Gordon Bell

M.Sc. Student, University of Guelph
Supervisor: Dr. Claudia Wagner-Riddle

About Gordon Bell

Gordon completed the first two years of his undergrad at Dalhousie University before migrating from the sea to land to complete a B.Sc. in Environmental Science at the University of Guelph.  While competing his B.Sc. he worked for 3 years as a field technician in a soil health/agro-meteorology lab. His Master’s thesis will focus on the impact that a diverse crop rotation (including cover crops) and soil textures have on the long-term water dynamics of an agricultural system. Using data collected from an ongoing one-of-a-kind lysimeter experiment at the University of Guelph’s Elora Research Station he hopes to gain a better understanding to the competitive advantages that diverse cropping systems may provide. By creating precise water and evapotranspiration budget he hopes to determine how the soil water retention curve changes in the first 5 years after adopting a diverse crop management practices. Gordon enjoys tinkering with new sensors and electronics, making bread, and his pets include a dog and 4 jars of mud collected from a mountain top, a river valley and stream bank that are happily sitting in on his window sill.


Ferrari Machado, P. V., Farrell, R.E., Bell, G., Taveira, C.J., Congreves, K.A., Voroney, R.P., Deen, W., Wagner-Riddle, C. (2020). Crop residues contribute minimally to spring-thaw nitrous oxide emissions under contrasting tillage and crop rotations. Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 152: 108057. doi:10.1016/j.soilbio.2020.108057