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MISSION STATEMENTS

It is the mission of CANN2ONET to:

  • Harness innovation in science and in socio-economic understanding to meet Canada’s commitment to reduction in nitrous oxide emissions from agricultural soils
  • Design agricultural systems specific to Canada’s regions for sustainable food production, reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, and that support social well-being and rural livelihoods
  • Contribute to a national roadmap towards achieving a net-zero carbon food production system

GUIDING PRINCIPLES

  • Meeting reduction targets involves innovation in science and a thorough understanding of social and economic factors and policy instruments
  • Collaborative integration of expertise of stakeholders in the agri-food system is required to meet Canada’s commitment in the reduction of nitrous oxide emissions
  • Involvement of the following stakeholders is essential to achieving the mission: farmers, industry, processors, retailers, and governmental and University researchers
  • Need to integrate and support ECCC and AAFC efforts in NIR and protocol development
  • Need to integrate and support Federal C Market System and GHG reduction incentives

RESEARCH FRAMEWORK

Member involvement in each area.

MEMBERS

CANN2ONET has members from Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada, Environment & Climate Change Canada, Dalhousie University, McGill University, University of Alberta, University of British Columbia, University of Guelph, University of Manitoba, and University of Saskatchewan. Members include researchers and scientists, modelers, professors, and graduate students.

AARON DE LAPORTE
University of Guelph
Department of Food, Agricultural & Resource Economics
Senior Research Associate

ALFONS WEERSINK
University of Guelph
Department of Food, Agricultural & Resource Economics
Professor

Read more about Alfons’ research here.

ARUMUGAM THIAGARAJAN
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Physical Scientist
Arumugam is an expert in soil organic carbon and other agri-environmental indicators. His research focuses on carbon and nitrogen cycling in agricultural croplands, and he uses data mining techniques, mathematic modeling, and modern science data tools to solve challenges in large-scale scientific investigations. Arumugam is part of the Pollutant Inventory and Reporting division managing the Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use sector following IPCC guidelines.

BRIAN GRANT
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agroecosystem Modeler / Developer
Brian’s research at Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada involves the development and application of mechanistic models (DNDC v.CAN, DayCent) to evaluate the environmental sustainability and resiliency of Canadian agricultural systems under present and future climate. This research includes the assessment of major field cropping systems (i.e. canola, wheat, corn, soybean) under innovative management (i.e. 4R, cover cropping) as well as the evaluation of nutrient and water dynamics of full-farm livestock facility waste management systems. Learn more about Brian’s research here.

DAVID PELSTER
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Research Scientist
Dr. David Pelster received his Ph.D. in 2009 from Lakehead University, Canada, where he specialized in nitrogen cycling in boreal forest systems. He then moved to Quebec City to work as a post-doctoral fellow with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada investigating soil nitrogen cycling in and greenhouse gas (GHG) fluxes from agricultural soils. Dr. Pelster then worked for 4 ½ years at the International Livestock Research Institute in Nairobi, Kenya studying nitrogen cycling and GHG fluxes in smallholder, mixed crop-livestock agricultural systems in eastern Africa. Dr. Pelster returned to Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Quebec City in November 2017, where he studies soil-atmosphere gas exchanges in agricultural systems.

DAVID BURTON
Dalhousie University

Department of Plant, Food, & Environmental Sciences
Professor
David’s research examines the role of the soil environment in influencing the nature and extent of microbial metabolism in soil. His focus has been on processes in nitrogen cycling in soils and their implications for soil fertility and environmental impact. David’s current research programs involve an examination of the production and consumption of greenhouse gases in natural and agricultural landscapes, the development of tools for the measurement of soil nitrogen supply to plants, influence of climate on soil biological processes, and the assessment of the quality of the soil biological environment and its influence on soil health. Over the past decade his work has focused on potato production in Atlantic Canada. It is the aim of this work to better understand the factors that control soil microbial processes and to use this information to developing sustainable land management systems in a changing climate. Learn more about David’s research here.

DEREK HUNT
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Research Biologist

DOUG MACDONALD
Environment and Climate Change Canada
Manager

ERIN SMITH
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Research Scientist

GUILLERMO HERNANDEZ
University of Alberta

Department of Renewable Resources
Associate Professor

JOANN WHALEN
McGill University

Department of Natural Resource Sciences
Professor
Joann K. Whalen holds an endowed research chair as a James McGill Professor of Soil Science at McGill University and is an Adjunct Professor at Gansu Agricultural University, China. She received her Ph.D. from Ohio State University (USA) and is a professional agronomist in Quebec, Canada. She teaches courses in soil fertility, soil ecology and environmental soil chemistry. Her research on the biological aspects of nitrous oxide production considers the physiology and biochemistry of soil denitrifiers in a dynamic soil matrix, and she also examines how fertilizer management and other agronomic practices affect nitrous oxide emissions at the field and farm-scale. Learn more about Joann’s research here.

KATE CONGREVES
University of Saskatchewan

Department of Plant Sciences
Assistant Professor

KIRSTEN HANNAM
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Research Scientist
Kirsten is a research scientist at Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada’s Summerland Research & Development Centre, in the Okanagan Valley, British Columbia. Her research program focusses primarily on soil, water and crop management for climate resilience and resource-use efficiency in woody perennial fruit production. Read more about Kirsten’s research here.

KODY OLESON
University of Manitoba

Department of Soil Science
Graduate Research Student

KUI LIU
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Research Scientist

MARIO TENUTA
University of Manitoba

Department of Soil Science
Senior Industrial Research Chair
Dr. Mario Tenuta is a full professor in the Department of Soil Sciences and heads the Applied Soil Ecology Lab. His training includes a B.Sc. in Botany and Physical Geography, an M.Sc. in Soil Science, a Ph.D. in Plant Sciences, and Post-Doctoral research in Nematology. From 2006 to 2017 he served as the Canada Research Chair in Applied Soil Ecology. Mario is one of nine leading researchers in the Canadian 4R Research Network (supported by Fertilizer Canada and Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada’s (AAFC) Agri-Innovation Program). Most recently, Mario was named the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Industrial Research Chair (IRC) in 4R Nutrient Stewardship. Read more about Mario’s research here.

MUHAMMAD JUNAID AFZAL
University of Manitoba

Department of Soil Science
Graduate Research Student

RICH FARRELL
University of Saskatchewan
College of Agriculture and Bioresources
Associate Professor and Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture Research Chair in Soil Biological Processes

ROLAND KRÖEBEL
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Research Scientist
Roland leads the development of AAFC’s whole-farm model Holos, which translates the Canada’s National GHG Inventory to the farm level, and at the same time works on finding ways and means to update the inventory to account more accurately for farmers attempts to reduce their GHG emissions. Read more about Roland’s research here.

SAKSHI RANA
University of Manitoba
Graduate Research Student

SEAN SMUKLER
University of British Columbia
Associate Professor
Sean Smukler is the Chair of Agriculture and the Environment, an Associate Professor, and Associate Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies for the Faculty of Land and Food Systems at the University of British Columbia. He currently leads the Sustainable Agricultural Landscapes Laboratory which currently focuses on research ways to help farmers adapt to climate change and improve the sustainability of their farming practices specifically as they relate to soils. Sean received a Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of California, Davis where he also did his undergraduate studies. He holds an MSc. in Forest Soils from the University of Washington, Seattle. Learn more about Sean’s research here.

SHANNON MUSTARD
University of Manitoba

Department of Soil Science
Graduate Research Student

Shannon completed a BSc in Agriculture from the University of Guelph and recently began her MSc research at the University of Manitoba. Her research will focus on the effect of cover crops on greenhouse gas emissions, including nitrous oxide. Learn more about Shannon’s research here.

SURENDRA KULSHRESHTHA
University of Saskatchewan
Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics
Professor

TONGZHE LI
University of Guelph

Department of Food, Agricultural & Resource Economics
Assistant Professor

Tongzhe is an assistant professor in the Department of Food, Agricultural & Resource Economics (FARE) at the University of Guelph and founding director of FARE Lab for Experimental and Applied Economics. She combines economic theory and behavioral approaches, such as field or laboratory experiments, to understand the economic and political context of a problem. Read more about Tongzhe’s research here.

TREVOR COATES
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Research Scientist

Trevor’s current research focuses on the use of precision agricultural technologies, remote sensing tools and micrometeorological techniques to measure agriculture’s environmental impacts, support greenhouse gas mitigation solutions and reduce agricultural losses. Read more about Trevor’s research here.

TRISTAN SKOLRUD
University of Saskatchewan

Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics
Assistant Professor

Read about Tristan here.

WARD SMITH
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Senior Agroecosystem Modeler

Dr Ward Smith integrates new knowledge from agronomic experiments into process-based models and applies them to investigate the impacts of agricultural management practices on crop productivity, soil organic carbon, greenhouse gas emissions, ammonia volatilization and nutrient losses to tile drains and runoff. Ward leads and collaborates in several international studies focused on improving and inter-comparing agricultural models. Read more about Ward’s research here.

XIAOPENG GAO
University of Manitoba

Department of Soil Science
Assistant Professor

Dr. Gao’s research focuses on understanding nutrient cycling and optimizing soil fertility and nutrient management practices in sustainable agricultural systems. His interests in greenhouse gas studies include 1) 4R nitrogen stewardship to reduce nitrous oxide emissions; 2) meta-analysis of nitrous oxide emissions as affected by agricultural practices at the national and global scales; and 3) impact of animal grazing and nutrient management on nitrous oxide production/emission from grasslands. Read more about Xiaopeng’s research here.

YUFENG WU
University of Manitoba
Graduate Research Student

Last Updated: December 14, 2021

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