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Qian Gu is an Ph.D. thesis student who started in September 2015.

"I am interested in exploring if ecological stoichiometry is useful in explaining impacts of environmental changes on arctic tundra plant communities. Do species differ in stoichiometric homeostasis characteristics for nitrogen and phosphorus contents, and if so, are these differences indicative of species responses to changes in air temperature, snow depth, and soil nutrient availability?"

Qian has a M.Sc. from the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, and is the recipient of Chinese Scholarship Council and Ontario Trillium Foundation International Ph.D. Scholarship support.


Harris Ivens is an M.Sc. thesis student who started in September 2015, and successfully defended in December 2017. He is currently writing up his thesis as a manuscript for submission to a journal.

"I am interested in the possibilities of reducing fertilizer use in agricultural ecosystems by increasing and transforming greater amounts of the inherent nutrient supply in soils." 

Harris was a faculty member at Fleming College Ontario in their Sustainable Agriculture Program prior to joining our lab, and has his own consultancy business providing on-farm plant and soil assessments, management recommendations and financial advice. Harris's business e-mail is:

Harris won the C.F. Bentley award for best student talk at the Canadian Society of Soil Science annual meeting in Peterborough in June 2017.


Adrian Kuchtaruk is an undergraduate honours thesis student from Sept 2018-April 2019 working with Dr. Grogan and Dr. Nate Basiliko (Laurentian University). 

“I am interested in microbial responses to human-induced environmental changes that can have consequences on greenhouse gas fluxes, pollutants, and carbon dynamics. I am also interested in microbial roles in forest biogeochemistry.”

Luca Bonifacio-Proietto is a SWEP undergraduate research assistant in our lab for the summer of 2018.

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