Principle Investigator

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.

E-mail: mdm7@ualberta

Graduate Students



Sylvie A. Quideau, PhD

Sylvie is an Associate Professor of Soil Biogeochemistry at the University of Alberta.  She studies soil C dynamics in natural and reclaimed lands, and enjoys trekking to 5000m to collect samples.


Thomas H. DeLuca, PhD

Tom is the NERC-University Joint Chair in Environmental Sciences at the University of Wales in Bangor.  He studies forest soils and forest ecology, and kicks serious butt on telemark skis.

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