Thierry joined Dr Faramarzi’s lab in September 2021 on a Mitacs Accelerate Postdoctoral Fellowship as a soil scientist. He will work together with the Food Water Wellness Foundation (http://www.foodwaterwellness.org/) and Monika Gorzelak’s lab at AAFC Lethbridge to investigate how farm management practices affects soil health in Alberta. Soil health is a complex term which encompasses various components in the physical (grain size, aggregate stability, water content), chemical (nutrients, conductivity, reactive carbon) and biological (microbial and macro-invertebrates) realms. This project builds on the Soil Carbon Quantification Project which is developing a predictive carbon stock map of Alberta using machine learning techniques and Latin Hypercube Sampling.
Prior to his position at Dr Faramarzi’s lab at the University of Alberta, Thierry was a UK research council Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Southampton. He has investigated long term population impact in lake sediments and soils on Scottish, Northern Irish and Irish Islands (https://generic.wordpress.soton.ac.uk/sea-of-moyle/), as well as inferring nutrient, livestock and vegetation changes from lake sediments near archaeological sites (http://celticcrannogs.org/).