Tim Moore

Soils and the Environment

Soil – environment relationships and the effect of human activities and climate and global change.

Professor in the Department of Geography

Office: Burnside Hall 626
Phone: 514-398-4961
Fax: 514-398-7437
Personal website
tim.moore [at] mcgill.ca (E-Mail)


Academic background

  • PhD Soil Science, University of Aberdeen (1971)

Research interests

My interests lie in the relationships between soil and the environment, particularly the regulation of fluxes of gases, nutrients and elements between the soil and the atmosphere, the biosphere and the hydrosphere and the effect of human activities and climate and global change.  Study sites include wetlands and forested soils, in Canada, the U.S., Panama and New Zealand. My work attempts to integrate aspects of atmospheric chemistry, plant ecology, hydrology, microbiology and soil science in a search to understand biogeochemical patterns in the landscape.


Current projects

  • The biogeochemistry of peatlands, through the examination of fluxes of the greenhouse gases CO2, CH4 and N2O, nutrient cycling and stoichiometry and plant-soil interactions.
  • Detection of graves using biogeochemistry.

Some recent publications

Moore, T. 2021. Soils of Quebec. pp 470-480 in Digging into Canadian Soils: An Introduction to Soil Science ed. M. Krazic, F. Walley, A. Diochon, M. Pare, and R. Farrell. Canadian Society of Soil Science.

Moore, T.R. and J.L. Bubier 2020. Plant and soil nitrogen in an ombrotrophic peatland, southern Canada. Ecosystems 23: 98-110. doi:org/10.1007/s10021-019-00390-w.

Moore, T.R., K-H. Knorr, L. Thompson, C. Roy and J.L. Bubier 2019. The effect of long-term fertilization on peat in an ombrotrophic bog. Geoderma 343: 176-186. doi:org/10.1016/j.geoderma.2019.02.034.

Harris, L.I., T.R. Moore, N.T. Roulet and A.J. Pinsonneault 2018. Lichens: a limit to peat growth? Journal of Ecology 106: 2301-2319. doi:10.1111/1365-2745.12975.

Juutinen, S., T.R. Moore, J.L. Bubier, S. Arnkil, E. Humphreys, B. Marincak, C. Roy and T. Larmola 2018. Long-term nutrient addition increased CH4 emission from a bog through direct and indirect effects. Nature Scientific Reports 8: 3838. doi:10.1038/s41598-018-22210-2.

Moore, T.R., M. Abraham, M. Kalácska, M.T. Murphy and C. Potvin 2018. Changes from pasture to a native tree plantation affect soil organic matter in a tropical soil, Panamá. Plant & Soil 425: 133-143. doi:10.1007/s11104-018-3574-0.

Moore, T.R., D. Large, J. Talbot, M. Wang and J. Riley 2018. The stoichiometry of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen in peat. JGR Biogeosciences 123: 3101-3110. doi:org/10.1029/2018JG004574.

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