U of G doctoral student awarded first place in Soil Science oral competition

St. Louis, USA – Sevendeep Kaur was thrilled to receive the PhD Oral competition first prize in the Nutrient Management & Soil and Plant Analysis category at the recent Soil Science of America Conference. The prize advances her to compete and represent her category at the SSSA Society-wide competition. She won the competition the first week of November in St. Louis, USA.

“It’s exciting.  But I hope it serves to further motivate others in our field”, said Kaur.

Kaur’s research explores how pyrolysis technologies – literally, technologies that super-heat organic matter in the absence of oxygen – can be used to predict organic N mineralization potential in soils. Though pyrolysis is an emerging technology, using the technology to characterize soil N and measure soil N release is very novel.

“Winning this prize is very big and very good”, says Dr. Adam Gillespie, Kaur’s academic advisor and Assistant Professor in the School of Environmental Sciences.  Gillespie’s research program focuses on soil biogeochemistry and Land Use, and has a particular focus on Soil Organic Matter.

Click here to read more about the research that won Kaur the award.

Click here for more information about Dr. Gillespie’s research program.

This article has been completed by Soils At Guelph – an initiative of the University of Guelph to advance sustainable soil management in Ontario by making research accessible and facilitating knowledge exchange between researchers, farmers, industry, government, and the public.


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