Ymène has always enjoyed exploring natural environments and living among them. She grew up in Tunisia where she enjoyed exploring the cork oak forests in the Atlas Mountains in northwestern Tunisia with her parents as a child, camping with scouts on the southern coasts of Tunisia, or studying the rocks in central and southwestern Tunisia near the Algerian border during her undergraduate geology classes. A few years later she found herself exploring the mountains, moorlands, and coastlines of Scotland while getting a degree in environmental studies in Glasgow. Her adventures took her to the US where she studied soil science and explored the ridges and valleys, dairy farms, pasture lands, and forests of central Pennsylvania (PA). Her research was field based and with a very supportive team she measured the components of the water balance and compared various intensities of cropping systems in Southeastern PA. She later moved east and conducted nutrient management research on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, quantifying nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment losses via runoff to the Chesapeake Bay. The source of these nutrients was the intensive poultry industry on the Delmarva Peninsula. This experience led her to the Canadian prairies where cattle farming resulted in nutrient management and water quality concerns. A recent eye-opening experience consisted in consulting for the oil and gas industry in Alberta and assessing soil and groundwater contamination with hydrocarbons and salinity. Later, she worked on a project for the International Fund for Agricultural Development developing sustainable agricultural practices in eastern Senegal, understanding the social and environmental effects of these practices, and whether they would successfully alleviate poverty in the region. Currently based in Calgary, she works independently as a sustainable resource management professional. She enjoys studying the natural environment and finding sustainable solutions for her clients. In her spare time, she sings in two choirs: the Calgary Bach Society and the Calgary Philharmonic Chorus. She also volunteers as an interpreter for Arabic and French speaking newcomers, and spends as much time as possible in the Canadian Rockies.
Ymène Fouli, Ph.D., P.Geo.
Environmental Soil Scientist / Sustainable Resource Management Professional