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Alicia Speratti

 Name: Alicia Speratti        Degree:  PhD Candidate

Alicia Speratti

I am a PhD student in in Resource Management and Environmental Studies supervised by Dr. Mark Johnson. My research will look at soil organic matter and carbon content in soils under different land-uses in Mato Grosso, Brazil. Through experiments and modeling, I hope to contribute to the development of sustainable soil management practices with local farmers that can improve land-use efficiency and minimize carbon loss. My background is in soil ecology, having completed an M.Sc. at the Macdonald Campus of McGill University. After my Master’s, I worked with different local and international organizations that promote sustainable development. These included UNEP Brazil, the Quebec Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Fisheries, and more recently the UNEP-Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity in Montreal. Through these experiences I witnessed first-hand the need for closer collaboration between scientists and policymakers, and the importance of communication between these groups and with the general audience. As a TerreWEB scholar, I’m  learning various categories of communication so that I can better share my research with the greater public. This is my blog about my TerreWEB internship in Spain: http://blogs.ubc.ca/thebarc6lonahalf/.

Thesis Topic: soil organic matter and carbon content in soils under different land-uses in Mato Grosso, Brazil

Supervisor: Dr. Mark Johnson


Conference presentations

Speratti, A. B., M.S. Johnson, H. Martins Sousa, E. Guimarães Couto. Maize growth as influenced by biochar types and water levels in a Brazilian Arenesol in a greenhouse setting. Poster presentation at the Joint Assembly of the AGU/ CGU, May 3-7, 2015. Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Speratti, A.B., M. S. Johnson, H. Martins Sousa, E. Guimarães Couto. O efeito de 12 tipos de biocarvão na quantidade de carbono orgânico dissolvido e nitrato no lixiviado de um Neossolo Quartzarênico. Poster presentation at the Brazilian Congress for Soil Science, August 2-7, 2015. Natal – RN, Brazil.


Refereed journal articles

Turmel, M.-S., A. Speratti, F. Baudron, N.  Verhulst, B. Govaerts. 2015. Crop residue management and soil health: A systems analysis. Agricultural Systems, 134: 6-16.

Book chapters

Speratti, A., M.-S. Turmel, A. Calegari, C.F. Araujo-Junior, A. Violic, P. Wall, and B. Govaerts. 2014. Conservation Agriculture in Latin America. In Farooq, M. and K.H.M. Siddique (ed.) Conservation Agriculture. Springer International Publishing. p.391-415.


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