Shining the Spotlight on Soil: ‘We Can’t Take it For Granted’

Poor management practices and freeze-thaw cycles affect soil structure  — Feature by Andrew Vowles

That’s more than common dirt under your feet. Guelph loam underpins some of the best farming in the province — and it’s now the official soil of Ontario.

In late 2015 during the International Year of Soils, Jeff Leal, Ontario minister of agriculture, food and rural affairs, visited the city to designate the Guelph soil series as the official soil of the province.

Arboretum Workshop Series Gardening Fundamentals

Wednesdays, March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 and April 6, 2016 - 7:00 - 9:30 p.m. - Gardening Fundamentals is a series of courses designed for both the beginner and experienced gardener. Course material covers basic information to provide a good grounding and then goes on to introduce advanced topics that are normally not found in gardening books.  The presenter has over 35 years of gardening experience, most of it in the Guelph area.

2 PhD positions with NSERC CREATE program

Accumulation and toxicology of microcystins in Great Lakes fish or Tracing the effects of oligotrophication on contaminant dynamics in Great Lakes benthic food webs  

Both Positions   PhD Institution:  University of Guelph Department:  School of Environmental Sciences Primary Advisor(s) Dr. Paul Sibley  Term: 3 years/9 semesters Start May 2016  Stipend: $21,000 /annum

See attached PDF's for additional information

(Summer student position)Training as an Aquatic Toxicity Testing Technician Position BSc

A placement with the Biological Analysis Section at the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (OMOECC) in Etobicoke ON will provide the opportunity to work in a government facility and learn the intricate operations of an Aquatic/Sediment toxicology laboratory involved in routine testing of industrial effluents, contaminated site assessments, method development and applied research. The OMOECC is a signature to the Canada/Ontario Agreement (COA) and has direct responsibility for monitoring and controlling pollutants in the Great Lakes watershed.

Summer Jobs @ The Arboretum

We are seeking students to join our summer grounds crew The University of Guelph Arboretum is currently accepting applications for seasonal summer employment on the grounds. The position will be based out of the RJ Hilton centre on College Ave E., Guelph, Ontario. The position pays $12.00 per hour, for 35 hours per week (8:00am to 4:00pm Monday to Friday), and runs for 18 weeks, starting April 25th (start date is flexible).
The position entails outdoor physical work in a team environment. Day to day tasks may include:
 Tree planting

Webster Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Environmental Sciences

Established in honour of the late Earle J.D. Webster, the Webster Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Environmental Sciences was created to fund ground-breaking environmental science research toward making a better planet. Webster attended OAC in 1927, and later went on to distinguish himself as an elementary school educator and author. He showed lifelong interest in both geology and forestry.

Call for Proposals Teaching and Learning Innovations Conference

The theme of this year's Teaching and Learning Innovations (TLI) conference is Assessment: informing learning & teaching  We invite faculty, sessionals, instructors, staff and students to propose a 20-minute showcase or a 50-minute workshop related to assessment methods and strategies that seek to enhance the learning experience. As well, we welcome proposals that describe practices aimed at changing student attitudes or perspectives on learning through assessment.

Congratulations Grant Hagedorn-PDAC's 10th Annual Student-Industry Exploration Workshop Award

Grant has been selected to attend the  PDAC’s 10th annual Student-Industry Mineral Exploration Workshop (S-IMEW).   He will be one of 26 senior geosciences students from across Canada  who will meet in Sudbury for this 2-week all expenses-paid workshop. This hands-on intensive learning experience is designed to give the students an opportunity to experience the many facets of the mineral exploration industry.

The Library is hosting a free two-day Writers Workshop

The Library is hosting a free two-day Writers Workshop over reading week, Feb 18 & 19 and we invite you to attend.  Students, staff, faculty or the public can register to attend one or all of the sessions featuring U of G faculty, staff and/or community writers covering a number of writing topics ranging from blogging to academic publishing.

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