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2020 ANNUAL SCIENTIFIC MEETING HIGHLIGHTS

The Québec-Océan Annual Scientific Meeting was held at the Château Mont Sainte-Anne Convention Center near Quebec City on March 9 and 10, 2020, followed by a one-day workshops for researchers and students on March 11. Despite winter storm conditions, the event brought together more than a hundred people from all universities collaborating in Quebec-Ocean (Laval, UQAR, McGill, UQAC, INRS-ETE and Concordia), from some Allied organizations, UQO and several current and future partners. This year's edition included 40 posters and 20 oral presentations offered by 12 students, 2 postdoctoral researchers and 4 researchers from Québec-Océan. All the topics presented covered all the disciplines of oceanography, reflecting the strong integration of the research axes and themes of Québec-Océan.


Highlights include the quality of the student presentations awarded with several prizes (see below). Two guest speakers also marked this meeting with their presentations illustrating areas new for Québec-Océan:


Natalya Gomez (U. McGill) demonstrated the complex relationships between the ice sheets and sea level.

Ice sheets, sea level change and glacial isostatic adjustment 

Zhe Lu (UQAR-ISMER) ) presented the case of some contaminants found along an ecotoxicological continuum, from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of St. Lawrence and the Arctic.

Industrial Antioxidants and UV Absorbents in the Aquatic Environment 


Finally, the veil was lifted on two awards given to members for their scientific articles, singled out among all those published in 2018.

The presence of our partners from Amundsen Science, ArcticNet, Reformar and the Institut nordique du Québec (INQ) as well as our Allies from the Centre d'expertise en gestion des risques d'incidents maritimes (CEGRIM) and from Stratégie Saint-Laurent have favored fruitful and promising exchanges for the future.

On Wednesday March 11, two parallel workshops for researchers and students were highly appreciated. On one hand, the Student Committee organized three training courses for the students: popularizing science though comics, social media to promote his/her research career and how to prepare for an interview. On the other hand, researchers discussed and prepared the outline of the next Quebec-Ocean grant application to the FRQNT.

STUDENT PRESENTATION CONTEST

Eight prizes, including six cash prizes, were awarded to students with outstanding presentations.

  • Two awards of $ 350 for best oral presentations
  • Three awards of $ 300 for best poster presentations
  • An award of $ 100 for the best presentation of a start-up project (without result)
  • Public Choice award – Oral presentation

ORAL PRESENTATION AWARD WINNERS

Bolduc, Sara (U. Laval), J.-S. Moore, M. Lemire, J.-E. Tremblay, C. Fletcher

Contribution de la diète de l'omble chevalier à la qualité de sa chair et ses liens avec l'importance culturelle et alimentaire des Inuits du Nunavik.

Tamtare, Michel (UQAR-ISMER), D. Dumont, C. Chavanne

The Stokes drift in ocean surface drift prediction.

POSTER PRESENTATIONS AWARDS
POSTERS WITH RESULTS

Alikacem, Yasmine (U. Laval), S. Lambert-Girard, D. Boudreau, S. Thibault, M. Babin

On the design of an optical sensor to measure nitrate in sea ice.

Dreujou, Elliott (UQAR-ISMER), C. Carrier-Belleau, F. Ferrario, P. Archambault

From Benthic Community to Multiple Drivers: An Integrated Multi-Approach Study of the baie des Sept-Îles.

Guilpin, Marie (UQAR-ISMER), V. Lesage, T. Jeanniard-du-Dot, P. Brosset, I. McQuinn, G. Winkler

Energetic consequences of human disturbances and changes in krill preyscape on blue whales foraging in the Estuary and Gulf of St. Lawrence, Canada.

Awaiting
publication

POSTER WITHOUT RESULTS

Léger-Daigle, Romy (UQAR-ISMER), C. Nozais, F. Noisette, M. Cusson

Réponse des capacités photosynthétiques de la zostère (Zostera marina) à différentes conditions lumineuses dans la colonne d'eau.

Unavalaible

ORAL PRESENTATION – PUBLIC CHOICE AWARDS

Carrier-Belleau, Charlotte (U. Laval), D. Drolet, C.W. McKindsey, P. Archambault

Répercussions de l'intensification et de la superposition de stresseurs anthropiques sur les écosystèmes aquatiques et les services écosystémiques du Saint-Laurent.

Gremion, Gwenaëlle (UQAR-ISMER), L.-P. Nadeau, I. R. Schloss, P. Archambault, D. Dumont

How can we efficiently represent the detritus box in NPZD models?

QUÉBEC-OCÉAN EXCELLENCE AWARDS
"2018 JOINT PUBLICATION" AWARD

This award honours researchers who have published their work together and whose excellence has contributed to Québec-Océan's renown. Eligible articles have been published in a peer-reviewed journal with an impact factor, have made reference to Québec-Océan and are co-authored by at least two Québec-Océan co-investigators (underlined below). For 2018, two ex-aequo prizes are awarded.

"2018 STUDENT PUBLICATION" AWARD

This $500 award recognizes a student member (underlined below) of Québec-Océan who is the first author of an article published in a peer-reviewed journal, with an impact factor and mentioning Québec-Océan, as well as its co-authors.

Congratulations to all the winners!


QUÉBEC-OCÉAN EXCELLENCE AWARDS
2018 JOINT PUBLICATION AWARD

Colatriano D, P Tran, C Guéguen, WJ Williams, C Lovejoy (U. Laval), DA Walsh (Concordia U.)

Genomic evidence for the degradation of terrestrial organic matter by Arctic Ocean Chloroflexi bacteria. Nature Communications Biology (2018) 90: 1-9. DOI: 10.1038/s42003-018-0086-7

Lavoie M, M Gali, C Sevigny, DJ Kieber, WG Sunda, CE Spiese, F Maps (U. Laval), M Levasseur (U. Laval)

Modelling dimethylsulfide diffusion in the algal external boundary layer: implications for mutualistic and signalling roles. Environmental Microbiology (2018) 20 (11): 4157-4169. DOI: 10.1111/1462-2920.14417

2018 STUDENT PUBLICATION AWARD

Cabrol J (UQAR-ISMER), T Trombetta, S Amaudrut, F Aulanier, R Sage, R Tremblay, C Nozais, M Starr, S Plourde, G Winkler

Trophic niche partitioning of dominant North-Atlantic krill species, Meganyctiphanes norvegica, Thysanoessa inermis, and T. raschii. Limnology and Oceanography (2019 but, published online first in 2018) 64 (1) : 165-181. DOI: 10.1002/lno.11027

THE ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

Québec-Océan would like to extend its warmest thanks to all those who contributed directly or indirectly to the success of the 2020 Annual Scientific Meeting.

The Organizing Committee
Sophie Banville, Richard Marquis, Astrid Tempestini et Brigitte Robineau, with the collaboration of Sylvain Blondeau, Pascal Guillot, Jean-Éric Tremblay and Gesche Winkler.

The Student Committee
Charlotte Carrier-Belleau, Thomas Grévesse, Abigaëlle Dussol, Gwenaelle Gremion, Mathieu Huot and Filippo Ferrario with the collaboration of Fanny Vermandele and Ella Guscelli.

The Session Chairs
Julie Foulon, Marie-Hélène Forget, Mélanie Lemire, Pauline Chauvet and Brigitte Robineau.

The Judges of the Oral Presentations
Fanny Noisette, Philippe Massicotte and Richard St-Louis.

The Judges of the Poster Presentations
Urs Neumeier, Piero Calosi, Jory Cabrol and Ladd Johnson.

And the Partners who offered financial support to the event
Amundsen Science, ArcticNet, the Institut nordique du Québec (INQ) and Reformar.