About CSSM

Description of mission / research objectives / organizational goals.

3 Pillars -> Information on CSSM's ability to develop solutions in food security, climate change and clean water.

Dr. David Burton

Professor, Department of Plant, Food, and Environmental Sciences
Dalhousie University

What do I Teach?

What do I Research?

My research examines the role of the soil environment in influencing the nature and extent of microbial metabolism in soil.  It focuses on processes in the nitrogen cycle and their implications for soil fertility and environmental impact. My current research examines the production and consumption of greenhouse gases in natural and agricultural landscapes, the development of tools for the measurement of soil nitrogen supply to plants, influence of climate on soil biological processes, and the assessment of soil health.

  • You can find a list of my publications on Google Scholar
  • I am the Director of the Centre for Sustainable Soil Management
  • Derek Lynch and I established the Atlantic Soil Health Lab
  • For the past two decades my lab manager (Drucie Janes) and I have provided analytical support for multiple research projects examining greenhouse gas emissions through the Greenhouse Gas Lab

How do I Serve?

I am a strong believer in the importance of consideration of the state of the soil resource in land management decisions. I have been active over the last three decades in various expert panels and committees that attempt to bring science to policies relating to land use. Currently I am involved in the following groups:

What I do

To give you a sense of what I do, please clink on the following links to recent presentations/interviews relating to soil management and my work.