- Experiential learning
- Soil science education
- Professional teaching collaborations
I was born and raised in southern Saskatchewan. In addition to my university education (which includes training in physical anthropology and archaeology) I have worked as an exploration geologist in Northern Saskatchewan, Manitoba and the NWT, and as a geological technician in the oil fields of Alberta. My work experience also includes two years as an agronomist and two years in university administration. I like traveling, especially experiencing landscapes as much as the people and places within them.
Soil Science, College Administration
- Advisor: Renewable Resource Management Program – Resource Science
- Professional Agrologist (PAg): Saskatchewan Institute of Agrology
- Co-chair: Soil Science Education Committee, Canadian Society of Soil Science
- Member: Soil Science Society of America
- Member: Canadian Society of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
- Member: Buffalo Circle, University of Saskatchewan
My past research has included spatial relationships of nitrogen availability indices, spatial and temporal relationships of soil nitrous oxide emissions, and the translocation of soil due to tillage. Currently I am using my position to explore teaching concepts and application of assessment relevant to experiential learning; well suited to soil science and environmental education. I am also interested in pedology, land use and Saskatchewan landscapes.
Areas of specialization
Soil Description/Classification and Mapping; Delineation and Mapping of Ecosites; Saskatchewan Landscapes; Experiential Learning
Ph.D. (Soil Science) University of Saskatchewan
M.Sc. (Soil Science) University of Saskatchewan
B.Sc. (Geology) University of Saskatchewan
Selected Recent Publications
Masse, J., T. Yates, M. Krzic, A.Unc, Z.C. Chen, S. Quideau, K. Hodgson, C.J. Warren. 2019. Identifying learning outcomes for a Canadian pedology field school: addressing the gap between new graduates’ skills and the needs of the current job market. Canadian Journal of Soil Science. (no pages yet) DOI: 10.1139/cjss-2019-0040
Wilson, J. R., Yates, T. T., & Purton, K. (2018). Performance, Preference, and Perception in Experiential Learning Assessment. The Canadian Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 9 (2). https://doi.org/10.5206/cjsotl-rcacea.2018.2.5
Krzic, M., Yates, T., Basiliko, N., Pare, M., Diochon, A., Swallow, M. 2018. Introductory Soils Courses: A Frontier of Soil Science Education in Canada. Canadian Journal of Soil Science, 98: 1-14
Yates, T. and K. Hodgson. 2018. Professional Learning Experiences in a Field-based Course: Student Perceptions and Preferences. Natural Science Education 47: 170024. doi:10.4195/nse2017.12.0024
Yates, T., J. Wilson, and K. Purton. 2015. Assessment in Experiential Learning: A Single Campus Study. The Canadian Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Vol 6/Iss3/4.
Minielly, C., D. Rehman, A. Adams, E. Bachmann, D. Natcher, D. Peak, T. Yates. 2015. Visualizing relationships in interdisciplinary research with Geographic Information Systems: A case study utilizing food security research in Sahelian West Africa. University of Saskatchewan Undergraduate Research Journal. Vol 2/Iss1.
Yates, T. 2015. Book Review: Learning and Teaching Community Based Research: Linking Pedagogy to Practice, Etmanski et al (ed) 2014. Engaged Scholar Journal, vol 1, pp. 204-207
Yates, T. T. 2015. The Value of a Wetland: A Case Study in Renewable Resource Management. National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science, Case Collection. University at Buffalo Biological Sciences, Buffalo, NY http://sciencecases.lib.buffalo.edu/cs/collection/detail.asp?case_id=769&id=769 Last accessed November 20th, 2015.
Yates, T. 2012. Discovery, Integration, Communication and Engagement: Learning through scaffolds in a field-based undergraduate course in Renewable Resource Management. Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 5:167-171.
Natural Sciences Education Journal Outstanding Reviewer Award
Provost College Award for Outstanding Teaching
North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture Teaching Award of Merit
RRM 215.3 Identification of Saskatchewan Plants and Soils
RRM 301.9 Field Course in Renewable Resource Management
RRM 323.2 Resource Data and Environmental Modeling
RRM 421.6 Group Project in Renewable Resource Management