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Phillips, Lori Ann, Ph.D.

Research scientist – Soil microbial ecology

Contact Information:

2585 County Road 20
Harrow, Ontario N0R 1G0
Telephone: 519-738-1264

Areas of Expertise:

  • Microbial biodiversity and sustainable agro-ecosystems
  • The impact of agricultural practices on microbial ecosystem services
  • Soil microbiology and nutrient (C, N, P) cycling processes
  • Plant-microbe interactions
  • Molecular methods to measure the structure and function of environmental microbial communities

Current Projects:

  • Biological mitigation of soil nutrient losses: Quantifying the benefits of diversified landscape features in agro-ecosystems
  • Protecting and conserving Canada’s biodiversity and ecosystems: Establishing baselines for agricultural soil biodiversity
  • Integrated nutrient management: Measuring agronomic impacts on soil microbial nutrient cycling processes (interlinked C, N, and P cycling)
  • Optimally managing soil health: Determining how soil management affects the microbial communities that undertake key ecosystem services


  • Associate Editor: The Canadian Journal of Soil Science
  • Review editor: Frontiers in Soil Processes

Research publications

Other science related publications


  • Reynolds, W.D., Drury, C.F., Yang, X.M. and Phillips, L.A. 2017. On the description and determination of soil water field capacity. Oral Presentation to: Canadian Society of Soil Science, Annual Meetings, June 10-14, 2017, Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada


  • Drury, C.F., Reynolds, W.D., Yang, X.M., Rehmann, L., and L. Phillips. 2016. The effect of corn stover removal rate under conventional and no-tillage on corn grain yields and GHG emissions. ASA-CSSA-SSSA Annual Meeting, Phoenix, Arizona.
  • Drury, Craig F. Girard, B., Woodley, A., Reynolds, W.D., Yang, X.M., Lalonde, C., Wellish, M., Rehman, L., and L. Phillips. 2016. Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada’s Bioeconomy Research Initiatives. Bioeconomy Research and Innovation Forum. Guelph, Ontario.
  • Reynolds, W.D. 2017. Use of bimodal hydraulic property relationships to characterize soil physical quality. Geoderma 294, 38-49
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