Our People - Microbes and the Environment

519-888-4567 x35011
Location: 
E6 3018

Expertise:

  • Remediation technologies using chemical and photochemical techniques
  • Wastewater and air treatment using advanced oxidation processes
  • Infection and pathogen control, including rapid detection methods for bacterial contamination of water, automated UV disinfection systems, ultrasonic disinfection, and novel antimicrobial materials for use in clinical applications
     
Group(s): 
Faculty→Engineering; Position→Faculty; Research Theme→Microbes and Technology, Microbes and the Environment
519-888-4567 x37917
Location: 
E2 2327

Expertise:

  • Contaminant fate and transport
  • Watershed biogeochemistry and land use change
  • Environmental and ecosystem hydrology
  • Ecosystem (including wetland) restoration
  • Human impacts on the environment
  • develop innovative, low cost, passive water quality samplers for surface and groundwater applications
  • sustainable water management - in collaboration with ecologists, social scientists and economists
  • develop parsimonious, minimum calibration models that can effectively interface with climate and land-use change models to provide insights into water management on local and regional scales
Group(s): 
Faculty→Environment; Position→Faculty; Research Theme→Microbes and the Environment
519-888-4878
Location: 
EIT 5004

Expertise:

  • Behaviour and transport of groundwater contamination, including metals, metalloids, pathogens, nutrients and emerging contaminants in groundwater
  • Remediation technologies including permeable reactive barriers
  • Monitoring techniques such as non-traditional stable isotopes
  • Geochemical processes at mining wastes, including acid rock drainage
  • Reactive transport modelling
Group(s): 
Faculty→Science; Position→Faculty; Research Theme→Microbes and the Environment
519-888-4567 x35606
Location: 
B1 377C

Expertise:

  • Plant-microbe interactions
  • Symbiotic nitrogen fixation in agriculture
  • Functional metagenomics to look at the genomes of organisms present in complex samples such as soil
  • Bacterial genome engineering for the production of bioproducts such as polyhydroxybutyrate (PHB)
  • Synthetic biology, bioplastics and bioproducts

Publications:

Trevor Charles Publication List

Group(s): 
Operating Committee; Faculty→Science; Position→Faculty; Research Theme→Microbes and the Environment
519-888-4567 x32058
Location: 
B2 249C

Expertise in:

  • Plant-microbial interactions
  • Isolation, characterization and manipulation of microbial genes which encode products that are involved in the microbial stimulation of plant growth.
  • Use of bacteria as biocontrol agents to control fungal diseases.
  • Biochemical and physiological consequences of the genetic transformation of plant growth-promoting bacteria.
  • Microbial phytohormone biosynthesis.
  • Use of plant-microbial combinations to remediate contaminated soils.
  • Ethylene modulated gene expression.
Group(s): 
Faculty→Science; Research Theme→Microbes and the Environment
519-888-4567 x32707
Location: 
E2 3334

Expertise:

  • Robustness of water supply systems, with a focus on treatment
  • Facilitating application of newer treatment technologies (e.g. UV disinfection, membranes), including integration into existing facilities
  • Development of biological filtration as a sustainable pre-treatment to reduce fouling in membranes
  • Identification and removal of trace chemical contaminants (pharmaceuticals & endocrine disrupters)
  • Known and emerging pathogens, and their removal/inactivation by treatment processes
     
Group(s): 
Faculty→Engineering; Position→Faculty; Research Theme→Microbes and the Environment
519-888-4567 x31151
Location: 
B1 281

Expertise:

  • Microbial diversity and function, especially at contaminated sites (primarily municipal landfills)
  • Microbiome analysis (DNA, RNA and protein in metagenomics, metatranscriptomics and metaproteomics) from environmental samples
  • Bioremediation tool development from exploration of microbial community interactions

Publications:

Laura Hug's Publication list

Group(s): 
Operating Committee; Faculty→Science; Position→Faculty; Research Theme→Microbes and the Environment, Understanding Microbes
519-888-4567 x31095
Location: 
E2 2309

Expertise:

  • Production of bio-energy (electricity, H2, and CH4) and bio-chemicals from biomass including microbial electrochemical cells
  • Wastewater treatment including nutrient recovery from organic waste and wastewater
  • Thermodynamic/kinetic analyses of microbial metabolisms in engineered and natural systems
  • Anaerobic membrane bioreactors including integration of anaerobic digestion with membrane separation
  • Anaerobic oxidation of methane, especially as part of the global carbon cycle
     
Group(s): 
Faculty→Engineering; Position→Faculty; Research Theme→Microbes and Technology, Microbes and the Environment
519-888-4567 x35991 x36728
Location: 
NH 2222 E6 4006

Expertise:

  • Enzymes in non-conventional media (e.g. “designer” sol-gels) for applications in organic synthesis
  • Control and monitoring of water treatment processes involving filtration or biofiltration.
  • Bioremediation of contaminated soils, wastewater and drinking water
  • Electrostatic-based separation for the production of protein- and starch-enriched fractions from agricultural flours
     
Group(s): 
Faculty→Engineering; Position→Faculty; Research Theme→Microbes and Technology, Microbes and the Environment
519-888-4567 x33064
Location: 
EV1 237

Expertise:

  • Effects of changing hydrologic conditions on biogeochemical processes (carbon, nitrogen, phosphorus) in both natural and disturbed environments
  • Cover crops and phosphorus retention on fields
  • Hydrologic change from land-use modifications (e.g. agriculture, drainage) or climate variability
  • Year-round phosphorus losses in tile drain effluent and how these losses are affected by tillage practices in agriculture
  • Hydrological and biogeochemical processes in northern peatlands, and how these processes may change under a warmer climate
     
Group(s): 
Faculty→Environment; Position→Faculty; Research Theme→Microbes and the Environment
519-888-4567 x32224
Location: 
B2 245A

Expertise:

  • World expert on Bangiales – types of red algae
  • Red algae of economic importance - they contain compounds (agar, carrageenan, etc.) that are used extensively as thickeners in products such as yogurt, ice cream and toothpaste
  • Red algae as food sources - genera such as Porphyra (aka. Nori, laverbread) and Palmaria (a.k.a. Dulse) are important food sources and are global billion-dollar aquaculture industries
  • Red algae as a critical group in the evolution of photosynthetic life on earth through secondary endosymbiosis of chloroplasts
  • Red algae as a nuisance - (e.g. Cladophora and Chara in Laurentian Great Lakes), invasive species (e.g. Bangia atropupurea in the Great Lakes)
  • Cyanobacteria that release toxins and taste and odour compounds in drinking water (Lake Ontario)
     
Group(s): 
Faculty→Science; Position→Faculty; Research Theme→Microbes and the Environment, Understanding Microbes
519-888-4567 x38344
Location: 
B1 275, B1 294, B1 289

Expertise:

  • Microbial diversity - developing and applying molecular and computational methods to explore complex microbial communities spanning aquatic, terrestrial, and host-associated habitats
  • Linking function and phylogeny - by exploring active microorganisms involved in transforming carbon and energy, to better understand who is doing what in the environment
  • Nitrogen cycle - using a combination of molecular and cultivation approaches to investigate the microbial community members associated with ammonia oxidation and denitrification

Publications:

Josh Neufeld's Publication List

Group(s): 
Faculty→Science; Position→Faculty; Research Theme→Microbes and the Environment, Understanding Microbes
519-888-4567 x32058
Location: 
B2 249C

Expertise:

  • Environmental microbiology
  • Aquatic virus ecology
  • Algal-virus interactions and co-evolution
  • Giant virus diversity
  • Carbon flow in marine environments

Publications:

Jozef Nissimov's publication list.

Group(s): 
Faculty→Science; Position→Faculty; Research Theme→Microbes and the Environment
519-888-4567 x37552
Location: 
EV2 2008

Expertise:

  • Sustainable agriculture and agroforestry: food security, agrobiodiversity, climate change resilience, carbon sequestration, nitrogen transformations and greenhouse gas emissions in tropical, temperate and sub-arctic biomes
  • Biochar: soil health, carbon sequestration, climate change resilience
  • Waste to resources: closing the loop between food wastage and its ultimate use as a soil amendment
  • Riparian (river bank) land-use systems in agricultural landscapes: determining carbon and nitrogen transformations in terrestrial and aquatic components of the river bank
Group(s): 
Operating Committee; Faculty→Environment; Position→Faculty; Research Theme→Microbes and the Environment
519-888-4567 x36324
Location: 
E2 3303

Expertise:

  • Anaerobic membrane bioreactors for wastewater and sludge treatment
  • Fate of emerging contaminants in wastewater systems
  • Pretreatment of sludges for enhanced digestion
  • Advanced sludge digestion processes
  • Nutrient recovery from wastewater
  • Modelling of wastewater treatment and sludge handling processes
     
Group(s): 
Operating Committee; Faculty→Engineering; Position→Faculty; Research Theme→Microbes and Technology, Microbes and the Environment
519-888-4567 x32820
Location: 
EIT 1003

Expertise:

  •  coupled biogeochemical cycling of major redox sensitive elements (C, N, Fe, Mn, S)
  • speciation and mobility of trace oxyanion forming inorganic nutrients and contaminants including P, N, Si, As, Se, Sb, Cr and U
  •  biogeochemical processes and interactions between microbes, minerals and organic matter at the micro and mesoscale in order to describe the fate of contaminants and nutrients in the environment at the field scale
Group(s): 
Faculty→Science; Position→Faculty; Research Theme→Microbes and the Environment
519-888-4567 x32230
Location: 
EIT 5001

Expertise:

  • Fate and transport of contaminants in groundwater, including metals, nutrients, pathogens, and organic chemicals
  • Passive methods for remediating contaminated groundwater
  • Reactions and transformations of contaminants in the subsurface (geochemistry)
  • Release and transport of metals at northern mine sites
  • Wastewater contaminant fate in shallow sand aquifers
  • Emerging contaminant fate in the environment
     
Group(s): 
Faculty→Science; Position→Faculty; Research Theme→Microbes and the Environment
519-888-4567 x32473
Location: 
ESC 305

Expertise:

  • Cycling of key elements in lakes, rivers, forests and agricultural watersheds
  • Impacts of climate change and agriculture on aquatic ecosystems
  • Development and use of novel tracers, such as stable isotopes and artificial sweeteners, for following impacts on surface water and groundwater
  • Indicators of climate change in high arctic and subarctic systems
     
Group(s): 
Faculty→Science; Position→Faculty; Research Theme→Microbes and the Environment
+1-519-888-4567 ext. 37777
Location: 
1004 EIT

Expertise:

  • Thermodynamic controls (i.e., bioenergetics) on the biogeochemical cycling of carbon, nutrients, metals and metalloids.
  • Microbial bioenergetics-based model development for implementation in low-energy environments.
  • Microbe-water-mineral interactions
  • Organic matter degradation
Group(s): 
Research Theme→Microbes and the Environment
519-888-4567 x30164
Location: 
EV1 232

Expertise:

  • Peatland greenhouse gas fluxes in both natural and disturbed ecosystems
  • Potential impact of climate change on peatlands through plot to ecosystem scale manipulation of temperature and water table and evaluating the subsequent changes in soil properties, plant community and greenhouse gas fluxes
  • Peatland restoration
  • Peatland methane dynamics including both fluxes and subsurface storage
  • Organic matter decomposition
     
Group(s): 
Faculty→Environment; Position→Faculty; Research Theme→Microbes and the Environment

Expertise:

  • Aquatic bacterial communities
  • Metabarcoding
Group(s): 
Faculty→Environment; Position→Adjunct; Research Theme→Microbes and the Environment
519-888-4567 x30385
Location: 
EV2 2026

Expertise:

  • Eco-cultural legacies associated with millennia of human occupation in the central coast of BC Canada
  • Climate change and tree range expansions of the circumpolar treeline
  • Climate change and biodiversity
     
Group(s): 
Faculty→Environment; Position→Faculty; Research Theme→Microbes and the Environment
519-888-4567 x31319
Location: 
EIT 1006A

Expertise:

  • Mineral-water-microbe interactions
  • Groundwater-surface water interactions
  • Modeling reactive transport and geomicrobial reaction systems
  • Biogeochemistry of soils, river-floodplain systems, wetlands, lakes, coastal environments and marine basins
  • Impacts of river damming, agriculture and urbanization on the environmental flows of water, carbon and nutrients
  • Coupled hydrological-biogeochemical modeling
  • Economic valuation of ecosystem service

Publications:

Philippe Van Cappellen's Publication List

Group(s): 
Faculty→Science; Position→Faculty; Research Theme→Microbes and the Environment
519-888-4567 x38340
Contact for: 
ESC 309

Expertise:

  • Wetland ecology and paleoecology (analysis of sediment stratigraphy, age dating, and biological indicators such as pollen, plant macrofossils, soil protozoa)
  • Wetland ecosystem dynamics of natural, restored, and created wetlands
     
Group(s): 
Faculty→Science; Position→Faculty; Research Theme→Microbes and the Environment
519-888-4567 x38690
Location: 
EV2 2011

Expertise:

  • Social dimensions of water decisions using ideas from environmental psychology, cognitive science, sociology and geography
Group(s): 
Faculty→Environment; Position→Faculty; Research Theme→Microbes and the Environment