Kari Dunfield

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Phone number: 
(519) 824-4120 Ext.58088 Room: ALEX 306
Alexander Hall


B.Sc., Dept. of Biological Sciences, University of Calgary, 1995
M.Sc., Dept. of Crop Science, University of Saskatchewan, 1999
Ph.D., Dept. of Soil Science, University of Saskatchewan, 2002


General areas of interest include: Applied Soil Ecology, Molecular Microbial Ecology, Soil Microbiology. The long-term objective of my research program is to study the relationship between genetic diversity of soil microbial communities and soil ecosystem functioning. My research program uses established molecular biology techniques to assess how agricultural and environmental practices impact soil microbial communities, and microbially mediated soil processes, such as nitrogen cycling. This is accomplished through a number of collaborative research programs with research groups across the University of Guelph campus.

Check out my personal website:  https://www.uoguelph.ca/crc/dunfield/

Meet Prof. Kari Dunfield

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Kari Dunfield is a professor in our School of Environmental Sciences. She also holds a Canada Research Chair in Environmental Microbiology of Agro-Ecosystems. Her research focuses on the impacts of human activities on soil health and ecosystem functions.

Check our Kari's 60 second snapshot video here. 


Selected publications:

For the most recent list of publications see:  https://scholar.google.ca/citations?user=LpMwDqoAAAAJ&hl=en


NSERC Strategic Grant Program
NSERC Discovery Grant

Research Area

environmental microbiology, microbial ecology, soil microbiology, bioremediation


Area of Research

Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
Ecosystem Science and Biodiversity
Interdisciplinary, Research Initiatives, and Specialty Units