Professor Adl received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree, as well as his PhD, from the University of British Columbia. He became an Assistant Professor in 2002, was Associate Dean, Academic and Department head, and is now a full Professor.
Professor Adl also holds a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) grant in rhizosphere ecology, with a focus on interactions between the soil food webs and root nutrient uptake. He is currently developing techniques for synchrotron imaging and quantitation of interactions between roots with soil organisms. He has seminal synthesis papers and book chapters in soil biodiversity that are now standard material in text books.
Professor Adl has participated on grants with the United States Department of Energy, NSERC strategic grants, Canadian Foundation for Innovation, industry funded research, and international development grants. Current activity includes collaborative and interdisciplinary research in Ethiopia, Japan, China, Alberta oil sands remediation and biomonitoring, cyclotron plant-PET scanner pilot research, forest fertilization with municipal solid waste, and rhizosphere nutrient uptake.
Professor Adl has published 64 papers in international reviewed journals, including reviews and book chapters. He has presented at 23 national and international conferences over the past 5 years, and is the Editor-in-Chief of a new Elsevier journal called Rhizosphere. He is also an editor (Zootaxa), and subject editor (Soil Biology Biochemistry), and reviews for many journals.