M. Derek MacKenzie, PhD
I received my PhD from the University of Montana in 2004, where I studied the effect of fire and fire exclusion on N cycling in the ponderosa pine/Douglas-fir ecosystem. I stayed on for one more year as a post-doc to study how fire frequency affects nitrifying bacteria using a combination of soil science and molecular markers. From there, I took up a post-doctoral joint position at the University of Alberta and the University of California-Riverside, to study the spatial pattern of charcoal in forest soils of the Sierra Nevada. I have studied land reclamation as a research associate in the department of Renewable Resources for the last couple of years and have just taken up a post as Assistant Professor of Soil-Plant Relations. In my spare time I like to compete in the odd triathlon, bike, run or XC ski race, and have been known to throw down some telemark turns when possible.