Welcome to Lyle Whyte's web page

Associate Professor

Canada Research Chair - Environmental Microbiology

Principal Investigator, NSERC CREATE Canadian Astrobiology Training Program (CATP) 2009 - 2015

Co-Chair, Canadian Local Organizing Committee, ISME 2016 Conference in Montreal.

Editorial Board Member, International J. Astrobiology.

Invited Member, International Scientific Board (ISB), 5th Int. Conf. Polar & Alpine Microbiology. Big Sky, Montana (USA) Sept. 8th -12th, 2013

Vice-Chair, Canadian Astrobiology Network, Affiliate Partnership, NASA Astrobiology Institute (2012-2016).

Member, CSA Planetary Exploration Consultation Committee, April – June, 2012

Co-Chair, The Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) – Astrobiology Workshops. 2009, 2010, 2012

Steering Committee. MICROPerm Workshop - circumpolar integration of permafrost microbiological studies. Potsdam, Germany. Nov. 8-10, 2010.

Member, NSERC Ecology and Evolution Grant Selection Committee (2008-2011)

Member, NSERC Interdisciplinary Grant Selection Committee (2009-2010)


Planococcus halocryophilus



Planococcus halocryophilus an extreme subzero species from high Arctic permafrost growing at -15ºC in a medium supplemented with 18% NaCl.

McGill High Arctic Research Station


McGill High Arctic Research Station, Axel Heiberg Island, Nunavut


Contact information

Professor Lyle Whyte
Department of Natural Resource Sciences
Macdonald Campus of McGill University
21,111 Lakeshore
Ste. Anne de Bellevue, Quebec
Canada H9X 3V9

Tel. 514-398-7889 Fax: 514-398-7990

email: lyle.whyte@mcgill.ca