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.

Why Do We Need to “Prove” Things in Our Society?

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines proof in a noun form as:

  1. The cogency of evidence that compels acceptance by the mind of a truth or a fact
  2. The process or an instance of establishing the validity of a statement especially by derivation from other statements in accordance with principles of reasoning

We live in a society that […]

By |2019-06-11T09:15:48-04:00June 11th, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |

Are Plastic-Eating Microbes the Future?

One such solution is the proliferation of plastic-eating microbes. This might sound like something out of a cheesy science fiction film, but it’s a real possibility that is being carefully researched at the University of Malta.

A team of researchers at the university are looking at ways to accelerate plastic deterioration, focusing in particular on […]

By |2019-06-04T10:30:20-04:00June 4th, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |

Dandelions: Good for the Environment?

Could dandelions actually be good for the environment? Long dismissed as a weed, the plant is now giving hope to researchers who have been looking for ways to rehabilitate regions damaged by oil spills.

Biologist Susan Kaminskyj from the University of Saskatchewan recently discovered a dandelion growing in the middle of an otherwise completely barren patch […]

By |2019-05-28T09:10:16-04:00May 28th, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , |

Pros and Cons of Leaving Old Fencerows in Place

Fencerows are a remnant of a bygone era in many parts of Canada. In years past, fencerows were the last remaining bits of forests that covered what is now farmland. When that land was divided, cleared for farming and separated into parcels, rows of trees and shrubs were left as a means of […]

By |2019-05-21T08:24:09-04:00May 21st, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |

Trees in Pop Culture: Some Famous Examples

Trees are an important part of the human experience, so it should come as no surprise that there are numerous examples of important trees in literature, art, film and pop culture. You can go all the way back to ancient texts to learn of examples such as the Tree of Life, a concept found in […]

By |2019-05-14T09:43:38-04:00May 14th, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , |

Plants and Trees as Objects of Commemoration

There is a longstanding tradition of planting trees to mark an event or remember the death of a person. It’s a fitting tribute, one that will stand the test of time as the tree grows, and one that is alive rather than stone or marble.

There are plenty of notable examples of these types of natural […]

By |2019-05-07T09:09:52-04:00May 7th, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Performance Starts With the Best Soil

The quality and composition of soil isn’t just important for environmental purposes—there are a number of activities you might not think of right away that are also greatly impacted by soil quality. For example, rodeos, horse racing, baseball and other field sports all require high-quality soil composition to provide the best performance and the utmost […]

A Touch of Spring Inside: Starting Seeds In Your Home During the Winter Months

Even though winter is officially over, spring can still seem like it’s quite a ways away when the weather is still cold and when there are still piles of snow strewn about the landscape. It’s still going to be a bit before you’re able to spend some time outside tending to your gardens. That being […]

By |2019-04-23T09:02:14-04:00April 23rd, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , |

How Do We Save More Water—Trees or Lawns?

There is a constant desire for more green space in urban areas. However, growing these green spaces is often easier said than done, as getting this greenery can come at large, often prohibitive costs.

There are a variety of reasons why residents of urban areas like to have green lawns on their properties. For one, they […]

The Benefits of Salad Greens as Solutions to Soil Contamination

When old factories, gas stations and other types of industrial locations that use a lot of petroleum or gasoline get torn down to be repurposed for new uses, work must be done on the land to ensure it is not still a “brownfield” when the new owners take over. In many cases, this type of […]

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