Agriculture and Agrifood Canada
Dr. Tandra Fraser joined Agriculture and Agrifood Canada-Charlottetown in August 2017 as a soil ecologist with a special interest in sustainable agroecosystems and methods for optimizing crop yields, while minimizing negative environmental impacts. Her research focuses on soil food web dynamics and biological contributions to nutrient cycling as affected by soil treatments, management practices and land-use change. Her experience prior to working at AAFC included research on soil biodiversity at the University of Reading in the UK and acting as the Executive Director of the Global Soil Biodiversity Initiative based at Colorado State University. Tandra received her Ph.D. from the University of Guelph, with research focusing on soil bacterial communities and biological cycling of phosphorus in soils under organic, conventional and grassland management systems at the Glenlea Long-term Rotation trial near Winnipeg MB, with additional field sites on PEI. She grew up on a conventional grain farm in central Saskatchewan.