How do you make soil where there isn’t any? We often take for granted this resource so essential to life on our planet – you just look down, and there it is. However, some environments, such as those impacted by humans, lack the building blocks for healthy ecosystems. Without soil there can’t be vegetation, and… Continue reading Reclaiming Land and Soil on Northern Diamond Mine Sites
What sparks your curiosity for science? What makes you dive deeper into the questions of how things work? Many of us enjoy different fields of science, with favourite questions or topics that keep us engaged. Maybe you have a fascination with a particular animal, dinosaur, or constellation in the night sky. But, do you have… Continue reading Soil Caricatures, Art, and Outreach: A Conversation with Lewis Fausak
What’s that smell? Do you remember the last time you were caught outside in the rain? Do you remember what it smelled like? If you were walking through a field or the local park, you might remember a deep, earthy smell, usually associated with wet soil. Have you ever considered where this smell comes from?… Continue reading Soil Microbes and Antimicrobials: Scent-sational Streptomyces
When thinking about ‘Northern Ontario’, many people think of the mining cities like Sudbury, Timmins, or other cities like Thunder Bay and Kenora, but so many don’t realize that these are only a very small fraction of Northern Ontario. Between Thunder Bay, Northwestern Ontario’s largest city, and the coast of Hudson Bay where communities like… Continue reading Taking a trip to Far North Ontario: The Importance of the Hudson Bay Lowlands
From rocky beginnings, it took billions of years to reach the modern soils we know today. While life on earth today relies on soil, the development of the first soils relied on interactions with evolving life forms and a changing environment.
Greenhouse gases and their environmental impacts are a topical issue. However, developing an understanding of how different systems impact greenhouse gases and global climate requires a more innovative, interdisciplinary lens. Studying all aspects of a system, from beneath the soil and up, is essential to understanding these systems’ actual environmental impacts. An interview with soil… Continue reading How does soil affect agricultural systems and greenhouse gases? An Interview with Gazali Issah
Soil is different everywhere that you go. Even a short walk may reveal different types and profiles of soil. Predicting how these soils will differ is essential to larger systems, like building effective agricultural or environmentally safe processes. It is these soil fundamentals that Asim Biswas aims to understand. Asim is an Associate Professor in… Continue reading Innovating Soil Mapping: An Interview with Asim Biswas
A lifelong appreciation for science never taught me the importance of smelling soil. Crouching down and taking a quick whiff can tell you stories you never knew and answer questions you never thought to ask, if you only know what to smell. I have always appreciated science. The ability to answer questions and understand inner… Continue reading Stop and Smell the Soils: The Sudbury Story