) and finally the Editor-in-Chief (2013). She was co-Chair of the “Soil Interfaces for Sustainable Development” meeting in Montreal, a joint conference of CSSS, the Association québécois de spécialistes en science du sol and the international symposium on Interactions of Soil Minerals with Organic Components and Microorganisms (ISMOM) in celebration of the 2015 International Year of Soils. Joann joined the CSSS in 1994 and served as the Eastern Councillor of the CSSS from 2003-2005.
  • Dr. Fran Walley, President Elect

    Dr. Fran Walley, President Elect
    Fran Walley, P.Ag., is the Associate Dean (Academic) in the College of Agriculture and Bioresources, and a Professor in the Department of Soil Science at the University of Saskatchewan. Fran also served as head of the Department of Soil Science (2004-2011) and Acting Associate Dean Research and Graduate Studies (2013) in the College of AgBio, UofS.  She holds a Ph.D. in soil microbiology from the U of S and maintains an active research program in the area of soil nitrogen dynamics. One aspect of this research deals with the impact of cropping systems on bioavailable N-pools, which ties into her work in the area of soil N testing for improved fertilizer N recommendations. A second focus is pulse crop fertility, with an emphasis on nitrogen fixation and the development of effective inoculation strategies, including the application and use of arbuscular mycorrhizal and biocontrol inoculants in pulse crop systems. Fran served as co-chair of the organizing committee for the CSSS meeting in 2010. Fran is author or co-author of 65+ peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters, and has supervised/co-supervised 30+ graduate students and post docs. Fran has long been involved in teaching introductory soil science, and is particularly committed to sharing her love of soil science with her students. I’ve never met a soil I didn’t like!
  • Dr. Amanda Diochon, Secretary

    Dr Amanda Dichon
    Dr. Amanda Diochon, Secretary

    Amanda graduated with her PhD in Earth Science from Dalhousie University in 2009. Before starting as an assistant professor in the Geology Department at Lakehead University in 2012, she had the opportunity to work under the direction of Dr. Ed Gregorich at the Eastern Cereal and Oilseed Research Centre in Ottawa as a Visiting Fellow. Amanda’s research focuses on soil organic matter cycling in agroecosystems, the boreal forest and the Arctic. She is particularly passionate about using stable isotopes and soil organic matter separation techniques to better understand how management practices and environmental change affect soil organic matter stores.

  • Dr. Edith Olson, Treasurer

    Dr. Edith Olson, (Treasurer) Edith Olson P.Ag. grew up in Scotland (love those Podzols!). While a kid playing with the soil and water in the backyard of her home her mother commented that she would never make a living playing with the dirt. Well, Edith did.  She graduated with an honours degree in Soil Science from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland in 1982. While an undergraduate, she spent two summers as a summer student at the University of Saskatchewan and fell in love with Canada and a Canadian. She now lives in Lethbridge with her husband, three adult children and one grandchild. After staying home with the kids for a while, Edith worked with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada as a technician and research associate from 1993 to 2001 before completing a Ph.D. at the University of Alberta in Water and Land Resources in 2004. Since 2002 she has been at Lethbridge College first as an instructor in Environmental Sciences, then Chair of Agriculture Sciences, then as interim Dean for the Centre of Applied Arts and Sciences. Knowing that her heart is in the classroom, lab, and field with students she has recently returned to an instructional position in Environmental Sciences, teaching Soil Resources, Environmental Physics and Statistics. She is looking forward to engaging in an NSERC funded project in Aquaculture, where her role is to perform the data analysis. Edith’s passions are soil, water and teaching.  She has her name on some published papers and has won several teaching awards from the University of Alberta and Lethbridge College.  Yes mum, you can make a living playing with the dirt SOIL! .
  • Dr. Judith Nyiraneza, Eastern Councillor

    Judith Nyiraneza
    Dr. Judith Nyiraneza, Eastern Councillor
    Judith Nyiraneza is currently a research scientist with agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Charlottetown Research and Development centre, Prince Edward Island. She has a B.Sc in agronomy, a master degree in plant and soil from Michigan State University and a Ph.D degree in soil and environment from Laval University. She is an adjunct professor at Laval University, Quebec, and at Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia. Her research focuses on identification of best nutrient management practices to improve crop yield and quality and to minimize the impact on the environment and evaluation of synthetic fertilizer and organic amendment effectiveness in improving crop yield and economic returns. She is associate editor of the Canadian Journal of Soil Science and an active reviewer of manuscripts submitted to the Canadian Journal of Soil Science: She was nominated among five outstanding reviewers for 2015. She reviews manuscripts submitted to several other journals and supervises graduate and co-op students from different institutions. Judith joined the CSSS since she was a Ph.D student in 2008.
  • Dr. Rich Farrell, Western Councillor

    Dr. Rich Farrell, Western Councillor
    I am a native Rhode Islander (a state roughly 200-times smaller than Saskatchewan) and was educated at the University of Rhode Island (B.Sc.) and Iowa State University (M.Sc. & Ph.D.). Though I grew up in the city, I have been interested in soil science since I was 13 and a friend of mine jokingly suggested doing a science project on soils because “there’s nothing alive in soils” . . . . oh, was he wrong! So, I did my project on “Soils and Soil Conservation”, and managed to win 2nd prize in the local science fair—though one of the judges said that the study of soils wasn’t real science . . . . oh, was he wrong! So, here I am many years later—an Associate Professor in the Department of Soil Science at the University of Saskatchewan and a Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture (SMA) Research Chair in Soils & Environment—still studying what I love at one of the best Soil Science Departments in North America. My research focus is on environmental agronomy—including the effects of agricultural practices on soil quality and greenhouse gas production/mitigation in agroecosystems. I am also co-director of the Prairie Environmental Agronomy Laboratory (PEARL), which supports research aimed at developing strategies that enhance or maintain agro-ecosystem capacity and integrity and establish the low GHG footprint of prairie cropping systems. Together with my students, I have published 80 peer-reviewed papers and 9 book chapters. I’ve been a member of the CSSS since coming to Saskatchewan, have organized several sessions for CSSS annual meetings highlighting the role of agricultural soils in GHG production/mitigation and was a member of the local organizing committee (LOC) for the 2010 CSSS meetings in Saskatoon. I am currently a member of the LOC and chair of the communications committee for Rhizosphere 5—the fifth in a series of international conferences devoted to the study of the rhizosphere that will take place in Saskatoon in July 2019—and a member of the LOC for the 2019 CSSS meetings in Saskatoon. I was responsible for the design and maintenance of the website for the 2010 CSSS meeting and am currently overseeing the website for Rhizosphere 5. Maintaining the strength of the CSSS depends on timely dissemination of information via the society’s webpage and, as Western Councilor, I am excited to take on the responsibility for overseeing the CSSS webpage and liaising with the webmaster. The CSSS is an important part of my professional life, and that of my students, and I look forward to working with the CSSS Council and the membership as I continue my journey in soil science.
  • Michael Carson, Student Representative

    Michael Carson
    Michael Carson, Graduate Student Representative
    I’m a PhD candidate at Laurentian University studying under Dr. Nathan Basiliko, just beginning my fourth year. Originally from Colorado, I did my undergraduate work at Hastings College in Hastings, NE and got my masters at Kansas State University studying biogeochemistry and carbon/nitrogen cycling in tallgrass prairie soils with Dr. John Blair. My current research focuses mainly on the ecology of methanogens in peatland soils. Projects range from looking at the long-term effects of mining and subsequent sulfur and metals deposition on methane production and methanogen community composition, to evaluating a global network of peatland soils (partnership with the US Forest Service and Joint Genomic Institute) for potential methane production, and most recently working to enrich and isolate novel methanogens from peat. Through my PhD I aim to broaden the knowledge of methanogen ecology and contribute to the cumulative understanding of methane dynamics in peatlands under a changing climate. I'm also involved in an array of collaborative research centered on soil microbial ecology and teach workshops on R to other graduate students.
  • Dr. Newton Lupwayi, CJSS Editor

    Francis Zvomuya
    Dr. Newton Lupwayi, CJSS Editor
    Dr. Newton Lupwayi has a BSc in agricultural science from University of Malawi (Malawi), MSc in soil chemistry and fertility from University of Aberdeen (Scotland), and PhD in soil microbiology from Lincoln University (New Zealand). He is a research scientist in soil microbiology at Lethbridge Research & Development Centre (Alberta) of Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada. His research interests are in biological management of soil health, including (a) soil biological properties as indicators of soil health and environmental sustainability, (b) nutrient mineralization from organic soil inputs, and (c) biological nitrogen fixation in legumes and endophytic bacteria in non-legumes. He has authored/co-authored more than 110 peer-reviewed journal papers and four book chapters. He has served as Senior Associate Editor of Agronomy Journal, Associate Editor and Editor of CJSS, and is on the editorial board of Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment. He is a past Secretary of CSSS and has been Secretary, Treasurer, Chair and Past Chair of Alberta Soil Science Workshop. He has also been on the Biological Systems & Functions Evaluation Group of NSERC Discovery Grants Program.
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