Monika A. Gorzelak

Research Scientist

Areas of Expertise

Mycorrhizal ecology

Bacterial and fungal soil communities


Current Projects

Rhizosphere health through mycorrhizas: examining soil health impacts of mycorrhizal nutrients uptake and movement through the soil matrix to benefit crops

Anthropogenic soil change: looking at the microbiome of historical plots and archived soils

Bacteria in pesticide degradation: discovering bacteria that break down challenging pesticides

Veterinary drugs in soils: determining the impacts of residual veterinary drugs in manure and their impacts of fungal communities in native pastures

Perennials and arbuscular mycorrhizas: examining the impacts of perennial vs annual crops on mycorrhizal communities

Intercropping: examining the impacts of intercropping practices on mycorrhizal communities




Adjunct Professor, University of Alberta, Renewable Resources

Key publications

  1. Hall, E.; Traverse, T.; Neuberger, P.; Gorzelak, M. and Shrestha, B. (2023). Effects of Organic Amendments on Soil Health indicators in an Indigenous Farm in the Northern Peace River Region of Canada. Poster presented at First International Forum on Agroecosystem Living Labs Montreal 2023/10/04 - 2023/10/06.

    2023 - View publication details

  2. Norris, C.E., Gorzelak, M., Arcand, M., Bruhjell, D., Carlyle, C.N., Dyck, M., Ellert, B., Entz, M., Geddes, C.M., Hao, X., Janovicek, K., Larney, F., May, W., Luce, M.S., Van Eerd, L.L., Zhang, T., Beck, R., Cowen, T., Liptzin, D., Morgan, C.L.S. (2023). The story of long-term research sites and soil health in Canadian agriculture. Canadian Journal of Soil Science, [online] 103(1), 164-190.

    2023 - View publication details

  3. Liu, X.; Floate, K.D.; Gorzelak, M.A.; Holman, D.B.; Hrycauk, S.; Kubota, H.; Lupwayi, N.; Neilson, J.A.D.; Ortega Polo, R.; Petri, R.M.; Tran, L.; Wang, H.; Wilches, D.; Yang, X.; Zorz, J.; Guarna, M.M. Prairie Agroecosystems: Interconnected Microbiomes of Livestock, Soil and Insects. Agriculture 2023, 13, 326.

    2023 - View publication details

  4. Kröbel, R., Stephens, E.C., Gorzelak, M.A., Thivierge, M.N., Akhter, F., Nyiraneza, J., Singer, S.D., Geddes, C.M., Glenn, A.J., Devillers, N., Alemu, A.W., St. Luce, M., Giardetti, D. (2021). Making farming more sustainable by helping farmers to decide rather than telling them what to do. Environmental Research Letters, [online] 16(5),

    2021 - View publication details

  5. Gorzelak, M.A., Hambleton, S., Massicotte, H.B. (2012). Community structure of ericoid mycorrhizas and root-associated fungi of Vaccinium membranaceum across an elevation gradient in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Fungal Ecology, [online] 5(1), 36-45.

    2012 - View publication details