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Smith, Erin, Ph.D. P.Ag.

Research scientist

Contact Information:

361 Pictou Road
Truro, Nova Scotia B2N 2T6
Telephone: 902-896-2810

Areas of Expertise:

  • Greenhouse gases
  • Climate and climate adaptation
  • Wastewater treatment systems
  • Agricultural tile drainage
  • Controlled drainage
  • Waste management
  • Nutrient cycling
  • Isotopic signatures
  • Odour management
  • Micro-meteorological techniques
  • Determining improved best management practices to reduce environmental impacts to water, air and soil

Current Projects:

  • Optimizing the treatment performance of agricultural wastewater treatment systems
  • AgWeather Atlantic: development of an agricultural weather website for producers to use to help with on-farm planning and business risk management (http://atl.agrometeo.org)
  • Examining how the timing of plowing on an tile drained field can influence overall N loss (greenhouse gas, nitrate) and determining best management practices to reduce risk
  • Examining the use of controlled drainage as an on-farm climate adaptation option
  • Determining climate adaptation options to help producers with long-term water management
  • Determining climate adaptation options/strategies for reducing the impacts of flooding in agricultural communities
  • A Biomass Sustainability Tool for Nova Scotia farmers
  • Biodiversity Landowners Guide for increasing on-farm biodiversity
  • Determining nitrous oxide emissions in fresh and salt water marshes bordering agricultural areas

Affiliations:

  • Nova Scotia Institute of Agrologists
  • Member of American Society of Agronomy
  • Member of Crop Science Society of America
  • Member of Soil Science Society of America
  • Adjunct Professor: Dalhousie University/Dalhousie University, Faculty of Agriculture and St. Francis Xavier University
  • Reviewer for several scientific journals
  • Member of Canadian Water Resources Association

Research publications

2018

2016

2014

2011

Other science related publications

2017

  • Rodd, A.V., Smith, E., Fuller, K. , Burton, D., Anderson, S., Henry, R., McMullen, D., Grimmett, M., Khakbazan, M., Fillmore, S., Nyiraneza, J., Janes, D., Jenkins, S., Murray, B., MacDonald, B., Jiang, Y. and Pratt, W. 2017. Temperature Based Fall Plowing. CRDC / FRDC Seminar Series 2016 / 2017. January 18th.

2016

  • Jeyakumar, L*; McKenzie, DB; Smith, E; Derdall, E; Zhang, H; Unc, A; Galagedara, L; Todd, S; Bishop, G. 2016. Overview of Development of Novel Woodchip Bioreactor System to Reduce Pollution Effects of Agricultural Tile Drainage Water, 3rd Biennial Agriculture Research Symposium, St. John’s, Canada. poster
  • Smith, E., McDonald, B., and Reedyk, S. (2016 internal). Cold climate wetland review (project J-000145). AAFC Internal Report., Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. (Report)
  • Smith, E., McDonald, B., and Reedyk, S. (2016 internal). Constructed wetland restoration report (project J-000145). AAFC Internal Report., Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. (Report)
  • Smith, E., McDonald, B., and Reedyk, S. (2016). "Constructed wetlands: treatment of agricultural wastewater.", published by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. (Factsheet)
  • Smith, E., McDonald, B., and Reedyk, S. (2016). "Milieux humides aménagés: traitement des eaux usées agricoles.", published by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. (Factsheet)

2015

  • Smith, E. (2015). "Managing on-farm climate risks using decision support tools in Atlantic Canada.", ASA-CSSA-SSSA International Annual Meeting: Synergy in Science. Partnering for Solutions, Minneapolis, MN, USA, November 15-18, 2015.
  • Smith, E. and McDonald, B. (2015). "AgWeather Atlantic Overview Webinar 1 (http://atl.agrometeo.org/index.php/weather/local).", published by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. (Presentation)
  • Smith, E. and McDonald, B. (2015). "AgWeather Atlantic Overview Webinar 2 (http://atl.agrometeo.org/index.php/weather/local).", published by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. (Presentation)
  • Smith, E. and McDonald, B. (2015). "AgWeather Atlantic Overview Webinar 3 (http://atl.agrometeo.org/index.php/weather/local).", published by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. (Presentation)
  • Smith, E. and McDonald, B. (2015). "AgWeather Atlantic Youtube video. English version: http://youtu.be/0lM50aLFewI".
  • Smith, E. and McDonald, B. (2015). "AgWeather Atlantic Youtube video. French version: http://youtu.be/Q_IhH5dXpwU."
  • Smith, E. and McDonald, B. (2015). "AgWeather Atlantic: a new weather service for producers (English and French).", published by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. (Factsheet)
  • Smith, E. and McDonald, B. (2015). A Guide: How to use AgWeather Atlantic (English and French)., Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. (Guide)
  • Smith, E., Audet, R., Hardin, R., Brouillette, P., Côté, C., and McDonald, B. (2015). "A new agricultural weather website for Atlantic Canada.", ASA-CSSA-SSSA International Annual Meeting: Synergy in Science. Partnering for Solutions, Minneapolis, MN, USA, November 15-18, 2015.
  • Smith, E., McDonald, B., and Audet, R. (2015). "AgWeather Atlantic. (http://atl.agrometeo.org/weather/webinars)", Forage Harvesting Webinar 2, published by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. (Presentation)
  • Smith, E., McDonald, B., and Audet, R. (2015). "AgWeather Atlantic. (http://atl.agrometeo.org/weather/webinars)", Pest Decision Support Tools Webinar 3, published by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. (Presentation)

2014

  • Fuller, K.D., Burton, D.L., Rodd, A.V., Smith, E., Grimmett, M.G., Nyiraneza, J., Jiang, Y., Khakbazan, M., and Van Roestel, J. (2014). "Improving Hayfield for Forage Quality while Minimizing Nitrate Loading of Tile Drainage in Atlantic Canada.", ASA-CSSA-SSSA International Annual Meeting: Grand Challenges – Great Solutions, Long Beach, CA, USA, November 2-6, 2014.
  • Fuller, K.D., Burton, D.L., Rodd, A.V., Smith, E., Grimmett, M.G., Nyiraneza, J., Jiang, Y., Khakbazan, M., and Van Roestel, J. (2014). "Nitrogen dynamics in twin row versus conventional row silage corn in Atlantic Canada.", ASA-CSSA-SSSA International Annual Meeting: Grand Challenges – Great Solutions, Long Beach, CA, USA, November 2-6, 2014.
  • Rodd, A.V., Smith, E., Burton, D.L., Grimmett, M.G., Fuller, K.D., Jiang, Y., Jenkins, S., Janes, D.E., Jolliemore, L., Murray, B., Power, I., and others (2014). "Effect of Temperature Based Fall Plowing on Soil N Dynamics in Potato Production.", Open houses organized by AAFC, Crop and Livestock Research Centre. (Presentation)
  • Rodd, A.V., Smith, E., Burton, D.L., Grimmett, M.G., Fuller, K.D., Jiang, Y., Jenkins, S., Janes, D.E., Jolliemore, L., Murray, B., Power, I., and others (2014). "Effect of Temperature Based Fall Plowing on Soil N Dynamics in Potato Production.", Sustainable Water Footprint. Joint meeting NS Institute of Agrologists and PEI Institute of Agrologist, Stanley Bridge, PEI, Canada, July 20-22, 2014.
  • Smith, E. and Audet, R. (2014). "AgWeather Atlantic.", Atlantic Agrology Workshop. Sustainable Water Footprint, PEI Institute of Agorologists, Stanley Bridge, PEI, Canada, July 20-22, 2014.
  • Smith, E. and Audet, R. (2014). "AgWeather Atlantic.", Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture 119th Annual General Meeting and Tradeshow, Truro, NS, Canada, November 27-28, 2014.
  • Smith, E., Audet, R., Hardin, R., Côté, C., and McDonald, B. (2014). "AgWeather Atlantic: Decision Support Tools for Climate Adaptation.", Atlantic Food and Horticulture Research Center Open House, Kentville, NS, Canada, September 13, 2014. (Presentation)

2013

  • Anderson, S., Rodd, A.V., Grimmett, M.G., Nyiraneza, J., Zoski, E.D., Smith, E., Kuehnbaum, A., Handyside, P., Murray, B., Henry, R., Jenkins, S., and others (2013). "Woodchip bioreactor for decreasing nitrate in tile effluent.", Open houses organized by AAFC, Harrington, Charlottetown, PEI, Canada, August 16, 2013. (Presentation)
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