• Former MUN president cross-appointed at Grenfell Campus

    Thursday, June 11, 2020
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    Memorial University's former president, Dr. Gary Kachanoski, has been cross-appointed to Grenfell's School of Science and the Environment (SSE). He will contribute to the Boreal Ecosystem and Agriculture Science (BEAS) MSc program and collaborate with other researchers at Grenfell.

    "Research in the areas of boreal ecosystems and agriculture have been an ongoing passion of mine," said Dr. Kachanoski, a world-renowned soil scientist. "I am pleased that I was able to support the establishment of the Boreal Ecosystem and Agriculture Science Initiative (BERI) and its laboratory facilities during my time as president."


    Dr. Kachanoski's scholarly expertise fits well with those of other Grenfell researchers and with agriculture initiatives in the SSE. His more than 100 publications in refereed journals as well as book chapters focus on research in soil physics and on water and soil management.

    "We are thrilled to be working with Dr. Kachanoski in his new role, especially at a time when agriculture and the agri-food industry is becoming a focus of the provincial government and an increasingly established area of expertise at Grenfell Campus," said Dr. Jeff Keshen, vice-president, Grenfell Campus.

    Dr. Kachanoski began his academic career in 1985 at the University of Guelph where he was a professor, researcher, program director and department chair. In 1992, he was honoured with the Distinguished Faculty Extension Award for his outstanding leadership with rural communities and organizations. Four years later, he became Dean of the College of Graduate Studies and Research at the University of Saskatchewan and after that was appointed as Vice-President (Research) at the University of Alberta.

    Dr. Kachanoski's accolades are extensive. He has been a Past-President and a Fellow of the Canadian Society of Soil Science (1999), Fellow of the Soil Society of America (1997) and Editor of the Canadian Journal of Soil Science and Assoc. Editor of the Soil Science Society of America Journal, the European Journal of Soil Science, among others. He was inducted into the Canadian Conservation Hall of Fame in 1997, an award that recognized his dedication and commitment to soil and water conservation in Canada. He was also Professor and Bentley Research Chair (Soil, Water & Environment) and Vice-President (Research) at the University of Alberta.

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