Pamela Joosse, Ph. D.

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Senior Soil and Nutrient Management Specialist
  • Generate, develop and translate data about agricultural production systems and soil and nutrient maangement practices in Ontario and the Lake Erie basin in particular.
  • Represent AAFC on bi-national and federal-provincial Great Lakes water quality agreements' nutrient annex committees.

Current research and/or projects

I work to integrate and synthesize agricultural production and environmental scientific knowledge as the evidence to support decision makers in government and in the agricultural sector, particularly for soil and nutrient management in the Lake Erie basin.

Research and/or project statements

  • Co-lead of the Ontario Living Laboratories project
  • Generating, enhancing and transferring production system and field-scale BMP data in support of Canadian agriculture in the Lake Erie basin
  • Integrated nutrient management and mulit-scale BMP assessment for priority Canadian agricultural landscapes
  • Utilizing satellite imagery to monitor crop rotations and soil cover

Professional activities / interests

  • Research and synthesize knowledge about soil, water and nutrient management practices and adoption
  • Advise on inter-agency and international committees for agriculture and environmental issues
  • Member of Canada-Ontario Agreement on Great Lakes Water Quality and Ecosystem Health Nutrient Annex Committee

Education and awards

B.Sc.Agr. (Co-op), Natural Resources Management, University of Guelph, 1992

Ph.D., Land Resources Management, University of Guelph, 1998

International experience and/or work

  • Co-chair of the Integrative Research Group of the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases
  • Member of the Canada-United States Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement Binational Nutrient Annex Committee

Key publications

  1. Macrae, M.L., Plach, J.M., Carlow, R., Little, C., Jarvie, H.P., McKague, K., Pluer, W.T., Joosse, P. (2023). Trade-offs in nutrient and sediment losses in tile drainage from no-till versus conventional conservation-till cropping systems. Journal of Environmental Quality, [online] 52(5), 1011-1023.

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  2. Macrae, M., Jarvie, H., Brouwer, R., Gunn, G., Reid, K., Joosse, P., King, K., Kleinman, P., Smith, D., Williams, M., Zwonitzer, M. (2021). One size does not fit all: Toward regional conservation practice guidance to reduce phosphorus loss risk in the Lake Erie watershed. Journal of Environmental Quality, [online] 50(3), 529-546.

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  3. Arcand, Y., Bittman, S., Britten, M., Champagne, C., Daneshfar, B., David, S., Davidson, A., Derdall, E. Drury, C., Eden, J., Handyside, P., Hung, Y., Javorek, S., Jiang, Y., Jingui, Y., Jordan, C., Joosse, P., Li, S., McAuley, E., McNairn, H., MacDonald, D., Pacheco, A., Powers, J., Reid, K., Smith, E. L., Topp, E., Vanrobaeys, J., Villeneuve, S., Wilson, H., Yang, J. Agricultural Land Use. Synthesis of Science. Canada Water Agency Report. Freshwater Science Assessment-Line of Inquiry. Nov. 20, 2020.

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  4. Liu, J., Huffman, T., Green, M., Joosse, P., Martin, T. (2020). Changes in land use and management by farm type and the impact on soil cover in Canada, 1991–2011. Ecological Indicators, [online] 116

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  5. Pilger, N., Berg, A., Joosse, P. (2020). Semi-automated roadside image data collection for characterization of agricultural land management practices, 12(14),

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  6. Laamrani, A., Joosse, P., McNairn, H., Berg, A.A., Hagerman, J., Powell, K., Berry, M. (2020). Assessing soil cover levels during the non-growing season using multitemporal satellite imagery and spectral unmixing techniques, 12(9),

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  7. Reid, K., Schneider, K., Joosse, P. (2019). Addressing imbalances in phosphorus accumulation in Canadian agricultural soils. Journal of Environmental Quality, [online] 48(5), 1156-1166.

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  8. Li, J., Wang, S., Gunn, G., Joosse, P., Russell, H.A.J. (2018). A model for downscaling SMOS soil moisture using Sentinel-1 SAR data. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, [online] 72 109-121.

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  9. Rosamond, M.S., Wellen, C., Yousif, M.A., Kaltenecker, G., Thomas, J.L., Joosse, P.J., Feisthauer, N.C., Taylor, W.D., Mohamed, M.N. (2018). Representing a large region with few sites: The Quality Index approach for field studies. Science of the Total Environment, [online] 633 600-607.

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  10. Laamrani, A., Lara, R.P., Berg, A.A., Branson, D., Joosse, P. (2018). Using a mobile device “app” and proximal remote sensing technologies to assess soil cover fractions on agricultural fields. Sensors, [online] 18(3),

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  11. Joosse, P., Laamrani, A., Feisthauer, N. Li, S. 2017. Assessing Vulnerability of Lake Erie Landscapes to Soil Erosion: Modelled and Measured Approaches. GC33D-1103 presented at 2017 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, New Orleans, LA, 11-15 Dec.

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  12. Laamrani, A., Joosse, P., Feisthauer, N. (2017). Determining the number of measurements required to estimate crop residue cover by different methods. Journal of Soil and Water Conservation, [online] 72(5), 471-479.

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  13. Laamrani, A., Joosse, P., Berg, A., Doris, P., Birchmore, J., Feisthauer, N., Hagerman, J. 2017. Mapping and quantification of soil cover on southern Ontario agricultural fields: Canadian Lake Erie basin. Earth Observation Summit, Montreal, QB, 20-22 June.

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  14. Joosse, P., Reid, K., Huffman, T. and Feisthauer, N. 2016. Defining and analyzing agricultural production systems to determine the capacity to make soil and nutrient management improvements in the Canadian Lake Erie basin. American Society of Agronomy, Phoenix, AZ November 7-10, 2016.

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  15. Joosse, P., Reid, K., Huffman, T. Speranzini, D. Feisthauer, N. 2016. "Production system capacity for soil and nutrient management in the Canadian Lake Erie basin" in Proceedings of the 14th European Society for Agronomy Congress, Edinburgh, Sept 5-9.

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  16. Joosse, P., Speranzini, D., Reid, K., Huffman, E.C., and Feisthauer, N. (2015). "Defining and analyzing agricultural production systems to determine the capacity to make soil and nutrient management improvements in the Canadian Lake Erie Basin.", 70th Soil and Water Conservation Society Conference, Greensboro, NC, USA, July 26-29, 2015.

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  17. Speranzini, D., Li, V., Joosse, P., Feisthauer, N., Reid, K., Jamieson, A.R., and Handyside, P. (2015). "Calculating Environmental Sustainability Metrics for Ontario Horticultural Production Systems.", Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association, Niagara Falls, ON, Canada. (Poster)

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  18. McBride, R.A., Slessor, R.L., Joosse, P.J. (2012). Estimating the particle density of clayrich soils with diverse mineralogy. Soil Science Society of America Journal, [online] 76(2), 569-574.

    2012 - View publication details