Sina Adl, Ph.D.

Biomonitoring 2.0 – Research Collaborator

Professor and Department Head, Department of Soil Science, College of Agriculture & Bioresources, University of Saskatchewan

Dr. Adl’s current focus is on establishing nutrient paths through soil food webs using the stable isotopes 15N and 13C. His lab is also exploring the diversity of protists in microaerophilic soil spaces to understand the functioning of the soil compartments with reduced oxygen. They have recently worked on a variety of other aspects of soil ecology and field management. These include long term effects of field management on soil biology and nutrients; and soil amendments (composted municipal solid waste, manure, biosolids, biochar); organic agriculture and no-tillage. His lab has worked with a variety of soil samples from the sub-arctic, to grasslands, desert crusts, temperate to tropical forests, agricultural fields, and with micro-fossils in amber. They rely on sampling commercial agricultural fields and forest plantations, experimental field sites, greenhouse seedling experiments, and microcosms. He is also coordinating a protist classification and diversity project, as well as book projects.



B.Sc. – University of British Columbia (1991)

M.Sc. – University of British Columbia (1993)

Ph.D. – University of British Columbia (1998)


Selected Publications

Crotty FV, Adl SM, Blackshaw RP, Murray PJ. 2012. Using stable isotopes to differentiate trophic feeding channels within soil food webs. Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology in press, online.

Crotty FV, Adl SM, Blackshaw RP, Murray PJ. 2012. Protozoan pulses unveil their pivotal position within the soil food web. Microbial Ecology 63(4): 905-918.

Mora C, Tittensor DP, Adl S, Simpson AGB, Worm B. 2011. How many species are there on Earth and in the Ocean? PLoS Biology 9(8): e1001127.

Adl S, Iron D, Kolokolnikov T. 2011. A threshold area ratio of organic to conventional agriculture causes recurrent pathogen outbreaks in organic agriculture. Science of the Total Environment 409: 2192-2197.

Adl S, Girard V, Breton G, Lak M, Maharning A, et al. 2011. Reconstructing the soil food web of a 100 million-year-old forest: The case of the mid-Cretaceous fossils in the amber of Charentes (SW France). Soil Biology and Biochemistry 43(4): 726-735.


Contact Information

Professor and Head
Department of Soil Science
College of Agriculture & Bioresources
University of Saskatchewan


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