Joann K. Whalen, Ph.D., agr.


Joann completed a B.Sc. (Agr) in agricultural chemistry from Dalhousie University, an M.Sc. in soil biochemistry from McGill University and a Ph.D. in environmental science from Ohio State University. She was a postdoctoral fellow at Oregon State University and a research scientist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada before joining the faculty at McGill University in 2000. She is a member of the professional “Ordre des agronomes” du Quebec.

Research Program and Teaching

Joann’s research program examines nutrient cycling and losses of carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus from the soil-plant system at scales ranging from the rhizosphere to the ecosystem level. She is particularly interested in how soil microbial communities and earthworms affect soil fertility and crop production in agroecosystems. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in soil fertility, nutrient management planning and environmental soil chemistry.

Academic Appointments

2018-2022 : Adjunct Professor, Gansu Agricultural University, Key Lab of Aridland Crop Sciences, Lanzhou, China.

2011-present : Adjunct Professor, Northeast Institute of Geography and Agroecology, Chinese Academy of Sciences,                             Harbin, China


2019 : Fellow, Canadian Society of Soil Science

2019 : Recipient, Prix Auguste Scott from Association québecoise de spécialistes en science du sol

2017 : Fellow, Soil Science Society of America

2016 : Best Associate Editor, Canadian Journal of Soil Science

2011 : Outstanding Associate Editor, Agronomy Journal ($150)

2010-2020: William Dawson Scholar, McGill University ($25,000 per year)

Editorial Appointments

2018-2020 : Guest Editor, Pedosphere (special issue)

2017-2023 : Chief Editor, Soil Biology and Biochemistry

2017-2021 : Subject Editor, Applied Energy

2015, 2016, 2020 : Guest Editor, Canadian Journal of Soil Science (3 special issues)

2013-2018 : Review Editor, Frontiers in Agroecology and Land Use Systems

2012-2013 : Editor and Editor-in-Chief, Canadian Journal of Soil Science