Brian Amiro awarded fellowship of the society

Aug 23, 2012

Dr. Brian Amiro of the University of Manitoba has been elected a Fellow of the Canadian Society of Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, which is the highest honour that CSAFM can bestow, for lifetime contributions to agricultural and forest meteorology.

Brian is currently Professor, Associate Dean Academic Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences, current Acting and past Head of the Department of Soil Science and Chair of the B.Sc. Agroecology Program at the University of Manitoba. He holds B.Sc. (1977) and M.Sc. (1979) degrees in Biology from Laurentian University, and a Ph.D. (1983) degree in Micrometeorology from the Department of Land Resource Science, University of Guelph. He has worked as an environmental scientist for Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (1983-1997), where he was Head of the Atmospheric and Biosphere Research Sections; and as a research scientist with the Canadian Forest Service (1997-2004) in the area of greenhouse gas exchange, where he was Team Leader of Forest Fire Research. He has lectured and taught at several universities in Canada, the University of Hawaii and in Japan. He is a past editor or editorial board member of the journals Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, the Forestry Chronicle, the International Journal of Wildland Fire, and the Journal of Environmental Radioactivity. He is a former president of the Canadian Society of Agricultural and Forest Meteorology and the Manitoba Soil Science Society, and was Chair of the American Meteorological Society Committee on Agricultural and Forest Meteorology. He is an investigator in the Fluxnet Canada Research Network and the Canadian Carbon Program, and is on the Scientific Advisory Board for the Greenhouse Gas Europe network. In July 2004 he joined the Department of Soil Science, University of Manitoba as Professor and Head. Under his dedication, the Department has flourished with increases in its numbers of faculty, staff, Research Chair positions, undergraduate and graduate students, publications, infrastructure and outreach activities. In particular, he has worked to establish a micrometeorology research program in the Department. That program has contributed to concluding the long-term C monitoring research established with Boreas at Thompson, MB, monitored cropping system fluxes of CO2 and N2O from four fields since 2006 near Winnipeg and since 2009, CO2 fluxes from three fields north of Winnipeg. Six graduate students have been trained under his supervision and co-supervision. The research is filling a large gap in understanding of C and N dynamics in cropping systems of the Red River Valley. As of January 1, 2012, Brian has accepted the position of Associate Dean Academic and the challenge to revitalize the academic programs of the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences at the University of Manitoba.

Brian has a passion for research and has a thriving program that concentrates on the exchange of greenhouse gases between ecosystems and the atmosphere, especially related to direct flux measurements using micrometeorological techniques. He currently leads the University of Manitoba’s $2.9 million, 5-year multidisciplinary project under the Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Program entitled ‘Beneficial Management Practices (BMPs) for Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Mitigation from Agroecosystems, with Emphasis on Cow-Calf Non-confinement Production Systems in Western Canada’.

Brian has consistently published in leading micromet, geophysical and applied journals (76 refereed publications). Twenty-five of his papers have over 25 citations including six first author papers with more than 50 citations.

The CSAFM executive unanimously agreed that Brian’s sustained contributions to the field of micrometeorology in Canada and Internationally is worthy of recognition through the "Fellow of CSAFM" award. His willingness to share knowledge, experience, expertise, and findings through networks of established researchers as well as mentor students and young researchers with humility, passion and sense of humour, is exemplary.

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