Meet the Director

M. Anne Naeth, PAg, PBiol, FSTLHE, FCSSS

Director, Energy Systems | Director, Future Energy Systems | Director, Land Reclamation International Graduate School (LRIGS) | Professor (Land Reclamation and Restoration Ecology) and Associate Dean (Research and Graduate Studies), Faculty of Agricultural Life and Environmental Sciences


An award winning educator and researcher, Dr. M. Anne Naeth has 30 years of experience conducting research in a diversity of ecosystems from alpine to arctic, from prairies to forests. Her research program is both applied and theoretical and focuses on plant-soil-water relationships, understanding and defining processes inherent in these relationships, their effects on ecosystem structure and function, their response to disturbance and their role in reclamation after disturbance. Her research has investigated the impacts of anthropogenic disturbance such as oil and gas development, mining, gravel extraction, landfilling, recreational use and transportation corridors on soil and plant community development, management of non-native plant species, soil building, effective revegetation methods, and contaminant remediation. An understanding of longer-term reclamation trajectories in these communities and reclamation success indicators are currently of specific interest.


  • University Cup, University of Alberta (2018)
  • Graduate Student's Association Life Long Award (2014)
  • ALES Teacher of the Year award, Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences (1999 - 2014)
  • University of Alberta Vargo Teaching Chair (2005 - 2010)
  • Fellow of the Canadian Society of Soil Science (2007)
  • Mentors of the Millennium, Alberta Women's Science Network (2006)
  • Teacher of the Year, Environmental and Conservation Sciences Student Club, University of Alberta (2006)
  • 10 years of service award, Environmental Appeals Board (2006)
  • Teacher of the Year, Faculty of Agriculture, Forestry, and Home Economics (1999 -2011)
  • University of Alberta Alumni Association Award of Excellence (2005)
  • Award of Recognition from the Canadian Land Reclamation Association (2003)
  • Killam Annual Professorship (2001)
  • Distinguished Agrologist Award from the Alberta Institute of Agrologists (2000)
  • Rutherford Award of Excellence for Undergraduate Teaching, University of Alberta (1999)
  • Environmental Sustainability Award (Knowledge Builder), Alberta Agriculture, Food and Rural Development (1999)
  • 3M Teaching Fellowship for top 10 professors in Canada (1997)
  • Fellow of the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (1997)
  • Canadian Land Reclamation Association Noranda Land Reclamation Award for outstanding contributions to land reclamation in Canada (1996)
  • Faculty of Agriculture, Forestry and Home Economics Teaching Award (1995)
  • National Association of College Teachers in Agriculture Award (1994)

Recent Publications

Effects of boreal well site reclamation practices on long-term planted spruce and deciduous tree regeneration
Author(s): Frerichs, L, E Bork, T Osko and MA Naeth.
Publication Date: 2017
Journal: Forests
Page numbers: DOI: 10.3390/f8060201

Early colonization of root associated fungal communities on reclamation substrates at a diamond mine in the Canadian sub-Arctic
Author(s): Boldt-Burisch, KM and MA Naeth
Publication Date: 2016
Journal: Applied Soil Ecology
Page numbers: DOI: 10.1016/j.apsoil.2016.10.006

Mulch amendment facilitates early revegetation development on an abandoned field in northern mixed grass prairies of North America
Author(s): Mollard, FPO, MA Naeth and AC Cohen-Fernandez
Publication Date: 2016
Journal: Ecological Engineering
Volume: 97
Page numbers: 284-291

Nitrogen transformation rates are affected by cover soil type but not coarse woody debris application in reclaimed oil sands soils
Author(s): Kwak, J, SX Chang, MA Naeth and W Schaaf
Publication Date: 2016
Journal: Restoration Ecology
Page numbers: DOI: 10.1111/rec.12344

Woody debris amendment enhances reclamation after oil sands mining in Alberta, Canada
Author(s): Brown, RL and MA Naeth
Publication Date: 2014
Journal: Restoration Ecology
Volume: 22
Page numbers: 40-48

Proposed classification for human modified soils in Canada: anthroposolic order
Author(s): Naeth, MA, HA Archibald, CL Nemirsky, LA Leskiw, JA Brierley, MD Bock, AJ VandenBygaart and DS Chanasyk
Publication Date: 2012
Journal: Canadian Journal of Soil Science
Volume: 92
Issue: 1
Page numbers: 7-18