Bert VandenBygaart, Ph.D.

Scientist

Soil Science – Soil Organic Carbon Cycling, Carbon Accounting in Canadian Agriculture, Pedology and Landscape Processes

  • Defines, organizes and carries out investigations in the field of soil carbon and pedology in support of national research programs as outlined by the research director.
  • Plans and determines new approaches for assessing the effects of soil management on soil carbon and soil quality.
  • Defines, develops and delivers research objectives, conducts field work and provides leadership for studies of soil C in the Landscape
  • Assesses models that determine effects of soil use on soil organic carbon and greenhouse gas emissions required for annual national and international reporting commitments. Compares modeled and measured results, and the sensitivity and uncertainty of simulations.
  • Evaluates existing and new techniques for quantifying change in soil carbon storage from field measurements and through modeling approaches.
  • Analyses complex and comprehensive data sets for dissemination to colleagues and other members of the scientific community.  
  • Researches, reviews and studies new methods and techniques for quantifying and estimating changes in soil quality attributes for verification and the study of soil and landscape processes.

Key publications

  1. Liang, B.C., VandenBygaart, A.J., MacDonald, J.D., Cerkowniak, D., McConkey, B.G., Desjardins, R.L., Angers, D.A. (2020). Revisiting no-till's impact on soil organic carbon storage in Canada. Soil & Tillage Research, [online] 198 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.still.2019.104529

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  2. Wang, X., McConkey, B.G., VandenBygaart, A.J., Fan, J., Iwaasa, A., Schellenberg, M. (2016). Grazing improves C and N cycling in the Northern Great Plains: A meta-analysis. Scientific Reports, [online] 6 http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/srep33190

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  3. Kröbel, R., Bolinder, M.A., Janzen, H.H., Little, S.M., VandenBygaart, A.J., and Kätterer, T. (2016). "Canadian farm-level soil carbon change assessment by merging the greenhouse gas model Holos with the Introductory Carbon Balance Model (ICBM).", Agricultural Systems, 143, pp. 76-85. doi : 10.1016/j.agsy.2015.12.010

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  4. VandenBygaart, A.J. (2015). "The myth that no-till can mitigate global climate change.", Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, 216(Article number 5138), pp. 98-99. doi : 10.1016/j.agee.2015.09.013

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  5. VandenBygaart, A.J., Helgason, B.L., Konschuh, H.J., Bedard-Haughn, A., Gillespie, A.W., and Gregorich, E.G. (2015). "Stability of buried soil organic matter in cropland: What are the mechanisms?", Canadian Society of Soil Science Annual Conference, Montreal, QC, Canada, July 2015.

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  6. VandenBygaart, A.J., Gregorich, E.G., Helgason, B.L. (2015). Cropland C erosion and burial: Is buried soil organic matter biodegradable?. Geoderma, [online] 239-240 240-249. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.geoderma.2014.10.011

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  7. Congreves, K.A., Grant, B.B., Campbell, C.A., Smith, W.N., Vandenbygaart, A.J., Kröbel, R., Lemke, R.L., Desjardins, R.L. (2015). Measuring and modeling the long-term impact of crop management on soil carbon sequestration in the semiarid canadian prairies. Agronomy Journal, [online] 107(3), 1141-1154. http://dx.doi.org/10.2134/agronj15.0009

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  8. VandenBygaart, A.J., VandenBygaart, A.J., Gregorich, E.G., and Helgason, B.L. (2014). "Carbon Dynamics in Eroded Landscapes: Is Buried Soil Organic Matter Biologically Available?", Canadian Society of Soil Science Annual Meetings, Banff, AB, Canada, May 4-7, 2014, Presentation.

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  9. Yang, X.M., Drury, C.F., Gregorich, E.G., Hao, X., Geng, X.Y., Reid, K., Fox, C.A., and VandenBygaart, A.J. (2014). "Mid-Infrared Spectral Characteristics of Different Agricultural Soils cross Canada.", CSSS/CGU 2014 Annual Meeting, Banff, AB, Canada, May 4-8, 2014.

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  10. Helgason, B.L., VandenBygaart, A.J., Konschuh, H.J., Bedard-Haughn, A., Gillespie, A.W., and Gregorich, E.G. (2014). "Buried C in croplands: How biologically available is it?", Soil Organic Matter 6 Workshop, Kiawah Island, SC, USA, October, 2104, Presentation.

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  11. Helgason, B.L., Konschuh, H.J., Bedard-Haughn, A., VandenBygaart, A.J. (2014). Microbial distribution in an eroded landscape: Buried A horizons support abundant and unique communities, 196 94-102. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.agee.2014.06.029

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  12. Wang, X., Vandenbygaart, A.J., McConkey, B.C. (2014). Land management history of Canadian grasslands and the impact on soil carbon storage. Rangeland Ecology & Management, [online] 67(4), 333-343. http://dx.doi.org/10.2111/REM-D-14-00006.1

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  13. McConkey, B.G., Campbell, C.A., Zentner, R.P., Peru, M., and VandenBygaart, A.J. (2012). "Effect of Tillage and Cropping Frequency on Sustainable Agriculture in the Brown Soil Zone.", Prairie Soils and Crops, 5, pp. 51-58.

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  14. Vandenbygaart, A.J., Kroetsch, D., Gregorich, E.G., Lobb, D. (2012). Soil C erosion and burial in cropland. Global Change Biology, [online] 18(4), 1441-1452. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2486.2011.02604.x

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  15. Lemke, R.L., Vandenbygaart, A.J., Campbell, C.A., Lafond, G.P., McConkey, B.G., Grant, B. (2012). Long-term effects of crop rotations and fertilization on soil C and N in a thin Black Chernozem in southeastern Saskatchewan, 92(3), 449-461. http://dx.doi.org/10.4141/CJSS2010-047

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  16. VandenBygaart, A.J. and Allen, O.B. (2011). "Experiment design to achieve desired statistical power (Letter to Editor).", Canadian Journal of Soil Science, 91(2), pp. 309-310.

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  17. VandenBygaart, A.J., Bremer, E., McConkey, B.G., Ellert, B.H., Janzen, H.H., Angers, D.A., Carter, M.R., Drury, C.F., Lafond, G.P., McKenzie, R.H. (2011). Impact of sampling depth on differences in soil carbon stocks in long-term agroecosystem experiments. Soil Science Society of America Journal, [online] 75(1), 226-234. http://dx.doi.org/10.2136/sssaj2010.0099

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  18. Vandenbygaart, A.J. (2011). Regosolic soils of Canada: Genesis, distribution and classification. Canadian Journal of Soil Science, [online] 91(5), 881-887. http://dx.doi.org/10.4141/cjss10021

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  19. Lemke, R.L., VandenBygaart, A.J., Campbell, C., and Lafond, G.P. (2010). "Long-term Effect of Crop Rotation and Fertilization on Soil C and N in a Thin Black Chernozem.", Soils and Crops Workshop 2010, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK, Canada, February 24-25, 2010.

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  20. Geng, X.Y., Fraser, W., VandenBygaart, A.J., Smith, C.A.S., Waddell, A., You, J., and Patterson, T.G. (2010). "Toward digital soil mapping in Canada.", in Boettinger, J. L. , Howell, D.W., Moore, A.C., Hartemink, A.E., Kienast-Brown, S. (eds.) - Digital Soil Mapping. Bridging Research, Environmental Application, and Operation Series: Progress in Soil Science, Springer Science + Business Media, Chapter 26, pp. 323-333.

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