Michael Bilek

Michael Bilek

Former Mansfield Lab – MSc Student (Sept 2015 – March 2019)


Currently working as Research Associate for Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) Boreal Research in Peace River, Alberta (April 2019 – )

Research Interests

Phytoremediation of contaminated industrial sites using Salix and Polar


BSc – Biological Science, Eastern Illinois University (2014)

Selected Publications and Conference Presentations

Poster Competition Honorable Mention at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL (February 2014) and mention in Science.

First place poster in Botany division at Illinois State Academy of Science Annual Meeting (ISAS) in University Park, IL (April 2014)

Awards, Grants, Scholarships

Research Interests

  • Faculty of Forestry Graduate Award at UBC (Fall 2015)
  • International Tuition Award at UBC (Fall 2015)
  • Ernest L. Stover Scholarship (Spring 2014)
  • Charles and Ferne Tingley Compton Botany Scholarship, Eastern Illinois University (Spring 2014)
  • Carolyn Shores Cook and Allyn Cook Memorial Scholarship, Eastern Illinois University (Spring 2014)
  • Errett and Mazie Warner Botany Award, Eastern Illinois University (Spring 2014)
  • Undergraduate Research Award, Eastern Illinois University (Fall 2013)
  • Research Stipend from research grant from Illinois Sustainable Technology Center awarded to Dr. P. Liu/Dr. T. Canam for “Trametes versicolor pretreatment of Miscanthus” (Fall 2013)

Teaching Experience

  • Teaching a course in Science Communication and Biotechnology to Forestry undergraduates (part of the “2+3 program”, Beijing Forestry University, Beijing, China (May – June 2017)


Last updated: April 2019