Tariq Siddique, PhD

Professor (Soil Chemistry & Environmental Microbiology), Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sci - Renewable Resources Dept

Contact

Professor (Soil Chemistry & Environmental Microbiology), Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sci - Renewable Resources Dept
Email
tariq.siddique@ualberta.ca
Phone
(780) 492-2899
Address
348F South Academic Building
11328 - 89 Ave NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2J7

Overview

Area of Study / Keywords

Environmental Microbiology Environmental Soil Chemistry Environmental Biogeochemistry


About

Education

  • Post-doctorate, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada (2005-2008)
  • Post-doctorate, Ecosystem Science and Management, University of Northern British Columbia, Prince George, Canada (2004)
  • Post-doctorate, Department of Environmental Sciences, University of California, Riverside, USA (2003-2004)
  • Ph.D., Department of Environmental Sciences, University of California, Riverside, USA (2001-2003) and University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Pakistan (1999-2000)
  • M.Sc. (Hons), University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Pakistan (1989-1992)
  • B.Sc. (Hons), University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Pakistan (1985-1989)

Awards/Fellowships/Scholarship

  • Teaching Wall of Fame, Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Alberta, Canada (2015-2016)
  • Teacher of the Year Award, Environmental and Conservation Sciences Students' Association, University of Alberta, Canada (2016)
  • Faculty Research and Innovation Award, Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Alberta, Canada (2012)
  • Teaching Wall of Fame, Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences (2011-12)
  • NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship (2005-2006)
  • Michael Smith Research Award, University of Northern British Columbia (2004) 

Committee Involvement

  • 2014-present. Academic member, ENCS Program Committee, Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Alberta, Canada
  • 2016-present. Terrestrial Mesocosm Advisory Committee, University of Alberta, Canada
  • 2010-present. Natural Resources Analytical Laboratory Steering Committee, Department of Renewable Resources, University of Alberta, Canada
  • 2009-2019. Graduate Program Committee, Department of Renewable Resources, University of Alberta, Canada
  • 2011-2014. Student Selection Committee, Land Reclamation International Graduate School, University of Alberta, Canada
  • 2014-2016. Honours and Awards Committee, Department of Renewable Resources, University of Alberta, Canada

Research

Major Responsibilities / Research Interests:

  • Microbial transformations of heavy metals; their speciation in soil, sediment and water; and characterization of microbial populations involved in biotransformation processes
  • Biodegradation of petroleum hydrocarbons under anaerobic conditions; metabolic pathways of hydrocarbon degradation; and molecular fingerprinting of hydrocarbon-degrading microbial communities
  • Biogeochemistry of oil sands tailings ponds 

Courses

REN R 444 - Environmental Soil Chemistry

Chemical processes in soil and related terrestrial environments and the consequences of these processes as they relate to soil productivity, environmental quality and pollution of soil and water. The course describes fundamental chemical concepts such as soil solution and solid phase chemistry, sorption phenomena, ion exchange, oxidation-reduction reactions and speciation of metals. These concepts are used to predict the fate (distribution, transport, bioavailability and transformation) of inorganic and organic contaminants in soil. The chemical principles provide fundamental knowledge to develop soil reclamation strategies and nutrient management practices for enhanced crop production. Prerequisites: *3 CHEM and REN R 210.

Winter Term 2021
REN R 482 - Soil Remediation

Principles and methods of biological, chemical, and physical remediation of soils contaminated by hazardous chemicals and other pollutants. Topics include soil-contaminant interactions, microbial processes used in remediation and process fundamentals of remediation technologies including bioremediation and phytoremediation. Other important environmental issues associated with growing industrial activities such as off-shore oil spills, and production of red mud sludge and oil sands tailings are included with potential remediation strategies to address those issues. This course describes approaches to managing contaminated sites incorporating Canadian guidelines and soil quality criteria for soil remediation. Prerequisite: *60. REN R 444 recommended.

Fall Term 2020
REN R 550 - Advanced Soil Chemistry

This course offers more detailed understanding of chemical concepts such as soil solution and solid phase chemistry, sorption phenomena, ion exchange, oxidation-reduction reactions and speciation of metals. The course also includes the topics related to mineral solubility, carbonate system, and application of stable isotopes. Additional bi-weekly sessions will be held for discussion. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

Winter Term 2021
REN R 782 - Soil Remediation

Principles and methods of biological, chemical, and physical remediation of soils contaminated by hazardous chemicals and other pollutants. Topics include soil-contaminant interactions, microbial processes used in remediation and process fundamentals of remediation technologies including bioremediation and phytoremediation. Other important environmental issues associated with growing industrial activities such as off-shore oil spills, and production of red mud sludge and oil sands tailings are included with potential remediation strategies to address those issues. This course describes approaches to managing contaminated sites incorporating Canadian guidelines and soil quality criteria for soil remediation. Students will review recent literature pertaining to soil remediation. Not to be taken if credit received for REN R 482.

Fall Term 2020

Browse more courses taught by Tariq Siddique

Publications

Microbially-mediated de-watering and consolidation (“biodensification”) of oil sands mature fine tailings amended with agri-business by-products
Author(s): Cárdenas-Manríquez, M., Young, R., Semple, K., Li, C., Coy, D., Underwood, E., Siddique, T., Guigard, S., Bressler, D.C., Gupta, R., Foght, J.M.
Publication Date: 4/20/2020
Publication: Nova Scientia
Volume: 12
Page Numbers: 1-30

Methanogenic biodegradation of iso-alkanes and cycloalkanes during long-term incubation with oil sands tailings
Author(s): Siddique, T., Semple, K., Li, C. and Foght, J.
Publication Date: 3/31/2020
Publication: Environ. pollut.
Volume: 258
Page Numbers: 113768

Linking hydrocarbon biodegradation to greenhouse gas emissions from oil sands tailings ponds and its impact on tailings management
Author(s): Siddique, T., Kuznetsova A.
Publication Date: 2/4/2020
Publication: Can. J. Soil Sci.
Page Numbers: dx.doi.org/10.1139/cjss-2019-0125

Second generation stoichiometric mathematical model to predict methane emissions from oil sands tailings
Author(s): Kong, J.D., Wang, H., Siddique, T., Foght, J., Semple, K., Burkus, Z. and Lewis, M.
Publication Date: 7/31/2019
Publication: Sci. Total Environ.
Volume: 694
Page Numbers: 133645

Unraveled keratin-derived biopolymers as novel biosorbents for the simultaneous removal of multiple trace metals from industrial wastewater
Author(s): Donner, M.W., Arshad, M., Ullah, A. and Siddique, T.
Publication Date: 1/10/2019
Publication: Sci. Total Environ.
Volume: 647
Page Numbers: 1539-1546

Evaluating in situ biodegradation of 13C-labelled naphthenic acids in groundwater near oil sands tailings ponds
Author(s): Ahad, J.M.E., Pakdel, H., Gammon, P.R., Siddique, T., Kuznetsova, A. and Savard, M.M.
Publication Date: 12/1/2018
Publication: Sci. Total Environ.
Volume: 643
Page Numbers: 392-399

Selenium in surface waters of the lower Athabasca River watershed: chemical speciation and implications for aquatic life
Author(s): Donner, M.W., Cuss, C.W., Poesch, M., Nilo Sinnatamby, R., Shotyk, W. and Siddique, T.
Publication Date: 12/1/2018
Publication: Environ. Pollut.
Volume: 243
Page Numbers: 1343-1351

Development of a novel chem-bio hybrid process using biochar supported nanoscale iron sulfide composite and Corynebacterium variable HRJ4 for enhanced trichloroethylene dechlorination
Author(s): Lyu, H., Tang, J., Shen, B. and Siddique, T.
Publication Date: 9/29/2018
Publication: Water Res.
Volume: 147
Page Numbers: 132-141

Microbial communities in oil sands tailings: their implications in biogeochemical processes and tailings management
Author(s): Siddique, T., Stasik, S., Mohamad Shahimin, M.F. and Wendt-Potthoff, K.
Publication Date: 9/3/2018
Publication: Handbook of Hydrocarbon and Lipid Microbiology, T.J. McGenity et al. (eds.), Springer Nature Switzerland
Volume: Microbial Communities Utilizing Hydrocarbons and Lipids: Members, Metagenomics and Ecophysiology
Page Numbers: 1-33

Transfer of arsenic from poultry feed to poultry litter: A mass balance study
Author(s): Gupta, S.K., Le, X.C., Kachanosky, G., Zuidhof, M.J. and Siddique, T.
Publication Date: 7/15/2018
Publication: Sci. Total. Environ.
Volume: 630
Page Numbers: 302-307

A rapid and sensitive IC-ICP-MS method for determining selenium speciation in natural waters.
Author(s): Donner, M.W. and Siddique, T.
Publication Date: 4/10/2018
Publication: Can. J. Chem.
Volume: 96
Page Numbers: 795-802

Biogeochemistry of U, Ni, and As in two meromictic pit lakes at the Cluff Lake uranium mine, northern Saskatchewan.
Author(s): von Gunten, K., Warchola, T., Donner, M.W., Cossio, M., Hao, W., Boothman, C., Lloyd, J., Siddique, T., Partin, C.A., Flynn, S.L., Rosaasen, A., Konhauser, K.O. and Alessi, D.S.
Publication Date: 3/1/2018
Publication: Can. J. Earth Sci.
Volume: 55
Page Numbers: 463-474

Characterization of naphthenic acids and other dissolved organics in natural water from the Athabasca oil sands region, Canada
Author(s): Sun, C., Shotyk, W., Cuss, C.W., Donner, M.W., Fennell, J., Javed, M.B., Noernberg, T., Poesch, M., Pelletier, R., Sinnatamby, N., Siddique, T. and Martin, J.W.
Publication Date: 7/20/2017
Publication: Environ. Sci. Technol.
Volume: 51
Page Numbers: 9524-9532

The microbiology of oil sands tailings: past, present, future
Author(s): Foght, J.M., Gieg, L.M. and Siddique, T.
Publication Date: 5/1/2017
Publication: FEMS Microbiol. Ecol.
Volume: 93
Issue: 5
Page Numbers: fix034
External Link: https://doi.org/10.1093/femsec/fix034
Methanogenic biodegradation of paraffinic solvent hydrocarbons in two different oil sands tailings
Author(s): Mohamad Shahimin, M.F. and Siddique, T
Publication Date: 4/1/2017
Publication: Sci. Total Environ.
Volume: 583
Page Numbers: 115-122

Sequential biodegradation of complex naphtha hydrocarbons under methanogenic conditions in two different oil sands tailings
Author(s): Mohamad Shahimin, M.F. and Siddique, T
Publication Date: 2/1/2017
Publication: Environ. Pollut.
Volume: 221
Page Numbers: 398-406
External Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.envpol.2016.12.002
Arsenic speciation in the lower Athabasca River watershed: A geochemical investigation of the dissolved and particulate phases
Author(s): Donner, M.W., Javed, M.B., Shotyk, W., Francesconi, K.A. and Siddique, T.
Publication Date: 2017
Publication: Environ. Pollut.
Volume: 224
Page Numbers: 265-274

Protocols for handling, storing, and cultivating oil sands tailings ponds materials for microbial and molecular biological study
Author(s): Foght, J.M., Siddique, T. and Gieg, L.M.
Publication Date: 2017
Publication: Hydrocarbon and Lipid Microbiology Protocols
Volume: Springer Protocols Handbooks, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Page Numbers: 175-197

Co-occurrence of methanogenesis and N2 fixation in oil sands tailings
Author(s): Collins, C.E.V., Foght, J.M. and Siddique, T.
Publication Date: 2016
Publication: Sci. Total Environ.
Volume: 565
Page Numbers: 306-312

Determinants of bacterial communities in Canadian agroforestry systems
Author(s): Banerjee, S., Baah-Acheamfour, M., Carlyle, C.N., Bissett, A., Richardson, A.E., Siddique, T., Bork, E.W. and Chang, S.X.
Publication Date: 2016
Publication: Environ. Microbiol.
Volume: 18
Page Numbers: 1805-1816

Modified biopolymers as sorbents for the removal of naphthenic acids from oil sands process affected water (OSPW)
Author(s): Arshad, M., Khosa M.A., Siddique, T. and Ullah, A.
Publication Date: 2016
Publication: Chemosphere
Volume: 163
Page Numbers: 334-341

Preferential methanogenic biodegradation of short-chain n-alkanes by microbial communities from two different oil sands tailings ponds
Author(s): Mohamad Shahimin, M.F., Foght, J.M. and Siddique, T.
Publication Date: 2016
Publication: Sci. Total Environ.
Volume: 553
Page Numbers: 250-257

Response to comment on "Thermally released arsenic in porewater from sediments in the Cold Lake area of Alberta, Canada"
Author(s): Javed, M.B. and Siddique, T.
Publication Date: 2016
Publication: Environ. Sci. Technol.
Volume: 50
Page Numbers: 7265-7265

Thermally released arsenic in porewater from sediments in the Cold Lake area of Alberta, Canada
Author(s): Javed, M.B. and Siddique, T.
Publication Date: 2016
Publication: Environ. Sci. Technol.
Volume: 50
Page Numbers: 2191-2199

Trace metal mobilization from oil sands froth treatment thickened tailings exhibiting acid rock drainage
Author(s): Kuznetsova, A., Kuznetsov, P., Foght, J.M. and Siddique, T.
Publication Date: 2016
Publication: Sci. Total Environ.
Volume: 571
Page Numbers: 699-710

Long-term incubation reveals methanogenic biodegradation of C5 and C6 iso-alkanes in oil sands tailings
Author(s): Siddique, T., Mohamad Shahimin, M.F., Zamir, S., Semple, K., Li, C. and Foght, J.M.
Publication Date: 2015
Publication: Environ. Sci. Technol.
Volume: 49
Page Numbers: 14732-14739

Microbial metabolism alters porewater chemistry and increases consolidation of oil sands tailings
Author(s): Arkell, N., Kuznetsov, P., Kuznetsova, A., Foght, J.M. and Siddique, T.
Publication Date: 2015
Publication: J. Environ. Qual.
Volume: 44
Page Numbers: 145-153

Oil sands thickened froth treatment tailings exhibit acid rock drainage potential during evaporative drying
Author(s): Kuznetsov, P., Kuznetsova, A., Foght, J.M. and Siddique, T.
Publication Date: 2015
Publication: Sci. Total Environ.
Volume: 505
Page Numbers: 1-10

Arsenic fractionation and mineralogical characterization of sediments in the Cold Lake area of Alberta, Canada
Author(s): Javed, M.B., Kachanoski, G. and Siddique, T.
Publication Date: 2014
Publication: Sci. Total Environ.
Volume: 500-501
Page Numbers: 181-190

Microbially-accelerated consolidation of oil sands tailings
Author(s): Siddique, T., Kuznetsov, P., Kuznetsova, A., Arkell, N., Young, R., Li, C., Guigard, S., Underwood, E. and Foght, J.M.
Publication Date: 2014
Publication: Pathway I: changes in porewater chemistry. Front. Microbiol.
Volume: 5
Page Numbers: 106

Microbially-accelerated consolidation of oil sands tailings
Author(s): Siddique, T., Kuznetsov, P., Kuznetsova, A., Li, C., Young, R., Arocena, J.M. and Foght, J.M.
Publication Date: 2014
Publication: Pathway II: solid phase biogeochemistry. Front. Microbiol.
Volume: 5
Page Numbers: 107

Potential role of soil porperties in the spread of CWD in western Canada
Author(s): Kuznetsova, A., McKenzie, D., Banser, P., Siddique, T. and Aiken, J.M.
Publication Date: 2014
Publication: Prion
Volume: 8
Page Numbers: 1-8

A modified sequential extraction method for arsenic fractionation in sediments
Author(s): Javed, M.B, Kachanoski, G. and Siddique, T.
Publication Date: 2013
Publication: Anal. Chim. Acta
Volume: 787
Page Numbers: 102-110

Microbial communities involved in methane production from hydrocarbons in oil sands taillings
Author(s): Siddique, T., Penner, T., Klassen, J., Nesbo, C. and Foght, J.M.
Publication Date: 2012
Publication: Environ. Sci. Technol.
Volume: 46
Page Numbers: 9802-9810

Anaerobic biodegradation of longer-chain n-alkanes coupled to methane production in oil sands tailings
Author(s): Siddique, T., Penner, T., Semple, K. and Foght, J.M.
Publication Date: 2011
Publication: Environ. Sci. Technol.
Volume: 45
Page Numbers: 5892-5899

Bioremediation and phytoremediation of pesticides: recent advances
Author(s): Hussain, S., Siddique, T., Arshad, M. and Saleem, M.
Publication Date: 2009
Publication: Crit. Rev. Environ. Sci. Technol.
Volume: 39
Page Numbers: 843-907

Impact of pesticides on soil microbial diversity, enzymes, and biochemical reactions
Author(s): Hussain, S., Siddique, T., Saleem, M., Arshad, M. and Khalid, A.
Publication Date: 2009
Publication: Adv. Agron.
Volume: 102
Page Numbers: 159-200

A first approximation model to predict methane generation from oil sands tailings settling basin
Author(s): Siddique, T., Gupta, R., Fedorak, P.M., MacKinnon, M.D. and Foght, J.M.
Publication Date: 2008
Publication: Chemosphere
Volume: 72
Page Numbers: 1573-1580

Bacterial reduction of selenium in coal mine tailings pond sediment
Author(s): Siddique, T., Arocena, J.M., Thring, R.W. and Zhang, Y.
Publication Date: 2007
Publication: J. Environ. Qual.
Volume: 36
Page Numbers: 621-627

Investigation of lichens using molecular techniques and associated mineral accumulation on a basaltic flow in a Mediterranean environment
Author(s): Arocena, J.M., Siddique, T., Thring, R.W., and Kapur, S.
Publication Date: 2007
Publication: CATENA
Volume: 70
Page Numbers: 356-365

Metabolism of BTEX and naphtha compounds to methane in oil sands tailings
Author(s): Siddique, T., Fedorak, P.M., MacKinnon, M.D. and Foght, J.M.
Publication Date: 2007
Publication: Environ. Sci. Technol.
Volume: 41
Page Numbers: 2350-2356

A proposed economical method for extraction of petroleum hydrocarbons from contaminated soils
Author(s): Siddique, T., Rutherford, P.M., Arocena, J.M., and Thring, R.W.
Publication Date: 2006
Publication: Can. J. Soil Sci.
Volume: 86
Page Numbers: 725-728

Biodegradation of short-chain n-alkanes in oil sands tailings under methanogenic conditions
Author(s): Siddique, T., Fedorak, P.M. and Foght, J.M.
Publication Date: 2006
Publication: Environ. Sci. Technol.
Volume: 40
Page Numbers: 5459-5464

Characterization of sediment bacteria involved in selenium reduction
Author(s): Siddique, T., Zhang, Y., Okeke, B.C., and Frankenberger, W.T.Jr.
Publication Date: 2006
Publication: Bioresour. Technol.
Volume: 97
Page Numbers: 1041-1049

Bacterial diversity in selenium reduction of agricultural drainage water amended with rice straw
Author(s): Siddique, T., Okeke, B.C., Zhang, Y., Arshad, M., Hans, S.K.,and Frankengerger, W.T. Jr.
Publication Date: 2005
Publication: J. Environ. Qual.
Volume: 34
Page Numbers: 217-226

Selenate reduction in river water by Citerobacter freundii isolated from a selenium-contaminated sediment
Author(s): Zhang, Y., Siddique, T., Wang, J., and Frankenberger, W.T.Jr.
Publication Date: 2004
Publication: J. Agric. Food Chem.
Volume: 52
Page Numbers: 1594-1600

Biodegradation kinetics of endosulfan by Fusarium ventricosum and Pandoraea sp
Author(s): Siddique, T., Okeke, B.C., Arshad, M., and Frankengerger, W.T. Jr.
Publication Date: 2003
Publication: J. Agric. Food Chem.
Volume: 51
Page Numbers: 8015-8019

Enrichment and isolation of endosulfan-degrading microorganisms
Author(s): Siddique, T., Okeke, B.C., Arshad, M., and Frankengerger, W.T. Jr.
Publication Date: 2003
Publication: J. Environ. Qual.
Volume: 32
Page Numbers: 47-54

Reversed-phase liquid chromatographic method for analysis of endosulfan and its major metabolites
Author(s): Siddique, T., Zahir, Z.A., and Frankenberger, W.T.Jr.
Publication Date: 2003
Publication: J. Liquid Chromatograph. & Related Technol.
Volume: 26
Page Numbers: 1069-1082

Biodegradation of gamma-hexachlorocyclohexane (Lindane) and alpha-hexachlorocyclohexane in water and a soil slurry by a Pandoraea Species
Author(s): Okeke, B.C., Siddique, T., Arbestain, M.C., and Frankenberger, W.T.Jr.
Publication Date: 2002
Publication: J. Agric. Food Chem.
Volume: 50
Page Numbers: 2548-2555

Temperature and pH effects on biodegradation of Hexachlorocyclohexane isomers in water and a soil slurry
Author(s): Siddique, T., Okeke, B.C., Arshad. M., and Frankenberger, W.T. Jr.
Publication Date: 2002
Publication: J. Agric. Food Chem.
Volume: 50
Page Numbers: 5070-5076