Three IRBV students honored

Denis Beaudet (Ph.D. student, supervisor: Mohamed Hijri), Youssef Chebli (Ph.D. student, supervisor: Anja Geitmann) and Valentin Joly (M.Sc. student, supervisor: Daniel Matton) each received a grant from the Biological Sciences Award Fund at the Université de Montréal Faculty of Arts and Sciences’ 2012 award ceremony, held on December 4th. These awards recognize the accomplishments of graduate students with an exceptional record of both academic and research achievements.

Congratulations!

Photo, from left to right: Denis Beaudet, Youssef Chebli and Valentin Joly.

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Anne Bruneau receives Pierre-Dansereau Award from the ABQ

Anne Bruneau, director of the IRBV and scientific director of the Université de Montréal Biodiversity Centre, received the Pierre-Dansereau Award at the annual meeting of the Association des Biologistes du Québec (Quebec Association of Biologists, ABQ), held on November 22. The award is granted every year to an individual who has made an exceptional contribution to promoting and increasing our knowledge of biological diversity, through research, teaching or public communications.

The ABQ award highlights the unique career path of Anne Bruneau and honors her achievements, which include the conception and creation of the Biodiversity Centre and the Canadensys network. The ABQ thereby acknowledges her commitment to science and her determination to promote biodiversity. This well-deserved tribute confirms Anne Bruneau’s standing as a leader in the field of biodiversity.

Congratulations, Anne!

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Sougata Roy is the 2012 recipient of the Marie-Victorin Excellence Award

Sougata Roy is the 2012 recipient of the Marie-Victorin Excellence Award, which is offered to one IRBV doctoral student each year. The selection committee unanimously chose to offer Sougata the $3000 grant, based on the quality of his research project and his exceptional abilities.

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Geoffrey Hall, new collections coordinator of the Marie-Victorin Herbarium

Geoffrey Hall is the Marie-Victorin Herbarium’s new collections coordinator. He is an expert in the field of Quebec floristics and plant taxonomy, particularly the Carex species, and an authority on flora of other countries, including Mexico. He is actively involved in botanical research in Quebec, and recently participated in the digitization of the Herbarium’s collections, as part of the Canadensys project. Welcome, Geoffrey!

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New informatics director at the Biodiversity Centre

David Shorthouse has joined the staff of the Biodiversity Centre as informatics director for the Canadensys network. He received his M.Sc. from Laurentian University in Sudbury (Ontario), where he studied the diversity of terrestrial spiders as an indicator of the effectiveness of mining site rehabilitation. Discovering a passion for disseminating taxonomic information through the internet, he learned database development and became a web programmer. At the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole (Massachusetts), he was director of development for several biodiversity informatics projects linked to the prestigious American network, the Encyclopedia of Life. He has also worked as an informatics analyst for the Global Names and Data Conservancy projects, which link species’ scientific names to those of researchers who have described them. In his new position at the Biodiversity Centre, he will coordinate the networking of data from biological collections, to make them accessible to the public through the web.

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IRBV researchers have received 25,000 visitors!

Since June 2012, more than 25,000 visitors have viewed the exhibit 1000 days for the planet/Base camp in the André-Bouchard Exhibition Hall of the Université de Montréal Biodiversity Centre. By watching videos presented in the Researcher Space, visitors can learn about the work of researchers, including four from the IRBV – Alain Cogliastro, Alain Cuerrier, Jacques Brisson and Mohamed Hijri. Each original short film showcases the career path and passion of a researcher, as well as his efforts to preserve biodiversity. Inaugurated on June 22, the exhibit 1000 days for the planet continues until 2015. This is a unique occasion to follow the journey of Jean Lemire and the crew of the sailboat Sedna IV, as they travel around the Earth on a mission to educate the public about the planet’s biodiversity. Over the next two years, the exhibit will present the work of other IRBV researchers.
Photo: a three-dimensional presentation of the research being conducted by Alain Cogliastro, as photographed by Barry Russell.

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Nymphéas, by Michel Saulnier

Nymphéas, a work of art created for the Université de Montréal Biodiversity Centre by Michel Saulnier, was inaugurated on October 9, 2012. Guests at the ceremony included the artist himself, Gérard Boismenu, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences of the Université de Montréal, Anne Bruneau, Director of the IRBV and Scientific Director of the Biodiversity Centre and Gilles Vincent, Director of the Montreal Botanical Garden. This unique artwork can be viewed in the interior courtyard of the Biodiversity Centre. Artist Michel Saulnier explains his vision of the work and describes his creative process on his blog, at http://www.michelsaulnier.com/blogue/?p=216.

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Urban ecosystems and biodiversity

IRBV researcher Stéphanie Pellerin is participating in the organization of the conference Écosystèmes urbains et biodiversité, which will be held in the Coeur des sciences building at UQAM on October 18, 2012. This will be a unique opportunity to learn more about current research on urban biodiversity in Quebec. To consult the conference program, click here.

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Job opening: Manager of molecular biology laboratories

The Université de Montréal Biodiversity Centre is accepting applications for the position of manager of molecular biology laboratories. For more information, download the PDF document here.

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Architecture of trees in temperate regions

Jeanne Millet, who received her doctorate from the IRBV in 1997, was interviewed on Radio Canada about the research she conducted for her new book, L’architecture des arbres des régions tempérées, son histoire, ses concepts, ses usages, published by Éditions MultiMondes.

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