Dr. Louis-Pierre Comeau

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Research Scientist - Landscape and Soil Carbon
  • Soil carbon and nitrogen dynamics
  • Soil organic matter conservation and management
  • Soil classification and pedogenesis
  • Tropical and subtropical soils


Current research and/or projects

Use of legume crops to enhance N use efficiency, carbon sequestration, soil health and soil biodiversity in three ecoregions chosen to represent the different climatic conditions of Canada. 2018. Government of Canada Abase Proposal ID 2531.

Evaluation of the potential to overcome limitations to potato yield in New Brunswick potato fields by improving soil health through the use of mustard as bio-fumigant and rich organic residues amendment. 2018. Canadian Agricultural Partenership, Enabling Agricultural Research and Innovation.

Potential soil carbon sequestration assessment with 13C-labeled techniques in subtropical forest of Hong Kong. 2017. Direct Grant for Research Hong Kong (CUHK).

Research and/or project statements

Understanding processes of carbon sequestration and CO2 emissions from soil

Professional activities / interests

  • Soil carbon and nitrogen dynamics
  • Soil organic matter conservation and management
  • Soil classification and pedogenesis
  • Tropical and subtropical soils

Education and awards


University of Aberdeen UK                                                                           2012 - 2016

Ph.D. in Soil Science

Thesis: Soil CO2 emission and soil organic matter characteristics associated with land-use change in tropical peatlands of Sumatra, Indonesia.

University of Saskatchewan (UofS)                                                               2009 - 2012

M.Sc. in Soil Science

Thesis: The influence of lentil, canola, pea and wheat on carbon and nitrogen dynamics in two Chernozemic soils.

University National Autonomous of Mexico (UNAM)                                  2003-2007

Bachelor in Biology

Thesis: The effect of pedo-diversity on coffee quality and productivity in Southern Mexico (in Spanish).



Canadian Soil Science Society CSSS Pedology Award                                  May 2018

Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)

Ph.D. Grant                                                                                                      2012 – 2015

Chaoyang University of Technology (Taiwan)

Taiwan National Science Council                                                                    Summer 2011

Canada Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council

Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship                                    2010 – 2011

University of Saskatchewan

Syngenta Scholarship                                                                                       Fall 2009

Education Enhancement Grant                                                                                    Fall 2010

Dean's Scholarship                                                                                          2009

National University of Mexico (UNAM)

PAPIIT and CONACyT Scholarships                                                               2006-2007

International experience and/or work

Chinese University of Hong Kong                                                     2016 – summer 2017

Advisor: Derrick Y.F. Lai

Soil handling and analyses, IRGA handling for CO2

Ecosystem studied: Subtropical moist broadleaf forests


Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Saskatoon                                Winter-Spring 2016

Advisor: Bobbi Helgason

Microbiology analyses

Ecosystem studied: Canadian Prairies


CGIAR Center for International Forestry Research (Indonesia & Peru)   2012 -2016

Advisor: Jo Smith, Louis Verchot and Kristell Hergoualc’h

Peat soil handling and analyses, IRGA handling for CO2

Ecosystem studied: Indonesian and Amazonian tropical forests

Plant studied: Oil palm


Chaoyang University of Technology (Taiwan)                                             Summer 2011

Advisor: Min-Chao Wang

Particle size distribution of humic substances derived compost


University of Saskatchewan                                                                           2009 - 2012

Advisor: Angela Bedard-Haughn

Soil fractionation, 13C pulse labeling, 15N mineralization

Ecosystem studied: Canadian Prairies

Crop studied: Wheat, canola, pea and lentil


National University of Mexico                                                                       2003-2009

Advisor: Pavel Krasilnikov

Soil profiles description, soil transect interpretation, soil analyses in lab, soil classification, pedogenesis.

Ecosystem studied: Mexican temperate forests

Crop studied: Coffee

Key publications


For a complete list of publications, please visit: AAFC Online

Comeau, L.-P., Lai, D. Y. F., Cui, J. J., and Hartill, J. 2018. Soil heterotrophic respiration assessment using minimally disturbed soil microcosm cores, MethodsX, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.mex.2018.07.014.


Comeau, L.-P., Lai, D. Y. F., Cui, J. J., and Farmer, J. 2018. Separation of soil respiration: a site-specific comparison of partition methods, SOIL, 4, 141-152, https://doi.org/10.5194/soil-4-141-2018.


Brown R. Zhang Z. Comeau L-P. Bedard-Haughn A. 2017. Effects of drainage duration on mineral wetland soils in a Prairie Pothole agroecosystem. Soil Tillage Res. 168, 187-197.


Wijedasa L.S. Jauhiainen J. Önönen M.K. Lampela M. Vasander H. Leblanc M.C. … Comeau L-P. et al. 2017. Denial of long‐term issues with agriculture on tropical peatlands will have devastating consequences. Glob Change Biol. 2017. DOI: 10.1111/gcb.13516


Comeau L-P. Hergoualc’h K. Hartill J. Smith J. Verchot L.V. 2016. How do the heterotrophic and the total soil respiration of an oil palm plantation on peat respond to nitrogen fertilizer application? Geoderma, volume 268, 41-51. doi:10.1016/j.geoderma.2016.01.016


Comeau L-P. Lemke R.L. Knight J.D. Bedard-Haughn A. 2013. Carbon input from 13C-labeled crops in four soil organic matter fractions. Biol. Fert. Soils. 49, 1179-1188. doi:10.1007/s00374-013-0816-4.


Bedard-Haughn, A. Comeau, L-P. Sangster, A. 2013. Gross nitrogen mineralization in pulse-crop rotations on the Northern Great Plains. Nutr. Cycl. Agroecosyst. 9:159-174. doi: 10.1007/s10705-013-9555-z



Dondini, M. Abdalla, M. Aini, F.K. Albanito, F. Beckert, M.R. Begun, K. Brand, A.. Cheng, K. Comeau, L.P. Coleman, K. Jones, E.O. Farmer, J.A. Feliciano, D.M.S. Fitton, N. Hastings, K.A. Henner, D.N. Kuhnert, M.. Nayak, D.R.. Oyesikublakemore, J.. Phillips, L. Richards, M.I.A. Tumwesige, V. van Dijk, W.F.A.Vetter, S.H. Smith, J. Smith. P. 2018. Projecting soil C under future climate and land-use scenarios. Chapter 9 in Singh, B., (ed.) Soil Carbon Storage: Modulators, management and modelling. Elsevier Science & Technology, 2018 - 334 pages.


Comeau L-P. Hergoualc’h K. Smith J. Verchot L.V. 2013. Intact peat swamp forest conversion into oil palm plantation: the effect on soil CO2 fluxes. CIFOR Working Papers 110. Center for International Forestry Research, Bogor, Indonesia. 16p.