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. 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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  2. Cordeiro, M.R.C., Wilson, H.F., Vanrobaeys, J., Pomeroy, J.W., Fang, X. (2017). Simulating cold-region hydrology in an intensively drained agricultural watershed in Manitoba, Canada, using the Cold Regions Hydrological Model, 21(7), 3483-3506. http://dx.doi.org/10.5194/hess-21-3483-2017

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  3. Chen, G., Elliott, J.A., Lobb, D.A., Flaten, D.N., Braul, L., Wilson, H.F. (2017). Changes in runoff chemistry and soil fertility after multiple years of cattle winter bale feeding on annual cropland on the Canadian prairies, 240 1-13. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.agee.2017.02.003

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  4. Wilson, H.F., Satchithanantham, S., Moulin, A.P., Glenn, A.J. (2016). Soil phosphorus spatial variability due to landform, tillage, and input management: A case study of small watersheds in southwestern Manitoba, 280 14-21. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.geoderma.2016.06.009

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  5. Khakbazan, M., Huang, J., Moulin, A., Wilson, H., Vanrobaeys, J., Mohr, R. 2016. Watershed scale precision farming and soil conservation to enhance nutrient use efficiency and profitability. 71st Soil and Water Conservation Society International Annual Conference Managing Great River Landscapes Louisville

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  6. Wilson, H.F., Raymond, P.A., Saiers, J.E., Sobczak, W.V., and Xu, N. (2015). "Increases in humic and bioavailable dissolved organic matter in a forested New England headwater stream with increasing discharge.", Marine & Freshwater Research.

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  7. Martel, M., Kröbel, R., Hrapovic, L., Janzen, H.H., McConkey, B.G., Glenn, A.J., and Wilson, H.F. (2015). "A Canadian water budget model for water footprint assessment of crop production.", Canadian Soil Science Society (IUSS-CSSS-AQSSS) Conference, Montreal, QC, Canada, July 5-10, 2015. (Poster)

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  8. Wilson, H.F. (2015). "Recent patterns of runoff water quality for agricultural watersheds in the Aspen Parkland of Manitoba.", Lake Manitoba Workshop, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, December 9-11, 2015.

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  9. Roy, A., Glenn, A.J., Moulin, A.P., and Wilson, H.F. (2015). "Soil nitrous oxide emissions from cropland with different management.", 2015 Canadian Land Reclamation Association/Manitoba Soil Science Society Joint Meeting, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, June 15-18, 2015.

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  10. Glenn, A.J. and Wilson, H.F. (2015). "Net biome productivity of cropland in southern Manitoba. Presentation.", 2015 Canadian Land Reclamation Association/Manitoba Soil Science Society Joint Meeting, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, June 15-18, 2015.

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