Northern ecosystems

Understanding and measuring changes in the North

Microbiology of fresh and salt water regions of the High Arctic

Alexander Culley, professor in microbiology and member of Centre for Northern Studies, collecting water from the edge of the ice island with a hand-held water sampling device at Disraeli Fjord on July 2016.

Northern ecosystems

Understanding and measuring changes in the North

Studying the effects of global warming

As ice cover and permafrost melt, it is crucial to deepen our understanding of climate change in the Canadian Arctic. Université Laval is a leader in northern studies and has stepped up multidisciplinary collaborations and projects in the field in recent years. An impressive number of high-caliber researchers are now documenting the dramatic effects of ice cover and surface temperature fluctuations on life in Arctic seas, the fate of carbon in northern lakes, and the transition from Arctic to boreal ecosystems.

Our work could be carried out anywhere in the world, but climate change is occurring more quickly in the Arctic and what we learn there can be applied elsewhere on the planet.

Raoul-Marie Couture, professor, Department of Chemistry. Raoul-Marie Couture’s research focuses on what happens to CO2 once it is released from permafrost as a result of global warming.

Research Units

Funded research program

  • Sentinel North Scientific director: Marcel Babin, professor, Department of Biology

Sentinel North Research Chairs

I collaborated with Mount Allison University in New Brunswick on a biochemical measure for my research project, attended the week-long Chantier Arctic conference in Paris, and took part in an oceanographic mission to the Arctic aboard the CCGS Amundsen.

Philippe Israël Morin, former master’s student in biology under the supervision of Professor Marcel Babin, and now a professional researcher.

Resources for researchers and student researchers

The Vice Dean of Research

The mission of the faculty’s Office of the Vice Dean of Research is to familiarize faculty members with research funding program requirements. Its research development advisors can assist researchers in preparing funding applications and drafting research contracts. They can also provide information and guidance on technology transfer opportunities.

Learn more about the Office of the Vice Dean of Research

Le Lab en ligne

The Faculty of Sciences and Engineering’s LAB en ligne is a virtual space that showcases and profiles the faculty’s research equipment and facilities. The service provides graduate students, faculty members, and industry professionals with access to state-of-the-art equipment at reasonable cost along with opportunities for collaboration.

Lab en ligne