Nancy McLean

Assistant Professor, Plant Breeding, Genetics

Department of Plant, Food, and Environmental Sciences

Email: nancy.mclean@dal.ca
Phone: (902) 893.7821
Mailing Address: 
Department of Plant, Food, and Environmental Sciences
Faculty of Agriculture
Agricultural Campus
PO Box 550
Truro, NS, B2N 5E3
 

Education

  • B.Sc.(Agr.) 1983 Macdonald College, Department of Plant Science
  • M.Sc. 1986 Macdonald College, Department of Plant Science
  • Ph.D. 1996 Dalhousie University, Biology Department

Memberships

  • Nova Scotia Institute of Agrologists
  • Canadian Institute of Agronomy
  • Faculty of Graduate Studies at Dalhousie University
  • Plant Breeder Status with Canadian Seed Growers Association

Research Interests

  • Forage legume breeding
  • Pasture renovation and management
  • Low cost soil and crop improvement
  • Planting for pollinators
  • Riparian zones
  • Plant tissue culture

Teaching

Undergraduate Courses:
  • GENE2000 Genetics
  • PLSC4000 Plant Breeding
  • AGRN2002 Forage-based Cropping Systems
  • RESM4014 Honour's Project I
  • RESM4015 Honour's Project II
Graduate Courses:
  • AGRI5510 Special Topics in Plant Science

 

Selected Publications

  • McLean, N.L., McCallum, R.S., Chapman, C.N. and Glasgow, K.D. Range expansion of Bombus bimaculatus (Hymenopter: Apidae) east to Nova Scotia, Canada. J. Acadian Entomol. Soc. (in revision).
  • McCallum, R.S., McLean, N.L. and Cutler, G.C. 2018. An assessment of artificial nests for cavity-nesting bees in lowbush blueberry. Can. Entomologist. Accepted with minor revisions. Revisions deadline 13-Feb 2018.
  • Li, X., Anderson, D., Rathgeber, B. McLean, N. and MacIsaac, J. 2018. Fumigating broiler hatching eggs with lysozyme product (Inovapure™) to reduce eggshell microbial load. Poultry Sci. https://doi.org/10.3382/ps/pey288.
  • Bryan, D.D.S.L., MacIsaac, J.L., Rathgeber, B.M., McLean, N., and Anderson, D.M. 2017. Meal residual oil levels and heat treatment after oil extraction affects the nutritive value of mechanically pressed black canola meal for broiler chickens. Can. J. Anim. Sci. 97: 658-667.
  • McCallum, R.S. and McLean, N.L. 2017. Floral resources and bumble bee abundance in lowbush blueberry on New Brunswick’s Acadian Peninsula. J. Acadian Entomol. Soc. 13: 37-45.
  • Savary, R.K., MacIsaac, J.L., Rathgeber, B.M., McLean, N.L. and Anderson, D.M. 2017. Evaluating Brassica napus and Brassica juncea meals with supplemental enzymes for use in laying hen diets: production performance and egg quality factors. Can. J. Anim. Sci. 97 (3): 476-487.

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Curriculum Vitae

Curriculum vitae August 2018

1. Name:

Nancy L. McLean, Assistant Professor

2. Degrees:

Ph.D. Dalhousie University, Biology Department, 1996

M.Sc. Macdonald Campus of McGill University, Dept. of Plant Science, 1986

B.Sc. (Agr.) Macdonald Campus of McGill University, Dept. of Plant Science, 1983

3. Employment History:

March 2013-present: Assistant Professor, Dalhousie University Faculty of Agriculture, Truro, NS

Sept. 2012-Feb. 2013: Assistant Professor, non-tenure-track, Dalhousie University Faculty of Agriculture, Truro, NS

2005- Aug. 2012: Assistant Professor, non-tenure-track, Nova Scotia Agricultural College, Truro, NS

1997-2005: Lecturer and Research Associate, Nova Scotia Agricultural College, Truro, NS

1992-1996: thesis-only Ph.D. student and full-time Research Associate, Nova Scotia Agricultural College, Truro, NS

1989-1992: Full-time Ph.D. student, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS

1986-1989: Research Assistant, Nova Scotia Agricultural College, Truro, NS

4. Academic honours:

Killam Scholar and NSERC PGS for Ph.D. NSERC PGS for M.Sc.

2015 Faculty of Agriculture Award for Teaching Excellence.

2009 and 2011 Nova Scotia Agricultural College Student Appreciation Award.

5. Scholarly and professional academic activities:

Reviewer for several journals and granting agencies.

6. Graduate and undergraduate supervisions/supervisory committee memberships:

Lifetime count

Undergraduate supervision: 52

M.Sc. supervision: 5

M.Sc. co-supervision: 4

M.Sc. supervisory committee memberships: 24.

Ph.D. supervision: 1

Ph.D. co-supervision: 1

Undergraduate students (Supervised or co-supervised):

Cody Chapman 2017-18 – The effects of climate change on Nova Scotia’s bumblebee communities. Honours thesis project. Biology Department, Dalhousie University.

Katie McCallum 2017 - Comparison of forage mixtures for yield and quality on New Brunswick livestock farms. Co-supervised with David Dykstra and Walter Brown.

Keenan Kavanaugh 2017 - The possible benefits of using biofumigation as a means of controlling both common scab & powdery scab in potatoes. Co-supervised with Kalyani Prithiviraj and Pat Toner.

Ashley Vroom 2017 – Effect of fertilizer and sod-seeding on pasture quality, yield and botanical composition at the Cape John Community Pasture; Co-supervised with Amy Sangster, Perennia.

Alana Bent 2016 – Effects of interseeding annual ryegrass on corn silage. Co-supervised with Jack Van Roestel, Perennia.

Matthew Hebb 2016 – Examination of consumer preference of apples.

Ellen Sharp 2016 – Comparing biological and conventional thrip control methods on nursery Chrysanthemum.

Whitney Shaver 2016 – Effectiveness of sod-seeding and fertilization on a naturalized, rotationally grazed, Nova Scotia pasture.

Candice Garden 2015 - Insect pest management of broccoli.

Emily Johnstone 2015 - Effect of plant population on grain corn hybrid performance. Co-supervised with Jack VanRoestel, Perennia.

Morgan MacNeil 2015 - Effect of beet green harvest time on overall beetroot and beet green yields.

Sherry Matheson 2015 - Lowbush blueberry: the effect of pollen source on fruit set and yield.

Jessica Shaddick 2015 - Riding school use and effect on genetic predisposition on school horses. Co- supervised in Dara Pelkey-Field.

Myles Stattner 2015 - Effect of potassium nitrate fertilizer on fruit quality of strawberries.

Kendra Sabine 2014 – The availability of ornamental flowers to support native pollinators.

Lauren Feetham 2014 – Pasture management and botanical composition.

Kaitlin Cartwright 2014 - Holstein, Jerseys and their crosses: advantages and disadvantages.

Katherine Stirling 2013 - A comparison of thinning methods and their relationship with fruit size in Honeycrisp apples.

Edward MacDonell 2013 - Propagation of Apios americana in tissue culture.

Charlene Locke 2013 - Soybean yield and nodulation in response to management.  Co-supervised with Dr. Claude Caldwell.

Cindy Sim 2013 - Comparison of leaf lettuce cultivars to determine overall quality.

Robyn McCallum 2012 - Using floral resources to increase native populations of Bombus species in lowbush blueberry (Vaccinium angustifolium) ecosystems.

Leigha Sandwith 2012 - Yield of two soybean varieties at three row spacings.

Amanda Levy 2012 – Effects of pruning in two wine grape varieties.

Dustin MacLean 2012 – DNA extraction methodology. Co-supervised with Dr. Bernhard Benkel. Hejie Cai 2012 – Micropropagation of orchids.

Kilian O’Donoghue 2012 – Pollinators in mixed forage versus wildflower field borders.

Bradley-Reint Dykstra 2012 – Growth rate of corn with no-till, minimal till and conventional tillage.

Jerry Bos 2011 – Cost comparison of round bale silage and chopped silage. Co-supervised with Diane Dunlop.

Matthew Lawless 2011 - The importance of planting date in winter cereal production. Co-supervised with Dr. Richard Martin, AAFC, Charlottetown, PEI.

Thomas Oostvogels, 2011 – Pearl millet versus corn silage.

Weili Jiang, 2011 – Optimization of rooting media for Autumn Britten and Royalty raspberries.

Jonathan Waugh 2011 – Forage cover crops: costs and benefits.

 Ashley Mullins 2010 – GM testing of corn products.

Stephanie Peach 2010 – Optimization of multiplication media for Rubus species.

Caitlin Swinkels 2010 – Effects of previous winter cover crops on subsequent crop production.

Marten Dykstra 2010 – Hay versus silage for dairy heifers.

Victoria Gilby 2009 – The potential of annual crops to extend the grazing season.  

Mattea Tracey 2009 – Evaluating tetraploid red raspberry.

Mark Schooten 2008 - Comparison and manipulation of tissue culture media used in potato production.

Yong Liu 2008 - In vitro propagation of red raspberry.

Lindsay Mac Neil 2008 - Effects of pasture treatment and age on parasite load and weight gain in sheep.

Sarah Alexander 2007 - Equine feed and pasture survey.

Alan Fraser 2007 - Evaluation of different species of salad greens.

P. Cody Halliday 2007 - Herbivory control in a re-vegetated riparian zone.

Katherine Rutherford 2006 - Evaluation of adventitious presence in corn and soybeans.

Ashley Shepard 2006 - Pasture renovation.

Alan Guinan 2005 - Pasture renovation.

Veronique Comeau 2004 - Pasture renovation.

Brandon MacPhail 2004 - Weed management in potatoes.

Jennifer Robinson 2003 - Wetland management.

Angus Mellish 1997 - Annual pasture species for dairy cattle. Co-supervised with Dr. Tapani Kunelius.

Graduate students (supervised or co-supervised):

Katherine Rutherford 2016-present (Ph.D.) Plant-pollinator interactions in wild blueberry agroecosystems.

Mitchell Brown 2015 -2016 (M.Sc.) Low density SNP chips targeting gass fed finishing capability in beef cattle. Withdrew.

Daniel McManaman 2014-2015 (part-time M.Sc.) Evaluation of pearl millet and cover crop mixtures for strawberry rotations. Withdrew.

Robyn McCallum 2013-2017 (Ph. D.) Improving native bee abundance in wild blueberry (Vaccinium angustifolium). Co-supervised with Dr. Chris Cutler.

Ashley Mullins 2012-2014 (M.Sc.) Field-edge planting to deter white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) and attract native carabid beetle predators to control soybean aphid (Aphis glycines) in soybeans.  Co-supervised with Dr. Chris Cutler.

Zhenyi Li, 2011-2013 (M.Sc.) Hexazinone alternatives and resistance for wild blueberry production. Co-supervised with Dr. Nathan Boyd starting October, 2012.

Mattea Tracey 2010 (M.Sc.) Co-supervised with Dr. Bernhard Benkel. Withdrew.

Daniel MacEachern 2009 – 2012 (part-time M.Sc.) Assessment of wood ash application on perennial forage stands.

Katherine Rutherford 2007 – 2010 (M.Sc.) Development of novel methods to detect and quantify genetically modified DNA. Co-supervised with Dr. Bernhard Benkel

Margaret Graves 2007 – 2009 (M.Sc.) Evaluation of different legumes for growth and reproduction of sheep on pasture.

Brent Jackson 2006 – 2009 (M.Sc.) Re-vegetation of a constructed riparian zone.

Graduate student committees:

Janessa Henry, M.Sc. 2017 – present. Lighting effects on breast muscle development in broilers. Supervised by Dr. Bruce Rathgeber.

Kateryna Hushchyna, M.Sc. 2017 – present. Modelling algal blooms. Supervised by Dr. Tri Nguyen Quang.

Hugh Liu, M.Sc. 2017 – present. Weed survey of blueberry fields. Supervised by Dr. Scott White.

Nishchita Hemmige Natesh, M.Sc. 2017 – present. Nitrogen rate and planting time effects on growth and chemical composition of amaranth and Malabar spinach under Atlantic maritime conditions. Supervised by Dr. Lord Abbey.

Nilakshi Abeysinghe, M.Sc. 2016 – present. Adaptation to the pullet rearing environment following the provision of lighting during embryo development. Supervised by Dr. Bruce Rathgeber.

Rakesh Menapati, M.Sc. 2016 – present. Control of red sorrel in blueberry. Supervised by Scott White.

Xujie Li, Ph.D. 2015- present. Light management effects on hatching of broiler chicks. Supervised by Bruce Rathgeber.

Kayla Graham, M.Sc. 2015 – present. Quality of broiler chicks provided a photoperiod during incubation. Supervised by Bruce Rathgeber.

Ronak Desai, M.Sc. 2012-2016. Association between nine immune system gene polymorphisms and tolerance to Aleutian mink disease virus infection. Supervised by Dr. Hossain Farid.

Xujie Li, M.Sc. 2013- 2015. Hatching egg sanitation for improvement of storage, hatchability and chick performance. Supervised by Dr. Derek Anderson.

Dushanthi Ariyamuni, M.Sc. 2013-2015. Effect of pH and elevated mineral content in drinking water on laying hen performance. Supervised by Dr. Derek Anderson.

Banuka Rajapakse, M.Sc. 2013-2015. Nutritive value of mechanically pressed camilina, carinata and soybean meals for broiler chickens. Supervised by Dr. Derek Anderson.

Jeffrey Campbell, M.Sc. 2011-2014. Cross-system synthesis and landscape evaluation analysis of alternative land use services (ALUS) as means of delivering ecological goods and services in Nova Scotia. Supervised by Dr. Robert France.

Kaitlin McAloney, (M.Sc. candidate) 2011-2012. Evaluation of canola, juncea meals, and high oil residue yellow seeded canola meal in diets for white shell and brown shell laying hens. Supervised by Dr. Derek Anderson. Withdrew.

Eileen Beaton, M.Sc. 2011-2014. Wild chervil (Anthriscus sylvestris (L.) Hoffm.) management on Nova Scotia dykes. Supervised by Dr. Nathan Boyd.

Dervan Bryan, M.Sc. 2011-2013. High oil residue yellow seeded and black seeded canola meals for broiler chickens. Supervised by Dr. Derek Anderson.

Jason Grant, M.Sc. 2011-2013. Suitability of Canadian-bred and native plant species for extensive green roofs in northern Nova Scotia. Supervised by Dr. Norman Goodyear.

Zahra Dehghani, M.Sc. 2011-2013. The effect of feeding canola meal (Brassica napus) or juncea meal (Brassica juncea) in broilers and turkeys. Supervised by Dr. Derek Anderson.

Rachel Savary, M.Sc. 2010-2013. Evaluation of graded levels of canola or juncea meals in diets with or without dietary enzymes fed to brown shell or white shell laying hens. Supervised by Dr. Derek Anderson.

Caroline Halde, M.Sc. 2007-2009. Effects of management on plant bio-diversity and soil properties in dairy pastures. Supervised by Dr. Ralph Martin.

Gaëtane Carignan, M.Sc. 2004-2006. Pasture management effects on plant bio-diversity. Supervised by Dr. Ralph Martin.

Sikakami Muthusamy, M.Sc. 2002 – 2004. Single versus mixed species grazing. Supervised by Dr. Ralph Martin.

Martine de Graaff, M.Sc. 2002 – 2004. Grass and legume mixtures for dairy cattle grazing. Supervised by Dr. Ralph Martin.

Carolyn MacKendrick, M.Sc. 2000 – 2003. Evaluation of Kentucky bluegrass and timothy cultivars for grazing. Supervised by Dr. Ralph Martin.

7. Graduate and undergraduate courses taught:

Undergraduate courses:

GENE 2000 Genetics (1997-present, except 1999).

PLSC 4000 Plant Breeding (2004-present, alternate years).

AGRN 2002 Forage-based Cropping Systems (2003-present).

RESM 4008 Plant Science Project I: (2005-2017).

RESM 4009 Plant Science Project II: (2007, 2011, 2012-2017)

RESM 4014 Honour’s Project I (2017-present)

RESM4015 Honour’s Project II (2017-present)

SPEC 2010 Special Topics in Plant Science (summer 2017)

Graduate courses:

AGRI 5510 Special Topics in Plant Breeding (2008-present, alternate years)

Graduate Modules:

Modes of Plant Reproduction (2018)

Pollination: From the Plant’s Perspective (2017) 

Riparian Zones: Components and Functions (2012)

Genetics of Herbicide Resistance in Plants (2012)

Pasture Management for Healthy Ecosystems (2008, 2010)

8. Program review committee memberships:

2013-2014 Committee Member, Diploma in Business Management review

9. External research funding:

2018-2022. Dairy Research Cluster 3 $800,000 for 5 years. Purpose: research (High quality silage). Principal Investigator. Awarded.

2017. Agricultural Youth Green Jobs Initiative, Green Internships Stream $12,002 Purpose: research. To match salary for Deirdre Loughnan May 1 – October 31, 2017. Principal Investigator. Awarded.

2017-2019. Syngenta Canada Inc. $30,000 over 2 years. Purpose: research (to support the AEI project listed above). Principal Investigator. Awarded.

2017-2018. Nova Scotia Power Inc. $20,000. Purpose: research (To identify native pollinators and floral resources in two NSP rights-of-way). Principal Investigator. Awarded.

2016-2019. Atlantic Ecosystems Initiatives $180,000 over 3 years. Purpose: research (Assessment of plant-pollinator interactions and development of beneficial management plans to increase abundance and diversity of native pollinators). Principal investigator. Awarded.

2015-2017, Nova Scotia Research Acceleration Program $80,000 over 2 years. Purpose: research (Planting for pollinators). Principal Investigator. Awarded.

2013-2015, Nova Scotia Research Acceleration Program $58,000 over 2 years. Purpose: research (Cover crops for Nova Scotia strawberry rotations). Principal Investigator. Awarded.

2012-2013, Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture $16,200. Purpose: research (Beef fatty acid summary: comparison of grain-fed versus grass-fed beef). Principal Investigator. Awarded.

2011-2013, Nova Scotia Technology Development Program $40,000 over 2 years. Purpose: research (Testing for adventitious presence in IP soybeans). Principal Investigator. Awarded.

2010-2012, Nova Scotia Technology Development Program $40,000 over 2 years. Purpose: research (Management and markers for forage-finished beef). Principal Investigator. Awarded.

2010-2012, Nova Scotia Technology Development Program $40,000 over 2 years. Purpose: research (Evaluation of winter cover crops for Nova Scotia farms). Principal Investigator. Awarded.

2009-2011, Nova Scotia Technology Development Program $39,500 over 2 years. Purpose: research (Assessment of wood ash application to pastures and perennial forage stands). Principal Investigator. Awarded.

2008-2009. Greencover Canada $94,915. Purpose: research and demonstration (Pasture Improvement Initiative. Phase II). Principal Investigator. Awarded.

2007–2009, Nova Scotia Technology Development Program $37,700 over 2 years. Purpose: research (Evaluation of modified DNA in organic feeds). Principal Investigator. Awarded.

2006-2008, Lafarge Canada Inc. $8,000 over 2 years. Purpose: research (Re-vegetation of a constructed stream at the Lafarge Canada mine site in Brookfield, Nova Scotia). Principal Investigator. Awarded.

2006-2007. Greencover Canada.  $23,298. Purpose: research and demonstration (Pasture Renovation Demonstration). Principal Investigator. Awarded.

2005-2007, Nova Scotia Technology Development Program $38,300 over 2 years. Purpose: research (Development and evaluation of tetraploid red clover.) Principal Investigator. Awarded.

2005-2006. Greencover Canada $27,071. Purpose: research and demonstration (Forage Land Management). Principal Investigator. Awarded.

2004-2006, Nova Scotia Technology Development Program $37,900. Purpose: research (Evaluation of potential for transgenes to move into non-gmo crops via Agrobacterium). Principal Investigator. Awarded.

2003-2004, CARD project awarded to Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada for undertaking mentoring and organic product integrity activities $25,000. Purpose: research (Organic product integrity laboratory analysis). Co-Investigator with Dr. Ralph Martin. Awarded.

2003-2004, Nova Scotia Technology Development Program $31,500. Purpose: research (Development of raspberry X blackberry germplasm for Nova Scotia). Principal Investigator. Awarded.

2002-2003, Nova Scotia Technology Development Program $14,500. Purpose: research (Does composting degrade modified DNA from genetically modified crops?). Principal Investigator. Awarded.

2001-2003, Nova Scotia Technology Development Program $28,620 over 2 years. Purpose: research (Evaluating selected red clover lines for persistence and production under grazing). Principal Investigator. Awarded.

2001-2002, Nova Scotia Technology Development Program $32,700. Purpose: research (Inducing tetraploids in locally adapted red clover germplasm).  Principal Investigator. Awarded.

2000-2001, Medicago Inc., Laval, PQ.  $53,073.76. Purpose: research (Alfalfa protoplast transformation). Principal Investigator. Awarded.

Previous to 2000, my research was conducted under the supervision of Dr. Jerzy Nowak.

10. Internal research funding: None

11. Publications: Lifetime summary:

Papers in refereed journals: 20

Abstracts: 13

Workshops presented: 16

Lifetime citations: 159

Papers submitted to refereed journals:

McLean, N.L., McCallum, R.S., Chapman, C.N. and Glasgow, K.D. Range expansion of Bombus bimaculatus (Hymenopter: Apidae) east to Nova Scotia, Canada. J. Acadian Entomol. Soc. (in revision).

McCallum, R.S., McLean, N.L. and Cutler, G.C. 2018. An assessment of artificial nests for cavity-nesting bees in lowbush blueberry. Can. Entomologist. Accepted with minor revisions. Revisions deadline 13-Feb 2018.

Li, X., Anderson, D., Rathgeber, B. McLean, N. and MacIsaac, J. 2018. Fumigating broiler hatching eggs with lysozyme product (Inovapure™) to reduce eggshell microbial load. Poultry Sci. https://doi.org/10.3382/ps/pey288.

Bryan, D.D.S.L., MacIsaac, J.L., Rathgeber, B.M., McLean, N., and Anderson, D.M. 2017. Meal residual oil levels and heat treatment after oil extraction affects the nutritive value of mechanically pressed black canola meal for broiler chickens. Can. J. Anim. Sci. 97: 658-667.

McCallum, R.S. and McLean, N.L. 2017. Floral resources and bumble bee abundance in lowbush blueberry on New Brunswick’s Acadian Peninsula. J. Acadian Entomol. Soc. 13: 37-45.

Savary, R.K., MacIsaac, J.L., Rathgeber, B.M., McLean, N.L. and Anderson, D.M. 2017. Evaluating Brassica napus and Brassica juncea meals with supplemental enzymes for use in laying hen diets: production performance and egg quality factors. Can. J. Anim. Sci. 97 (3): 476-487.

Rutherford, K., Meehan, C.J., Langille, M.G.I., Tyack, S.G., McKay, J.C., McLean, N.L., Benkel, K., Beiko,R.G. and Benkel, B. 2016. Discovery of an expanded set of avian leucosis subgroup E proviruses in chickens using vermillion, a novel sequence capture and analysis pipeline. Poultry Sci. 95 (10): 22502258.

 Li, Z., Boyd, N.S., McLean, N. and Rutherford, K. 2014. Hexazinone resistance in red sorrel (Rumex acetosella). Weed Sci. 62 (3): 532-537.

Rutherford, K., McLean, N. and Benkel, B.F. 2014. A rapid profiling assay for avian leucosis virus subgroup E proviruses in chickens. Avian Dis. 58 (1): 34-38.

Graves, M.C., McLean, N.L., Jones, G. and Martin, R.C. 2012. Pasture and sheep performance response to sod-seeding red clover (Trifolium pratense L.) or white clover (Trifolium repens L.) into naturalized pastures in eastern Canada. Anim. Feed Sci. Tech. 177 (1-2): 7-14.

Halde, C. Winter, J.P. Hammermeister, A. McLean, N.L. Webb, K.T. and Martin, R.C. 2011. Soil compaction under varying intensities of rotation grazing. Can. J. Soil Sci. 91 (6): 957-964.

Jamieson, A.R. and McLean, N.L. 2008. Field observations on tetraploid red raspberry genotypes. 9th International Rubus and Ribes Symposium. Acta Hort. 183-187.

Van Acker, R.C., McLean, N.L. and Martin, R.C. 2007. Development of quality assurance protocols to prevent GM-contamination of organic crops. Pp. 466-489 In: Handbook of organic food safety and quality. J. Cooper, U. Niggli and C. Leifert (eds.) CRC Press LLC, Boca Raton, FL, USA.

McLean, N.L. and Nowak, J. 1999. Meiotic chromosome pairing, isozyme analyses and ferritin expression in a red clover mutant capable of somatic embryogenesis. Ann. Bot. 83: 315-323.

Nelke, M., Nowak, J. Wright, J.M., McLean, N.L., Laberge, S., Castonguay, Y. And Vezina, L.-P. 1999. Enhanced expression of a cold-induced gene coding for a glycine-rich protein in regenerative somaclonal variants of red clover. Euphytica 105: 211-217.

McLean, N.L. and Nowak, J. 1998. Inheritance of somatic embryogenesis in red clover (Trifolium pratense L.). Theor. Appl. Genet. 97: 557-562.

McLean, N. L. and Nowak, J. 1997. In vitro selection for improved seedling vigour in birdsfoot trefoil (Lotus corniculatus L.). Can. J. Plant Sci. 77: 385-390.

Nelke, M., Nowak, J., Wright, J. M. and McLean, N.L. 1993. DNA fingerprinting of red clover (Trifolium pratense L.) With Jeffrey’s probes: detection of somaclonal variation and other applications. Plant Cell Rep. 13: 72-78.

Nowak, J., Matheson, S.L., McLean, N.L. and Havard, P. 1992. Regenerative trait and cold hardiness in highly productive cultivars of alfalfa and red clover. Euphytica 59: 189-196.

Matheson, S.L., Nowak, J. and MacLean, N.L. 1990. Selection of regenerative genotypes from highly productive cultivars of alfalfa. Euphytica 45: 105-112.

MacLean, N.L. and Nowak, J. 1989. Plant regeneration from hypocotyl and petiole callus of Trifolium pratense L. Plant Cell Rep. 8: 395-398.

MacLean, N.L. and Grant, W.F. 1987. Evaluation of birdsfoot-trefoil (Lotus corniculatus) regenerated plants following in vitro selection for herbicide tolerance. Can. J. Bot. 65: 1275-1280.

MacLean, N.L. and Grant, W.F. 1986. The induction of tetraploid Lotus purshianus as a potential range plant in California. Field Crops Res. 14: 193-196.

Selected Abstracts since 2005:

McLean, N.L., Rutherford, K. and Loughnan, D. 2018. Floral diversity and bees at lowbush blueberry fields in the Maritime provinces. European Society for Agronomy Congress. August 27-31, 2018, Geneva, Switzerland.

McLean, N.L., Mullins, S.L. and Cutler, G.C. 2016. Can border plantings detract deer and attract carabid beetles in soybean fields in Nova Scotia, Canada? European Society for Agronomy conference: ESA14 – Growing Landscapes. September 6-9, 2016, Edinburgh, Scotland.

McCallum, R., McLean, N. and Cutler, C. 2015. Enhancing agroecosystems for native pollinators in lowbush blueberry. Entomological Society of Canada (ESC) (Nov 2015) Montreal, Quebec.

McCallum, R., McLean, N. and Cutler, C. 2015. Enhancing agroecosystems for native pollinators in lowbush blueberry. Acadian Entomological Society (AES) (Aug 2015) Fredericton, New Brunswick.

McCallum, R., McLean, N. and Cutler, C. 2014. Conservation biology techniques for native pollinator and natural enemy abundance. Wild Blueberry Association of North America (WBANA) (Nov 2014) Quebec City, Quebec.

Beaton, E.F., Boyd, N.S., Hoyle, J. and McLean, N. 2012. Wild chervil (Anthriscus sylvestris (L.) Hoffm.) management on Nova Scotia dykes. WSSA abstracts, Canadian Weed Science Society.

Li, Z.Y., Boyd, N.S., McLean, N. and Pruski, K. 2012. Hexazinone alternatives and resistance for wild blueberry production. WSSA abstracts, Canadian Weed Science Society.

MacEachern, D., McLean, N., Webb, K. and Martin, R.C. 2011. An assessment of wood ash on perennial forage stands. Plant Canada Conference. Halifax, Nova Scotia, July 2011.

Halde, C., Hammermeister, A., McLean, N.L., Webb, K. and Martin, R.C. 2009. Soil compaction and forage productivity under varying intensities of rotational grazing. CSA-CSSS-CSAFM Conference, Guelph, Ontario. August 2009.

Carignan, G., McLean, N., Fredeen, A.H., Winter, J. and Martin, R.C. 2006. Productivity, quality and diversity of a pasture sward in Atlantic Canada. Can. J. Plant Sci. 86(5):1415.

Carignan, G., McLean, N., Fredeen, A.H., Winter J. and Martin R.C. 2006.  Cow condition, milk yields and milk quality when grazing in a modified management intensive grazing system in Atlantic Canada.  Can. J.Plant Sci. 86(5): 1422.

de Graaff, M., McLean, N.L., Fredeen, A.H. and Martin, R.C. 2006.  Productivity, persistence and nutritive quality of deep-rooted forage mixtures under a first-cut harvest and subsequent grazing system.   Can. J. Plant Sci. 86(5): 1424.

Carignan, G., McLean, N., Fredeen, A.H., Winter, J. and Martin, R.C. 2005. Productivity, quality and plant diversity of a pasture sward in Atlantic Canada. AIC Annual Forum, Identifying Strategies to Support Sustainable Agriculture in Canada, Quebec City, Quebec.  November, 2005.

Martin, R.C. Van Acker, R. And McLean, N. 2005.  Identified Risks in Canada of Co-existence Between GMO non-GMO Farm Systems.  Ist Annual Congress of the Quality Low Input Food Project: ORGANIC FARMING FOOD QUALITY AND HEALTH, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. January, 2005.

Workshops presented since 2005:

New Brunswick Soil and Crop Improvement Association Annual Meeting. Feb. 23-24, 2017, Moncton, NB. Presented: Improved forage quality and quantity through the use of new mixtures in New Brunswick.

Bluets NB Blueberries Field Day. July 23, 2016 St. Louis de Kent, NB. Presented: Native pollinator research.

Perennia Cover Crop Workshop/Field Day. September 15, 2015, Truro, NS. Presented: Alternative cover crops for strawberry rotations.

Seedy Saturday, Truro Farmers’ Market. February 28, 2015. Presented: Attracting pollinators.

Nova Scotia Young Farmers at Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture Annual Meeting. November 28, 2014. Presented: Cover crop mixtures.

Cape John Field day. June 10, 2011, Cape John, NS. Presented: Assessing pasture condition.

Cumberland County Cattle Producers meeting. April 26, 2011, Oxford, NS. Presented: Grass-fed beef research.

Nova Scotia Cattle Producers Annual meeting. March 26, 2011, Truro, NS. Presented: Forage production for beef.

Nutrient Management Planners Workshop. March 23, 2011, Truro, NS. Presented: Wood ash research.

Nova Scotia Sheep Research Workshop. February 13, 2010, Truro, NS. Presented: Winter annuals, pasture renovation and wood ash.

Purebred Sheep Breeders’ Association of Nova Scotia. Annual meeting. December 1, 2007, Truro, NS. Presented: Legumes in sheep pastures.

Modern Shepherd Workshop. October 14, 2007, Truro, NS. Provided presentation and pasture tour to program participants.

Sheep Producers’ Association of Nova Scotia. Annual meeting. April 14, 2007, Oxford, NS. Presented: Pasture improvement for sheep producers.

Forage land improvement workshop, April 2006. Organized the workshop, presented and chaired a session.

Pictou County Cattlemen’s Association semi-annual meeting, spring 2005.

Cape John Field day. June 10, 2011, Cape John, NS. Presented: Assessing pasture condition.

Cumberland County Cattle Producers meeting. April 26, 2011, Oxford, NS. Presented: Grass-fed beef research.

Nova Scotia Cattle Producers Annual meeting. March 26, 2011, Truro, NS. Presented: Forage production for beef.

Nutrient Management Planners Workshop. March 23, 2011, Truro, NS. Presented: Wood ash research.

Nova Scotia Sheep Research Workshop. February 13, 2010, Truro, NS. Presented: Winter annuals, pasture renovation and wood ash.

Purebred Sheep Breeders’ Association of Nova Scotia. Annual meeting. December 1, 2007, Truro, NS. Presented: Legumes in sheep pastures.

Modern Shepherd Workshop. October 14, 2007, Truro, NS. Provided presentation and pasture tour to program participants.

Sheep Producers’ Association of Nova Scotia. Annual meeting. April 14, 2007, Oxford, NS. Presented: Pasture improvement for sheep producers.

Forage land improvement workshop, April 2006. Organized the workshop, presented and chaired a session.

Research Interests:

My research primarily involves the use of forage plants to solve agricultural and environmental problems. My research has involved agronomy, plant breeding, cover crops and enhancement of agricultural landscapes for beneficial insects (especially pollinators).

Committee Work:

Academic advisor for Plant Science major and minor and for the certificate in Genetics and Molecular Biology.

Member of International Articulation Committee

Honour’s Coordinator for Agricultural Campus.

Member of Grading Trends Working Group.

Member of Diploma of Agriculture Working Group.

Curriculum Sub-Committee.

Timetable Committee