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

Key publications

Research facility

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


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