Adjunct Professor, Department of Agriculture, Food, Nutritional Sciences, University of Alberta
My lab focuses on the biology, ecology, and management of weeds in the agroecosystem. Research themes include: weed ecology and population biology, conservation biological control, functional and operational diversity impacts on weed populations and communities.
Current research is focused on:
- Seedbank ecology and management
- Seed predation in weed communities
- Plant interactions with seed predators
- Intraguild interactions among seed predators
- Contribution of weeds to ecosystem services, including food webs
Areas of specialization
Weed Ecology, Population Biology, Conservation Biological Control, Seedbank ecology, Seed predation
- B.Sc., University of Saskatchewan, 2002, Department of Plant Sciences, Agronomy
- M.Sc., University of Saskatchewan, 2005, Department of Plant Sciences, Weed Science
- Ph.D., University of Manitoba, 2009, Department of Plant Science, Weed Science
De Heij, S.E., D. Benaragama, and C.J. Willenborg. 2022. Carabid activity-density and community composition and their impact on seed predation in pulse crops. Agriculture, Ecosystems, Environment 326:107807.
Ali, K.A. and C.J. Willenborg. 2021. The biology of seed discrimination and its role in shaping the foraging ecology of carabids. Ecology and Evolution 11:13702-13722.
De Heij, S.E. and C.J. Willenborg. 2020. Connected carabids: Network interactions and their impact on biocontrol by carabid beetles. BioScience 70:490-500.
Kulkarni, S.S., L.M. Dosdall, J.R. Spence, and C.J. Willenborg. 2017. Field density and distribution of weeds are associated with spatial dynamics of seed predatory ground beetles (Coleoptera: Carabidae). Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment 236:134-141.
Kulkarni, S.S., L.M. Dosdall, J.R. Spence, and C.J. Willenborg. 2017. Seed detection and discrimination by ground beetles (Coleoptera: Carabidae) are associated with olfactory cues. PLOS ONE 12(1):e0170593.
Burton, N.R., H.J. Beckie, C.J. Willenborg, S.J. Shirtliffe, J.J. Schoenau, and E.N. Johnson. 2016. Evaluating seed shed of economically important weed species. Weed Science 64:673-682.
2015. Dean’s New Researcher Award of Excellence, College of Agriculture and Bioresources, University of Saskatchewan.
- Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)
- Saskatchewan Agriculture Development Fund
- Western Grains Research Foundation
- Saskatchewan Canola Development Commission
- Alberta Pulse Growers
- Saskatchewan Pulse Growers
- Canadian Agriculture Adaptation Program
- Government of Canada Growing Forward Science Cluster Funding
- Saskatchewan Oat Development Commission
- Saskatchewan Flax Growers Commission
- PLSC 260 Principles of Plant Protection
- PLSC 340 Weed Biology and Ecology
- PLSC 345 Pesticides and Crop Protection
- PLSC 898 Advanced Weed Ecology