Research Chairs

Research Chairs

Several members of Québec-Océan hold research chairs, including 3 Canada Research Chairs, one Quebec Chair, and 3 partnership chairs.

Co-researchers Chairs

Quebec Ministry of Public Safety Chair in Coastal Geoscience

Bernatchez, Pascal (UQAR)

Since 2007 

The Chair's work focuses on preventive coastal risk management and solutions adapted to the needs of society and climate change. Coastal hazards will be modeled while the vulnerability and resilience of the coastal zone will be assessed. This will lead to the development of solutions adapted to the different local and regional contexts of Québec maritime, to reduce current and future coastal risks. 

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Canada Research Chair in Geochemistry of Coastal Hydrogeosystems

Chaillou, Gwénaëlle (UQAR-ISMER)

Since 2011

The Chair will help predict how global environmental changes will influence northern coastal hydrogeosystems and ecosystems that depend on them. Subsurface geochemical.

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Canada Research Chair in the Geodynamics of Ice Sheet - Sea Level Interactions

Gomez, Natalya (U. McGill)

Since 2020

Using state-of-the-art numerical models and geophysical data, the Chair aims to understand the response of the polar ice caps to past and current climate change to better predict sea level. This will help determine the vulnerability of coastal populations and ecosystems and take actions to improve their resilience.

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Littoral Research Chair

Lemire, Mélanie (U. Laval)

Since 2019

The Chair, also known as the North Sentinel Partnership Research Chair in Ecosystem Approaches to Health, carries out interdisciplinary research and intervention projects, in close collaboration with First Nations and coastal populations, to better understand the complex effects of environmental changes on human health. In its preventive approach, the Chair promotes a lifestyle based on a healthy ecosystem, fostering resilience.

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UNESCO Chair in Integrated Marine Systems Analysis

Noisette, Fanny (UQAR-ISMER)

Since 2020

The first UNESCO Chair in the marine field in Canada, the UNESCO Chair in Integrated Marine Systems Analysis is based on close North-South collaboration and multidisciplinary research on marine ecosystems.

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Research Chair on coastal ecosystems and port, industrial and maritime activities, in partnership with the Port of Sept-Îles and the Northern Institute for Environmental and Occupational Health Research

Saulnier-Talbot, Émilie (U. Laval)

Since 2020

The mission of the Chair is to improve fundamental knowledge on the functioning of coastal ecosystems in order to guide the sustainable management of socio-ecological systems in coastal environments subject to port, industrial, and maritime activities. Innovative methods and tools will be used to distinguish natural changes from those due to anthropic stresses.

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Canada Research Chair in Marine Geology

St-Onge, Guillaume (UQAR-ISMER)

Since 2017

The work of the Chair will determine the recurrence and impact of major earthquakes in eastern Canada, in addition to providing basic data on the nature and architecture of the seabed and its stability, parameters that are crucial for the installation and operation of marine and coastal infrastructures. This better knowledge will allow governmental and private institutions to adapt their infrastructures and policies according to this reality. The Chair's work will also promote a better understanding of the processes related to the rapid melting of the poles, which could play a crucial role in the coming centuries in the Arctic and Antarctic.

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Canada Research Chair in Microbial Ecology and Genomics

Walsh, David (U. Concordia)

Since 2011

The Chair studies the variability of the oceanic microbial community from a genetic perspective and in relation to environmental stresses. The goal of the Chair's work is to develop genetic tools to monitor disturbances to marine ecosystems and ultimately improve the health of the oceans.

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Collaborators Chairs

Canada Research Chair in Genetic Conservation of Aquatic Resources

Bernatchez, Louis (U. Laval)

Since  2001

The program of this Chair aims at improving the conservation of three threatened species: 

  • Atlantic salmon, whose stocks have been reduced by half over the last twenty years;
  • brook trout, which is the most important species for the Quebec aquaculture industry and is not produced anywhere else in the world;
  • the Chevalier cuivré is the only vertebrate species exclusively found in Quebec and whose only known breeding ground is the Richelieu River.

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Canada Research Chair in Fisheries Ecology

Robert, Dominique (UQAR-ISMER)

Since 2017

The Canada Research Chair in Fisheries Ecology aims to enhance the economic and sustainable value of marine fisheries by studying the ecology of species. State-of-the-art technologies, such as electronic tagging of fish and otolith analysis, will be used to assess abundance, spatial distribution and individual variability. 

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Fisheries and Oceans Research Chair in Applied Marine Acoustics

Simard, Yvan (Institut Maurice-Lamontagne et UQAR-ISMER)

Since 2001

The research program of this chair uses passive acoustics methods, such as the detection and location of whales based on their specific vocalizations, and active acoustics for the estimation and mapping of fish and krill in three dimensions in their environment. It also includes a technology development component.

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Canada Research Chair in Aquatic Ecosystem Studies

Vincent, Warwick (U. Laval)

Since 2001

This Chair studies the diversity of aquatic life at the base of food webs in high latitude lakes, rivers, and coastal oceans. Through laboratory and fieldwork, the ecology, diversity, and physiology of cyanobacteria and microalgae are examined in relation to the impact of climate change.

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