Dr. Andrew VanderZaag

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Research Scientist

Scientist based at the Central Experimental Farm in Ottawa, Ontario. Lead and collaborate on research projects related to:

  • Methane emissions, Biogas
  • Nitrous oxide emissions
  • Water use efficiency
  • Decentralized wastewater treatment
  • Agricultural meteorology
  • Agricultural sustainability

Current research and/or projects

  • Understanding methane emissions from liquid manure storage across Canada (AAFC internal funds)
  • Water use efficiency in dairy farming (AAFC & Dairy Farmers of Canada)
  • Environmental aspects of biogas (AAFC & industry funds)
  • Environmental efficiency of dairy cropping systems (collaborator)
  • Ammonia emissions from manure management (collaborator)
  • Carbon and water fluxes from cropping systems (collaborator)
  • Nitrous oxide emissions during spring thaw (collaborator)

Education and awards

  • PhD, Biological Engineering (Dalhousie, 2009)
  • BSc, Environmental Sciences (Guelph, 2003)

International experience and/or work

Greenhouse gas emissions in Cameroon

Key publications

  1. Smith, W., B. Grant, Z. Qi, W. He, B. Qian, Q. Jing, A. VanderZaag, C.F. Drury, M. St Luce, and Claudia Wagner-Riddlee. Towards an improved methodology for modelling climate change impacts on cropping systems. The 54th Congress of the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (CMOS), Virtual session, May 27, 2020.

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  2. Smith, W., Z. Qi, B. Grant, W. He, A. VanderZaag, C. Drury, C. Tan, M. and Helmers. Towards improving the DNDC model for simulating soil hydrology and tile drainage. 2019 ASABE Annual International Meet, Boston, Massachusetts, July 7–10, 2019. DOI:https://doi.org/10.13031/aim.20

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  3. Smith, W., B. Grant, W. He, Z. Qi, A. VanderZaag, Kamaljit Banger, Craig Drury, and Claudia Wagner-Riddle. Modelling approach for identifying management practices that reduce GHG emissions from cropping systems in Canada. Proceedings of the workshop on “Climate change, reactive nitrogen, food security and sustainable agriculture”, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, 15-16 April, 2019. https://mopga.imk-ifu.kit.edu/workshop-presentations

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  4. Smith, W., Grant, B., He, W., VanderZaag, A., Qian, B., Desjardins, R., Jerecki, M., Wagner-Riddle, C., Deen, W., and Drury, C. 2018. Poster: Management strategies to reduce adverse impacts of climate change on cropping systems. World Meteorological Organization Technical Conference on Future Challenges and Opportunities in Agricultural Meteorology, Songdo Convensia, Incheon, Republic of Korea, 14-20 April, 2018

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  5. Smith, W., Qi, Z., Grant, B.,VanderZaag, A., Desjardins, R. 2017. Comparison of DNDC and RZWQM2 for simulating hydrology and N dynamics in a corn-soybean system with a winter cover crop. B53B Agricultural Systems: Links Between Hydrology and Biogeochemical Cycling III posters, AGU Fall meeting, December 15th 2017, New Orleans, United States.

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  6. Guan, J., Chan, M., VanderZaag, A. (2017). Inactivation of Avian Influenza Viruses on Porous and Non-porous Surfaces is Enhanced by Elevating Absolute Humidity, 64(4), 1254-1261. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/tbed.12499

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  7. Vergé, X., VanderZaag, A., Smith, W., Grant, B., Gordon, R. (2017). The consideration of time step in calculating grey water footprints of agricultural cropping systems, 78 31-36. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolind.2017.03.006

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  8. Guest, G., Smith, W., Grant, B., VanderZaag, A., Desjardins, R., McConkey, B. (2017). A comparative life cycle assessment highlighting the trade-offs of a liquid manure separator-composter in a Canadian dairy farm system, 143 824-835. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2016.12.041

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  9. Wagner-Riddle, C., Kariyapperuma, K., and VanderZaag, A.C. (2016). "Greenhouse gas emissions from a dairy farm with an operational biogas system.", Value of Biogas Conference & Forum, Toronto, Canada, March 23, 2016.

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  10. Wagner-Riddle, C., VanderZaag, A.C., and Gordon, R.J. (2016). "Reducing the contribution of stored manure to the greenhouse gas budget of dairy farms.", Greenhouse Gas and Animal Agriculture (GGAA) Conference, Melbourne, Australia, February 14-18, 2016.

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  11. Desjardins, R.L., Worth, D.E., Verge, X., Maxime, D., VanderZaag, A.C., Dyer, J.A., and Arcand, Y. (2016). "Greenhouse Gas Emission Intensities of Agricultural Products.", in Clearwater, R.L., Martin, T. and Hoppe, T. (eds.) - Environmental sustainability of Canadian agriculture: Agri-environmental indicator report series -- Report #4, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Chapter 18, pp. 211-222.

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  12. Smith, W.N., Grant, B., VanderZaag, A., Qi, Z., Drury, C., Desjardins, R., Pattey, E., Dutta, B., Guest, G. 2016. Overview of Canada DNDC model development and studies pertaining to crop water use and nutrient loss. China-Canada Water Resource Workshop, Ottawa, ON, Canada, November 15th, 2016.

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  13. "From fields to regions: Improving crop model predictions, using remote sensing-derived biophysical descriptors and climate data." Pattey, E.,Jégo, G. ,A. Vanderzaag, J. Liu, B. Qian, X. Geng; Res. Team: S. Admiral, M. Mesbah, D. Dow, T. HotteF. Baret, M. Weiss, R. Lacaze, F. Camacho, N. Beaudoin, R. Desjardins, T. Huffman, H. McNairn 2016. 2016 Canadian JECAM Site Update: CFIA-Ottawa. JECAM Science Meeting Kyiv, 11-12 Oct 2016 (poster).

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  14. Baldé, H., VanderZaag, A.C., Burtt, S.D., Wagner-Riddle, C., Crolla, A., Desjardins, R.L., MacDonald, D.J. (2016). Methane emissions from digestate at an agricultural biogas plant, 216 914-922. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.biortech.2016.06.031

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  15. Baldé, H., VanderZaag, A.C., Burtt, S.D., Gordon, R.J., and Desjardins, R.L. (2016 accepted). "Does fall removal of the dairy manure sludge in a storage tank reduce subsequent methane emissions?", Journal of Environmental Quality.

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  16. Baldé, H., VanderZaag, A.C., Burtt, S., Evans, L., Wagner-Riddle, C., Desjardins, R.L., MacDonald, J.D. (2016). Measured versus modeled methane emissions from separated liquid dairy manure show large model underestimates, 230 261-270. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.agee.2016.06.016

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  17. Bosak, V.K., Vanderzaag, A.C., Crolla, A., Kinsley, C., Chabot, D., Miller, S.S., Gordon, R.J. (2016). Treatment of potato farm wastewater with sand filtration, 37(13), 1597-1604. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09593330.2015.1122095

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  18. Robinson, A.D., Gordon, R.J., VanderZaag, A.C., Rennie, T.J., Osborne, V.R. (2016). Usage and attitudes of water conservation on Ontario dairy farms, 32(2), 236-242. http://dx.doi.org/10.15232/pas.2015-01468

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  19. Abalos, D., Brown, S.E., Vanderzaag, A.C., Gordon, R.J., Dunfield, K.E., Wagner-Riddle, C. (2016). Micrometeorological measurements over 3 years reveal differences in N2O emissions between annual and perennial crops, 22(3), 1244-1255. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/gcb.13137

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  20. Vergé, X., Maxime, D., Desjardins, R.L., Vanderzaag, A.C. (2016). Allocation factors and issues in agricultural carbon footprint: A case study of the Canadian pork industry, 113 587-595. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2015.11.046

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Research facility

960 Carling Avenue
Ottawa, ON K1A 0C6
Canada

Affiliations

Adjunct Professor:

  • University of Guelph
  • Wilfrid Laurier University
  • Carleton University
  • University of Bamenda

 

Language

English