Rob Gordon

President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Windsor


  • Ph.D. (Land Resource Science) University of Guelph (1991-1996)
  • M.Sc. (Agricultural Engineering) McGill University (1986-1988)
  • B.Sc. (Agricultural Engineering) McGill University (1984-1986)
  • Engineering Diploma Nova Scotia Agricultural College (1981-1984)





  1. Sinclair, A., R. Jamieson, R. Gordon, A. Madani, and W. Hart and D. Hebb. 2014. Modeling impacts of residential and agricultural development and beneficial management practice scenarios on phosphorus dynamics in a small watershed. In press Transactions of ASABE. 
  2. Malekian, R., R. Gordon, A. Madani, and S. Robertson. 2014. Evaluation of the Versatile Soil Moisture Budget model for a humid region in Atlantic Canada. Canadian Water Resources Journal 39:73-82.
  3. Holtby, C.E., J. R. Guernsey, A. C. Allen, J. A VanLeeuwen, V. M. Allen, and R. J. Gordon. 2014. A population-based case-control study of drinking-water nitrate and congenital anomalies using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to develop individual-level exposure estimates.  International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 11:1803-1823.
  4. Wood, J.D., A. C. VanderZaag, C. Wagner-Riddle, E. Smith and R.J. Gordon. 2014. Gas emissions from liquid dairy manure: complete vs. partial storage emptying. Nutrient Cycling in Agroecosystems. doi: 10.1007/s10705-014-9620-2.
  5. Gebrehabba, M., R. Gordon, A. VanderZaag, A. Madani and J. Wood. 2014. Silage effluent management: A review. Journal of Environmental Management 140:113-122.
  6. Sinclair, A., R. Jamieson, A. Madani, R. Gordon and W. Hart. 2014. A watershed modeling framework for P loading from residential and agricultural sources. Journal of  Environmental Quality 43: 1356-1369.
  7. Rozema, E.R., R. Gordon and Y. Zheng. 2014. Plant species or the removal of Na and Cl from greenhouse nutrient solution. HortScience 49: 1071-1075.
  8. Brown, D.M., H. Dadfar, D. J. Fallow, R. J. Gordon, J. D. Lauzon and G. W. Parkin. 2013. Temporal and spatial variability of water surplus in Ontario, Canada. International Scholarly Research Notices 2013: 362895, 7 pages.
  9. Sinclair, A.,  R. Jamieson, R. J. Gordon, A. Madani and W. Hart. 2013.  Modeling phosporous treatment capcitites of an on-site watewater lateral flow sand filter. Journal of Environmental Engineering 140: 04013002.
  10. Wood, J.D., R. J. Gordon and C. Wagner-Riddle. 2013. Biases in discrete CH4 and N2O sampling protocols associated with temporal variation of gas fluxes from manure storage systems. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 171–172: 295-305.
  11. Zhang, C., R.C. Jamieson, F.R. Meng, R.J. Gordon and C.P.A. Bourque. 2013. Simulation of monthly dissolved organic carbon concentrations in small forested watersheds. Ecological Modelling 250: 205-213.
  12. Wood, J.D., R.J. Gordon, C. Wagner-Riddle, K.E. Dunfield and A. Madani. 2012. Relationships between dairy slurry total solids, gas emissions, and surface crusts. Journal of Environmental Quality 41: 694-704.
  13. Carreau, R., S. VanAcker, A. VanderZaag, A. Madani, A. Drizo and R. Gordon. 2012. Evaluation of a surface flow constructed wetland treating abattoir wastewater. Applied Engineering in Agriculture 28:757-766.
  14. Gordon, R.J.,  A.C. VanderZaag, P.A. Dekker, R. De Haan and A. Madani. 2011. Impact of modified tillage on runoff and nutrient loads from potato fields in Prince Edward Island. Agricultural Water Management 98: 1782-1788.
  15. Boutilier, L., R. Jamieson, R. Gordon and C. Lake. 2011. Modeling E. coli fate and transport in treatment wetlands using the water quality analysis and simulation program. Journal of Environmental Science and Health Part A 46: 680-691.
  16. Zhang, C., R.C. Jamieson, F.R. Meng, R.J. Gordon, J. Bhatti and C.P.A. Bourque. 2011.  Long-term forest-floor litter dynamics in Canada's boreal forest: Comparison of two model formulations. Ecological Modelling 222: 1236-1244
  17. Yiridoe, E.K., D.O.A.  Atari, R. Gordon and S. Smale. 2010. Factors influencing participation in the Nova Scotia Environmental Farm Plan Program. Land Use Policy 27: 1097-1106
  18. Wood, J.D., G.S. Bezanson, R.J. Gordon and R. Jamieson. 2010. Population dynamics of Escherichia coli inoculated by irrigation into the phyllosphere of spinach grown under commercial production conditions. International Journal of Food Microbiology 143: 198-204.
  19. Zhang, C., J.A. Trofymow, R.C. Jamieson, F.R. Meng, R. Gordon and C.P.A. Bourque. 2010. Litter decomposition and nitrogen mineralization from an annual to a monthly model. Ecological Modelling 221: 1944-1953.
  20. VanderZaag, A.C., C. Wagner-Riddle, K.H. Park and R.J. Gordon. 2010. Methane emissions from stored liquid dairy manure in a cold climate. Animal Feed Science and Technology 166: 581-589
  21. Boutilier, L., R. Jamieson, R. Gordon, C. Lake and W. Hart.2010. Performance of surface-flow domestic wastewater treatment wetlands. Wetlands 30: 795-804.
  22. Fuller, K.D., R. Gordon, M. Grimmett, S. Fillmore, A.  Madani, J. VanRoestel, G.W. Stratton, J. MacLeod, C. Embree and E. St. George. 2010. Seasonal and crop rotational effects of manure management on nitrate–nitrogen leaching in Nova Scotia. Agriculture, ecosystems & environment 137: 267-275.
  23. Li, H., T Li, R.J. Gordon, S.K. Asiedu and K. Hu. 2010. Strawberry plant fruiting efficiency and its correlation with solar irradiance, temperature and reflectance water index variation. Environmental and Experimental Botany 68: 165-174.
  24. Kinley, K.D., R.J. Gordon and G.W. Stratton. 2010. Soil test phosphorus as an indicator of nitrate–nitrogen leaching risk in tile drainage water. Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology 84: 413-417.
  25. Murphy, M., R. Jamieson, R. Gordon, G.W. Stratton and A. Madani. 2010. Inactivation of Escherichia coli during storage of irrigation water in agricultural reservoirs. Canadian Water Resources Journal 35: 69-78.
  26. VanderZaag, A.C., R.J. Gordon, D.L. Burton, R.C. Jamieson and G.W. Stratton. 2010. Greenhouse gas emissions from surface flow and subsurface flow constructed wetlands treating dairy wastewater. Journal of Environmental Quality 39: 460-471.
  27. Smith, E., R. Gordon, C. Bourque, A. Campbell, S. Génermont, P. Rochette and M. Mkhabela. 2010. Simulated management effects on ammonia emissions from field applied manure. Journal of Environmental Management 90: 2531-2536.
  28. Park, K.H., C. Wagner-Riddle, and R.J. Gordon. 2010. Comparing methane fluxes from stored liquid manure using micrometeorological mass balance and floating chamber methods. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 150: 175-181.
  29. Smith, E., R. Gordon, C. Bourque, A. Campbell, S. Génermont, P. Rochette and M. Mkhabela. 2010. Simulating ammonia loss from surface applied manure. Canadian Journal of Soil Science 89: 357-367.
  30. Sinclair, A., D. Hebb, R. Jamieson, R. Gordon, K. Benedict, K. Fuller and GW Stratton. 2010. Growing season surface water loading of fecal indicator organisms within a rural watershed. Water Research 43: 1199-1206.
  31. Mkhabela, M.S., R. Gordon, D. Burton, E. Smith and A. Madani. 2010. The impact of management practices and meteorological conditions on ammonia and nitrous oxide emissions following application of hog slurry to forage grass in Nova Scotia. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment 130: 41-49.
  32. VanderZaag, A.C., R.J. Gordon, R.C. Jamieson, D.L. Burton and G.W. Stratton.  210. Gas emissions from straw covered liquid dairy manure during summer storage and autumn agitation. Transactions of the ASABE 52: 599-608.
  33. Cleary, B.A., R. C. Jamieson, R. Gordon, and C.B. Lake. 2009. Waste management of typical livestock mortalities in Canada: An overview of regulations and guidelines, In press Canadian Biosystems Engineering Journal 52: 6.11-6.18.
  34. VanderZaag, A.C., R.J. Gordon, R.C. Jamieson, D.L. Burton and G.W. Stratton. 2010. Effects of winter storage conditions and subsequent agitation on gaseous emissions from liquid dairy manure. Canadian Journal of Soil Science 90: 229-239.
  35. VanderZaag, A.C., R.J. Gordon, R.C. Jamieson, D.L. Burton and G.W. Stratton. 2010. Permeable synthetic covers for controlling emissions from liquid dairy manure. Applied Engineering in Agriculture 26: 287-297.
  36. Boutilier, L., R. Jamieson, R. Gordon, C. Lake and W. Hart. 2009. Adsorption, sedimentation, and inactivation of E. coli within wastewater treatment wetlands. Water Research 43: 4370-4380.
  37. Yiridoe, E.K., R. Gordon and B.B. Brown. 2009. Nonmarket cobenefits and economic feasibility of on-farm biogas energy production. Energy Policy 37: 1170-1170.
  38. MacPhee, N., R. Gordon, G. Gagnon, G. Stratton and J. Wood. 2009. Evaluation of a diffused air aeration system for a constructed wetland receiving dairy wastewater. Trans. of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineering 52: 111-119.
  39. Mkhabela, M.S., R. Gordon, D. Burton, E. Smith and A. Madani. 2009. The impact of management practices and meteorological conditions on ammonia and nitrous oxide emissions following application of hog slurry to forage grass in Nova Scotia.  Agriculture Ecosystems and Environment 130:41-49.
  40. Mkhabela, M.S., R. Gordon, E. Smith, A. Madani and D. Burton. 2008. Measurement of odour emissions using micrometeorological techniques following application of hog slurry to grass. Canadian Biosystems Engineering 50: 6.37-6.45.
  41. Havard, P., R. Jamieson, L. Boutilier, D. Cudmore, and R. Gordon. 2008. Performance and hydraulics of lateral flow sand filters for on-site wastewater treatment. Journal of  Hydrologic Engineering 13:720-728.
  42. Zaman, Q., A. Schurman, D. Percival, A. Madani and R. Gordon. 2008. Estimation of wild blueberry fruit yield using digital color photography. Transactions of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers 51: 1539-1544.
  43. Wood, J.D., R. Gordon, A. Madani, and G.W. Stratton. 2008. A long-term assessment of phosphorus treatment by a constructed wetland receiving agricultural wastewater. Wetlands Journal 28:715-723.
  44. VanderZaag,  A.C., R. Gordon, D. Burton, R. Jamieson and G. Stratton. 2008. Ammonia emissions from surface and subsurface flow constructed wetlands treating dairy wastewater. Journal of Environmental Quality 37:1-9.
  45. Boutlier L., R. Jamieson, R. Gordon and C. Lake. 2008. Transport of lithium tracer and E. Coli in agricultural wastewater treatment wetlands. Water Quality Research Journal of Canada 43: 137-144.
  46. Brisbois, M.C., R. Jamieson, R. Gordon, G. Stratton and A. Madani. 2008. Stream ecosystem health in rural mixed land-use watershed. J. Environ. Eng. Sci. 7:439-452.
  47. Afari-Sefa, V., E. Yiridoe, R. Gordon and D. Hebb. 2008. Decision considerations and cost analysis of BMP implementation in Thomas Brook Watershed, Nova Scotia. Journal of International Farm Management 4:1-32.
  48. Smith, E., R. Gordon, C. Bourque, and A. Campbell. 2008. Management strategies to simultaneously reduce ammonia, nitrous oxide and odour emissions from surface applied swine manure. Canadian Journal of Soil Science 88: 571-584.
  49. VanderZaag, A.C., R. Gordon, V.M. Glass, and R.C. Jamieson. 2008. Floating covers to reduce gas emissions from liquid manure storages. A review. Applied Engineering in Agriculture 24: 657-671.
  50. Gallant, T.L., J. MacLeod, R. Gordon, J. Blanchard and M. Grimmett. 2008. Stabilization of blue mussel (mytilus edulis L.) processing waste with Ca(OH)2. Journal of Solid Waste Management and  Technology 34:47-54.
  51. Bailey, J.A., R. Gordon, D. Burton and E.K. Yiridoe. 2008. Energy conservation on Nova Scotia farms: baseline energy data. Energy 33: 1144-1154.
  52. Bailey, J.A., R. Gordon, D. Burton and E.K. Yiridoe. 2008. Factors which influence Nova Scotia farmers in implementing energy efficiency and renewable energy measures. Energy 33:1369-1377.
  53. Mkhabela, M.S., R. Gordon, D. Burton, A. Madani W. and Hart. 2008. Nitrous oxide emissions and soil mineral nitrogen status following application of hog slurry and inorganic fertilisers to acidic soils under forage grass. Canadian Journal of  Soil Science. 88: 145-151.
  54. Mkhabela, M.S., A. Madani, R. Gordon, D. Burton, D. Cudmore, A. Elmi, A. and W. Hart. 2008. Gaseous and leaching nitrogen losses from no-tillage and conventional tillage systems following surface application of cattle manure. Soil and Tillage Research 98: 187-199.



  • Distinguished Alumnus Award (2008) This is the Nova Scotia Agricultural College’s most prestigious award which recognizes outstanding service and commitment to NSAC, industry and the Alumni Association.
  • Premiers Award of Excellence (2007) The Premier's Award of Excellence is the most prestigious award a Government of Nova Scotia employee can receive. It recognizes outstanding contributions by public servants in Nova Scotia.
  • Nova Scotia Agricultural College Faculty Research Excellence Award (2004)
  • Young Engineer of the Year Award from the Canadian Society of Agricultural Engineering (2001)
  • Outstanding Young Agrologist Award from the Nova Scotia Institute of Agrologists (1998)
  • Graham K. Walker Memorial Award for Excellence in Agrometeorology as awarded by the Canadian Society of Agrometeorology (1994, first recipient)
  • Adjunct Professor, University of Vermont (2007-present)
  • Honourary Research Associate, University of New Brunswick (1998-present)
  • Adjunct Professor, Dalhousie University (1999-present)


Research Area

agricultural water management, wastewater treatment, air quality, climate change