4 M$ grant by the NSERC to Étienne Laliberté

Minister of Science and Sport Kirsty Duncan announced last week that 4 M$ would be invested in the research project taking place at the Canadian Airborne Biodiversity Observatory (CABO). The project brings together researchers from four Canadian universities and seven foreign academic institutions under the supervision of the IRBV’s Étienne Laliberté.

The main purpose of the project is to study the changes in plant biodiversity across Canada with the help of spectranomics. This new technology involving drones, planes and satellites will help monitor changes in plant composition and map out biodiversity. In doing so, CABO may very well revolutionize the way plant biodiversity data is collected in Canada and elsewhere in the world.

Read the NSERC press release

Read the UdeM Nouvelles newsbrief (in French)

Maxime Fortin Faubert awarded prestigious grant from the David Suzuki Foundation

Maxime Fortin Faubert was awarded one of three prestigious research grants offered in 2018-19 by the David Suzuki Foundation.

During the coming year, Maxime will be researching adaptation to climate change and sustainable urbanization and will be perfecting his research within the Foundation.

More: https://davidsuzuki.org/experts/fellows/

This news also made it into the National Observer.

Photo © David Suzuki Foundation

Jean-Baptiste Floc’h awarded the Roger-Baril prize

At the 32nd convention of the Association québécoise des spécialistes en sciences du sol held at the Château Laurier in Quebec City during June 12-14, Jean-Baptiste Floc’h, M.Sc. student under the supervision of Marc St-Arnaud and Chantal Hamel, was awarded the 2018 Roger-Baril prize for the best orale presentation by a student.

Congratulations Jean-Baptiste!

Photo legend:
The president of the Association des scientifiques en sciences du sol Isabelle Royer and Jean-Baptiste Floc’h.

Michel Labrecque’s research on decontamination in the media

The research work of Michel Labrecque on the decontamination of polluted soils was the object of many recent articles and news pieces:

Michel Labrecque and Cédric Frenette Dussault at Radio-Canada: Décontaminer les sols un saule à la fois.

Michel Labrecque and Cédric Frenette Dussault on CTV News: Where there’s a willow, there’s a way: City using saplings to decontaminate land.

Michel Labrecque and Xavier Lachapelle-Trouillard in the Métro: Des saules pour décontaminer des sites industriels.

Michel Labrecque in University Affairs: Researchers are using plants to tackle urban pollution; The City of Montreal has partnered with university researchers in a major project to decontaminate an old industrial site through vegetation.

Michel Labrecque and Xavier Lachapelle-Trouillard on CBC News: Montreal researchers use willows to decontaminate polluted soil, groundwater.

Jardins de dépollution: an interview with Michel Labrecque at Radio-Canada.

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