Nathan Basiliko

Nathan Basiliko

Canada Research Chair | Associate Professor

Department of Biology
Science, Engineering and Architecture
LL-112 Sudbury Campus

Biography

I am a faculty member at the Vale Living with Lakes Centre (where my office and lab is housed) with an academic appointment in the Department of Biology and cross-appointment in the School of the Environment. Please contact me if you are interested in finding out more about undergraduate, masters, or PhD research opportunities in my group.

Prior to joining Laurentian University in July 2013, I was a faculty member in the Department of Geography at the University of Toronto- Mississauga campus (formerly known as Erindale College) since 2006. I completed a post-doctoral fellowship in the Faculty of Forestry at the University of British Columbia and also have worked via UK Royal Society and DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service)- funded exchanges at the University of Warwick in Coventry, England (Department of Biological Sciences) and The Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology in Marburg, Germany. 

I am an associate editor for the Canadian Journal of Soil Science and FEMS Microbiology Letters. I will be the President Elect of the Canadian Society of Soil Science beginning in Jan 2019 (and President in Jan 2020). 

Education

  • BS Cornell University (1999)
  • PhD McGill University (2005)

Academic Appointments

Department of Biology

School of the Environment (cross-appointment)

I currently have graduate supervisory privaleges in the Biology MSc program, the Boreal Ecology PhD program, and the Masters of Science Communication program. 

On The Web

My webpage at the Vale Living with Lakes Centre:

http://www3.laurentian.ca/livingwithlakes/about/staff/nathan-basiliko/

Publications on Google Scholar:

http://scholar.google.ca/citations?user=ed1fimwAAAAJ&hl=en

A TEDx talk I gave in 2014:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGnuh2JCNBk

Research

Microorganisms play vital roles in ecosystems. Our group explores soil and sediment microbial communities and microorganisms. In particular we focus on microbial responses to human-induced environmental changes that have consequences for greenhouse gas fluxes, nutrient, pollutant, and carbon dynamics, as well as broader ecosystem sustainability. Most current research projects are in applied settings (e.g. in managed forests; mining-impacted landscapes) with important private sector and governmental research partners. However we also have interests in exploring more general controls on microbial diversity in soils, links between diversity and activity, and how different soil microbial communities transform plant tissues into soil organic matter and then subsequently decompose this organic matter to mineral products, including greenhouse gases. Field research sites span the north temperate (Great Lakes St Lawrence Forest) and boreal forests of eastern and central Canada and peatlands (globally important carbon-accumulating wetlands with organic soils) across Canada and the USA. New work is underway in industrial-impacted landscapes in Sudbury, including mine tailings management areas and smelter-impacted forests, wetlands, and lakes.

Please contact me by email if you are interested in finding out more about doctoral, masters, or undergraduate research opportunities!!


Current students and post-doctoral fellows (at Laurentian University)

Dr. Martin Brummell (PDF at the Vale Living with Lakes Centre)

Dr. Asma Asemaninejad (PDF at the Vale Living with Lakes Centre; co-supervised with Nadia Mykytczuk)

Kelly Chan-Yam (PhD student, Boreal Ecology, Laurentian University)

James Seward (PhD student, Boreal Ecology, Laurentian University)

Sabrina Desjardins (PhD student, Natural Resources Engineering, Laurentian University; co-supervised with J Ashley Scott)

Michelle Dart (MSc student, Biology, Laurentian University)

Leland Johnston (MSc student, Biology, Laurentian University)

Jesse Hoage (MSc student, Biology, Laurentian University; co-supervised with Lisa Venier at the Canadian Forest Service)

Saskia Hart (MSc student, Biology, Laurentian University; co-supervised with Lisa Venier at the Canadian Forest Service)

Jonathan Lavigne (MSc student, Biology, Laurentian University; co-supervised with Peter Beckett)

Adam Kirkwood (MSc student, Biology, Laurentian University; co-supervised with Pascale Roy-Léveillée)

Robyn Rumney (MSc student, Biology, Laurentian University; co-supervised with John Gunn)

Merritt Kennedy (MASc student, Engineering, Laurentian University; co-supervised with J Ashley Scott)

Adrian Kuchtaruk (NSERC Undergraduate Summer Research Award-funded researcher; Undergraduate honours thesis student at Queens University with Paul Grogan)

Chantae Robinson (Undergraduate honours thesis student, BSc student, Biology, Laurentian University; co-supervised with Pascale Roy-Léveillée)

Heather Patterson (Undergraduate honours thesis student, BSc student, Biology, Laurentian University; co-supervised with Peter Beckett)

Amy Laframboise (Undergraduate honours thesis student, BSc student, School of the Environment, Laurentian University)



Past students (at Laurentian University and the University of Toronto)

•Michael Carson (PhD 2018, Laurentian University)

•Kurt Yakimovich (MSc 2017, Laurentian University; co-supervisor with Nadia Mykytczuk)

•Shanay Williams-Johnson (MSc 2016, Laurentian University; co-supervisor with Nadia Mykytczuk)

•Bryce Robinson (Undergraduate honours thesis, 2016, Laurentian University)

•Jason Shabaga (PhD, 2016, University of Toronto)

•Genevieve Noyce (PhD 2016, University of Toronto; co-supervisor with R Fulthorpe)

•Carolyn Winsborough (PhD 2015, University of Toronto)

•Galen Guo (MSc 2015, Laurentian University)

•Adam Gorgolewski (MSc-F 2015, University of Toronto, co-supervised with John Caspersen)

•Gurpreet Aulakh (Undergraduate honours thesis, 2015, Laurentian University)

•Jennifer Pichette (Undergraduate honours thesis, 2015, Laurentian University)

•Emily Smenderovac (MSc-F 2014, University of Toronto; co-supervised with John Caspersen)

•Michael Preston (PhD 2013, University of Toronto)

•Michael McTavish  (Undergraduate honours thesis, 2012, University of Toronto)

•Stephanie Pugliese (Undergraduate honours thesis, 2012, University of Toronto)

•Darcie McNeill (Undergraduate honours thesis, 2012, University of Toronto)

•Tara Sackett (PDF 2010-13, University of Toronto)

•Varun Gupta (MSc 2011 and Undergraduate honours thesis, 2009, University of Toronto)

•Aaron Godin (Undergraduate honours thesis, 2010, University of Toronto)

•Kristine Haynes (Undergraduate honours thesis, 2010, University of Toronto)

•Phil Rudz (Undergraduate honours thesis, 2010, University of Toronto)

•Cori Armés (MSc 2009, University of Toronto)

•Britney Myers (Undergraduate honours thesis, 2009, University of Toronto)

•Natalia Voloshchuk (Undergraduate honours thesis, 2009, University of Toronto)

•Carolyn Winsborough (NSERC USRA summer student 2008, University of Toronto)

Awards

  • Canada Research Chair in Environmental Microbiology (2013-2023)
  • Dean's Excellence Award (U of T Mississauga, 2010)

Teaching

In the 2018-19 academic year, I will teach

Biology 2026EL Introduction to Microbiology and Biology 3026EL Applied and Environmental Microbiology

(Note that Applied and Environmental Micro will be taught every 2 years alternating with Biology 4076EL, Ecosystem Ecology)


Publications

On Google Scholar: http://scholar.google.ca/citations?user=ed1fimwAAAAJ&hl=en  

I also was a contributing author to the first UN-FAO Status of the World's Soil Reources Report released in December 2015 http://www.fao.org/3/a-i5199e.pdf