Jonathan Lafond, Ph.D.

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Research Scientist

My expertise is soil hydrology of agricultural landscapes. My research program focuses on studying multi-scale soil hydrodynamics in order to qualify and quantify nutrients and contaminants transport to surface and groundwater, and to develop and encourage adoption of best management practices.

Current research and/or projects


  • Living Lab Lac-St-Pierre (Quebec)
  • Smart agriculture in potato production
  • Pesticide rinsate biobeds

Education and awards

  • B.Sc. biology (conc.) in ecology, Sherbrooke University, Quebec, 2003
  • Ph.D. soils and environment (conc.) soil physics, Laval University, Quebec, 2010

Key publications

  1. Thivierge, M.-N., Chantigny, M., Lafond, J., Maillard, É., Leewis, M.-C., Bertrand, N., Lachance, C., Duchesneau, R.-F., Khechine, M.T., Pelletier, K., Houde, S., Pelster, D., Halde, C., Charbonneau, É., Hassanat, F., Jégo, G., Angers, D.A., Bélanger, G., Tremblay, G., Vanasse, A., Samson, M.-É., and Royer, I. 2023. The PERMANENCE project: legacy effect of perennials and organic fertilizers in crop rotations for dairy farms. Hosting of a provincial team of MAPAQ farm advisors and visit to research plots, Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures, QC, September 1, 2023.

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  2. Thivierge, M.-N., Chantigny, M., Lafond, J.A., Royer, I., Lachance, C., Duchesneau, R.-F., Maillard, É., Leewis, M.-C., Pelster, D., Khechine, M.T., Pelletier, K., Halde, C., Hassanat, F., Bélanger, G., Angers, D.A., Samson, M.-É., Jégo, G., Charbonneau, É., and Tremblay, G.F. 2023. Le projet PERMANENCE: démonstration des mesures prises au champ et sommaire des principaux résultats. 37th Annual Meeting of the Association québécoise des spécialistes en sciences du sol (AQSSS), Québec, Canada, May 23–25, 2023. Oral presentation.

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  3. Thivierge, M.-N., Pelster, D., Leewis, M.-C., Halde, C., Chantigny, M., Lafond, J., Bertrand, N., Robichaud, A., Khechine, M.T., Pelletier, K., 2022. Le projet PERMANENCE. Field day, Station agronomique de recherche de l'Université Laval, Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures, QC, June 29, 2022. Oral presentation.

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  4. Gumiere SJ, Periard Y, Celicourt P, Gumiere T, Lafond JA, Rousseau AN, Gallichand J and Caron J (2022) A Computational Method for Modeling Spatiotemporal Variability of Hydrodynamic Properties in Sandy Soil Under Drainage and Recharge. Front. Soil Sci. 2:803892. doi: 10.3389/fsoil.2022.803892

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Research facility

2560 Hochelaga Boulevard
Québec, QC G1V 2J3


  • Association québécoise de spécialistes en sciences du sol
  • Canadian Society of Soil Science
  • Soil Science Society of America