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William Shotyk

Professor and Bocock Chair for Agriculture and the Environment

I completed my B.Sc. (Agr.) at the University of Guelph (Soil Science and Chemistry) in 1981, and my Ph.D. at the University of Western Ontario (Geochemistry) in 1986. After postdoctoral research at the University of California, Riverside (1987) and at the University of Western Ontario (1988-1989), I joined the Geological Institute at the University of Berne, Switzerland, as Oberassistent. I completed my Habilitation (Geochemistry) at the University of Berne in 1995. In October of 2000, I joined the University of Heidelberg as Professor, becoming Director of the Institute of Enviromental Geochemistry. Since October 2011, I hold the position of Bocock Chair in Agriculture and Environment at the University of Alberta, Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences, in the Department of Renewable Resources. I am also a participant in the Land Reclamation International Graduate School (LRIGS) program sponsored by NSERC CREATE.

The logo for my research group represents Soil, Water, Air, Manure, and Plants. The SWAMP Laboratory is a state-of-the-art, ultra-clean, metal-free research facility, devoted to environmental and agricultural research and teaching. This lab is being used to study the sources, transformations, behaviour and fate of trace elements in Soils, Waters, Air, Manures, and Plants (SWAMP).

 

 

 

 

 

PhD research in (bio)geochemistry

 

The SWAMP lab team is currently seeking a highly motivated and qualified individual to undertake PhD research related to trace element sources and cycling in the Lower Athabasca River. See here for more information.

Current Research

My main research areas are human impacts on the geochemical cycles of potentially toxic trace elements, including archives of atmospheric change (peat bogs and polar ice cores), fate in soils and sediments, and impacts on natural freshwaters. Read more ...

SWAMP Lab

The SWAMP lab is concerned with environmental quality in its broadest sense: the quality of our soil resources, the water we drink, the air we breathe, and the food we eat. The research lab is a unique state-of-the-art, metal-free, clean-lab and analytical facility. Read more ...

Elmvale

I am the President of the Elmvale Foundation, a Canadian, federally registered charity for environmental science education which I created in 2007. The main public education initiative of this Foundation is the Elmvale Water Festival which uses the water emanating from artesian springs in the Elmvale area as a tool for environmental education.

Contact Me

Prof. William Shotyk
348 B South Academic Building

shotyk@ualberta.ca

Tel.: 780-492-7155
Fax: 780-492-4323


Office Hours:
By appointment

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