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
NCLE Technician - Trevor Fraser, MSc.

 

Livestock and Poultry Management Systems

Laurie Connor   Dr. Laurie Connor, Dept. Animal Science, Swine Reproduction
  • comparison of animal production, welfare, and cost-effectiveness of production in conventional and  alternative housing
Terry Galloway  

Dr. Terry Galloway, Dept. Entomology

  • biology and management of arthropod pests of wild and domestic animals, interactions of ectoparasites and their hosts, taxonomy of flea larvae, forensic entomology and life histories and production of aquatic insects
Jim House   Dr. 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
Ehsan Khafipour  

Dr. Ehsan Khafipour, Dept. Animal Science, Gut Microbiology

  • understanding the composition and function of gut microbiome, its interaction with the environment and its role in human and animal health and diseases
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Dr. 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
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Dr. Claudia Narvaez, Dept. Food Science, Food Microbiology

  • pre-slaughter management strategies for improved food safety
Martin Nyachoti  
Dr. 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  

Dr. 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  

Dr. 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  

Dr. Kateryn Rochon, Dept. Entomology, Livestock Pest Management

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

Dr. 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   Dr. Wole Akinremi, Dept. Soil Science, Soil Physics, Chemodynamics
  • manure as a fertilizer - manure nutrient dynamics in soil in the field and laboratory
Brian Amiro   Dr. 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
Katherine Buckley   Dr. Katherine Buckley, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada,  Science and Technology Branch
  • developing environmentally sound management practices for long-term use of processed animal manure as an alternative source of fertilizer in diversified cropping systems
Doug Cattani  

Dr. 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   Dr. 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   Dr. Dilantha Fernando, Dept. Plant Science, Canola and Wheat Pathology
  • integrated pest management in sustainable agricultural system
Don Flaten   Dr. 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

Rob Gulden

  Dr. Robert Gulden, Dept. Plant Science, Weed Biology and Ecology
  • weed population dynamics over time on manured fields

Yvonne Lawley  

Dr. 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   Dr. 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   Dr. 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

Richard Holley  
Dr. Richard Holley, Dept. Food Science, Food Microbiology
  • microorganism contamination of food and water
Ehsan Khafipour  

Dr. Ehsan Khafipour, Dept. Animal Science, Gut Microbiology

  • understanding the composition and function of gut microbiome, its interaction with the environment and its role in human and animal health and diseases
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Dr. Claudia Narvaez, Dept. Food Science, Food Microbiology

  • pre-slaughter management strategies for improved food safety
Martin Scanlon  
Dr. 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

 

Manure Management and Processing

Katherine Buckley  

Dr. Katherine Buckley, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Science and Technology Branch

  • developing environmentally sound management practices for long-term use of processed animal manure as an alternative source of fertilizer in diversified cropping systems
Nazim Cicek  
Dr. 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
Richard Sparling  

Dr. Richard Sparling, Dept. Microbiology

  • population dynamics within anaerobic communities (especially methanogens)
  • anaerobic conversion of organic wastes into biofuels
Mario Tenuta  
Dr. 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  
Dr. Qiang Zhang, Dept. Biosystems Engineering, Odour Measurement and Mitigation
  • mitigating odour in agricultural systems

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Economics and Policy Issues

Derek Brewin  
Dr. Derek Brewin, Dept. Agric. Economics, Regional Economics
  • assessment of the local costs and regional economic impacts of forage-based systems
Julieta Frank  

Dr. Julieta Frank, Dept. Agric. Economics

  • price analysis, marketing, futures and options markets, risk management
Gary Johnson  

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

  • modeling sow productivity in alternative and conventional housing systems

Suren Kulshreshtha

 
Dr. Suren Kulshreshtha, College of Agric. and Bioresources, University of Saskatchewan, Resource and Environmental Economics
  • economics of greenhouse gas emissions and climate change
  • water resource economics

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