Dr. David Lobb

Dr. David A. Lobb joined the Department of Soil Science in January 1999. His training includes a B.Sc. in Biophysical Systems from the University of Toronto (1987), a M.Sc. (1991), and a Ph.D. (1998) in Soil Science from the University of Guelph.

Dr. Lobb is a Professor in the Department of Soil Science, and Senior Research Chair for the Watershed Systems Research Program (WSRP). He is also contributing to the University's Create H2O Program. Dr. Lobb's research focuses on biophysical processes within landscapes, particularly soil movement by tillage and tillage erosion. His lab is the largest in Canada and the second largest in the world for the assessment of soil erosion and sedimentation using radionuclides and other methods. This area of research is known as fingerprinting.

Current Research Interests:

  • Soil redistribution within landscapes and its impact on biophysical processes that affect agriculture and the environment
  • Tillage systems and their impacts on biophysical processes that affect agriculture and the environment
  • Agri-environmental indicators
  • Soil-landscape variability: causes, characterization and management (precision-farming)

Further information about Dr. Lobb's research can be found through:

Sediment fingerprinting
WSRP Projects
H2O Create

Teaching Responsibilities:

SOIL 3600 - Soils Landscapes in our Environment
SOIL 4510 - Soil and Water Management
SOIL 7230 - Advanced Topics in Landscapes and Processes I
SOIL 7240 - Advanced Topics in Landscapes and Processes II

Recent Publications



Barthod, L.R.M., K. Liu, D.A. Lobb, P.N. Owens, N. Martínez-Carreras, A.J. Koiter, E.L. Petticrew, G.K. McCullough, C. Liu, L. Gaspar. 2015. Selecting color-based tracers and classifying sediment sources in the assessment of sediment dynamics using sediment source fingerprinting. J. Environmental Quality, 44: 1605-1616.

Koiter, A.J., Owens, P.N., Petticrew, E.L., Lobb, D.A.  2015.  The role of gravel channel beds on the particle size and organic matter selectivity of transported fine-grained sediment: implications for sediment fingerprinting and biogeochemical flux research.  Journal of Soils and Sediments: 2174-2188.

D. Pennock (regional lead author). Lobb, D.A. (contributing author). 2015. Status of the World’s Resources, Main report: Chapter 14, Regional assessment pf soil changes in North America (soil erosion sections). Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils (ITPS). Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Rome, Italy. pp. 442-475.


Liu, K., Elliott, J.A.,  Lobb, D.A., Flaten, D.N and Yarotski, J. 2014. Conversion of conservation tillage to rotational tillage to reduce phosphorus losses during snowmelt runoff in the Canadian prairies. Journal of Environmental Quality 43: 1679-1689.

Liu, K., Elliott, J.A.,  Lobb, D.A., Flaten, D.N and Yarotski, J. 2014. Nutrient and sediment losses in snowmelt runoff from perennial forage and annual cropland in the Canadian prairies. Journal of Environmental Quality 43: 1644-1655.

Moulin, A.P., A. Glenn, M. Tenuta, D.A. Lobb, A.S. Dunmola, P.I. Yapa. 2014. Alternative transformations of nitrous oxide soil flux data to normal distributions. Can J Soil Sci. 94(1):105-108.


Koiter, A.J., D.A. Lobb, P.N. Owens, E.L. Petticrew, K.H.D. Tiessen, S. Li. 2013. Investigating the role of connectivity and scale in assessing the sources of sediment in an agricultural watershed in the Canadian prairies using sediment source fingerprinting. Special issue on watershed sediment source identification. J. Soils and Sediments. 13, 1676–1691.

Koiter, A.J., Owens, P.N., Petticrew, E.L. and Lobb, D.A.  2013.  The behavioural characteristics of sediment properties and their implications for sediment fingerprinting as an approach for identifying sediment sources in river basins.  Earth-Science Reviews 125: 24-42.

Liu, K., Elliott, J.A., Lobb, D.A., Flaten, D.N., Yarotski, J.  2013.  Critical factors affecting field-scale losses of nitrogen and phosphorus in spring snowmelt runoff in the Canadian Prairies.  J. Environ. Qual. 42:484–496.


Dercon, G., L. Mabit, G. Hancock, M.L. Nguyen, P. Dornhofer, O.O.S. Bacchi, M. Benmansour, C. Bernard, W. Froehlich, V.N. Golosov, S. Haciyakupoglu, P.S. Hai, A. Klik, Y. Li, D.A. Lobb [5], Y. Onda, N. Popa, M. Rafiq, J.C. Ritchie, P. Schuller, A. Shakhashiro, P. Wallbrink, D.E. Walling, F. Zapata, X. Zhang, 2012. Fallout radionuclide-based techniques for assessing the impact of soil conservation measures on erosion control and soil quality: an overview of the main lessons learnt under an FAO/IAEA Coordinated Research Project. J. Environmental Radioactivity, 107: 78-85.

Olatuyi, S. O., O.O. Akinremi, D.N. Flaten, and D. A. Lobb, 2012. Solute transport in a hummocky landscape: I. Two-dimensional redistribution of bromide. Can. J. Soil Sci. 92: 609–629

VandenBygaart, A.J., D. Kroetsch, E.G. Gregorich, D.A. Lobb. 2012. Soil C erosion and burial in cropland. Global Change Biology, 18: 1441-1452.


Janzen, H.H., P. Fixen, A.J. Franzluebbers, J. Hattey, R.C. Izaurralde, Q. M. Ketterings, D.A. Lobb, W.H. Schlesinger. 2011. Global prospects are rooted in soil science. Soil Science Society America J., 75: 1-8.

Li, S., D.A. Lobb, R.G. Kachanoski, B.G. McConkey. 2011. Comparing the use of the traditional and repeated sampling approach of the 137Cs technique in soil erosion estimation. Geoderma, 160: 324-335.

Li, S., D.A. Lobb, B.G. McConkey, R.A. MacMillan, A.P. Moulin, W.R. Fraser. 2011. Extracting topographic characteristics of landforms typical of Canadian agricultural landscapes for agri-environmental modelling: I Methodology. Canadian J. Soil Science, 91: 251-266.

Li, S., J.A. Elliott, K.H.D. Tiessen, J. Yarotski, D.A. Lobb, D.N. Flaten. 2011. The effects of multiple beneficial management practices on hydrology and nutrient losses to a small watershed in the Canadian Prairies. J. Environmental Quality, 40: 1-16.

Li, S., R.A. MacMillan, D.A. Lobb, B.G. McConkey, W.R. Fraser. 2011. Lidar DEM error analyses and topographic depression identification in a hummocky landscape in the prairie region of Canada. Geomorphology, 129: 263-275.

Lobb, D.A. 2011. Understanding and managing the causes of soil variability. In: Recent Advances in Precision Conservation. Special issue of J. Soil Water Conservation, 66: 175A-179A.

Moulin, A.P., Tenuta, M., Lobb, D.A., Dunmola, A.S., and Yapa, P. 2011. Probability distribution functions for short-term daily nitrous oxide fluxes in a prairie pothole agricultural landscape in western Canada. Canadian Journal of Soil Science 91(2):303-307..

Tiessen, K.H.D., J.A. Elliott, M. Stainton, J. Yarotski, D.N. Flaten, D.A. Lobb. 2011. The effectiveness of small headwater storage dams/reservoirs on stream water quality and quantity in the Canadian Prairies. J. Soil Water Conservation, 66: 158-171.

Contact Information:

Dr. David Lobb
Department of Soil Science
University of Manitoba
362 Ellis Building
13 Freedman Crescent
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3T 2N2
Phone: (204) 296-4644
Email: david.lobb@umanitoba.ca