My main research goal is to understand the causes and consequences of plant and microbial diversity in terrestrial ecosystems.
As an undergraduate student at Concordia University (1987-1990), I was first introduced to plant and microbial ecology by Dr. Paul Widden. I took several of his courses, and worked in his lab as a research assistant, culturing fungi and helping with several lab and field projects.
I then moved to the University of Waterloo, and completed my PhD under the supervision of Dr. Bryce Kendrick (1990-1994). My research at Waterloo focused on the interactions among trees, mycorrhizal and saprobic fungi, and invertebrates in the soil.
I then joined Dr. Michael Allen's research group at San Diego State University as a Post-doc for 2 years (1994-1996), where I focused my research on the effects of climate change on mycorrhizal interactions and on the use of mycorrhizal fungi in the restoration of California desert ecosystems.
My first faculty position was at the University of Guelph (1996-2009), where I taught courses in mycology and ecology and built a research program on the community ecology of plant-microbe interactions. I then relocated to to the University of British Columbia, Okanagan campus (2009-), where I have continued this research with the help of undergraduate and graduate students, post-docs, and collaborators from other institutions.