Dr. Syama Chatterton


Dr. Syama Chatterton is a research scientist at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s (AAFC) Lethbridge Research and Development Centre, and is an adjunct professor at the University of Lethbridge.

Syama obtained a PhD in plant pathology at Simon Fraser University (2010), a Master of Science in environmental biology at the University of Guelph (2002), and her Bachelor of Science in biological sciences at Simon Fraser University (1999). Her research in special crops pathology at AAFC focuses on management of root and foliar diseases of pulse crops, and molecular diagnostics and identification of soil-borne pathogens. She currently leads research on several diseases that are impacting sustainable pulse (peas, lentils, dry beans, and faba beans) production in Alberta and Saskatchewan.

She was the chair of the Plant Pathology Society of Alberta in 2015, is the current chair of the Disease Evaluation Team of the Prairie Recommending Committee for Pulse and Special Crops, and the secretary for the Western Committee on Plant Diseases. She also serves as Section Editor for the Canadian Journal of Plant Pathology and is an active member of the Canadian Phytopathological Society. She has presented her research at numerous national and international scientific conferences and has published 14 peer-reviewed articles and two book chapters.