The IRBV partners with Classes Affaires 2019

Sonia, Kyra and Nell have just completed a one-week internship on biodiversity at the IRBV, from 29 July to 2 August. With the help of presentations, visits of collections as well as lab and field work, and thanks to the collaborations of students and researchers at the IRBV, the three students in grades Secondary 3 and 4 were given the opportunity to explore the world of plants, mushrooms and insects.

The Classes Affaires de Montréal Relève program ( offers internships to more than 1500 students from 400 organisations in Montreal. The non-profit initiative, which was created in 1995 by the Montreal Chamber of Commerce and the City of Montreal, aims for the socio-economic development of the city through programs for the next generations.

Photo © Jessy Lewandowski, for Montréal Relève, 2019.

Legend: sampling biodiversity in the ponds of the Montreal Botanical Garden.
From left to right: Denis Lauzer, Nell Léger, Kyra Cloutier, Audréanne Loiselle, Sophia Conway-Giannopoulos

Job offer: assistant professor in taxonomy and floristics

The Department of Biological Sciences is soliciting candidates for a full-time, tenure-track assistant-professor position in plant biology, with a specific focus on taxonomy and systematics, floristics and biodiversity of vascular plants. The candidate will join the Institut de recherche en biologie végétale and be the curator of the Marie-Victorin Herbarium.

All the details can be found in this document.

Joan Laur, new botanist

In the process of implementing the Pathway to Phytotechnologies at the Botanical Garden, a new half-time position of botanist has been created. We are happy to announce that this new position has been filled by Joan Laur.

Joan obtained her Ph.D. degree from the University of Alberta in 2014, having researched the physiological processes involved in the absorption of water by plants. She has then pursued postdoctoral studies in the Phytology department at Université Laval, then with us at the IRBV thanks to a postdoctoral grant from the Fonds de Recherche Québécois Nature et Technologies FRQNT.

The committe in charge of hiring a candidate for this position was impressed with the excellence of Joan’s resumé. She will contribute to the development of the Pathway to Phytotechnologies et will be a stimulating addition of the research teams of the Botanical Garden, Space for Life and the IRBV.

A warm welcome to Joan!

A swarm of interviews about insects

Jacques Brodeur, professor of entomology at the IRBV, and Étienne Normandin, coordonnator of the Ouellet-Robert Entomological Collection, have been busy giving a great number of interviews over the past few weeks. Click on links below to view or listen.

Étienne Normandin:

Jacques Brodeur:

  • Invasion de scarabée japonais. Interview by Maxime Coutié, Ici Radio Canada Première. La matinale d’été. 5 August 2019.
  • Le scarabée japonais. Feature by Jacaudrey Charbonneau, Ici Radio Canada Télé. Le téléjournal de fin de soirée.
  • Les insectes vous incommodent-ils cet été ? Television program hosted by Alex Boissonault. La période de questions, Ici RDI en direct. 2 August 2019.
  • L’invasion du scarabée japonais. Interview by Alexandra Szacka, Ici Radio Canada Première. L’heure du monde. 2 August 2019
  • Brodeur, J. La prolifération du scarabée japonais à Québec. Interview by Olivier Lemieux, Radio Canada Ici Québec. Première heure. 1 August 2019.
  • Le scarabée japonais poursuit son avancée au Québec, mais avec un ennemi à ses trousses. Feature by Erik Chouinard, Radio Canada Ici Québec. 1 August 2019.
  • The brown marmorated stink bug as a new invasive species in Québec. Interview by Marika Wheeler. Québec AM, CBC Radio One Québec City. 31 July 2019.
  • The arrival of the brown marmorated stink bug in Montreal. Feature by Verity Stevenson, CBC Montreal News. 29 July 2019.
  • La punaise marbrée à Montréal: état de la situation. Interview by Michel Jean, LCN-TVA Nouvelles. 29 July 2019.
  • La présence de la punaise diabolique a triplé à Montréal. Interview by Guillaume Pelletier, Le Journal de Montréal. 29 July 2019.
  • Des punaises diaboliques partout à Montréal. Interview by Guillaume Pelletier, 24 Heures Montréal. 29 July 2019.
  • Brodeur, J. Le déclin des insectes. Interview by Marie-France Bélanger, Les Années Lumière. 21 July 2019.

ACFAS photo contest, one finalist from the IRBV

Three finalists are representing the IRBV in the ACFAS La preuve par l’image photo contest. Complete information is found in this UdeM Nouvelles article (in French).

The IRBV’s Etienne Laliberté is one of those three finalists, with his photo titled “Detecting the invader with the help of drones” which you can see as the header of this news piece. Si you haven’t done so already, you are invited to vote for your favourite photo before 15 September at the following link:

Anne-Lise Routier and Daniel Kierzkowski, recipients of the New Frontiers in Science Fund

Professors Anne-Lise Routier and Daniel Kierzkowski are the new recipients of the New Frontiers in Science Fund. This highly competitive grant funds innovative interdisciplinary research across Canada. The two IRBV professors want to elucidate the cellular mechanisms controlling the growth of floral organs by combining biology, physics and engineering. They propose to study the influence of temperature on the development of flowers in order to make them more resilient to climate change.