It All Starts with the Soil.... (SER-Ontario Symposium)


March 1, 2014


Guelph, Ontario


Society for Ecological Restoration - Ontario Chapter


"It All Starts with the Soil..."  
SER Ontario Symposium 2014 

When: March 1, 2014
Where: University of Guelph, 
Ontario, Canada

Goal: To focus on the role of “soil” in ecological restoration 

  1. Develop a working framework for what we mean by “soil”: traditional, constructed, artificial; 
  2. Identify the kinds of impacts sustained by soils: chemical; physical; biological; other? 
  3. Identify solutions that will contribute to sustainability of projects and assist with adaptation to global change.
Speakers to include:

  • Richard Heck, Soils and Landscape Processes, School of Environmental Sciences, University of Guelph Soil Morphology At Several Scales 
  • Dave Kroetsch, Senior Soil Resource Specialist, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Soil Essentials for Restoration 
  • Mike MacTavish, University of Waterloo Earthworms and Soil 
  • Autumn Watkinson, Laurentian University Surrogate Soils
  • Chris Morrison, Arborist and Urban Soil Management Healing the Soil: BMPs for urban soils 
  • Maren Oelbermann, Department of Environment and Agroecosystems to restore degraded soil and sequester Resource Studies, University of Waterloo carbon 
Poster time until 5:30 followed by 
Pub night: How to get a job in soil science or ecological restoration.


The Abstracts should include the following information: 

  • Title of proposed Presentation. 
  • Name(s) of Author(s) with affiliation(s) and email address(es.)
  • Underlined Name of Presenter with email address. 
  • Abstract in MS Word (12 point font) no more than 300 words 
  • Special Requirements if any. 
These Abstracts should be emailed to [email protected] with “SERO 2014—Abstract” in the subject line. All Abstracts received by February 1st, 2014 will be acknowledged. The accepted Abstracts will be identified through email to presenter by February 5th, 2014.