M Derek MacKenzie, PhD

Associate Professor (Soil-Plant Relations), Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sci - Renewable Resources Dept

Contact

Associate Professor (Soil-Plant Relations), Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sci - Renewable Resources Dept
Email
mdm7@ualberta.ca
Phone
(780) 492-6388
Address
348E South Academic Building
11328 - 89 Ave NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2J7

Overview

About

Job/Research Area: Ecosystem Ecology


Research

Major Responsibilities/Research Interests: My research program examines how above- and below-ground processes are affected by both natural and anthropogenic disturbance. Four basic principles guide my research and these are: 1. soil organic matter (SOM) stability is an ecosystem trait that has spatial dependence; 2. SOM stability mediates nutrient bioavailability for plants and microbes; 3. disturbance is a stochastic ecosystem event, which causes temporal and spatial fluctuations in these ecosystem processes; 4. fire creates pyrogenic carbon which is an evolutionary cue and has long-term effects on soil biogeochemistry. Many research questions can be derived from these four basic principles. If this interests you, please see my lab web-site for opportunities.

Courses

REN R 210 - Introduction to Soil Science

Elementary aspects of soil formation, occurrence in natural landscapes, and classification, including basic morphological, physical, and chemical characteristics employed in the identification of soils. Introduction to soil mineralogy, water movement, reactivity, organic matter, and nutrient cycling for predicting soil performance in both managed and natural landscapes. Prerequisite: *30. CHEM 101 and (BIOL 208 or EAS 201) recommended.


REN R 305 - Principles and Practices of Land Reclamation and Restoration

Principles and practical techniques currently applied in land reclamation and restoration including: (1) landscape and soil reconstruction practices; (2) passive and active revegetation practices, taking into account the interaction between biotic and abiotic components; and (3) regulations governing land reclamation after industrial disturbance. Prerequisites: REN R 120, REN R 210, and REN R 250.


REN R 501 - Topics in Renewable Resources

Directed study in the multiple aspects of renewable resources. Open to fourth year or graduate students upon consent of instructor.


REN R 906 - Research Project

The final research project that comprises REN R 906 is a final capping exercise for the degrees of MAg and MF. Its practical and professional focus should integrate the core areas of study in the program. The successful completion of the project entails (1) a research topic approved by the supervisor; (2) the presentation of a draft research proposal; and (3) the presentation of the research as a written document to the supervisor. The project may take the form of any of the following: (1) a formal analysis of management practice, organizational processes or policy; (2) a formative or summative evaluation of a research project or program; (3) a case study, using secondary documents, survey data, or interviews; or (4) replication of a previous study, with either the introduction of a new variable or an analysis in a changed context.


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Publications

Total and pyrogenic carbon stocks in black spruce forest floors from eastern Canada

Author(s): Soucémarianadin, L.N., Quideau, S.A., MacKenzie, M.D., Munson, A.D., Boiffin, J., Bernard, G.M., Wasylishen, R.E.
Publication Date: 2015
Publication: Organic Geochemistry
Volume: 82
Page Numbers: 1-11

Using spatial ecology to examine above and belowground interactions on a reclaimed aspen stand in northern Alberta

Author(s): Das Gupta, S., MacKenzie, M.D., Quideau, S.A.
Publication Date: 2015
Publication: Geoderma
Volume: 259-260
Page Numbers: 12-22

Nutrient uptake and growth of fireweed (Chamerion angustifolium) on reclamation soils

Author(s): Pinno, B.D., Landhäusser, S.M., Chow, P.S., Quideau, S.A., MacKenzie, M.D.
Publication Date: 2014
Publication: Canadian Journal of Forest Research
Volume: 44
Page Numbers: 1-7

Pyrogenic carbon stocks and storage mechanisms in podzolic soils of fire-affected Quebec black spruce forests

Author(s): Soucémarianadin, L.N., Quideau, S.A., MacKenzie, M.D.
Publication Date: 2014
Publication: Geoderma
Volume: 217-218
Page Numbers: 118-128

Laboratory charring conditions affect black carbon properties: A case study from Quebec black spruce forests

Author(s): Soucémarianadin, L.N., Quideau, S.A., MacKenzie, M.D., Bernard, G.M., Wasylishen, R.E.
Publication Date: 2013
Publication: Organic Geochemistry
Volume: 62
Page Numbers: 46-55

Microbial response to fertilization in contrasting soil materials used during oil sands reclamation

Author(s): Quideau, S.A., Gupta, S.D., MacKenzie, M.D., Landhäusser, S.M.
Publication Date: 2013
Publication: Soil Science Society of America Journal
Volume: 77
Page Numbers: 145-154

Forest floor development and biochemical properties in reconstructed boreal forest soils

Author(s): Sorenson, P. T., S. A. Quideau, M. D. MacKenzie, S. M. Landhäusser, and S. W. Oh
Publication Date: 2012
Publication: Applied Soil Ecology
Volume: 49
Page Numbers: 139-147

Laboratory Based Nitrogen Mineralization and Biogeochemistry of Two Soils Used in Oilsands Reclamation

Author(s): MacKenzie, M. D. and S. A. Quideau
Publication Date: 2012
Publication: Canadian Journal of Soil Science
Volume: 92
Page Numbers: 131-142

Removal of organic acids from water using biochar and petroleum coke

Author(s): Samrat Alam, M., Cossio, M., Robinson, L., Wang, X., Kenney, J.P.L., Konhauser, K.O., MacKenzie, M.D., Ok, Y.S., Alessi, D.S.
Publication Date: 2012
Publication: Environmental Technology and Innovation
Volume: 6
Page Numbers: 141-151

Trembling Aspen Seedling Establishment, Growth, and Response to Fertilization on Contrasting Soils used in Oilsands Reclamation

Author(s): Pinno, B.D., S.M. Landhausser, M.D. MacKenzie, S.A. Quideau, And P.K. Chow
Publication Date: 2012
Publication: Canadian Journal of Soil Science
Volume: 92
Page Numbers: 143-151