- Biogeochemical cycling
- Nutrient stewardship
- Soil organic matter
- Soil biodiversity
Melissa Arcand is a soil biogeochemist with research interests focused on optimizing plant-soil synergies for the design of nutrient and energy efficient cropping systems. She received received her PhD in Soil Science from the University of Saskatchewan and conducted her post-doctoral research with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. Melissa grew up on a farm on the Muskeg Lake Cree Nation in central Saskatchewan. She teaches and is the academic advisor for students in the Kanawayihetaytan Askiy program, designed to train students to work in resource management and land governance in Indigenous communities across Canada.
Areas of specialization
- nutrient cycling
- soil ecology
- BSc Environmental Science, University of Guelph
- MSc Land Resource Science, University of Guelph
- PhD Soil Science, University of Saskatchewan
Selected Recent Publications
Arcand M.M., D.J. Levy-Booth, and B.L. Helgason. 2017. Resource Legacies of Organic and Conventional Management Differentiate Soil Microbial Carbon Use. Frontiers in Microbiology. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2017.02293
Arcand M.M., B.L. Helgason, and R.L. Lemke. 2016. Microbial crop residue decomposition dynamics in organic and conventionally managed soils. Applied Soil Ecology 107: 347–359.
Arcand, M.M., J.D. Knight, and R.E. Farrell. 2014. Differentiating between the supply of N to wheat from above and belowground residues of preceding crops of pea and canola. Biology and Fertility of Soils 50: 563-570.
Arcand, M.M., R. Lemke, J.D. Knight, and R.E. Farrell. 2014. Nitrogen supply from belowground residues of lentil and wheat to a subsequent wheat crop. Biology and Fertility of Soils 50: 507-515.
Arcand, M.M., J.D. Knight, and R.E. Farrell. 2013. Temporal dynamics of nitrogen rhizodeposition by pea as determined by 15N labeling. Canadian Journal of Plant Science 93: 941-950.
Arcand, M.M., J.D. Knight, and R.E. Farrell. 2013. Estimating belowground nitrogen inputs of pea and canola and their contribution to soil inorganic N pools using 15N labeling. Plant and Soil 371: 67-80.
Leinweber, P., J. Kruse, C. Baum, M. Arcand, J.D. Knight, R. Farrell, K.-U. Eckhardt, K. Kiersch, and G. Jandl. 2013. Advances in understanding organic nitrogen chemistry in soils using state-of-the-art analytical techniques, In: D. L. Sparks, editor, Advances in Agronomy, Academic Press. pp. 83-151.
- NSERC Discovery Grant
- NSERC Strategic Project Grant
- Agricultural Development Fund, Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture
- Canada First Research Excellence Research Excellence Fund
- AGRC 111.3 Sustainable Soil and Plant Management
- ASKI 101.3 Field Studies in the Environment
- SLSC 816.3 Soil Organic Matters