Welcome to Karst Lab

We study belowground ecology to inform how we restore degraded ecosystems. Our research focuses on belowground interactions between plants, microbes and their environment to understand their ecology.

Through a combination of field, lab and greenhouse experiments, we apply this knowledge to recover degraded ecosystems.


Lab news

May 1, 2017 Welcome new field techs! Chloe Christenson, Angie Rice, Dana Hopfauf and Josh Wasyliw have joined the group for the summer. Learn more on our "People" page. 

February 3, 2017 We are hiring two summer field technicians (May-August). If you are interested, please contact Justine: justine.karst@ualberta.ca 

January 17, 2017 Welcome to new MSc, Marc La Fleche, who will be studying how natural and human-placed oil sands deposits affects forests.

September 23, 2016 Welcome to new postdoc, Greg Pec, who is also first author of our paper on how tree mortality caused by beetle outbreaks changes the composition of fungal communities in soils. Here 

Welcome to two new MSc students, Joseph Cooper and Evan Fellrath. Both arrived this week and are jumping into field work head first!

Former MSc student, Stefan Hupperts, just had his first paper accepted! Cool paper linking carbon storage in trees with ectomycorrhizas and their potential ability to degrade organic matter in soils. Here 

Why is it important to consider the location of plants, arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi and soils relative to one another? Find out here.  

MycoDB, a global database of plant response to mycorrhizal fungi released in Scientific Data last week. Here 

Cole Burns, Alison Wilson and Paul Metzler will be joining the lab in May. Cole and Alison are our summer field technicians, and Paul will be starting a MSc. Welcome!

Contact us

Interested in joining the lab?
Please email justine.karst@ualberta.ca