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STUDENTS  ::  Studying Microbiology in Canada

Studying Microbiology in Canada

University of Guelph

Department School of Environmental Sciences


The School of Environmental Sciences (SES) was formed in April 2009 when the former Departments of Environmental Biology and Land Resource Science merged. The SES represents a consolidation of internationally recognized expertise in the life and physical sciences that allows faculty to focus on the comprehensive study and analysis of interconnected concepts and processes inherent to the Earth’s Critical Zone. The Critical Zone is the near surface layer of the Earth where complex interactions involving soil, rock, water, air and living organisms regulate natural ecosystems and ultimately determine the quantity and quality of life sustaining resources. The University of Guelph’s SES distinguishes itself from other environmental science programs in that it comprises a true integration of the life and physical sciences to address important environmental problems in forest, aquatic and agro-ecosystems. The SES has particular strengths in: forest systems management; reduced risk crop protection strategies; soil management & conservation; water resource management; bioremediation; climate change; and ecotoxicology & environmental microbiology. This integrated spectrum, uniquely available in SES, also allows for comprehensive consideration of socio-economic and policy issues that would otherwise not be possible in more traditional environmental science programs.

In addition to our unique research capabilities, the SES is committed to providing learner centered environmental science study for undergraduate and graduate students – one that is second to none in North America.

While the SES comprises a critical mass of 40 faculty, 150 graduate students and approximately 50 postdocs, technicians and staff members, we are only part of the University of Guelph's extraordinary strength in environmental sciences.

Environmental microbiology research in the School of Environmental Sciences aims to examine the impact of microorganisms on human and environmental health through fundamental and applied research. Fundamental studies include microbial cell physiology, survival, persistence, and function in aquatic, soil, and extreme environments from culture dependent and culture independent perspectives. Applied studies in biodegradation and biotransformation of environmental pollutants, bioenergy production, and the detection of pathogens and indicator bacteria in water, biosolids, and soils are primary areas of research focus.

Research Facilities

SES offers modern facilities that are well equipped for contemporary research in all areas of environmental microbiology and plant pathology, including extensive equipment for chemical, fluorescence and genomic analysis of microorganisms, as well as the latest equipment in many aspects of molecular biology. The department also contains the Controlled Environment Systems Research Facility (CESRF), which provides a complete research venue suitable for measurement of plant growth, gas exchange, volatile organic compound (VOC) evolution, and nutrient remediation in a precisely controlled environment.

List of Faculty Faculty with particular interest in Microbiology have a (*)
• Madhur Anand (biodiversity, computational ecology, ecological complexity)
• Emmanuelle Arnaud (sedimentary record of lakes and marine glacial deposits )
• Kari Dunfield* (applied soil ecology)
• Susan Glasauer* (geomicrobiology, biogeochemistry)
• Paul Goodwin (physiology and molecular biology of plant-pathogen interactions)
• Andy Gordon (carbon dynamics, nutrient cycling, ecological modelling)
• Rob Gordon (agrometeorology; emissions from agricultural systems)
• Ernesto Guzman (bee biology and apiculture)
• Marc Habash* (aquatic microbiology)
• Bev Hale (metals in the human environment)
• Chris Hall (large-scale expression of antibodies in planta for environmental remediation)
• Rebecca Hallett (chemical ecology and integrated management of vegetable pests; insect-plant relations; plant resistance to pests; climate changes)
• Richard Heck (soil and landscape processes)
• Tom Hsiang (turfgrass disease management and biology)
• Shelley Hunt (boreal forest ecology, biodiversity, carbon and nitrogen dynamics)
• John Lauzon (soil management and fertility)
• Hung Lee* (microbial biochemistry and physiology; degradation of pollutants; lignocellulosic biomass conversion)
• Steve Marshall (insect taxonomy)
• Ray McBride (pedotechnology and land use, applied soil physics)
• Jonathan Newman (plant-insect relationships under climate change)
• Rob Nicol (chemical ecology, biofuels production)
• Ivan O'Halloran (soil fertility and nutrient use efficiency)
• Gard Otis (insect behaviour)
• Gary Parkin (plant nutrition and soil fertility)
• Len Ritter (occupational exposure to pesticides; human health effects of pesticides)
• Neil Rooney (fisheries management; environmental impact assessment; first nations traditional knowledge)
• Jonathan Schmidt (vernal pool ecology; the role of arthropods in decomposition)
• Cynthia Scott-Dupree (integrated pest management, beneficial insect-plant relationships)
• Paul Sibley (environmental quality assessment and management; risk assessments; disturbance ecology; aquatic-terrestrial interactions)
• Jack Trevors* (microbial physiology, ecology and biotechnology of environmental bacteria)
• Laura Van Eerd (plant nutrition and soil fertility)
• Paul Voroney (soil biology and soil management)
• Claudia Wagner-Riddle (agrometeorology; greenhouse gas emissions from agricultural systems)
• Jon Warland (micrometeorology)

Financial Support Available

Each graduate student is guaranteed minimum funding of $16,500 annually for an MSc. and $17, 500 for a PhD. This assistance may be available in several forms: (1) students with first class academic standings are encouraged to apply for Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council Postgraduate Scholarships (NSERC) and Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS), (2) Graduate Research Assistantships, (3) University of Guelph Scholarships, and (4) Graduate Teaching Assistantships. Further support is also available through the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).

Admissions and Enquiries School of Environmental Sciences
Ontario Agricultural College
University of Guelph
Guelph, Ontario N1G 2W1

Phone: 519-824-4120 x53920
Fax: 519-837-0442

Admissions Officer (Service Associate)
Chris Goody
University of Guelph
Guelph, Ontario N1G 2W1

Phone: 519-824-4120 x56736
Email: cgoody@registrar.uoguelph.ca

Web: http://www.uoguelph.ca/ses/

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Tel: (613) 421-7229

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