Thompson, Donald J., Ph.D.

Research Scientist, Range Plant Ecologist


Contact Information:

5403 - 1 Avenue South
P.O. Box 3000
Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 4B1
Telephone: 403-317-2203
Fax: 403-317-2187
Email: don.thompson@agr.gc.ca

Areas of Expertise:

  • Range plant ecology
  • Forage Agronomy

Current Projects:

  • Wildlife damage to crops
  • Short duration grazing effects on grassland vegetation and cattle distribution
  • Cattle plant community preference determined with GPS collars
  • Seasonal grazing effects on grassland biodiversity
  • Climate change simulation in Canadian grasslands
  • Species mixtures for seeding rangelands

Affiliations:

  • Science and innovation Environmental Health Lethbridge Research Centre

Research Publications:

The links below lead to abstracts with access to full text.

2016

  • Cumming, W.F.P., Newman, R.F., Bradfield, G.E., Krzic, M., and Thompson, D.J. (2016). "Grazing and solar irradiance drive patterns of change in two grassland plant communities in southern British Columbia.", Journal of Arid Environments, 133, pp. 94-101. doi : 10.1016/j.jaridenv.2016.06.001

2015

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2010

2009

Other Science Related Publications:

2016

  • Gao, X., Hao, X., Thomas, B.W., Beck, R.K., Thompson, D.J., Willms, W.D., and Zhao, M. (2016). "Soil CO2, CH4 and N2O fluxes in response to cattle stocking rates on a rough fescue grassland.", 2016 Alberta Soil Science Workshop, Grand Prairies, AB, Canada, February 16-18, 2016. (Abstract)

2015

  • Thompson, D.J., Elsinger, M., and Schellenberg, M.P. (2015). "Effects of warming and season of defoliation on the species composition of Manitoba Prairie.", 2015 Society for Range Management Annual General Meeting, Sacramento, CA, USA, January 31-February 7, 2015.

2014

  • Thompson, D.J. (2014). "Plant community choice by free ranging cattle while grazing or resting.", 67th annual meeting of the Society for Range Management, Orlando, FL, USA. (Abstract)

2013

  • Thompson, D.J. and Veira, D.M. (2013). "Stockpiling tall fescue for winter grazing by beef cows in interior BC.", in Bittman, S. and Hunt, D. (eds.) - Cool Forages: Advances management of temperate forages.
  • Thompson, D.J., Wheatley, B., Schellenberg, M.P., and Leborgne, M. (2013). "Microclimate modification effects on the species composition of BC grassland communities.", 66th annual meeting of the Society for Range Management, Oklahoma City, OK, USA. (Abstract)

2012

  • Thompson, D.J., Wheatley, B., Church, J., Newman, R., McLeod, M., and Walker, J. (2012). "Plant community preference by cattle on BC bunchgrass range.", 65th annual meeting of the Society for Range Management, Spokane, WA, USA. (Abstract)

2011

  • Thompson, D.J. (2011). "Recovery of intermontane grasslands with fall grazing or rest.", 64th annual meeting of the Society for Range Management, Billings, MT, USA. (Abstract)
  • Thompson, D.J. and Viera, D. (2011). "Winter feeding of heifer calves and effects on subsequent performance.", Beef in BC, 26(2), pp. 46.

2010

  • Thompson, D.J. (2010). "A cows’s selection on grassland.", Beef in BC, 25(3), pp. 10.
  • Thompson, D.J. (2010). "Stockpiled forages for winter grazing.", Beef in BC, 25(5), pp. 38.
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