Geneviève Metson

McGill University
Ph.D. candidate

Supervisor: Elena Bennett
Start: 2011-09-01
End: 2014-12-01


Connecting Solutions and Problems: Incorporating Local Context in Phosphorus Management
People have significantly altered the phosphorus (P) biogeochemical cycle, changing P flows between ecosystems and modifying the geographic distribution of P stocks around the world. Anthropogenic changes to the P cycle pose a two-sided problem. On the one hand, we face scarcity of non-renewable mined-P resources. The role of P in food security and water quality make sustainable P management a globally pressing issue, but with notable local variability. Our understanding of the role of historical, biophysical, economic, political, and cultural contexts on regional P cycling remains weak, especially with regards to urban area. In her thesis, Genevieve focuses on gaps associated with concurrently examining the pollution and scarcity aspects of P cycling, focusing on the role of human diet and urban areas to eventually facilitate the implementation of effective P management solutions.


phosphorus, sustainability, urban agriculture, cities, food


1- Variability in ecosystem service measurement: a pollination service case study
Liss, Kate N, Matthew GE Mitchell, Graham K MacDonald, Shauna L Mahajan, Josée Méthot, Aerin L Jacob, Dorothy Y Maguire, Geneviève S Metson, Carly Ziter, Karine Dancose, Kyle Martins, Marta Terrado, Elena M Bennett
2013 Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment

2- The role of diet in phosphorus demand
Metson, Geneviève S, Elena M Bennett, James J Elser
2012 Environmental Research Letters

3- Efficiency Through Proximity
Metson, Geneviève, Rimjhim Aggarwal, Daniel L. Childers
2012 Journal of Industrial Ecology

4- Phosphorus in Phoenix: a budget and spatial representation of phosphorus in an urban ecosystem
Metson, Geneviève S., Rebecca L. Hale, David M. Iwaniec, Elizabeth M. Cook, Jessica R. Corman, Christopher S. Galletti, Daniel L. Childers
2012 Ecological Applications