Jules Dumotier rewarded at the annual meeting of the Entomological Society of America

Jules Dumotier, M.Sc. student under the co-supervision of Annie-Ève Gagnon from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and Jacques Brodeur, won first prize for the best student presentation in the Biocontrol category at the annual (and virtual) meeting of the Entomological Society of America. Jules’ presentation was titled Trophic impacts of a rolled-rye mulch on lettuce aphids (Nasonovia ribisnigri) in organic soils. Congratulations Jules!

Our Sea, Our Health

Alain Cuerrier, botanist at the IRBV, as well as his Ph.D. student Michael Rapinski, are among the authors of a new collective book titled Our Sea, Our Health.

This book highlights the extraordinary diversity of country foods of marine origin that are traditionally and currently consumed by the Inuit of Kangiqsujuaq and Ivujivik. More importantly, it highlights the capacity for Nunavimmiut to adapt to their environment and the importance of actively promoting the integration of organisms from the sea, notably the smaller ones including seafood and shellfish into current food systems, particularly among younger Inuit generations.

Marie-Anne Viau is awarded a scholarship from the Faculty of Arts and Science

Marie-Anne Viau, a M.Sc. student under the supervision of Michel Labrecque, was just awarded a scholarship from the Faculty of Arts and Science for the academic year 2021-2022. The purpose of this grant is to support students who are actively implicated in their community, whether within a group, an organization or a project, and who has performed well academically. Marie-Anne has been involved in Cultiver Montréal as well as Miel Montréal, a non-profit organization with the purpose of raising awareness about the importance of pollinators and the promotion of responsible apiarian practices in urban areas.

This is the second big scholarship awarded to Marie-Anne in 2021, as she obtained earlier this year a FRQ-Esplanade grant for her project in collaboration with Miel Montréal. Congratulations Marie-Anne!

Andrew Blakney receives the Marie-Victorin excellence award

The 2021 Marie-Victorin excellence award goes to Andrew Blakney, a Ph.D. student in the laboratory of Mohamed Hijri, co-supervised by Marc St-Arnaud. In his innovative Ph.D. project he studied the evolution of microbial communities through short and long temporal scales. It is already clear that Andrew has a promising career ahead of him. Congratulations!

Eight applications were received for this year’s award and the committee had a long debate before reaching a decision. All applications were excellent, bearing witness to the excellence of the IRBV students, of which we are immensely proud.

Ph.D. position offer on post-disturbance forest dynamics

A Ph.D position on post-disturbance forest dynamics in the laboratory of Marie-Hélène Brice (co-supervised by Mathieu Bouchard from Université Laval) is currently open. The goal of this project is to assess and quantify the effect of natural and human disturbances on forest dynamics across Quebec using data from North American forest inventories. The student will contribute to improve models to simulate changes in composition over time as a function of different environmental factors (types of disturbances, climate, soils, etc.). In addition to the work on data analysis, this project may also include fieldwork depending on the student’s interests.

For more information on this project, see this PDF document.

Alexis Carteron receives the J. André Fortin excellence award

The 2021 edition of the J. André Fortin excellence award goes to Alexis Carteron who recently earned his Ph.D. under the supervision of Étienne Laliberté. Alexis’ thesis, titled La dominance mycorhizienne en tant que facteur local déterminant des processus écologiques forestiers, was qualified by the jury as being exceptional. Alexis’ name also made it onto the Université de Montréal’s rector’s honours list. Congratulations to Alexis!

Job offer in Étienne Laliberté’s laboratory

A position of research assistant in Étienne Laliberté’s laboratory has just opened. The position is part time, from 5 November to 17 December 2021, for a total of 126 hours at the rate of 20 to 25 hours/week.

The assistant will:
– prepare samples (grinding, weighing)
– chemical analysis of samples (preparation, carbon/nitrogen analyses, pigment extraction).

For more information see the following file.