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Council Members

2017 Council

  • Dr. Joann K. Whalen, President

    Joann K. Whalen
    Dr. Joann K. Whalen, 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. Maja Krzic, Past President

    Dr. Maja Krzic, Past President
    Maja Krzic is an Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. Her current research focuses on development of soil quality indicators for assessing management impacts on grassland and agricultural soils, and forest soil response to severe mechanical disturbance. To augment and extend her study of land-use impacts on soil processes, Maja has taken an initiative to integrate research, teaching, and community education through the application of information technology. In 2004, Maja initiated the Virtual Soil Science Learning Resources (VSSLR) Consortium (http://soilweb.landfood.ubc.ca/promo/), which has become the focal point for collaborative educational efforts among scientists, students, and multimedia experts from various institutions in Canada. For her innovative efforts in teaching, Maja has received UBC Killam Teaching Award (2006), North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture Teaching Award of Merit (2006), Soil Science for Society Award by the Canadian Society of Soil Science (2012), and Mentoring Award by the Association for Women Soil Scientists, Soil Science Society of America (2013). Maja joined the CSSS in 1992 and has served as the Western Councillor (2009-2010). Since 2008, Maja has organized five sessions focused on soil science education at the CSSS annual meetings and in 2014 she initiated the CSSS Soil Education Committee.
  • Dr. Noura Ziadi, President Elect

    Joann K. Whalen
    Dr. Noura Ziadi, President Elect
    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. Amanda Dichon, Secretary

    Dr Amanda Dichon
    Dr. Amanda Dichon, 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.

  • Kent Watson, Treasurer

    Kent WatsonKent Watson, (Treasurer)
    M.Sc.Natural Resource Science Program, Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, BC Kent specializes in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Global Positioning Systems, and Soil Science. He teaches Introduction to Study of Soils (FRST 200) and Geographic Information Systems (NRSC 223) and Forest Mensuration (NRSC 211) courses. He is also president of International Remote Sensing Surveys Ltd., which specializes in aerial photography, soil and vegetation surveys, remote sensing, photo interpretation and mapping using GIS. Kent has also written an illustrated field guide for describing soils in the field. The manual is referenced as follows: Watson, E.K., 2007. Soils Illustrated—Field Descriptions, First Edition. International Remote Sensing Surveys Ltd. 426 Azure Place, Kamloops BC V2E 2R1. 280 pp. and 259 annotated colour photographs and soil profiles.
  • 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. Wole Akinremi, Western Councillor

    Dr. Wole Akinremi, Western Councillor

    Wole Akinremi is currently a Professor of Soil Physics/Chemodynamics at the University of Manitoba. He obtained a B. Agric. (Soil Science in 1982) from the University of Ife, MSc in soil chemistry from the University of Manitoba (1986) and PhD in soil physical chemistry from the University of Manitoba (1991). He worked as a postdoc at SPARC in Swift Current, Saskatchewan from 1991-1993 and had another postdoctoral fellowship at the Lethbridge Research Centre from 1993 to 1997. He became a term scientist at the same station until he returned to the University of Manitoba in 2000. Wole’s research interest is in the transport and transformation of nitrogen and phosphorus in soil. He has written two book chapters and published more than 65 peer-reviewed papers. He was a member of the CSSS as a graduate student in the 1980’s and rejoined the association in 1999. He reviews manuscripts for several journals.

  • 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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