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., Qi, Z., Grant, B., VanderZaag, A., Desjardins, R. (2019). Comparing hydrological frameworks for simulating crop biomass, water and nitrogen dynamics in a tile drained soybean-corn system: Cascade vs computational approach. Journal of Hydrology X, [online] 2 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.hydroa.2018.100015

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  2. Sokolov, V., VanderZaag, A., Habtewold, J., Dunfield, K., Wagner-Riddle, C., Venkiteswaran, J.J., Gordon, R. (2019). Greenhouse gas mitigation through dairy manure acidification. Journal of Environmental Quality, [online] 48(5), 1435-1443. http://dx.doi.org/10.2134/jeq2018.10.0355

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  3. Taki, R., Wagner-Riddle, C., Parkin, G., Gordon, R., VanderZaag, A. (2019). Comparison of two gap-filling techniques for nitrous oxide fluxes from agricultural soil. Canadian Journal of Soil Science, [online] 99(1), 12-24. http://dx.doi.org/10.1139/cjss-2018-0041

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  4. He, W., Smith, W.N., Grant, B.B., VanderZaag, A.C., Schwager, E.A., Qi, Z., Reynolds, D., Wagner-Riddle, C. (2019). Understanding the fertilizer management impacts on water and nitrogen dynamics for a corn silage tile-drained system in Canada. Journal of Environmental Quality, [online] 48(4), 1016-1028. http://dx.doi.org/10.2134/jeq2018.11.0414

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  5. VanderZaag, A.C., Baldé, H., Habtewold, J., Le Riche, E.L., Burtt, S., Dunfield, K., Gordon, R.J., Jenson, E., Desjardins, R.L. (2019). Intermittent agitation of liquid manure: effects on methane, microbial activity, and temperature in a farm-scale study. Journal of the Air and Waste Management Association, [online] 69(9), 1096-1106. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10962247.2019.1629359

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  6. Smith, W., Grant, B., Qi, Z., He, W., VanderZaag, A., Drury, C.F., Vergè, X., Balde, H., Gordon, R., Helmers, M.J. (2019). Assessing the impacts of climate variability on fertilizer management decisions for reducing nitrogen losses from corn silage production. Journal of Environmental Quality, [online] 48(4), 1006-1015. http://dx.doi.org/10.2134/jeq2018.12.0433

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  7. Habtewold, J., Gordon, R., Sokolov, V., VanderZaag, A., Wagner-Riddle, C., Dunfield, K. (2018). Reduction in methane emissions from acidified dairy slurry is related to inhibition of methanosarcina species. Frontiers in Microbiology, [online] 9(NOV), http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fmicb.2018.02806

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  8. Vergé, X., VanderZaag, A.C., Desjardins, R.L., McConkey, B. (2018). Synergistic effects of complementary production systems help reduce livestock environmental burdens. Journal of Cleaner Production, [online] 200 858-865. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2018.08.016

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  9. Evans, L., VanderZaag, A.C., Sokolov, V., Baldé, H., MacDonald, D., Wagner-Riddle, C., Gordon, R. (2018). Ammonia emissions from the field application of liquid dairy manure after anaerobic digestion or mechanical separation in Ontario, Canada. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, [online] 258 89-95. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.agrformet.2018.02.017

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  10. Kariyapperuma, K.A., Johannesson, G., Maldaner, L., VanderZaag, A., Gordon, R., Wagner-Riddle, C. (2018). Year-round methane emissions from liquid dairy manure in a cold climate reveal hysteretic pattern. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, [online] 258 56-65. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.agrformet.2017.12.185

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  11. Maldaner, L., Wagner-Riddle, C., VanderZaag, A.C., Gordon, R., Duke, C. (2018). Methane emissions from storage of digestate at a dairy manure biogas facility. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, [online] 258 96-107. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.agrformet.2017.12.184

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  12. Baldé, H., VanderZaag, A.C., Burtt, S.D., Wagner-Riddle, C., Evans, L., Gordon, R., Desjardins, R.L., MacDonald, J.D. (2018). Ammonia emissions from liquid manure storages are affected by anaerobic digestion and solid-liquid separation. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, [online] 258 80-88. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.agrformet.2018.01.036

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  13. Jarecki, M., Grant, B., Smith, W., Deen, B., Drury, C., VanderZaag, A., Qian, B., Yang, J., Wagner-Riddle, C. (2018). Long-term trends in corn yields and soil carbon under diversified crop rotations. Journal of Environmental Quality, [online] 47(4), 635-643. http://dx.doi.org/10.2134/jeq2017.08.0317

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  14. Habtewold, J., Gordon, R., Voroney, P., Sokolov, V., VanderZaag, A., Wagner-Riddle, C., Dunfield, K. (2018). Sodium persulfate and potassium permanganate inhibit methanogens and methanogenesis in stored liquid dairy manure. Journal of Environmental Quality, [online] 47(4), 786-794. http://dx.doi.org/10.2134/jeq2018.01.0054

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  15. Rennie, T.J., Gordon, R.J., Smith, W.N., VanderZaag, A.C. (2018). Liquid manure storage temperature is affected by storage design and management practices—A modelling assessment. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, [online] 260 47-57. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.agee.2018.03.013

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  16. VanderZaag, A.C. (2018). On the systematic underestimation of methane conversion factors in IPCC guidance. Waste Management, [online] 75 499-502. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.wasman.2018.01.037

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  17. 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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  18. Dutta, B., Grant, B.B., Congreves, K.A., Smith, W.N., Wagner-Riddle, C., VanderZaag, A.C., Tenuta, M., Desjardins, R.L. (2018). Characterising effects of management practices, snow cover, and soil texture on soil temperature: Model development in DNDC. Biosystems Engineering, [online] 168 54-72. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.biosystemseng.2017.02.001

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  19. Habtewold, J., Gordon, R., Sokolov, V., VanderZaag, A., Wagner-Riddle, C., Dunfield, K. (2018). Targeting bacteria and methanogens to understand the role of residual slurry as an inoculant in stored liquid dairy manure. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, [online] 84(7), http://dx.doi.org/10.1128/AEM.02830-17

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  20. VanderZaag, A.C., Burtt, S., Vergé, X., Piquette, S., Wright, T., Kroebel, R., Gordon, R. (2018). CASE STUDY: Water budget of a dairy farm with a tie-stall barn for milk cows and summer pasturing of heifers and dry cows. Professional Animal Scientist, [online] 34(1), 108-117. http://dx.doi.org/10.15232/pas.2017-01654

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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