About Leanne Philip

Dr. Leanne J Philip, BSc. (Hon.); MSc.; PhD. is the Managing Director & Chief Scientist of Soil Advocates Inc. She studied at the University of Guelph as an undergraduate (Plant Biology, Environmental Management and Urban Horticulture) and as a graduate student (Plant & Soil Interactions). She has a keen interest in soil sciences, which lead her to the University of British Columbia in Vancouver for doctoral studies in soil carbon sequestration and movement within British Columbia’s clear-cut soils. Further work in soil sciences in Europe and Canada reinforced Dr. Philip’s belief that soil processes and mechanisms belowground drive aboveground aesthetics and plant interactions. While active in both research, mentorship and teaching, most recently Dr. Philip has been working in applied soil sciences in industry and community outreach. Dr. Philip is a native of southern Ontario and is a strong advocate for scientific literacy within her community and responsible environmental stewardship.

Should We Adopt New Techniques for Tree Nurseries?

Climate change has caused widespread changes in the way we look at botany, gardening and growing plants and trees. Many types of businesses and industries will be significantly impacted by the effects of climate change as it continues to worsen in the coming years. One question to ask—should wholesale tree nurseries adopt new techniques in […]

By |2018-10-19T18:42:11+00:00October 4th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |

Soil Contamination: Remediation Options And Alternatives

Growing a healthy garden requires you to maintain clean and healthy soil. If you have soil contamination, there are numerous problems that could arise and make it difficult for you to get good growth out of your plants and flowers.

It can be helpful to conduct soil sample analyses before you do any significant work […]

How Urban Forestry Improves The Environement In Urban Areas

Urban forestry is defined as being the care and upkeep of tree populations in urban settings to improve the overall environment in these urban areas. Urban foresters are tasked with planting and maintaining trees, preserving forests in and adjacent to urban areas and researching and promoting the benefits of trees to urban populace. There […]

By |2018-10-19T18:31:43+00:00September 20th, 2018|Categories: Blog, Environment|Tags: , , , |

Re-Using Insect-Damaged Wood: A New Recycling Trend

Damaged wood is the result of insects being unchecked, whether it be in trees or in existing furnishings. The problems are exacerbated when the trees are dead, or the wood has been damp for a period of time.

Emerald ash borers and pine beetles are two of the most common types of insects […]

By |2018-10-19T18:22:33+00:00September 13th, 2018|Categories: Blog, Environment|Tags: , , , |

The Beauty and Wonder of Wasaga Beach, Canada

There are many gorgeous natural spaces in Canada, from the tundra of the north to the wild expanses of the Yukon, from the Canadian Rockies to the crystal blue and turquoise waters of Lake Louise in Banff. But if you’re looking for a beach atmosphere, you can do little better than the awesome Wasaga […]

By |2018-10-19T18:29:56+00:00September 6th, 2018|Categories: Blog, Environment|Tags: , , |

The Threat of Rising CO2 Concentrations

The levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the earth’s atmosphere are constantly increasing, a worrying trend for environmentalists and the planet as a whole.

In May, levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere exceeded 411 parts per million, which was the largest single monthly average ever to be recorded at Hawaii’s Mauna Loa […]

By |2018-08-30T21:35:50+00:00August 30th, 2018|Categories: Blog, Environment|Tags: , , , |

When The Arts Honour Life Sciences

The more exposure people have to the various life sciences, such as biology, botany and zoology, the more they come to realize their importance and influence. When artists make it a point to honour the life sciences, there can be very powerful results. After all, art speaks to us as humans in a way many […]

By |2018-07-30T15:02:00+00:00August 2nd, 2018|Categories: Blog, Environment|Tags: , , , , , , |

Five Forest Experiences To Rejuvenate The Mind Body And Soul

Have the stresses of your everyday life been weighing on you even more than usual lately? Many studies have shown that taking some time to escape into the woods can help you reduce your anxiety, stress and depression, and can have many other soothing effects on people. In fact, the experience known as “

By |2018-07-30T14:43:40+00:00July 25th, 2018|Categories: Blog, Environment|Tags: , , , , |

Explore Respectfully: Preserve the Forests

Any time you head out for a hike or a bike ride in the forest, it’s tempting to want to blaze your own trail and march straight into the wilderness. While we certainly encourage you to get out and explore the wild spaces in your area, it’s important you do so respectfully—trails are planned […]

By |2018-07-30T14:44:32+00:00July 18th, 2018|Categories: Blog, Environment|Tags: , , , , , , |

Ancient Trees: Why We Need to Preserve Them For Future Generations

There are numerous threats to our plant life and trees in today’s world, the greatest of which being industry and climate change. In regions that have particularly old, beautiful and/or significant trees, government regulation and action may be necessary to preserve their beauty and cultural significance for generations to come.

Consider, for example, the giant redwoods […]

By |2018-07-09T09:15:31+00:00July 9th, 2018|Categories: Blog, Environment|Tags: , , , , , , |
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