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Tom Yates Associate Professor and Academic Advisor

Resource Science

5C16 - Agriculture Building

Research Area(s)

  • Experiential learning
  • Soil mapping
  • Delineation and mapping
  • Saskatchewan landscapes

Brief Biography

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

Other Affiliations/positions

Advisor: Renewable Resource Management Program – Resource Science Major Professional Agrologist: Saskatchewan Institute of Agrology; Admissions and Registration Committee; Saskatoon Branch Executive Canadian Society of Soil Science: Soil Science Education Committee American Geophysical Union: Member Soil Science Society of America: Member Canadian Society of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education: Member

Research Interests

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 Mapping; Delineation and Mapping of Biophysical Units; Saskatchewan Landscapes


B.Sc. (Honors; Saskatchewan)

M.Sc. (Saskatchewan)

Ph.D. (Saskatchewan)

Selected Recent Publications

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.

Selected Awards

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 321 Resource Data and Environmental Modeling

RRM 421 Group Project in Renewable Resource Management