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Adrian Unc

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​Adrian Unc, B.Sc. (Timisoara), M.Sc., PhD (Guelph), Postdoc (Ottawa)

Phone: (709)637-7153


Office: FC2020

Associate Professor - Boreal Ecosystems and Agricultural Sciences


I am currently an Associate Professor of Soil Sciences at the Memorial University of Newfoundland, member of the Environmental Science faculty and the Boreal Ecosystem Research Initiative (BERI). After graduating with two Soil Science degrees (MSc and PhD) from the University of Guelph, where I had the great chance to work with Dr. Michael J. Goss who taught me the value of the big picture; I was then fortunate to continue as a Postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Syed Sattar at the University of Ottawa, where I gained a strong appreciation for microbiology and gained and a wealth of molecular skills. Eventually I started on the tenure track path as an Assistant Professor of Environmental Science at the New Mexico State University where I applied my skills to soil, water and endophyte microbiology questions. I was fortunate once more and was co-opted in the largest research group dedicated to solve the algal biofuel conundrum, the US National Alliance for Algal Biomass and Biofuels. After achieving tenure as an Associate Professor at the New Mexico State University, I moved once more this time to the easternmost patch of North America, to Newfoundland and Labrador. I was attracted by the chance to help setting the foundation of a new academic and research program focused on agriculture and related environmental questions for boreal conditions, a more and more likely scenario under climate change. In 2014 I was a Senior Cheney Fellow with the department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Leeds and in 2015 a Visiting Scientist with the School of Geography at the University of Leeds. To summarize my activities in a comprehensive, if somewhat unwieldy sentence, my research integrates soil and water sciences with standard microbiology and molecular tools to answer sustainability inquiries related to agriculture, soil and water interfaces, soil to plant continuum microbiology, wastewater management as relevant to agricultural production and environmental sustainability to ensure environmental quality, human health and food sustainability.

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Curriculum Vitae for Dr. Adrian Unc (PDF)

Recent publications (PDF)

Current research (PDF)

Graduate Studies - Administrative Support Specialist

Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland
20 University Drive, Corner Brook, NL
A2H 5G4, Canada

Office: FC2017A
Phone: (709)639-2591