Research Scientists

The NCLE team is comprised of scientists, graduate students and technicians, working together with industry and government to turn ideas into actionable results.

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Livestock & Poultry Management Systems Human and Animal Health
Soil and Crop Management Systems Economics and Policy Issues
Manure Management & Processing
 

 

NCLE Executive

NCLE Chair - Dr. Martin Scanlon, Tel: (204) 474-6480
NCLE Vice Chair - Dr. Karin Wittenberg, Tel: (204) 474-6082
NCLE Research Development Coordinator - Christine Rawluk, MSc., Tel: (204) 474-7337

 

Livestock and Poultry Management Systems

Jim House, Dept. Animal Science/ Dept. Human Nutritional Science, Nutritional Biochemistry

  • dietary phosphorus management and environmental sustainability - comparisons between conventional and enriched laying hen cages

Emma McGeough, Dept. Animal Science, Sustainable Grasslands/ Livestock Production Systems

  • forage-based beef and dairy production
  • enteric methane emissions from ruminants
  • life cycle assessment and carbon footprinting of livestock products
  • environmental and economic sustainability of livestock systems

Claudia Narvaez, Dept. Food Science, Food Microbiology

  • pre-slaughter management strategies for improved food safety

Martin Nyachoti, Dept. Animal Science, Swine Nutrition

  • dietary formulation for improved digestibility, dietary energy and nutrient utilization
  • dietary phosphorus management and environmental sustainability

Kim Ominski, Dept. Animal Science, Beef Cattle/Forage Production Systems

  • identifying beneficial management strategies to improve the productivity and environmental sustainability of beef/forage production systems

 Kees Plaizier, Dept. Animal Science, Dairy Cattle Nutrition and Management

  • enhancing nutrient utilization of dairy cows
  • enhancing environmental sustainability of dairy farms
  • enhancing healthfulness of dairy products

 Kateryn Rochon, Dept. Entomology, Livestock Pest Management

  • geographic distribution of disease vectors
  • arthropod-host interactions
  • arthropod-microbe interactions
  • livestock pest management

 Karin Wittenberg, Dept. Animal Science, Enteric Methane Emissions, Forage Utilization

  • identifying beneficial management strategies to improve the productivity and environmental sustainability of beef/forage production systems

   

Soil and Crop Management Systems

Wole Akinremi, Dept. Soil Science, Soil Physics, Chemodynamics

  • manure as a fertilizer - manure nutrient dynamics in soil in the field and laboratory

Brian Amiro, Dept. Soil Science, Micrometeorology

  • role of agriculture in carbon sequestration and storage - source/sink management
  • mitigating GHG emissions from agriculture by understanding the influence of agriculture land conversion management and weather

 Doug Cattani, Dept. Plant Science, Crop Development

  • perennial grain breeding including grains and oilseeds
  • companion crop development
  • plant growth and development and its utilization for selection in perennial crop breeding programs

Martin Entz, Dept. Plant Science, Cropping Systems

  • senior scientist for Canada's longest running organic cropping systems study (located at Glenlea Research Station)
  • role of composted manure in organic cropping systems

 Dilantha Fernando, Dept. Plant Science, Canola and Wheat Pathology

  • integrated pest management in sustainable agricultural system

Don Flaten, Dept. Soil Science, Soil Fertility

  • long-term sustainable use of manure as a fertilizer
  • fate and behaviour of manure nutrients following field application

Robert Gulden, Dept. Plant Science, Weed Biology and Ecology

  • weed population dynamics over time on manured fields,  

Yvonne Lawley, Dept. Plant Science, Agronomy

  • agronomy and cropping systems research
  • cover crops
  • plant and soil interactions
  • plant and soil management to address agricultural and environmental challenges

Mario Tenuta,Dept. Soil Science, Canada Research Chair - Applied Soil Ecology

  •  quantifying greenhouse gas emissions from manure during storage, handling and following field application to develop mitigation strategies
  • mitigating GHG emissions from agriculture by understanding the influence of land, manure and crop management strategies
  • crop management influence on soil health indicators

Francis Zvomuya, Dept. Soil Science, Land Reclamation and Remediation

  • contaminated site remediation and land reclamation through bioremediation and phytoremediation
  • biofertilizers, organic amendments, wastewater and drilling waste management

 

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Human and Animal Health

Claudia Narvaez, Dept. Food Science, Food Microbiology

  • pre-slaughter management strategies for improved food safety

Martin Scanlon, Dept. Food Science, Food Processing

  • nutrition and food preservation as essential components of agriculture and food security
  • value added processing to prosper Manitoba's Canadian Climate Advantage Diet

 

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Manure Management and Processing

Nazim Cicek, Dept. Biosystems Engineering, Agricultural Production By-Product Processing

  • biological manure processing using novel ingredients and innovative treatment processes
  • anaerobic co-digestion of livestock manures and phosphorus recovery

Mario Tenuta, Dept. Soil Science, Canada Research Chair - Applied Soil Ecology

  • quantifying greenhouse gas emissions from manure during storage, handling and following field application to develop mitigation strategies

Qiang Zhang, Dept. Biosystems Engineering, Odour Measurement and Mitigation

  • mitigating odour in agricultural systems

 

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Economics and Policy Issues

Derek Brewin, Dept. Agric. Economics, Regional Economics

  • assessment of the local costs and regional economic impacts of forage-based systems

Gary Johnson, Dept. Agric. Economics, Resource and Environmental Economics

  • modeling sow productivity in alternative and conventional housing systems

 

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