Jim Basinger, Interim Vice Provost, Faculty Relations
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Jim Basinger

Jim Basinger is the Interim Vice-Provost Faculty Relations and a professor of geological sciences at the University of Saskatchewan.  He received a B.Sc. in Botany at the University of Alberta.  He then earned a M.Sc. in 1976 and Ph.D in 1979 at the University of Alberta in Paleobotany.  After two years as a postdoctoral fellow in the U.S.A., Australia, and Canada, he joined the faculty of the Department of Geological Sciences in the College of Arts and Science at the University of Saskatchewan in 1981. He served as Head of the Department of Geological Sciences from 1997-2003, Associate Dean Science from 2004-2007, and Associate Vice-President Research from 2008-2016.

His research program on the evolution of plants and environments has included extensive field-based research in Western Canada and the Canadian High Arctic.  Since 1982 he has investigated the remains of fossil plants in northernmost Canada, and was involved in the much-publicized discovery of 45-60 million-year-old fossil forests of Axel Heiberg and Ellesmere islands.  These fossil forests provide a window into Earth’s past, to a time when global climate was much warmer than present, and forests existed throughout the polar regions.

His arctic research has also brought to light one of the best sources for some of the world’s oldest land plants, in 400-million-year-old rocks of Bathurst Island, in the central Arctic Archipelago of Canada.

Jim Germida, Vice-Provost, Faculty Relations (on leave)
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Jim Germida

Jim Germida is vice-provost, faculty relations and professor of soil science at the University of Saskatchewan. He received his undergraduate training at the University of Maryland and did his graduate work at the Pennsylvania State University where he obtained his Ph.D. in Microbiology in 1980. In 1981, he joined the faculty of the College of Agriculture at the University of Saskatchewan. A soil microbiologist well known for his studies on the biodiversity and community dynamics of microorganisms in contaminated and agroecosystems, he is author of over 110 refereed journal articles and book chapters, and has given many invited presentations at national and international conferences in these areas.

Jim served as head of the Department of Soil Science from 1997 to 2004, and as acting vice-provost in 2004-2005; he was appointed to a five-year term as vice-provost in July 2005 and reappointed to a five-year term in July 2010.

He has been the co-editor of the Canadian Journal of Microbiology since 1993 and continues as a member of the Editorial Boards of Soil Biology and Biochemistry, Arid Land Research and Management, and Journal of Phytoremediation. He was president of the Canadian Society of Microbiologists in 2001, and is a member of the Council of Science and Technology Advisors and the Scientific and Technology Advisory Board to Environmental Canada.

Jacque Zinkowski, Executive Assistant to the Vice-Provost, Faculty Relations
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Anna Okapiec, Faculty Relations Officer
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Naomi Zurevinski, Special Projects
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