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Ken C. J. Van Rees Professor, Director, Centre for Northern Agroforestry and Afforestation (on leave July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018)

5D34.1 and 5C26 - Agriculture Building

Research Area(s)

  • Forest soils
  • Agroforestry
  • Biomass energy systems
  • Root dynamics in boreal ecosystems


Soil Science

Areas of specialization

My specialization is in forest soils. My research includes the agroforestry and biomass energy systems and their impacts on soils as well as understanding root dynamics in boreal ecosystems.


B.Sc.F. (Lakehead University), M.Sc., Ph.D. (University of Florida)

Selected Recent Publications

Dhillon, G.S., B.Y. Amichev, R. de Freitas, K.C.J. Van Rees. 2015. Accurate and precise measurement of organic carbon content in carbonate-rich soils. Communications in Soil Science and Plant Analysis (in press)

 Amichev, B.Y., B.E. Bailey, K.C.J. Van Rees. 2014. White spruce (Picea glauca) structural root system development and symmetry influenced by disc trenching site preparation. Forest Ecology and Management 326:1-8.

Corredor, A., K. van Rees and V. Vujanovic. 2014. Host genotype and health status influence on the composition of the arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi in Salix bioenergy plantations. Forest Ecology and Management 314:112-119.

 Hangs, R., J. Schoenau, K. Van Rees, N. Bélanger, T. Volk and  T. Jensen. 2014.  First rotation biomass production and nutrient cycling within short-rotation coppice willow plantations in Saskatchewan Canada. BioEnergy Research 7:1091-1111.

 Hangs R., J. Schoenau, K. Van Rees, N. Bélanger and T. Volk. 2014. Leaf litter decomposition and nutrient release characteristics of several willow varieties within short-rotation coppice plantations in Saskatchewan, Canada.  BioEnergy Research. 7:1074-1090.

 Bélanger, N., C. Carcaillet, G. Padbury, A. Schafer and K.C.J. Van Rees. 2014.  Periglacial fires and trees in a continental setting of central Canada, Upper Pleistocene.  Geobiology 12:109-118.

 Amichev, B.Y., R.D. Hangs, S.M. Konecsni, C.N. Stadnyk, T.A. Volk, N. Belanger, V. Vujanovic, J.J. Schoenau, and K.C.J. Van Rees. 2014. Willow production systems for bioenergy feedstock and C sequestration in Saskatchewan, Canada: A Review. Soil Science Society of America Journal 78:168-182.

 Amichev, B.Y., M.J. Bentham, D. Cerkowniak, J. Kort, S. Kulshreshtha, C.P. Laroque, J.M. Piwowar, and K.C.J. Van Rees. 2014. Mapping and quantification of planted tree and shrub shelterbelts in Saskatchewan, Canada. Agroforestry Systems 89:49-65.

 Amichev, B.Y., R.D. Hangs, N. Bélanger, T.A. Volk, V. Vujanovic, J.J. Schoenau, and K.C.J. Van Rees. 2014. First-rotation yields of 30 short-rotation willow cultivars in central Saskatchewan, Canada. BioEnergy Research DOI 10.1007/s12155-014-9519-4.

 Yannikos, N., P. Leinweber, B.L. Helgason, C. Baum, F.L. Walley,  K.C.J. Van Rees. 2014. Impact of Populus trees on the composition of organic matter and the soil microbial community in Orthic Gray Luvisols in Saskatchewan (Canada) Soil Biology and Biochemistry 70:5-11.

 A.E. Hartemink, M.R. Balks, Z. Chen, P. Drohan, D. Field, P. Krasilnikov, D.J. Lowe, M. Rabenhorst, K. van Rees, P. Schad, L.A. Schipper, M. Sonneveld, and C. Walter.  2013. The joy of teaching soil science. Geoderma 217-218:1-9.


Lecture courses:

• Soil Science 460 – Forest Soils
• Soil Science 480 – Soils and Boreal Landscapes

Graduate courses:

• Soil Science 812 - Plant root systems and nutrient uptake
• Soil Science 898 - Ecosystems and Art