Nathan Basiliko

Nathan Basiliko

Canada Research Chair

Department of Biology
Science, Engineering and Architecture
LL-112 Sudbury Campus

Biography

I am a faculty member at the Vale Living with Lakes Centre (where my office and lab is housed) with an academic appointment in the Department of Biology and cross-appointment in the Bharti School of Engineering and the School of the Environment. Please contact me if you are interested in finding out more about undergraduate, masters, or PhD research opportunities in my group.

Prior to joining Laurentian University in July 2013, I was a faculty member in the Department of Geography at the University of Toronto- Mississauga campus since 2006. I completed a post-doctoral fellowship in the Faculty of Forestry at the University of British Columbia and also have worked via UK Royal Society and DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service)- funded exchanges at the University of Warwick in Coventry, England (Department of Biological Sciences) and The Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology in Marburg, Germany. 

I am an associate editor for the Canadian Journal of Soil Science, Soil Research, and FEMS Microbiology Letters. I am the President Elect of the Canadian Society of Soil Science (and will be President in Jan 2020). 

Education

  • BS Cornell University (1999)
  • PhD McGill University (2005)

Academic Appointments

Department of Biology

Bharti School of Engineering (cross-appointment) 

School of the Environment (cross-appointment)

I currently have graduate supervisory privaleges in the Biology MSc program, the Boreal Ecology PhD program, the Engineering MASc programs, the Engineering PhD programs, and in the Masters of Science Communication program. 

On The Web

My webpage at the Vale Living with Lakes Centre:

http://www3.laurentian.ca/livingwithlakes/about/staff/nathan-basiliko/

On the Ongen website: 

http://www.ongen.ca/

Publications on Google Scholar:

http://scholar.google.ca/citations?user=ed1fimwAAAAJ&hl=en

A TEDx talk I gave in 2014:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGnuh2JCNBk

Research

Microorganisms play vital roles in ecosystems. Our group’s work explores soil and sediment microbial communities and microorganisms. In particular, we focus on microbial responses to human-induced environmental changes that have consequences for greenhouse gas fluxes, nutrient, pollutant, and carbon dynamics, as well as broader ecosystem sustainability. Current research projects are in applied settings (e.g. in landscapes with managed forests) with important governmental and private sector research partners. However, we also explore more universal controls on microbial diversity in soils, links between diversity and activity, and are interested in how different soil microbial communities transform plant tissues into soil organic matter and then subsequently decompose this organic matter to mineral products, including greenhouse gases. Field research sites span the temperate and boreal forests of eastern and central Canada and temperate to permafrost peatlands (globally important carbon-accumulating wetlands with organic soils) across North America and beyond. Lately research has expanded in to exploring novel microalgae in industrial settings in collaboration with a team in Chemical Engineering at Laurentian (http://www.ongen.ca)

Students are the crux of our research program! Please contact me by email if you are interested in finding out more about doctoral, masters, or undergraduate research opportunities.

Current students and post-doctoral fellows (at Laurentian University)

•Dr. Michael Preston (Post-doctoral fellow at the Vale Living with Lakes Centre, Laurentian University)

•Kelly Chan-Yam (PhD student, Boreal Ecology, Laurentian University)

•James Seward (PhD student, Boreal Ecology, Laurentian University, co-supervised with Pascale Roy-Léveillée and Suzanna Bräuer)

•Sabrina Desjardins (PhD student, Natural Resources Engineering, Laurentian University; co-supervised with J Ashley Scott)

•Tom Snyder (part-time MSc student, Biology, Laurentian University)

•Saskia Hart (MSc student, Biology, Laurentian University; co-supervised with Lisa Venier at the Canadian Forest Service)

•Jonathan Lavigne (MSc student, Biology, Laurentian University; co-supervised with Peter Beckett)

•Robyn Rumney (MSc student, Biology, Laurentian University; co-supervised with John Gunn)

•Merritt Kennedy (MASc student, Engineering, Laurentian University; co-supervised with J Ashley Scott)

•Chantae Robinson (MSc student, Biology, Laurentian University; co-supervised with Pascale Roy-Léveillée)


Past students (at Laurentian University and the University of Toronto)

•Adam Kirkwood (MSc 2019, Laurentian University; co-supervised with Pascale Roy-Léveillée)

•Michelle Dart (MSc 2019, Laurentian University)

•Leland Johnston (MSc 2019, Laurentian University)

•Dr. Martin Brummell (PDF 2018, Laurentian University)

•Dr. Asma Asemaninejad (PDF 2019, Laurentian University; co-supervised with Nadia Mykytczuk)

•Adrian Kuchtaruk (NSERC USRA researcher 2018, Laurentian University )

•Chantae Robinson (Undergraduate thesis 2019, Laurentian University; co-supervised with Pascale Roy-Léveillée)

•Heather Patterson (Undergraduate thesis 2019, Laurentian University; co-supervised with Peter Beckett)

•Amy Laframboise (Undergraduate thesis 2019, Laurentian University)

•Michael Carson (PhD 2018, Laurentian University)

•Jesse Hoage (MSc 2017, Laurentian University; co-supervised with Lisa Venier at the Canadian Forest Service)

•Kurt Yakimovich (MSc 2017, Laurentian University; co-supervisor with Nadia Mykytczuk)

•Shanay Williams-Johnson (MSc 2016, Laurentian University; co-supervisor with Nadia Mykytczuk)

•Bryce Robinson (Undergraduate honours thesis, 2016, Laurentian University)

•Jason Shabaga (PhD, 2016, University of Toronto)

•Genevieve Noyce (PhD 2016, University of Toronto; co-supervisor with R Fulthorpe)

•Carolyn Winsborough (PhD 2015, University of Toronto)

•Galen Guo (MSc 2015, Laurentian University)

•Adam Gorgolewski (MSc-F 2015, University of Toronto, co-supervised with John Caspersen)

•Gurpreet Aulakh (Undergraduate honours thesis, 2015, Laurentian University)

•Jennifer Pichette (Undergraduate honours thesis, 2015, Laurentian University)

•Emily Smenderovac (MSc-F 2014, University of Toronto; co-supervised with John Caspersen)

•Michael Preston (PhD 2013, University of Toronto)

•Michael McTavish (Undergraduate honours thesis, 2012, University of Toronto)

•Stephanie Pugliese (Undergraduate honours thesis, 2012, University of Toronto)

•Darcie McNeill (Undergraduate honours thesis, 2012, University of Toronto)

•Tara Sackett (PDF 2010-13, University of Toronto)

•Varun Gupta (MSc 2011 and Undergraduate honours thesis, 2009, University of Toronto)

•Aaron Godin (Undergraduate honours thesis, 2010, University of Toronto)

•Kristine Haynes (Undergraduate honours thesis, 2010, University of Toronto)

•Phil Rudz (Undergraduate honours thesis, 2010, University of Toronto)

•Cori Armés (MSc 2009, University of Toronto)

•Britney Myers (Undergraduate honours thesis, 2009, University of Toronto)

•Natalia Voloshchuk (Undergraduate honours thesis, 2009, University of Toronto)

•Carolyn Winsborough (NSERC USRA summer student 2008, University of Toronto)


Awards

  • Laurentian University Innovation Challenge 2019 winner (with JA Scott, C Laamanen, PDF Gerusa Senhorinho, and PhD studends Miranda Gauthier, Merritt Kennedy, and Sabrina Desjardins)
  • Laurentian University Top10 Research and Innovation Achievements of 2018 (#4)
  • Canada Research Chair in Environmental Microbiology (2013-2023)
  • Dean's Excellence Award (U of T Mississauga, 2010)

Teaching

In the 2019-20 academic year, I will teach

Biology 2026EL Introduction to Microbiology and Biology 4076EL, Ecosystem Ecology

(Note that Applied and Environmental Micro will be taught every 2 years alternating with Biology 3026EL Applied and Environmental Microbiology)

Publications

On Google Scholar: http://scholar.google.ca/citations?user=ed1fimwAAAAJ&hl=en  

I also was a contributing author to the first UN-FAO Status of the World's Soil Reources Report released in December 2015 http://www.fao.org/3/a-i5199e.pdf