I received my PhD in Biology from Carleton University in Ottawa in 1987 and my MSc in Oceanography from the Université Pierre et Marie Curie in 1981.
Prior to joining Laurier, I had several postdoctoral/research associate positions in the Biology Department at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri (1987); the Plant Production Group at the Boyce Thompson Institute at Cornell University, Ithaca, New-York (1988-1991); the Department of Biological Sciences at Brock University (1992-1993); and the Biology Department at Mount Allison University (1993-1995).
I retired in August 2019.
My long-term research goal is to reduce the use of chemical fertilizers in agriculture. To achieve this, I am using 2 approaches. First, I study the interactions existing between beneficial soil microorganisms, such as nitrogen-fixing rhizobia and mycorrhizal fungi, and roots of legumes. I am using pea mutants unable to form proper associations with these microorganisms to understand how plant hormones are involved in the establishment and maintenance of the associations. Second, I study the effect of mineral fertilizers onto crops to assess if they could be used as an environmental alternative to chemical fertilizers.
Languages spoken: English, French