• Post-Doctoral Fellowship (Nematology), University of California-Davis, USA
  • PhD (Plant Science), University of Western Ontario, Canada
  • MSc (Soil Science), University of Guelph, Canada
  • BSc (Botany and Physical Geography), University of Toronto, Canada


SOIL 3600 Soils and Landscapes in Our Environment
SOIL 3610 Field Methods in Land Resource Science
SOIL 4400 Soil Ecology
SOIL 7220 Communications in Soil Science
SOIL 7270 Advanced Soil Ecology


Research interests

The Applied Soil Ecology Lab, under the leadership of Dr. Mario Tenuta, has highly productive and impactful research programs with several important foci: soil ecology, nematology, and the relationship between nutrient management and greenhouse gas emissions.

4R Industrial Research Chair projects

  • Fall nitrification inhibition of anhydrous ammonia in Manitoba
  • Effect of fall rye cover crop on CO2 and N2O fluxes in the Red River Valley
  • Whole field and year net emissions of N2O and CO2 from sandy loam soil under 4R management
  • Indirect emissions of nitrogen as NH3 on sand and clay soil
  • Effect of 4R practices on N losses due to leaching
  • Meta-analyses of data to assess the impact of 4R N management on the reduction of N2O emissions

Other research projects

  • Effects on the dynamics of nitrogen cycling in prairie soils at near above freezing temperatures with contrasting carbon and nitrogen sources
  • Improving nitrogen recommendations using canopy sensing
  • Boosting corn nitrogen use efficiency and reducing N2O emissions from sandy soil using 4R management practices
  • Effect of cattle diet on manure properties and emissions
  • Evaluating the Canadian Swine Sector environmental footprint (in collaboration with NCLE)
  • Examining yield losses from Potato Early Die Complex, a disease complex caused by the fungus Verticillium and root-lesion nematode Pratylenchus, and improving diagnostic testing methods
  • Crop host preference and damage potential of the root lesion nematode, Pratylenchus neglectus
  • Life-cycle development and reproduction of the stem nematode, Ditylenchus weischeri
  • Surveying Soybean Cyst Nematode distribution in Manitoba and developing a molecular soil test to determine its presence


Other information

2006 - 2017, Canada Research Chair in Applied Soil Ecology