Kari Dunfield

Position / Title

Associate Professor, Canada Research Chair in Environmental Microbiology of Agro-ecosystems


(519) 824-4120 Ext.58088 Room: ALEX 306



Staff Type


Research Category

Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
Ecosystem Science and Biodiversity
Interdisciplinary, Research Initiatives, and Specialty Units
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B.Sc., Dept. of Biological Sciences, University of Calgary, 1995
M.Sc., Dept. of Crop Science, University of Saskatchewan, 1999
Ph.D., Dept. of Soil Science, University of Saskatchewan, 2002


Dr. Kari Dunfield is seeking applicants for a PhD position in Environmental Microbiology at the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of Guelph.

General areas of interest include: Applied Soil Ecology, Molecular Microbial Ecology, Soil Microbiology. The long-term objective of my research program is to study the relationship between genetic diversity of soil microbial communities and soil ecosystem functioning. My research program uses established molecular biology techniques to assess how agricultural and environmental practices impact soil microbial communities, and microbially mediated soil processes, such as nitrogen cycling. This is accomplished through a number of collaborative research programs with research groups across the University of Guelph campus.

Check out my personal website:  https://www.uoguelph.ca/crc/dunfield/

Recent Publications

Selected publications:

For the most recent list of publications see:  https://scholar.google.ca/citations?user=LpMwDqoAAAAJ&hl=en

Research Area

environmental microbiology, microbial ecology, soil microbiology