I am a resourceful and results-driven lab manager with 7 years of experience in a research lab environment. My philosophy of work is “I’m here to help” and I’m always happy to share my skills and knowledge. I have a successful track record of developing best lab practices that facilitate more efficient processes.
My main research interests are within the areas of microbial ecology and soil science, particularly in the role of microorganisms in ecosystem functioning and biogeochemical cycles, and the application of this knowledge in the development of sustainable practices. I especially enjoy discussing and elaborating research questions, designing experiments and sampling strategies, and analyzing and interpreting data.
Dasiel Obregón Alvarez
I am interested in animal health and environmental sustainability (one health). I have experience in veterinary microbiology, the ecology of vector-borne pathogens and host-pathogen interaction, using molecular and biological methods.
My name is Tolu Mafa-Attoye, my research interest lies in assessing the impact of agricultural management practices on nitrogen (N) cycling soil microbial communities and the influence this may have on the production or consumption of nitrous oxide (N2O), a greenhouse gas (GHG), within different riparian land-use systems. I am also interested in understanding the link between plant functional traits and key microbial traits and how these relationships affect nitrogen-related ecosystem services in different riparian buffers and agricultural lands.
I am interested in the relationship between above-ground and below-ground biodiversity, how they influence each other and how (and if) they affect soil productivity. I also want to know about the relationship between bulk soil and rhizosphere microbial biodiversities.
Linsey Van Koppen
“I am currently pursuing my undergraduate degree in Biological Science with a minor in Microbiology. From a recent summer position working with OMAFRA I have gained valuable insight on the significance of soil biodiversity and why research in this area is so important for agricultural and sustainability purposes. I hope to gain valuable hands-on, and lab experience through this work-study position to further my skills and understanding of this area of research.”
Dr. Heather Slinn
Im a microbial ecologist working jointly with an agro-chemical company (Syngenta) to better understand how soil microorganisms can interact with wheat to affect Fusarium disease resistance. Specifically, I’m interested in suppressive soils which are defined as soils that, through the mediation of microorganisms, exhibit less disease that would be expected given the presence of a pathogen. With the identification of beneficial soils, we can look to better understand factors that generate these types of soils and how to exploit them.
contribute to climate change mitigation. For my masters project I am investigating the activities of nitrogen cycling soil microbial communities during soil thaw events. I will be comparing soil nitrous oxide emissions given different agricultural management practices. I am a part of the CREATE Climate-Smart Soils program, which focuses on the development and implementation of soil management strategies that reduce soil greenhouse gas emissions.