NRESi Special colloquium and Honorary named room unveiling in honour of Professor Joselito (Lito) Arocena. Soil is Life: the Scientific Contributions of Dr. Joselito Arocena. Drs. Hugues Massicotte, Mike Rutherford, and Paul Sanborn, UNBC 

Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 10:00am to 1:00pm
Gathering Place or webcast (
Prince George

Dr. Lito Arocena (1959-2015), one of UNBC’s founding faculty members, and UNBC’s first Canada Research Chair, was in many ways a “Renaissance Man”.  Lito was a passionate soil scientist whose career epitomized the interdisciplinary nature of the soils he studied.  He advanced understanding of how soils form, how they have been harmed through human activities spanning time from the Roman era to the Anthropocene, how they may be “made whole again”, and the contribution of soils to a circular economy through resource recovery from wastes.  In addition he increased knowledge of naturally-occurring radioactive materials from processing of rock phosphate.  Lito understood soils as open dynamic three-phase systems that form on the landscape through interaction of biological-, chemical-, and physical-systems.  This presentation will highlight some of Lito’s scientific contributions in Canada and abroad.

Schedule of events
10:00 - 11:00 am. Special Colloquium Presentation
11:00 am - 1:00 pm. Room dedication/unveiling, reception and small group tours 

There will be a pre-made video recording of Hossein Kazemian uncovering the plaque and sign that will already be installed at room 4-333 that will be shown at the end of the colloquium in the Gathering Place at about 11:00. Between 11 am - 1 pm there will be food and refreshments available at the back of the Gathering Place, and there will be an opportunity for attendees to take a tour by NALS staff of the renewed analytical lab equipment in room 4-333 in small groups.

The Natural Resources & Environmental Studies Institute (NRESi) at UNBC hosts a weekly lecture series at the Prince George campus. Anyone from the university or wider community with interest in the topic area is welcome to attend. Presentations are also made available to remote participants through Livestream (Channel 1). Go to to view the presentation remotely.

Past NRESi colloquium presentations and special lectures can be viewed on our video archive, available here.

Contact Information

Al Wiensczyk, RPF
Research Manager,
Natural Resources and Environmental Studies Institute
Phone: 250-614-4354
Phone: 250-960-5018

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