2019 Spring Workshop and AGM – Frontiers in Soil Science

The Pacific Regional Society of Soil Science presents the 2019 Spring Workshop and AGM

Frontiers in Soil Science 

Date: March 30th, 2019

Location: Room 166 – 2357 Main Mall (MacMillan Building), UBC Vancouver

The 2019 workshop featured expert soil scientists from around the province discussing cutting edge soil science technologies!

Speakers –  Click on the link for speaker bios and abstracts

Dr. Charlotte Norris – Soil Health Institute, Project Scientist

Scott Smith – Professional Agrologist (PAg)

Dr. Quentin Geissmann – University of British Columbia, Post Doctoral Fellow

Dr. Cindy Prescott – University of British Columbia, Professor

Derek Hunt – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Biologist

Dr. David Levy-Booth –  University of British Columbia, Post Doctoral Fellow

Dr. Deborah Henderson – Kwantlen Polytechnic Univeristy Institute for Sustainable Horticulture, Director


Event Schedule

8:00am – 9:00am Registration and Morning Coffee
9:00am – 9:10am Welcome and Introduction
9:10am – 9:40am Keynote Speech: Dr. Charlotte Norris
9:40am – 10:00am Presentation 1: Scott Smith
10:00am – 10:20am Coffee Break
10:20am – 10:40am Presentation 2: Dr. Quentin Geissmann
10:40am – 11:00am Presentation 3: Dr. Cindy Prescott
11:00am – 12:00pm Lunch and Poster Competition
12:05pm – 12:55pm AGM
1:00pm – 4:00pm Afternoon Workshop Presentations with a 15 minute break

  • Derek Hunt
  • Dr. David Levy-Booth
  • Dr. Deborah Henderson
4:00pm – 4:20pm Awards and Closing Remarks
4:30pm – 6:30pm Reception followed at BierCraft in Wesbrook Village

  • Click here for directions
    • ~15-20 minute walk from the MacMillan Building
    • 6 minutes by bike
    • 5 minutes by car with free parking available on the street, the Save On Foods lot, or the underground lot
  • Appetizers were provided
  • A drink and dinner menu were also available


Student Poster Competition

The PRSSS had its annual Poster Competition for the students during the  Spring Workshop, with cash prizes, winners were:

1st – Trish Hanuszak, “Effects of a 4-Year Grassland Set-aside on Soil Aggregate Stability”

2nd – Marieta Marin Bruzos, “Chitinases gene abundance in cherry orchards under different land management”

3rd – Vasilis Kokkoris, “Are fungal inoculants effective in the field?”

PRSSS Merchandise

PRSSS merchandise including stickers and t-shirts were available for purchase.