Lakehead University professor named as an SES Faculty-Based Research Chair

September 6, 2022 – Thunder Bay, Ont. 

Lakehead University’s Faculty of Science and Environmental Studies is pleased to announce that Dr. Amanda Diochon, Associate Professor in the Department of Geology, has been named as an SES Faculty-Based Research Chair for her planned program of research in “Biogeochemical Cycling of Carbon in Northern Soils.”

Headshot of Dr. Amanda Diochon

This is a three-year appointment that started on July 1.

A committee of Lakehead University Research Chairs unanimously recommended Dr. Diochon for this position, commending her strong track record in attracting external research funding, student supervision and mentorship and in contributions to her field both in terms of publications and governance of its professional association.

They also noted Dr. Diochon actively participates and leads interdisciplinary research teams/projects and has been a leader in building research capacity at Lakehead University.

Dr. Diochon joined Lakehead University in August 2012. Since then, she has attracted over $1.1 million in external funding from a wide number of sources, including tri-council grants from NSERC, government, the public sector, and non-profit organizations.

She also has published research findings in a variety of high-quality national journals and conferences, and she has an extensive supervisory record including candidates in the MSc Geology program and senior students in Geology and Water Resource Sciences.

Her core teaching has included an Environmental Sciences Field Course that has students engaged in week-long field camps at Pukaskwa National Park that have students learning and honing important research skills while conducting some practical long term research for the park.

In addition, she is the Director of the Lakehead University Environmental Laboratory (LUEL) and oversees its staff and students carrying out various water quality assessments in the region.

Dr. Todd Randall, Dean of the Faculty of Science and Environmental Studies, congratulated Dr. Diochon on this significant achievement.

“Dr. Diochon has demonstrated an excellent capacity for high-quality and impactful research in our Faculty and has made considerable contributions to developing and leading interdisciplinary research teams at the University,” Dr. Randall said.

“We look forward to the outcomes of this important work she will be leading on the importance of northern soils and their connections with carbon cycling to/from the atmosphere.”



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