Dr. Jill Clapperton consults with farmers, growers and ranchers around the world and shares her unique understanding of microbiology with an audience at the 2011 Acres U.S.A. annual conference. There, she helped farmers and ranchers connect the dots between healthy soil management and high-volume yields around harvest time.
Dr. Jill Clapperton is the Rhizosphere Ecologist at the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Lethbridge Research Centre in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. She is an internationally respected lecturer presenting research findings and promoting an understanding of how soil biology and ecology interact with cropping and soil management systems to facilitate long-term soil quality and productivity. Her research group studies soil food webs, nutrient cycling, soil fauna- plant disease interactions, rhizosphere interactions, and soil biodiversity. The Rhizosphere Ecology Research Group studies rangelands, and cropping systems under low-input and organic management systems emphasizing reduced and no tillage. The aim of this research is to understand how soils function biologically so we can effectively manage and benefit from the long-term biological fertility of our soil. Jill has a keen interest in promoting science in schools and participates with other researchers and educators to develop soil ecology educational programs. The Worm Watch program (www.wormwatch.ca) she founded, has recently been cited by the National Science Teachers Association for excellence in science education. In 2000, Dr. Clapperton received the Patricia Roberts-Pichette Award from Environment Canada for enthusiastic leadership and commitment to advancing ecological monitoring and research in Canada.