The Applied Soil Ecology Lab at the University of Manitoba is seeking highly motivated and talented candidates for training leading to M.Sc. or Ph.D. degrees in nutrient management, greenhouse gas emissions, and soil ecology and nematology.
For more information on a specific project, e-mail Mario directly, using the subject indicated in the research project’s description. Include a detailed CV, statement of relevant experience, your availability, and contact information for three referees.
For more information on the application process, see the Department of Soil Science or Faculty of Graduate Studies Graduate Programs webpages.
Nutrient Management & Greenhouse Gases
Nitrification Inhibitors to Reduce Nitrous Oxide Emissions from Anhydrous Ammonia Applied to Soils
M.Sc. or Ph.D. students will undertake graduate research in 4R Nitrogen Practices to reduce N2O emissions from anhydrous ammonia applied to agricultural soils. The students will lead research on farmer fields examining several newly available inhibitors of nitrification applied with anhydrous ammonia. (READ MORE)
Micro-meteorology of Gas Exchange in Cover Crop Systems
M.Sc. or Ph.D. students will undertake graduate research in the area of development of cover cropping systems in the Red River Valley region of Manitoba and benefit to fertilizer nitrogen use efficiency of crops. Benefits to be examined include reduced emissions of the greenhouse gas nitrous oxide (N2O), net CO2 uptake by soil, lowered residual fall soil nitrate tests, and improved coincidence of nitrogen mineralization and crop uptake. Methods of N2O flux determination include the flux-gradient, automated chamber and static-vented chamber techniques. (READ MORE)
Micro-meteorological Fluxes of N2O and CO2 on Light Texture Soil
M.Sc. or Ph.D. students will undertake graduate research in 4R Nitrogen Practices to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (N2O and CO2) from agricultural fields near Brandon, Manitoba. The students will assist in the setup and operation of the field site with a micrometeorological flux-gradient approach to continuous monitoring of gas exchanges. (READ MORE)
Benefit of 4R Nitrogen Management on Micro-meteorological Fluxes of Ammonia
M.Sc. or Ph.D. students will undertake graduate research in 4R Nitrogen Practices to reduce NH3 volatilization from agricultural fields near the cities of Winnipeg and Brandon, Manitoba. The students will assist in the setup and operation of the field sites with flux towers and use of the backward Lagrangian Stochastic approach to estimate NH3 losses. (READ MORE)
Soil Ecology & Nematology
Biology and Epidemiology of the Stem Nematode, Ditylenchus weischeri
M.Sc. or Ph.D. students will undertake graduate research in understanding the life-cycle development and reproduction of the stem nematode, Ditylenchus weischeri in a range of horticultural crops. The students will lead growth chamber and greenhouse studies using traditional isolation and identification as well as molecular analyses of nematode populations in plants. In situ staining and visualization of nematode in plant parts will be done to localize the development stages of the nematode. (READ MORE)
Field Studies with the Root Lesion Nematode, Pratylenchus neglectus
M.Sc. or Ph.D. students will undertake graduate research in understanding the crop host preference and damage potential of the root lesion nematode, P. neglectus to crops grown in the Prairies. The students will lead field studies in Manitoba and Alberta using microplots containing varying population densities of the nematode planted to soybean, chickpea and canola. Traditional and molecular analyses of nematode populations in soil and the crops will be conducted. (READ MORE)
UNDERGRADUATE SUMMER RESEARCH
The 2020 undergraduate summer research technician competition will open in February, 2020.
Required application materials include a cover letter, resumé, academic transcript, statement indicating the school, program, and year that you are currently enrolled in, and the names and contact information of three (3) references who have agreed to be contacted.
See the following links to learn more about what positions are typically available:
Laboratory duties include extraction of pathogens and nematodes, microscopic and molecular (conventional and real-time PCR) identification, preparation of reagents and media, pure culture isolation and maintenance. Field duties include soil and plant sampling, and visual plant disease ratings.
Skills to be gained from this position include microscopic and molecular pathogen and pest evaluation, extraction and isolation methods, conventional and real-time PCR, culturing, disease rating, and field sampling.
Click here to see the 2019 Plant Disease undergraduate summer researcher posting.
Field duties include assisting graduate students and Senior Technicians in small scale research field plot maintenance, soil, manure, plant and greenhouse gas sampling. Laboratory duties include preparation of gas storage vials, soil grinding and extraction, plant threshing and grinding.
Skills to be gained from this position include soil, biomass, and gas emissions sampling and processing, introduction to the set-up and maintenance of small-scale agricultural research plots, how to properly document samples and follow detailed standard operating procedures (SOPs).
Click here to see the 2019 Soil and Greenhouse Gas undergraduate summer researcher posting.
Last Updated: March 25, 2019