Face-to-face with a researcher, 2017 edition

Botanist, entomologist, biologist, astronomer…

Behind the scenes at our institutions, there are all kinds of individuals who cultivate the art of understanding and caring for our live collections. These avid experts invite you to share their passion, and experience something out of the ordinary with them.

Every Thursday afternoon, 18 May to 31 August, 2017

18 May: face to face with Stéphanie Pellerin, a Botanical Garden researcher working on protecting peat bogs… and carnivorous plants!
Are there any carnivorous plants in Quebec?
Peat bogs are teeming with life, as our researcher will tell you! This Thursday, Stéphanie invites you to explore the fascinating universe of carnivorous plants – and how would you like to help feed a few?
At 1:30pm and 3pm in front of the Centre for Biodiversity.

25 May: face to face with Andrée Nault, researcher at the Montréal Biodôme working to protect wild leek and other vulnerable plants in Quebec.
Vanishing wild leeks – what can we do to help?
Wild leeks are so popular that they have almost been picked to extinction in Quebec. Andrée is closely monitoring the species, and invites us to help do something about this issue.
At 1:30pm and 3pm in front of the Centre for Biodiversity.
Maximum 20 participants, no reservations.

1 June: face to face with Claire Vasseur, Biodôme biologist working on soil conservation.
The soil’s to blame!
Do some forest floors look less like a springtime bouquet than others? The soil’s to blame! This Thursday, Claire invites you to get your hands dirty as you explore the vital relationship between soil and plants. Bring 3 or 4 tablespoons of your own soil to analyze, if you like.
At 1:30pm and 3pm in front of the Centre for Biodiversity.
Maximum 15 participants, no reservations.

8 June: face to face with Alain Cuerrier, researcher and Mia Auger, student researcher at the Montréal Botanical Garden. This pair of Botanical Garden researchers work with the First Nations in Quebec and the Fula people of Niger to help preserve and share their priceless ancestral knowledge
Natural medicine
The First Nations and the Fula people of Niger have some fabulous knowledge about the properties of the plants growing around them. Alain and Mia are working to identify these plants’ active compounds and test them in the lab. This Thursday, they invite you into their research laboratory.
At 1:30pm and 3pm in front of the Centre for Biodiversity.
Maximum 20 participants, no reservations.

15 June: face to face with Emiko Wong, veterinarian at the Montréal Biodôme working on a wood turtle conservation program.
Wood turtles aren’t out of the woods yet!
Habitat destruction by human activities is the main cause of the decline in Quebec wood turtle populations. Emiko carefully tends eggs collected in the wild and the hatchlings before they are reintroduced in a safe habitat. She then tracks them to learn more about the threats facing them.
At 1:30pm and 3pm in front of the Centre for Biodiversity.

22 June: face to face with Jean-Philippe Gagnon, animal keeper at the Montréal Biodôme who combines his knowledge and observations to ensure the well-being of the animals under his protection.
“Happy” animals
Feeding them, caring for them, but also ensuring the psychological welfare of the animals at the Biodôme: that is Jean-Philippe’s mission. This Thursday, get a hands-on taste of some of the Biodôme’s enrichment activities!
At 1:30pm and 3pm in front of the Centre for Biodiversity.

29 June: face to face with Michel Labrecque, researcher and Philippe Heine, student researcher at the Montréal Botanical Garden. Together they are looking into ways of decontaminating polluted soil.
Using plants to clean up soil
We know that some plants do a good job of cleaning up oil-contaminated soil. But what about soil polluted by the preservatives used on hydro poles? This Thursday, Michel and Philippe take you into the Garden to see their plant experiment.
At 1:30pm and 3pm in front of the Centre for Biodiversity.
Maximum 20 participants, no reservations.

6 July: face to face with Alain Cogliastro, researcher at the Montréal Botanical Garden who will answer all your questions about the emerald ash borer.
The emerald ash borer and southern Quebec forests
The ash trees at the Botanical Garden are also threatened by the emerald ash borer. Join Alain on a stroll through the Ash Woodland. He’ll explain how he’s keeping an eye on these trees and helping southern Quebec forests survive different threats.
At 1:30pm and 3pm in front of the Centre for Biodiversity.
Maximum 20 participants, no reservations.

13 July: face to face with Simon Joly, researcher at the Montréal Botanical Garden. Simon will try to determine the secret behind flowers’ shapes.
Seductive flowers
Flowers’ shapes, colours and fragrances conceal a whole arsenal of weapons… for attracting pollinators! This Thursday, Simon invites you to play matchmaker with flowers. Who knows, maybe you’ll fall under their spell, too.
At 1:30pm and 3pm in front of the Centre for Biodiversity.
Maximum 20 participants, no reservations.

20 July: face to face with Raymond Archambault, curator of the Cercle des mycologues de Montréal Fungarium at the Université de Montréal Biodiversity Centre, one of the largest collections of Quebec fungi.
A fungi collection – What’s that for?
Raymond invites you to follow him into his lair, normally reserved for researchers. This is where the some 20,000 fungus specimens in the collection are conserved and carefully tended. What does he find so fascinating? Come see, touch and listen and you’ll understand!
At 1:30pm and 3pm in front of the Centre for Biodiversity.
Maximum 15 participants, no reservations.

27 July: face to face with Jacynthe Masse, student-researcher at the Montréal Botanical Garden, to see what’s hidden in the soil.
The microbiome and its effects on plants
Is there life in the soil? Of course! Come get your hands dirty and find out. Jacynthe invites you into her laboratory, where she spends hours very, very closely examining the microscopic life in the soil, to understand the links between this microbiome and plants’ well-being.
At 1:30pm and 3pm in front of the Centre for Biodiversity.
Maximum 20 participants, no reservations.

3 August: face to face with Stéphane Bailleul, botanistr at the Montréal Botanical Garden who keeps an eye on almost all the Garden’s plants.
The Botanical Garden’s collection: keeping track of over 140,000 plants
Managing and maintaining a vast plant collection is no small task! There are so many challenges involved for the collections management team: acquisition criteria, identification, inventories, etc. Take a stroll through our finest collections with Stéphane as he explains this vital work that goes on behind the scenes.
At 1:30pm and 3pm in front of the Centre for Biodiversity.
Maximum 20 participants, no reservations.

10 August: face to face with Maxim Larrivée, researcher at the Montréal Insectarium who works with the public on protecting monarch butterflies.
When citizens help “make” science
A huge Canada-wide study on monarchs has recently been launched: Mission Monarch. And you can help! This Thursday, Maxim will explain how to find the eggs and caterpillars of these majestic butterflies.
At 1:30pm and 3pm in front of the Centre for Biodiversity.
Maximum 20 participants, no reservations. Cancelled if it rains.

17 August: face to face with Audréanne Loiselle, student-researcher at the Montréal Botanical Garden who will immerse you in the world of wetlands.
Wetlands and the plants that live there
Wetlands and the plants that grow there are threatened by urbanization. See life from the perspective of a wetland plant and you’ll understand how they are affected by the changes we impose on them.
At 1:30pm and 3pm in front of the Centre for Biodiversity.
Maximum 20 participants, no reservations. Cancelled if it rains.

24 August: face to face with Frédéric Pitre, researcher at the Montréal Botanical Garden who is trying to understand how plants decontaminate polluted soil.
Seeing plants differently
Plants breathe, feed, drink and grow. That’s how they help decontaminate polluted soil. This Thursday, Frédéric invites you to use his measuring instruments to reveal everything that happens inside plants.
At 1:30pm and 3pm in front of the Centre for Biodiversity.
Maximum 20 participants, no reservations.

31 August: face to face with André Grandchamps, astronomer at the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium who will show off a meteorite collection.
A collection that’s out of this world!
Meteorites are the only extraterrestrial objects found on Earth, and they’re full of clues about how our solar system formed. This Thursday, André will take you to see the largest public collection of meteorites in Quebec.
At 2pm, 3pm and 4pm at the entrance of the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium.
Maximum 20 participants, no reservations.