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Kari Dunfield

Professor, Canada Research Chair in Environmental Microbiology of Agro-ecosystems (Environmental Sciences)

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Kari Dunfield is Professor and Canada Research Chair of Environmental Microbiology at the University of Guelph and one of Canada’s premier scientists working at the intersection of microbiology, ecology, and soil science. Her cutting-edge work is at the forefront of an intensely dynamic field of research: investigation of the microbial communities and microbial processes driving the global processes that help support life on Earth. Her work is re-defining how researchers, scientists, governments and policy-makers approach critical areas of global concern, including climate change, soil conservation, human pathogens and antimicrobial resistance genes in the environment, and food security. Dr. Dunfield currently serves as a co-Editor-in-Chief for the Canadian Journal of Microbiology, the North American representative of Pillar One of the UN-FAO Global Soil Partnership, and as Co-Executive Director of Soils at Guelph, and outreach initiative to combat declining soil health in Ontario.

Food from Thought project(s): The soil microbiome: Linking soil biodiversity to soil health and ecosystem services
Project category: Crop Sciences

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