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:


  • 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.