Dr. Alan Moulin

Image Alan Pierre Moulin
Research Scientist

Dr. Moulin focuses on science which addresses the impact of crop rotations and input management on agricultural resilience related to soil properties and crop yield for agronomic systems, soil environments and climate change in Western Canada.  This research is conducted in the context of plot and field-scale studies of crop yield, soil properties, temporal and spatial variability related to typical Prairie landscapes and soils.  It provides producers with information to assess options to mitigate or adapt to the effects of climate change and manage their environmental foot print while maintaining economic return.  Elements of these studies include carbon sequestration, greenhouse gases, precision agriculture, and fertilizer management at a field scale which is relevant to producers. He applies a wide range of laboratory methods and scientific tools in holistic analyses which include models and machine learning, to these studies.

Current research and/or projects

  • Sustainable Agricultural Practices for the Lake Winnipeg Basin: Building resilient agroecosystems from field to farm to watershed. 
  • The Eastern Prairie Living Laboratory.

Research and/or project statements

Analysis and models of the impact of crop rotation and inputs on crop yield and soil properties.

Evaluation of the relative merits of crop rotation and inputs in the context of climate change.

Assessment of the effect of landform and soil properties on crop yield at the field scale based on variable management of inputs and precision agriculture.

Professional activities / interests

scientific research

collaboration with students, university faculty and postdoctoral fellows

systems analysis, modelling and machine learning

Education and awards

B.Sc. Biology, University of Saskatchewan, 1974

M.Sc. Plant Ecology, University of Saskatchewan, 1982

Ph.D. Soil Science, University of Saskatchewan, 1989

International experience and/or work

Collaborating scientist:

Precision Agriculture, Canada Israel Collaboration, Binational Agricultural Research & Development Fund Canada-Israel (BARD)

Crop Residue and Erosion Research, USDA/ARS

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  2. Khakbazan, M., Mohr, R.M., Huang, J., Xie, R., Volkmar, K.M., Tomasiewicz, D.J., Moulin, A.P., Derksen, D.A., Irvine, B.R., McLaren, D.L., Nelson, A. (2019). Effects of crop rotation on energy use efficiency of irrigated potato with cereals, canola, and alfalfa over a 14-year period in Manitoba, Canada, 195 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.still.2019.104357

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  7. Lychuk, T.E., Moulin, A.P., Lemke, R.L., Izaurralde, R.C., Johnson, E.N., Olfert, O.O., Brandt, S.A. (2019). Climate change, agricultural inputs, cropping diversity, and environment affect soil carbon and respiration: A case study in Saskatchewan, Canada, 337 664-678. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.geoderma.2018.10.010

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  8. Climate Change, Agricultural Inputs, Cropping Diversity, and Environment Affect Soil Carbon and Respiration: a Case Study in Saskatchewan, Canada

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  10. Khakbazan, M., Mohr, R.M., Huang, J., Campbell, E., Volkmar, K.M., Tomasiewicz, D.J., Moulin, A.P., Derksen, D.A., Irvine, B.R., McLaren, D.L., Nelson, A. (2018). Economic and Risk Effects of Rotation Based on a 14-Year Irrigated Potato Production Study in Manitoba, 95(3), 258-271. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12230-017-9627-8

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  11. Adamolekun, O., Akinremi, O., Moulin, A. Butler, R., Fitzmaurice, J. 2018. Can soil moisture instruments be used to estimate soil bulk density? Poster. Manitoba Soil Science Society Annual Meeting, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Feb 1, 2018

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  12. Moulin, A.P. Khakbazan, M.A. 2018. Statistical and spatial variability of soil test N and P for sites in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Manitoba Soil Science Society Annual Meeting, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Feb 1, 2018

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  13. Lychuk, T.E., Moulin, A.P., Lemke, R., Izaurralde, R., Johnson, E., Olfert, O., Brandt, S. 2018. Climate change, agricultural inputs, cropping diversity, and environment affect soil carbon, phosphorus, and nitrogen: a case study in Saskatchewan, Canada, Manitoba Soil Science Society Annual Meeting, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Feb 1, 2018

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  14. Adamolekun, O., Vivekanathan, K., Akinremi, O., Moulin, A. Butler, R., Fitzmaurice, J. 2018. Spatial variability of bulk density and soil moisture on a loamy sand over the Assiniboine Delta Aquifer. Manitoba Soil Science Society Annual Meeting, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Feb 1, 2018

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  15. Moulin, A.P. Khakbazan, M.A. 2017. Variable N fertility management of canola at the field scale, based on analysis of yield maps and spatial and statistical variability of soil test N and P. Canola Week 2017, Saskatoon, December 6, 2017,

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  19. Lychuk, T.E., Moulin, A.P., Lemke, R., Olfert, O., Johnson, E., Brandt, S. Izaurralde, R. 2018. Assessing and Predicting Effects of Input and Crop Diversity on Soil Nitrate, Extractable Phosphorus, and Organic Carbon from a Long-Term Rotation in the Semi-Arid Canadian Prairie. Canadian Society of Soil Science Annual Meeting, Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario, June 14, 2017

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  20. Moulin, A.P. Khakbazan, M.A. 2017. Variable Management of Nitrogen Fertilizer in Canola, Fertilizer Response and Variability within and between Fields. Canadian Society of Soil Science Annual Meeting, Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario, June 14, 2017

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Research facility

2701 Grand Valley Road, P.O. Box 1000A
Brandon, MB R7A 5Y3
Canada

Affiliations

Member, Manitoba Soil Science Society

Member, Soil Science Society of America

Member, Canadian Society of Agronomy

Member, Canadian Society of Soil Science

Adjunct Professor, Department of Soil Science, University of Manitoba

Professional Agrologist, Manitoba Institute of Agrologists

Language

English
French