Ian R. Willick, Ph.D.

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Research Scientist

Plant Physiology and Precision Horticulture

Current research and/or projects

​​​​​​My research focuses on characterizing how crops respond to environmental stress. We use conventional and remote sensing technologies such as spectral imaging and Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy to assess variability in the field. This work aims to identify novel plant traits and optimize management practices to improve crop performance.

Research and/or project statements

  • Influence of silicon-based foliar sprays on reducing insect feeding injury and enhancing grapevine performance.
  • Impact of tillage and cover crop systems on the resiliency of vineyards.
  • Understanding how plants tolerate or avoid injury when exposed to low temperatures.

Professional activities / interests

  • Special guest editor for an upcoming issue of Physiologia Plantarum dedicated to plant cold hardiness.
  • Organizing committee member for the 12th International Plant Cold Hardiness Seminar.

Education and awards

Postdoctoral Fellowship. 2019-2021. Michigan State University, MI, United States.

Postdoctoral Fellowship. 2018-2019. University of Saskatchewan, SK, Canada.

Ph.D. 2018. University of Saskatchewan, SK, Canada.

M.Sc. 2013. University of Western Ontario, ON, Canada.

B.Sc. (Hons. Spec. Biology). 2011. University of Western Ontario, ON, Canada.


International experience and/or work

Visiting Scholar. 2019-2021. Plant Resilience Institute, Michigan State University, MI, USA.

Mitacs-JSPS Research Fellow. 2018. Cryobiofrontier Research Center, Iwate University, Iwate Prefecture, Japan.

Key publications

  1. Willick IR (2023) WINTER 2023 APPLE POST FREEZE REPORT. https://www.perennia.ca/wp-content/uploads/2023/06/Post-freeze-report-Ian-WIllick_2023-05-31.pdf

    2023 - View publication details

Research facility

32 Main Street
Kentville, NS B4N 1J5


Canadian Society for Horticultural Science

Canadian Society of Plant Biologists

Society for Cryobiology