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McGinn, Sean, Ph.D.

Research Scientist

Contact Information:

5403 - 1 Avenue South
PO Box 3000
Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 4B1
Telephone: 403-317-2225
Fax: 403-382-3156
Email: sean.mcginn@agr.gc.ca

Areas of Expertise:

  • agricultural meteorology

Current Projects:

  • Characterizing weather and climate
  • Estimating net GHG emissions from whole farms
  • Evaluating practices for reducing GHG emissions
  • Methodology for quantifying GHG emissions/removals
  • Quantifying and predicting ammonia and particulate matter exchanges from livestock facilities
  • Quantifying and predicting the amount and fate of volatilized NH3 from farming systems, and reducing the magnitude of these emissions

Affiliations:

  • Canadian Society of Agriculture and Forest Meteorology
  • American Meteorology Society
  • Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society

Research publications

2018

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

  • Beauchemin, K.A., Henry Janzen, H., Little, S.M., McAllister, T.A., McGinn, S.M. (2010). Life cycle assessment of greenhouse gas emissions from beef production in western Canada: A case study, 103(6), 371-379. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.agsy.2010.03.008
  • McGinn, S.M. (2010). "Weather and climate patterns in Canada's prairie grasslands.", in Shorthouse, J.D. and Floate, K.D. (eds.) - Arthropods of Canadian Grasslands. Vol. 1: Ecology and Interactions in Grassland Habitats, Biological Survey of Canada (BSC), Chapter 5, pp. 105-119.
  • McGinn, S.M., Flesch, T.K., Chen, D., Crenna, B.P., Denmead, O.T., Naylor, T., and Rowell, D.L. (2010). "Coarse Particulate Matter Emissions from Cattle Feedlots in Australia.", Journal of Environmental Quality, 39(3), pp. 791-798.
  • McGinn, S.M., Turner, D.A., Tomkins, N.W., Charmley, E., Bishop-Hurley, G., and Chen, D. (2010). "Methane Emissions from Grazing Cattle Using Point-Source Dispersion.", Journal of Environmental Quality, 40(1), pp. 22-27. doi : 10.2134/jeq2010.0239
  • Steabler, R., Pattey, E., McGinn, S.M., Jones, K., Vet, R., and Li, S.-M. (2010). "Concentration and flux measurements of NH3: case studies.", - The 2008 Canadian atmospheric assessment of agricultural ammonia, Environment Canada, Gatineau, QC, Chapter 3, pp. 33-56.

2009

Other science related publications

2016

  • Bai, M., Flesch, T.K., McGinn, S.M., and Chen, D. (2016). "Direct measurements of CH4 and N2O emissions from a feedlot.", GGAA Conference, Melbourne, Australia, February 14-18, 2016.
  • Coates, T.W., Flesch, T.K., McGinn, S.M., Chen, D., and Charmley, E. (2016). "Testing a methodology for using eddy covariance to estimate animal methane emissions.", GGAA Conference, Melbourne, Australia, February 14-18, 2016.
  • McGinn, S.M., Janzen, H.H., Coates, T.W., Beauchemin, K.A., and Flesch, T.K. (2016). "Ammonia emission from a beef cattle feedlot and its local dry deposition and re-emission.", GGAA Conference, Melbourne, Australia, February 14-18, 2016.
  • Vyas, D., McGinn, S.M., Duval, S., Kindermann, M., and Beauchemin, K.A. (2016). "Determining the optimal dose of 3-nitrooxypropanol for reducing enteric methane emissions from beef cattle fed a high forage diet.", GGAA Conference, Melbourne, Australia, February 14-18, 2016.
  • Vyas, D., McGinn, S.M., Duval, S., Kindermann, M., and Beauchemin, K.A. (2016). "Effects of reducing methane emissions with 3-nitrooxypropanol on growth rate and feed conversion efficiency in beef.", GGAA Conference, Melbourne, Australia, February 14-18, 2016.

2015

  • Bai, M., Flesch, T.K., McGinn, S.M., and Chen, D. (2015). "Greenhouse gas emissions from a beef cattle feedlot.", ASA-CSSA-SSSA International Annual Meeting: Synergy in Science. Partnering for Solutions, Minneapolis, MN, USA, November 15-18, 2015.
  • Chai, L.L., Kröbel, R., Beauchemin, K.A., Macdonald, D.J., Janzen, H.H., McGinn, S.M., and Bittman, S. (2015). "Greenhouse gases and ammonia emissions from grazing beef cattle in Alberta and Ontario Canada.", Canadian Society for Bioengineering Conference/CSBE/SCGAB 2015 Annual Conference, Edmonton, AB, Canada, July 5-8, 2015, Presentation.
  • Chai, L.L., Kröbel, R., MacDonald, D., Bittman, S., Janzen, H.H., Beauchemin, K.A., McGinn, S.M., Little, S.M., and Martel, M. (2015). "Ammonia and nitrous oxide emission factors of land applied cattle manure in Alberta and Ontario", Conference of Soil Interfaces for Sustainable Development, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Abstract)
  • Chai, L.L., Kröbel, R., Macdonald, D.J., Bittman, S., Beauchemin, K.A., Janzen, H.H., and McGinn, S.M. (2015). "Developing nitrogen loss fractions for beef and dairy cattle manure storage systems in Canadian ecoregions: a comparison between West and East.", Canadian Society for Bioengineering Conference/CSBE/SCGAB 2015 Annual Conference, Edmonton, AB, Canada, July 5-8, 2015.
  • McAllister, T.A., Aslam, M., Bach, S.J., Alexander, T.W., Stanich, K., and McGinn, S.M. (2015). Defining the contribution of super-shedders to high event days in commercial abattoirs and contamination of the environment with Escherichia coli O157:H7. Research Project Annual Report. AAFC Project ID J-000119. (Report)

2014

  • McAllister, T.A., Aslam, M., Bach, S.J., Alexander, T.W., Stanich, K., and McGinn, S.M. (2014). Defining the contribution of super-shedders to high event days in commercial abattoirs and contamination of the environment with Escherichia coli O157:H7. Research Project Annual Report. AAFC Project ID J-000119. (Report)
  • Vyas, D., Alazzeh, A.Y., McGinn, S.M., Harstad, O.M., Holo, H., McAllister, T.A., and Beauchemin, K.A. (2014). "Efficacy of Propionibacterium strains in mitigating methane emissions from beef heifers fed a high forage diet.", ADSA-ASAS 2014 Joint Annual Meeting, Kansas City, MO, USA, July 20-24, 2014.

2013

  • Chai, L.L., Kröbel, R., Janzen, H.H., Beauchemin, K.A., McGinn, S.M., Bittman, S., Atia, A., and Edeogu, I. (2013). "A mass balance model based on total ammoniacal nitrogen for estimating ammonia volatilization from beef cattle manure management in Alberta in Canada.", ASABE Annual International Meeting, Kansas City, MO, USA, July 21-24, 2013, paper #:1596572.
  • Hünerberg, M., Little, S.M., Beauchemin, K.A., McGinn, S.M., Harstad, O.M., Okine, E.K., and McAllister, T.A. (2013). "Farm-based life cycle assessment of greenhouse gas emissions from beef cattle fed dried distillers’ grains plus solubles.", CSAS-CMSA Joint Annual Meeting, Banff Park Lodge Resort Hotel and Conference Centre, Banff, AB, Canada, June 18-20, 2013, P43-GS, pp. 43. (Poster)
  • Koenig, K.M., McGinn, S.M., and Beauchemin, K.A. (2013). "Feeding tannins to reduce ammonia emissions from feedlot cattle fed high protein finishing diets containing corn distillers grains.", CSAS-CMSA Joint Annual Meeting, Banff Park Lodge Resort Hotel and Conference Centre, Banff, AB, Canada, June 18-20, 2013, P56, pp. 48. (Poster)
  • McGeough, E.J., Little, S.M., Janzen, H.H., McAllister, T.A., McGinn, S.M., and Beauchemin, K.A. (2013). "Greenhouse gas emissions from dairying in Eastern Canada – Effects of varying dairy cow replacement rate.", CSAS-CMSA Joint Annual Meeting, Banff Park Lodge Resort Hotel and Conference Centre, Banff, AB, Canada, June 18-20, 2013, P42, pp. 42. (Poster)
  • Romero-Pérez, G.A., Beauchemin, K.A., McGinn, S.M., Okine, E.K., Guan, L.L., Oba, M., and Duval, S. (2013). "The potential of 3-nitrooxipropanol to lower enteric methane emissions from beef cattle.", CSAS-CMSA Joint Annual Meeting, Banff Park Lodge Resort Hotel and Conference Centre, Banff, AB, Canada, June 18-20, 2013, O01-GS, pp. 3.
  • Vyas, D., McGeough, E.J., McGinn, S.M., McAllister, T.A., Beauchemin, K.A., and Smith, A.H. (2013). "Methane emissions in response to various Propionibacterium strains in beef heifers fed a high grain diet.", CSAS-CMSA Joint Annual Meeting, Banff Park Lodge Resort Hotel and Conference Centre, Banff, AB, Canada, June 18-20, 2013, P46, pp. 44. (Poster)
  • Vyas, D., McGeough, E.J., McGinn, S.M., McAllister, T.A., Smith, A.H., and Beauchemin, K.A. (2013). "Methane emissions in response to various Propionibacterium strains in beef heifers fed high forage diet.", CSAS-CMSA Joint Annual Meeting, Banff Park Lodge Resort Hotel and Conference Centre, Banff, AB, Canada, June 18-20, 2013, P47, pp. 45. (Poster)

2012

  • Avila, J.S., Meale, S.J., McAllister, T.A., He, M.L., Harstad, O.M., Beauchemin, K.A., McGinn, S.M., and Chaves, A.V. (2012). "Effect of replacing barley grain with glycerol in feedlot diets on nutrient digestibility, methane emissions, growth, fatty acid profiles and carcass traits of lambs.", Journal of Animal Science, 90(Suppl. 3). (Abstract)
  • Avila, J.S., Meale, S.J., McAllister, T.A., He, M.L., Harstad, O.M., Beauchemin, K.A., McGinn, S.M., and Chaves, A.V. (2012). "Effect of replacing barley grain with glycerol in feedlot diets on nutrient digestibility, methane emissions, growth, fatty acid profiles and carcass traits of lambs.", Symposium on "Agriculture and greenhouse gases", Oslo, Norway, November 5-6, 2012. (Poster)
  • Chung, Y.-H., He, M.L., McGinn, S.M., McAllister, T.A., and Beauchemin, K.A. (2012). "Methane suppressing effect of flaxseed in diets containing hay or silage.", Journal of Animal Science, 88(Suppl. 2), pp. 871-872 (#1136). (Abstract)
  • Hünerberg, M., McAllister, T.A., Beauchemin, K.A., McGinn, S.M., Harstad, O.M., and Okine, E.K. (2012). "Effect of dried distillers’ grains with solubles on enteric methane emissions and nitrogen excretion from finishing beef cattle.", Joint Annual Meeting, American Dairy Science Association, Poultry Science Association, American Milk Producers Association, Canadian Society of Animal Science, and American Society of Animal Science, Phoenix, Arizona, USA, July 15-19, 2012.
  • Hünerberg, M., McAllister, T.A., McGinn, S.M., Beauchemin, K.A., and Okine, E.K. (2012). "Use of dried distillers’ grains with solubles to reduce enteric methane emissions from growing beef cattle.", Symposium on "Agriculture and greenhouse gases", Oslo, Norway, November 5-6, 2012. (Poster)
  • McGeough, E.J., Chung, Y.-H., Beauchemin, K.A., McGinn, S.M., Harstad, O.M., and McAllister, T.A. (2012). "Methane emissions and diet digestibility from sheep offered diets varying in fat content and nutritive value", Symposium on "Agriculture and greenhouse gases", Oslo, Norway, November 5-6, 2012. (Poster)
  • McGeough, E.J., Chung, Y.-H., Beauchemin, K.A., McGinn, S.M., and McAllister, T.A. (2012). "Methane emissions and diet digestibility for sheep offered diets varying in fat content and forage quality.", Journal of Animal Science, 90(Suppl. 3), pp. 129-130 (#M352). (Abstract)
  • McGeough, E.J., Little, S.M., Janzen, H.H., McAllister, T.A., McGinn, S.M., and Beauchemin, K.A. (2012). "Life-cycle assessment of greenhouse gas emissions from dairy production in Eastern Canada: A case study.", Symposium on "Agriculture and greenhouse gases", Oslo, Norway, November 5-6, 2012, Oral Presentation.

2011

  • Beauchemin, K.A., McGeough, E.J., Little, S.M., Janzen, H.H., McAllister, T.A., McGinn, S.M., and Maclean, K. (2011). "GHG modelling activities: an overview.", Seminar on Greenhouse Gases from Agriculture, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Norway, June 29, 2011. (Presentation)
  • Beauchemin, K.A., McGeough, E.J., Little, S.M., Janzen, H.H., McAllister, T.A., McGinn, S.M., and Maclean, K. (2011). "The Holos Model: reflections on progress and future plans.", Norway, June 2011. (Presentation)
  • Hünerberg, M., McAllister, T.A., McGinn, S.M., Beauchemin, K.A., and Okine, E.K. (2011). "Effect of dried distillers’ grains with solubles on enteric methane emissions from finishing beef cattle.", 32nd Western Nutrition Conference: Quality from Complexity, Crowne Plaza Chateau Lacombe, Edmonton, AB, Canada, September 14-15, 2011.
  • Koenig, K.M., Beauchemin, K.A., and McGinn, S.M. (2011). "Feeding tannins to reduce nitrogen losses from feedlot cattle fed high protein diets containing distillers grains 1. Animal performance and plasma urea nitrogen.", Journal of Dairy Science (JDS), 94(E-Suppl. 1), pp. 111. (Abstract)
  • Koenig, K.M., Beauchemin, K.A., and McGinn, S.M. (2011). "Feeding tannins to reduce nitrogen losses from feedlot cattle fed high protein diets containing distillers grains 1. Animal performance and plasma urea nitrogen.", ADSA-PSA-AMPA-CSAS-ASAS 2011 Joint Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, USA, July 11-14, 2011. (Poster)
  • Koenig, K.M., Beauchemin, K.A., and McGinn, S.M. (2011). "Feeding tannins to reduce nitrogen losses from feedlot cattle fed high protein diets containing distillers grains 2. Nutrient digestibility and route of nitrogen excretion.", Journal of Dairy Science (JDS), 94(E-Suppl. 1), pp. 111. (Abstract)
  • Koenig, K.M., Beauchemin, K.A., and McGinn, S.M. (2011). "Feeding tannins to reduce nitrogen losses from feedlot cattle fed high protein diets containing distillers grains 2. Nutrient digestibility and route of nitrogen excretion.", ADSA-PSA-AMPA-CSAS-ASAS 2011 Joint Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, USA, July 11-14, 2011. (Poster)

2010

  • Beauchemin, K.A., Janzen, H.H., Little, S.M., McAllister, T.A., and McGinn, S.M. (2010). "Mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions from beef production in Canada – an evaluation using Holos-R life cycle analysis.", 4th International Greenhouse Gases and Animal Agriculture Conference (GGAA), Banff Park Lodge, Banff, AB, Canada, October 3-8, 2010. (Abstract)
  • Stagno, J.A., Chaves, A.V., Beauchemin, K.A., McAllister, T.A., and McGinn, S.M. (2010). "Effects of replacing barley in feedlot diets with increasing levels of glycerol on in vitro methane production.", 4th International Greenhouse Gases and Animal Agriculture Conference (GGAA), Banff Park Lodge, Banff, AB, Canada, October 3-8, 2010. (Abstract)

2009

  • Beauchemin, K.A. and McGinn, S.M. (2009). "Réduire les émissions de méthane?", Le Producteur de Lait Québécois, 2009(Dec/Jan), pp. 39-40.
  • Chung, Y.-H., McGinn, S.M., Walker, N., and Beauchemin, K.A. (2009). "Effects of two strains of Saccharomyces cerevisiae on methane emissions from Holstein dairy cattle (Abstract 372).", Journal of Animal Science, 87(E-Suppl. 2), pp. 343. (Abstract)
  • Chung, Y.-H., McGinn, S.M., Walker, N., and Beauchemin, K.A. (2009). "Effects of two strains of Saccharomyces cerevisiae on methane emissions from Holstein dairy cattle (Abstract 372).", Journal of Dairy Science (JDS), 92(E-Suppl. 1), pp. 343. (Abstract)
  • Holtshausen, L., Chaves, A.V., Beauchemin, K.A., McGinn, S.M., McAllister, T.A., Odongo, N.E., Cheeke, P.R., and Benchaar, C. (2009). "Feeding saponin-containing Yucca schidigera and Quillaja saponaria to decrease enteric methane production in dairy cows [J. Dairy Sci. 92, pp. 2809-2821] (Erratum).", Journal of Dairy Science (JDS), 92(7), pp. 3543.
  • Koenig, K.M., McGinn, S.M., and Beauchemin, K.A. (2009). "Ammonia emissions from beef feedlot cattle fed corn-based backgrounding and finishing diets varying in protein concentration and source (Abstract 107).", Journal of Animal Science, 87(E-Suppl. 2). (Abstract)
  • Koenig, K.M., McGinn, S.M., and Beauchemin, K.A. (2009). "Ammonia emissions from beef feedlot cattle fed corn-based backgrounding and finishing diets varying in protein concentration and source (Abstract 107).", Journal of Dairy Science (JDS), 92(E-Suppl. 1), pp. 146. (Abstract)
  • McAllister, T.A., Beauchemin, K.A., Janzen, K., McGinn, S.M., and Desjardins, R.L. (2009). "Livestock greenhouse gases: inventories and mitigation from a Canadian perspective.", International Workshop on Sustainable Green Livestock Agriculture Confronting Climate Change in APEC Member Economies, Rural Development Administration, Seoul, South Korea, July 7-10, 2009, pp. 99-111.
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