Miles Dyck, PhD, PAg

Professor, Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sci - Renewable Resources Dept


Professor, Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sci - Renewable Resources Dept
(780) 492-2886
338A Earth Sciences Building
11223 Saskatchewan Drive NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2E3




  • Outstanding Reviewer Award - Vadose Zone Journal, and Canadian Journal of Soil Science (2020)
  • NACTA Educator Award (2019)
  • ASTech Award for Innovation in Agricultural Science, Alberta Science and Technology Leadership Foundation. Awarded to the Breton Plots Management Team (2015).
  • ALES Teacher of the Year award, Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences (2011/2012)

Committee Involvement

Professional Affiliations


Research Area

Long-term agroecological experiments, soil fertility, transport processes; transport of mass and energy in managed and reconstructed ecosystems.

Dr Dyck is a participant in the Land Reclamation International Graduate School (LRIGS) program sponsored by NSERC CREATE.


ENCS 299 - Special Topics in Field Skills and Their Application in the Environmental and Conservation Sciences

Focuses on specialized field skills, their application, and integration in different sub-disciplines of the environmental and conservation sciences. The course involves off-campus field experiences. A student is required to select a topic related to their major, but may take additional sections as part of their electives. Pre- or corequisite: REN R 290.

REN R 341 - Soil Formation and Landscape Processes

Soil formation, with emphasis on landscape processes as factors in soil development; pedogenic processes and their relation to environmental issues; soils; vegetation, and geological associations; kinds and distribution of soils in Canada; soil classification; field examination and computer-assisted learning of soils and their landscape. Field trips. Prerequisite: REN R 210. Not to be taken if credit received for REN R 441.

REN R 443 - Soil Physics

Quantitative characterization of soil physical properties. Description and measurement of soil physical properties and transport processes in soils. Examples from areas of land resource management, soil remediation, agriculture, and forestry will be used to illustrate the principles. Prerequisite: 60 units. REN R 210 recommended.

REN R 541 - Advanced Soil Formation, Classification and Landscape Processes

Soil classification with a focus on soil genesis as influenced by soil forming factors and processes. Spatial variability of soil types within landscapes in association with vegetation, parent geological materials, hillslope hydrology and microclimate. Soils as components of ecosystems and their relation to environmental issues. Distribution of soils in Canada. Field trips. Requires payment of additional student instructional support fees. Refer to the Tuition and Fees page in the University Regulations section of the Calendar. Not to be taken if credit received for REN R 341, REN R 441 or REN R 741.

REN R 543 - Advanced Soil Physics

Description, measurement and modeling of soil physical properties, and mass and energy transport processes in soils. Applications of theory to managed and natural ecosystems.

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Featured Publications

Hailong He, Gerald N. Flerchinger, Yuki Kojima, Miles Dyck, Jialong Lv

Geoderma. 2021 January; 382

Miles Dyck and Dick Puurveen

Canadian Journal of Soil Science. 2020 March; 100

Miles Dyck, Teruhito Miyamoto, Yukiyoshi Iwata, Koji Kameyama

Vadose Zone Journal. 2019 September;