Department of Natural Resource Sciences

William H. Hendershot

Macdonald Stewart Building MS3-040
Department of Natural Resource Sciences,
Macdonald Campus,
McGill University,
21,111 Lakeshore Road
Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, Québec H9X 3V9

Telephone (514) 398-7942

FAX (514) 398-7990


Current Research

Dr. Hendershot's current research focuses on trace metal chemistry and bioavailability in soils. Titles of current research projects include:

Risk evaluation of trace metal contaminated soils. NSERC Research.

Uptake of trace elements into food grown on urban gardens. FQRNT Team.

Metal bioavailability in terrestrial ecosystems. Metals in the Human Environment. NSERC Network Centre of Excellence.


Published or Accepted (Underlining indicates a student supervised)

 Tiffault, E., Bélanger, N., Paré, D., Hendershot, W.H. and Munson, A. 2007. Investigating the soil acid-base status in managed boreal forests using the SAFE model. Ecological Modelling 206:301-321.

Hendershot, W.H. and Turmel, P. 2007. Is food grown on urban gardens safe? Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management. 3: 463-464.

Abou Nohra, J.S., Madramootoo, C.A. and Hendershot, W.H. 2007. Modelling phosphate adsorption to the soil: Application of the non-ideal competitive adsorption model. Environ. Pollution, In Press.

Andrade, M.D., Prasher, S.O. and Hendershot, W.H. 2006. Optimizing the molarity of a EDTA washing solution for saturated-soil remediation of trace metal contaminated soils. Environmental Pollution. In Press.

MacDonald, D. and Hendershot, W.H. Modeling proton dissociation from forest floors of northern forest Spodosols. Soil Sci. Soc. Am. J. In Press.

Jiao, Y, Whalen, JK, Hendershot, WH. 2007. Phosphorus Sorption and Release in a Sandy-Loam Soil as Influenced by Fertilizer Sources. Soil Sci. Soc. Am. J. 71: 118-124.

Bélanger, N., MacDonald, J.D., Paré, D., Thiffault, E., Claveau, Y., Hendershot, W.H. 2006. Simplifying the assessment of exchangeable H+ concentrations in acidic boreal forest soils. Canadian Journal of Soil Science. 86: 513-521.

Antunes, PMC, Berkelaar, E, Boyle, D, Hale, BA, Hendershot, W, Voigt, A. 2006. The biotic ligand model for plants and metals: from field and laboratory to regulatory use is a tortuous path. Environ. Tox. & Chem. 25: 875-882.

Jiao, Y, Whalen, JK, Hendershot, WH. 2006. No-tillage and manure applications increase aggregation and improve nutrient retention in a sandy-loam soil. Geoderma 134: 24-33.

MacDonald, J.D. and Hendershot, W.H. 2006. Modelling trace metal partitioning in forest floors of northern soils near metal smelters. Enviorn. Pollut. 143: 228-240.

Voigt, A, Hendershot WH, Sunahara G. 2006. Rhizotoxicity of Cd and Cu in soil extracts.  Environ. Tox. & Chem. 25: 692-701.

Lemire, E, Taillon, M, Hendershot, WH. 2006. Using pH-dependent CEC to determine lime requirement.  Can. J. Soil Sci. Jan. 86: 133-139.

Ge, Y, Sauvé, S, Hendershot, WH. 2005. Equilibrium speciation of Cd, Cu and Pb in soil
solutions. Comm. Soil Sci. Plant Anal. 11-12:1537-1556.

Courchesne, F, Roy, AG, Biron, PM, Côté, B, Fyles, J, Hendershot, WH. 2005. Recent changes in soil chemistry in a forested ecosystem of southern Québec, Canada. Soil Sci. Soc. Am. J. 69: 1298-1313.

Ge, Y, Hendershot, W. 2005. Modeling sorption of Cd, Hg and Pb in soils by non-ideal adsorption NICA-Donnan model. Soil Sed. Contam. 14: 53-70.

Zeng, QR, Allen HE, Sauvé, S, Hendershot WH. 2005. Recycling of EDTA used for soil cleaning. Environmental Pollution. 133:225-231.

Ge, Y, MacDonald D, Sauvé, S, Hendershot, WH. 2005. Modeling of Cd and Pb speciation in soil solutions by WinHumicV and NICA-Donnan Models. Environ. Model. Software. 20:353-359.

Jiao, Y, Hendershot, WH, Whalen, JK. 2004. Agricultural practices influence dissolved nutrient leaching through intact soil cores. Soil Sci. Soc. Am. J. 68:2058-2068.

Rowe, R, Percival, JB, and Hendershot, WH. 2004: Natural sources of trace metals from minerals in soils near smelters in the Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec, and Sudbury, Ontario, areas; Geological Survey of Canada, Current Research 2004-H1, 9 p.

Rachou, J, Hendershot, WH, Sauvé, S. 2004. Diffusive gradients in thin films (DGT) - Induced fluxes of cadmium in soils: Effects of pH.  Commun. Soil Sci. Plant Anal. 35:2655-2673.

MacDonald J.D., Bélanger, N., Hendershot, W.H. 2004. Column leaching using dry soil reproduces solid-solution partitioning observed in zero-tension lysimeters: 1. Method development. Soil Sed. Contam. 13:361-374.

MacDonald J.D., Hendershot, W.H. 2004 Column leaching using dry soil reproduces solid-solution partitioning observed in zero-tension lysimeters: 2. Trace metals. Soil Sed. Contam. 13:375-390.

Bélanger, N., Côté, B., Fyles, J.W., Courchesne, F., Hendershot, W.H. 2004. Forest regrowth as the controlling factor of soil nutrient availability following fire. Plant and Soil. 262:363-372.

Ge, Y., Hendershot, W.H. 2004. Evaluation of Soil Surface Charge Using The Back-titration Technique. Soil Sci. Soc. Am. J. 68: 82-88.

MacDonald, J.D., Hendershot, W.H. 2003. Spatial variability of trace metals in podzols of northern forest ecosystems: Sampling implications. Can. J. Soil Sci. 83:581-587.

MacDonald, D., Taillon, K., Johnson, D., Hale B., Hendershot, W. 2003. Modeling the effect of trace metal emissions on boreal forest soils. J. Human Ecol. Risk Assess. 9:723-747.

Johnson, D., MacDonald, D., Hendershot W., Hale B. 2003. Metals in northern forest ecosystems: role of vegetation in sequestration and cycling, and implications for ecological risk assessment. J. Human Ecol. Risk Assess. 9:749-766.

Côté, B., Bélanger, N., Courchesne, F., Fyles, J., Hendershot, W.H. 2003. A cyclical but asynchronous pattern of fine root and woody biomass production in a hardwood forest of southern Queec and its relationships with annual variation of temperature and nutrient availability. Plant and Soil 250: 49-57.

Ge, Y., Murray, P., Sauvé, S., Hendershot, W. 2002. Low metal bioavailability in a contaminated urban site. Environ. Tox. Chem. 21:954-961.

Kennette, D., Hendershot, W.H., Tomlin, A., Sauvé, S. 2002. Uptake of trace metals by the earthworm Lumbricus terrestris L. in urban contaminated soils. Appl. Soil Ecol. 19: 191-198

Bélanger, N., Côté, B., Courchesne, F., Fyles, J. W., Warfvinge, P., Hendershot, W. H. 2002. Simulation of soil chemistry and nutrient availability in a forested ecosystem of southern Quebec. Part I. Reconstruction of the time-series files of nutrient cycling using the MAKEDEP model. Environ. Model. Software, 17: 427-445.

Bélanger, N., Courchesne, F., Côté, B., Fyles, J. W., Warfvinge, P., Hendershot, W. H. 2002. Simulation of soil chemistry and nutrient availability in a forested ecosystem of southern Quebec. Part II. Application of the SAFE model. Environ. Model. Software, 17: 447-465.