Dr. John Klironomos

Dr. John Klironomos is a Professor in the Department of Biology at the Irving K. Barber School of Arts & Sciences and Associate Dean of Research at UBC’s Okanagan campus.

His research is focused on understanding the causes and consequences of plant and fungal diversity in terrestrial ecosystems. He is recognized for his studies on feedback between plant and fungal populations and communities, the effect of soil microbes on plant diversity and ecosystem services, the potential for microbes to enhance productivity in agriculture and forestry and to restore disturbed ecosystems.

John received his training at Concordia University (B.Sc., 1987-90), the University of Waterloo (Ph.D., 1990-94), and San Diego State University (post-doctoral fellow, 1994-96). He then joined the faculty at the University of Guelph (1996-2009), and then relocated to the UBC Okanagan campus.

He has been awarded over $20 million in research grants, has trained 53 graduate students and post-doctoral fellows, and has published 149 peer-reviewed papers, including eight papers in the leading journals, Nature and Science. He was recently President of the International Soil Ecology Society. He has received a number of fellowships and awards for his research in plant and microbial ecology, including the Harvard Bullard Fellowship, Humboldt Research Fellowship, NSERC Steacie Fellowship, and a Canada Research Chair in Soil Biodiversity.

John was recently elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and presented with the Professional Achievement Award by the International Soil Ecology Society for outstanding contributions in research, student mentorship and service.