I obtained a degree in Agronomic Engineering from the University of Concepcion, Chile and a MSc. in Soil Microbiology and Biochemistry from the University of Alberta. After holding technical positions at the University of Alberta and the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC-AAC) Research Centre, in Swift Current, Saskatchewan; I moved to British Columbia to obtain a PhD in Soils and Molecular Biology at the University of British Columbia. In 1995, I established a soil microbiology research program at AAFC-AC in Brandon, Manitoba specializing in soil-microbial-plant interactions, particularly the influence of mycorrhizal fungi to improve crop production, and the production of greenhouse emissions from soils under different agricultural management systems. Since retiring from the AAFC-AC, I joined GRIPP in 2014 to learn plant propagation and cryopreservation techniques, their role in plant conservation and potential agricultural applications of the in-vitro technologies being developed at GRIPP.