Dr. Henry Wilson

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Research Scientist

Dr. Wilson’s research is providing science that will enhance the agriculture sector’s resiliency to increasing hydrological and climatic variability. This science is focused on the development of knowledge to increase the sectors ability to respond to market demands for sustainably produced products, to mitigate the effects of hydrologic extremes (flooding and drought), to increase efficiency of nutrient use, to increase carbon retention and sequestration, and to develop new opportunities for the agricultural sector to improve water quality and reduce water quantity issues for all stakeholders. 

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

  • Identification of factors controlling carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus runoff from agricultural lands and interaction with climate.
  • Improvement of hydrological process understanding and representation in cold-climate agricultural watersheds.
  • Understanding aqueous organic matter biogeochemistry, influence on ecosystem function, links with the transport and cycling of N and P in agricultural watersheds.

Professional activities / interests

  • scientific research
  • mentoring of students and postdocs
  • project planning and managment

Education and awards

  • B.Sc (Hons.) Geography, Brandon University, 2005.
  • Ph.D. Watershed Ecosystems, Trent University, 2009.

International experience and/or work

Yale Institute for Biospheric Studies Posdoctoral Fellow.

Key publications

  1. Fasching, C., Wilson, H.F., D’Amario, S.C., Xenopoulos, M.A. (2019). Natural Land Cover in Agricultural Catchments Alters Flood Effects on DOM Composition and Decreases Nutrient Levels in Streams, 22(7), 1530-1545. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10021-019-00354-0

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  2. Cordeiro, M.R.C., Vanrobaeys, J.A., Wilson, H.F. (2019). Long-term weather, streamflow, and water chemistry datasets for hydrological modelling applications at the upper La Salle River watershed in Manitoba, Canada, 6(1), 41-57. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/gdj3.67

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  3. Wilson, H., Elliott, J., Macrae, M., Glenn, A. (2019). Near-surface soils as a source of phosphorus in snowmelt runoff from cropland, 48(4), 921-930. http://dx.doi.org/10.2134/jeq2019.04.0155

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  4. Wilson, H.F., Casson, N.J., Glenn, A.J., Badiou, P., Boychuk, L. (2019). Landscape controls on nutrient export during snowmelt and an extreme rainfall runoff event in northern agricultural watersheds, 48(4), 841-849. http://dx.doi.org/10.2134/jeq2018.07.0278

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  5. Satchithanantham, S., English, B., Wilson, H. (2019). Seasonality of phosphorus and nitrate retention in riparian buffers, 48(4), 915-920. http://dx.doi.org/10.2134/jeq2018.07.0280

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  6. McMillan, S.K., Wilson, H.F., Tague, C.L., Hanes, D.M., Inamdar, S., Karwan, D.L., Loecke, T., Morrison, J., Murphy, S.F., Vidon, P. (2018). Before the storm: antecedent conditions as regulators of hydrologic and biogeochemical response to extreme climate events, 141(3), 487-501. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10533-018-0482-6

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  7. Kaushal, S.S., Gold, A.J., Bernal, S., Johnson, T.A.N., Addy, K., Burgin, A., Burns, D.A., Coble, A.A., Hood, E., Lu, Y.H., Mayer, P., Minor, E.C., Schroth, A.W., Vidon, P., Wilson, H., Xenopoulos, M.A., Doody, T., Galella, J.G., Goodling, P., Haviland, K., Haq, S., Wessel, B., Wood, K.L., Jaworski, N., Belt, K.T. (2018). Watershed ‘chemical cocktails’: forming novel elemental combinations in Anthropocene fresh waters, 141(3), 281-305. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10533-018-0502-6

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  8. Barnes, R.T., Butman, D.E., Wilson, H.F., Raymond, P.A. (2018). Riverine Export of Aged Carbon Driven by Flow Path Depth and Residence Time, 52(3), 1028-1035. http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.est.7b04717

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  9. Ali, G., Wilson, H., Elliott, J., Penner, A., Haque, A., Ross, C., Rabie, M. (2017). Phosphorus export dynamics and hydrobiogeochemical controls across gradients of scale, topography and human impact, 31(18), 3130-3145. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/hyp.11258

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  10. Ali, G., Haque, A., Basu, N.B., Badiou, P., Wilson, H. (2017). Groundwater-Driven Wetland-Stream Connectivity in the Prairie Pothole Region: Inferences Based on Electrical Conductivity Data, 37(4), 773-785. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s13157-017-0913-5

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