Linda Gorim, PhD

Assistant Professor & WGRF Chair in Cropping Systems, Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sci - Ag, Food & Nutri Sci Dept

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Assistant Professor & WGRF Chair in Cropping Systems, Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sci - Ag, Food & Nutri Sci Dept
(780) 492-8814
3-10F Agriculture/Forestry Centre
9011 116 St NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2P5


Area of Study / Keywords

Agronomy nutrient use efficiency abiotic stresses cropping systems- crop rotation cover and intercropping soil amendments in cropping systems


Professional Research Associate

Identification of drought traits in wild lentil genotypes for lentil breeding - University of Saskatchewan


Lentil underground and drought traits in wild lentil germplasm - University of Saskatchewan


Crop Water Stress Management: Seedling establishment - University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart Germany


Foundation Fiat Panis, Ulm Germany


Rathor, P., Gorim, L.Y. & Thilakarathna, M.S. Plant physiological and molecular responses triggered by humic based biostimulants - A way forward to sustainable agriculture. Plant Soil (2023).

Rebecca Oiza Enesi, Miles Dyck, Scott Chang, Xiaoli Fan, Malinda Thilakarathna, Stephen Strelkov and Linda Yuya Gorim. 2023. Liming remediates soil acidity and improves crop yield and profitability - A Meta-analysis. Frontiers in Agronomy 5.

Rhea Lumactud, Linda Yuya Gorim, and Malinda S. Thilakarathna. (2022). Impacts of humic-based products on microbial community structure and functions towards sustainable agriculture. Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems, Sec. Crop Biology and Sustainability Volume 6.

Ampong, K., Thilakaranthna, M., and Gorim, L.Y. 2022. Understanding the role of humic acids on crop performance and soil health. Front. Agron., 02 March 2022

Patel, I., Gorim, L.Y., Tanino, K. and Vandenberg, A. 2021. Diversity in surface microstructure of trichomes, epidermal cells and stomata in lentil germplasm. Front. Plant Sci., 12 July 2021

Gorim, L.Y. and Vandenberg, A. 2019. Variation in total root length and root diameter of wild and cultivated lentil grown under drought and re-watered condition. Plant Genetic Resources 17(1):45-53

Shunmugam, A.S.K., Kannan, U., Jiang, Y., Daba, K.A. and Gorim, L.Y. 2018. Physiology based approaches for breeding of next generation food legumes. Plants 7(3) 72;

Gorim, L. and Vandenberg, A. 2018. Can wild lentil genotypes help improve water use and transpiration efficiency in cultivated lentil? Plant Genetic Resources; 1-10 doi:10.1017/S1479262117000399

Gorim, L. and Vandenberg, A. 2017. Root traits, nodulation traits and their distribution in the soil for five wild lentil species and Lens culinaris (Medik.) grown under well-watered conditions. Front. Plant Sci. 8:1632. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2017.01632

Gorim, L.Y. and Vandenberg, A. 2017. Evaluation of wild lentil species as genetic resources to improve drought tolerance in cultivated lentil. Front. Plant Sci. 8:1129. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2017.01129

Gorim, L. and Asch, F. 2017. Seed coating increases seed moisture uptake and restricts embryonic 

oxygen availability in germinating cereal seeds. Biology 6(2), 31 doi:10.3390/biology6020031

Gorim, L. and Asch, F. 2014. Seed coating reduces respiration losses and affects sugar metabolism during germination and early seedling growth in cereals. Functional Plant Biology 42(2): 209-218


Background: Tight cereals, pulses, and canola crop rotations dominate Western Canadian cropping systems. These tight crop rotations are selected for profitability but quickly become unfeasible due to serious diseases such as clubroot and aphanomyces. Simplistic crop rotations also increasingly rely on chemical inputs (such as fungicides, herbicides, and pesticides). Controlling diseases requires extending and diversifying crop rotations and integrating superior genetics and advanced agronomic practices. Long-term solutions require a systems perspective of the role of crop rotations and agronomic practices on crop, soil, and pest function.

The focus of this highly collaborative program is:  

1. Optimization of cropping systems from small plot to whole farm/landscape approach: Agronomic assessments (seeding rates, depth, establishment, yield gap) and the interaction of amendments (humalite/ humic products, lime, biochar, EENFs, PGRs) and nitrogen sources under normal and abiotic stresses (drought and heat).

2. Diversification of cropping systems (crop rotations, cover crops, intercropping, low input systems): Linking crop productivity, water and fertilizer use efficiency, soil management and economic benefits

3. Root Research: Addressing agronomic questions from a below-ground perspective.

"People were people before they became scientists"


Teaching and mentorship: For teaching, the vision is a program that develops undergraduate students into leading highly qualified personnel capable of providing expertise to all sectors of the crop industry, including primary producers, agri-business, agricultural policy makers, and other relevant stakeholders. Student mentoring and supervision that incorporates work-life-balance and also focuses on the development of soft skills in the workplace is an integral part of my research program. 

  1. Exploring field crop agronomy (PL SC 210) - Fall
  2. Work experience in Agriculture (WKEXP 988): Summer internship included - Begins every May annually.


Graduate Student Opportunities: 

All graduate opportunities are advertised here on my homepage. I do not respond to individual inquiries except you have already secured your own funding.

Closed positions will be indicated as 'Closed' i.e. recruitment has occurred.

The Cropping Systems Research Group led by Dr. Linda Gorim in the Department of Agricultural, Food, and Nutritional Science at the University of Alberta invites applications for highly motivated summer, undergrad, and graduate students and Postdocs. 

Please, check here for open positions, I don't respond to individual inquiries.

Potential Projects include: 

Two PhD positions: Nitrification Inhibition on GHG Emissions, soil health and Barley Performance (Required background: Agronomy and Soil Science) - Open

  • Strong academic background and interest in conducting advanced studies in agronomy.
  • Possess strong statistical and writing skills.
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • An ability to work closely with others in a team environment, as well as develop and undertake innovative scientific approaches.
  • Possess strong organizational skills and problem-solving ability.
  • Willingness to engage in problem-solving, data analysis, and thesis development.
  • Ability to work independently in the field for extended periods.
  • Ability to multi-task.
  • A valid graduated (non-probationary) driver’s license and a clean driving record will be an asset.



Education: A background in Agronomy or soil sciences is required.

For MSc Applicants: A Bachelor’s degree from a North American or European university is required or MSc from another country. A combination of a Bachelor’s degree in a comparable field and at least two years of professional experience in research environments may be considered.

For Ph.D. Applicants: An MSc degree from a North American or European university is required.

For Postdoc Applicants: Your Ph.D. should have been completed within the last 1-3 years.

Visiting scholars: Open for discussion if you have complete funding and you are not a visiting PhD student


  •       Demonstrated ability to use Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook, Powerpoint, Teams, etc); demonstrated ability using R or SAS for data analysis would be an asset
  •       Demonstrated ability to follow written and verbal instructions
  •       Critical learning and writing skills are required
  •       Demonstrated ability to create and foster relationships with people of diverse backgrounds and education levels
  •       Demonstrated ability to present research results to farmers and/or scientific audiences
  •       Ability to drive and possess a valid driver’s license; demonstrated ability to drive a pickup truck and tow a large trailer would be an asset.

All Applicants: Applications must include a cover letter, a statement addressing specific background requirements and qualifications, a resume and transcripts. These documents should be submitted as a single PDF document. The statement addressing qualifications must address each and every one of the qualifications listed in the above sections on education, experience and skills. The use of subtitles is strongly recommended. We also strongly encourage providing specific examples of actions or behaviors to demonstrate experience or skill. Reporting false information in your application will lead to disqualification.

Inquiries regarding these positions and applications should be emailed to Dr. Linda Gorim at 

All students must meet admission requirements to the Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science at the University of Alberta (

*** We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted. 


PL SC 210 - Exploring Field Crop Agronomy

Introduction to basic agronomy of western Canadian field crops. Students will experience agronomic practices, crop equipment and technology hands-on. Extended field trip prior to the start of classes. Prerequisite: 30 units.

WKEXP 988 - Work Experience in Agriculture

Incorporates the agronomic knowledge gained during a summer internship with transferable skills in the workplace. Students will work continuously on several skills throughout the summer with input from their supervisors (Ag company) and course instructor. Important work- related topics including work-life balance, the Drama Triangle and leadership styles will also be taught.

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