Wilson, Henry, Ph.D.

Research Scientist

Contact Information:

2701 Grand Valley Road, Brandon Research Centre
P.O. Box 1000A, R.R. #3
Brandon, Manitoba R7A 5Y3
Telephone: 204-578-6557
Fax: 204-578-6524
Email: henry.wilson@agr.gc.ca

Areas of Expertise:

  • Hydrology and biogeochemistry
  • Identification of agricultural management practices that reduce eutrophication in downstream aquatic systems
  • Identification of agricultural management practices that reduce spring flooding
  • The transport of organic matter and nutrients with water
  • Interactions between land use and aquatic ecosystem processes
  • Dissolved organic matter export, form, and bioavailability as influenced by agricultural land use practices
  • Design and testing of automated water quality sampling and sensor systems

Current Projects:

  • Retrospective analysis of historical changes in hydrological pattern with land use and climate variation
  • Developing empirical and statistical models to define the effects of land use, soil properties, and topology on watershed hydrology and nutrient export in the Parkland region
  • Watershed-scale soil water storage dynamics and flow as related to cropping practices, soil properties, and landscape drainage characteristics
  • Transport of nutrients and microelements with aerial deposition from gravel roads
  • Identifying the environmental factors controlling nutrient export during snowmelt and storm events
  • Examining the age of dissolved organic matter as an indicator of soil organic matter weathering
  • Changes in water extractable organic matter form and bioavailability under differing crop types, rotation, and long term management
  • Examining the role played by dissolved and water extractable organic matter in nutrient mineralization and cycling
  • Combined measurement of aqueous and gaseous fluxes of nitrogen and carbon to improve quantification of nutrient use efficiency and greenhouse gas sequestration potential

Research Publications:

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







Other Science Related Publications:


  • Ali, G.S., Chiasson, M., Haque, A., Badiou, P.H., and Wilson, H.F. (2014). "Wetland-to-stream connectivity patterns across an alteration gradient in the prairie pothole region.", Joint Aquatic Sciences Meeting, Portland, Oregon, USA, May 18-23, 2014.
  • Glenn, A.J. and Wilson, H.F. (2014). "Direct and indirect measurements of evapotranspiration from cropland in western Manitoba, Canada.", 31st Conference on Agricultural and Forest Meteorology/2nd Conference on Atmospheric Biogeosciences, Portland, OR, USA, May 12-15, 2014.
  • Khakbazan, M., Vanrobaeys, J., Braul, L., Huang, J., Wilson, H.F., and Elliott, J.A. (2014). "Economics of crop and land management practices and water quality impacts for four watersheds located in Manitoba Canada.", 2014 Soils and Water Conservative Society Annual Meeting, Lombard, IL, USA, July 27-30, 2014, http://www.swcs.org/documents/filelibrary/14ac/Abstract_Book__FINAL_FB7B07FB89022.pdf, pp. 52.
  • Wilson, H.F. and Glenn, A.J. (2014). "Carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus chemistry and export in agricultural watershed of the aspen parkland ecoregion as influenced by land use and landform.", Joint Aquatic Sciences Meeting, Portland, Oregon, USA, May 18-23, 2014.
  • Xenopoulos, M.A., Vogt, R.J., Williams, C.J., and Wilson, H.F. (2014). "Synchronous dissolved organic matter dynamics in streams across an agriculture land use gradient and climate setting.", Joint Aquatic Sciences Meeting, Portland, Oregon, USA, May 18-23, 2014.


  • Glenn, A.J. and Wilson, H.F. (2013). "Carbon balance of an organic cropland in southwestern Manitoba.", Joint meeting of the Canadian Society of Soil Science, Manitoba Soil Science Society, and Canadian Society of Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, July 22-25, 2013.


  • Glenn, A.J. and Wilson, H.F. (2012). "Water, carbon, and nitrogen balance components of a no-till crop rotation in southwestern Manitoba.", Manitoba Zero-Tillage Research Association Annual General Meeting 2012, Brandon, MB, Canada, March 20, 2012. (Presentation)


  • Wilson, H.F., Xenopoulos, M.A., Xu, N., Butman, D.E., Raymond, P.A., and Saiers, J.E. (2011). "Altered dissolved organic matter composition in rivers with agricultural land use. Rob Peters Award Talk.", 64th Canadian Conference For Fisheries Research (CCFFR) / Conférence Canadienne de la Recherche sur les Pêches (CCRP), Toronto, ON, Canada, January 6-8, 2011.


  • Williams, C.J., Scott, A.B., Wilson, H.F., and Xenopoulos, M.A. (2009). "Influence of land use on bacterial activity and organic matter characteristics in southern Ontario streams.", 62nd Canadian Conference For Fisheries Research (CCFFR) / Conférence Canadienne de la Recherche sur les Pêches (CCRP), Ottawa, ON, Canada, January 9-11, 2009. (Presentation)
  • Wilson, H.F. and Xenopoulos, M.A. (2009). "Longitudinal dynamics of dissolved organic matter in a mixed land use watershed.", 2009 American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting, Moscone Convention Center, San Francisco, CA, USA, December 14-18, 2009. (Poster)
  • Wilson, H.F. and Xenopoulos, M.A. (2009). "Nutrient recycling by stream fish assemblages across a gradient of land use.", 57th Annual Meeting of the North American Benthological Society (NABS), Grand Rapids, MI, USA, May 16-23, 2009. (Presentation)
  • Xenopoulos, M.A., Luu, B., Scott, A.B., Spooner, D.E., Williams, C.J., and Wilson, H.F. (2009). "The role of land use in mediating denitrification and other stream ecosystem processes.", Annual Meeting of the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO) 2009: Aquatic Sciences Meeting, Nice, France, January 25-30, 2009.