We are pleased to welcome Étienne Normandin, hired as collection manager of the Ouellet-Robert entomological collection. Étienne recently received a master’s degree, co-supervised at Laval and McGill Universities, for which he studied the urban bee diversity. For the past five years, he ran his own business focused on popularizing entomology. Étienne is deeply connected with the Quebec entomological community. He brings to us an unbridled enthusiasm for entomology as well as expertise in systematics, curation, and outreach. Welcome, Étienne!
On the Université de Montréal’s newspage, an article mentioning the studies of the IRBV’s newest professor, Etienne Laliberté: “Même chez les plantes, l’habit ne fait pas le moine” (in French).
Congratulations to our new Ph.D.’s!
Influence of plant species and richness on pollutant removal in treatment wetlands.
under the supervision of Jacques Brisson
Comparative mitochondrial genomics toward understanding genetics and evolution of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi.
under the supervision of Mohamed Hijri
Determinants of biotic resistance to invasion in plant community assembly.
under the supervision of Sylvie de Blois (McGill University), co-supervisor Jacques Brisson
On May 27-28, the Société Québécoise de Phytotechnologie will hold its ninth annual conference. The organization brings together professionals involved in research, teaching and application of phytotechnologies for treatment of water, air and soil using plants. This year’s conference will focus on the different mechanisms and processes that allow plants to decontaminate our environment, highlighting projects specifically designed to use plants for decontamination.
Participants include renowned speakers and experts from Quebec, Canada and abroad, among them Hans Brix from Denmark (treatment wetlands), Alan Darlington from Ontario (living walls), David J. Nowak from the United States (urban trees) and Michel Mench from France (phytomanagement of contaminated soils).
This year, the SQP will benefit from a special collaboration with researchers from the GenoRem Project, which proposes an innovative approach to phytoremediation with the aim of developing green technologies to decontaminate polluted soils. This collaboration will allow SQP members to benefit from an extra half-day session dedicated to the project’s findings.
Frédéric Pitre, member-researcher at the IRBV since 2012, has been appointed to the position of botanist in the Research and Scientific Development division of the Botanical Garden/Space for Life.
Frédéric holds a Ph.D. (2007) awarded jointly by Université Laval and AgroParisTech, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the renowned Rothamsted Research Center and Imperial College in the UK. He was hired as an assistant botanist in the division in May 2012.
With training and expertise in phytotechnology, Frédéric will be actively involved in the new directions the Botanical Garden/Space for Life hopes to take in the coming years. In addition to his duties as a botanist-researcher, Frédéric will have the important responsibility of managing the Botanical Garden’s library and slide library.
As of January 2015, Étienne Laliberté holds the newly-created position of professor-researcher in plant ecology and ecophysiology at the IRBV. After completing his master’s degree under the supervision of André Bouchard at the IRBV, Étienne earned a Ph.D. from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. He then accepted a professorship at the University of Western Australia. The details of the research project he will conduct at the IRBV will be posted on our website soon.
IRBV student-researchers have created a calendar featuring magnificent photographs taken in the context of the Institute’s research projects. Profits from the sale of the calendar will be donated to the Marie-Victorin Fund, a growth fund whose revenues are used each year to grant a $3000 bursary to a Ph.D. student at the IRBV. For your copy of the calendar ($10), contact Alice Roy-Bolduc (email@example.com).
Mylène Durant (Favret lab)
“A small quiet world”
Yuki Hamamura (Geitmann lab)
“A fir tree of pollen tubes”
Anne-Laure Biang (Brisson lab)
“Treatment wetlands ready for winter ̶ snow won’t slow science”
Congratulations to the three winners and to all participants.
Our thanks to Les Amis du Jardin botanique de Montréal (the Friends of the Montreal Botanical Garden) and the Association des étudiants-chercheurs de l’IRBV (the Association of IRBV student-researchers) for contributing prizes awarded to the winners.
The Université de Montréal Biodiversity Centre has received LEED® Gold Certification from the Canada Green Building Council. Buildings certified LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) use less electricity and water during construction and operation. The Biodiversity Centre was designed to incorporate a geothermic heating and cooling system, a green roof and a rainwater collection system.