Next conference: Sandra Binning

On the importance of replication and transparency in scientific research

by Sandra Binning, Université de Montréal

Friday 9 December 2022 at 11:00

Room B-354 and online via Zoom

Charles Picard-Krashevski rewarded at the competition La preuve par l'image

Charles Picard-Krashevski, a doctoral student at the Institut recherche en biologie végétale, won the Humains-Nature jury prize, sponsored by Space for Life, in the ACFAS competition La preuve par l’image. The announcement was made at the 78th ACFAS Gala. The winning image shows a bog nestled in the Parc national du Mont-Tremblant that is the subject of a floristic inventory to assess the impacts of climate change. To find out more, visit the ACFAS website.

Michel Rapinski receives an ACFAS award for his France-Quebec joint supervision thesis

On the occasion of the 78th ACFAS Gala, Michel Rapinski, doctoral student at the Institut de recherche en biologie végétale, was awarded the France-Quebec joint supervision thesis prize. This prize rewards the best theses produced within the framework of a Franco-Quebec joint supervision agreement and is sponsored by the ministère des Relations internationales et de la Francophonie du Québec and the General Consulate of France in Quebec.

Michel received this award for his doctoral thesis entitled “Ethno­biologie et ethnomédecine des Peuples premiers d’Amérique (Cris d’Eeyou Istchee, Parikwene et Pekuakamilnuatsh). L’impact de l’alimentation et de la médecine traditionnelle sur la santé et le bien-être des diabétiques”.

Read about it (in French) in Le Devoir.

Congratulations Michel!

Climate change also threatens insects

“Les changements climatiques menacent aussi les insectes”, an article by Jean-Benoit Legault for The Canadian Press, published in the 25 November 25 2022 edition of Le Devoir, includes an interview with Jacques Brodeur, researcher-entomologist at the IRBV .

Read the article (in French).

Audréanne Loiselle recipient of the 2022 Marie-Victorin Excellence Award

Audréanne Loiselle, a Ph.D. student under the supervision of Stéphanie Pellerin, researcher at the IRBV and the Montreal Botanical Garden, and the co-direction of Raphael Proulx, professor at UQTR, is the recipient of the 2022 Marie-Victorin Excellence Award. Her thesis focuses on the synergies and trade-offs between the ecological functions and services (ESF) of different types of lakeside wetlands.

The results of her research project will make it possible to optimize wetland protection and conservation efforts by developing an integrative approach, taking into account the interactions between biotic and abiotic components, and focusing on the supply of ESF. The analysis of the impacts of climate change and land use scenarios will make it possible to build a more sustainable basis for land management projects in the medium and long term. More generally, the results of this project and the methods proposed therein represent significant advances in the fields of wetland ecology, conservation, modeling of anthropogenic impacts and the study of ESFs.

Audréanne Loiselle, who previously completed a master’s project on the impacts of urbanization on the taxonomic and functional diversity of urban wetlands, is already recognized for her expertise on wetlands, which has allowed her to participate in various collaborative projects and to be invited to give training, particularly on the delimitation of wetlands.

Audréanne is particularly distinguished by her impressive record of scientific communications and the receipt of numerous prizes and distinctions highlighting the excellence of her work and her ability to communicate.

Mathilde Gaudreau recipient of the 2022 Marcelle-Gauvreau Excellence Award

Mathilde Gaudreau, a Ph.D. student under the joint supervision of Paul K. Abram, researcher at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in British Columbia, and Jacques Brodeur, researcher at the IRBV and professor at the Université de Montréal, is the recipient of the 2022 Marcelle-Gauveau Excellence Award, and the very first student to receive this prize.

Mathilde has distinguished herself through her important work on several Equity, Diversity and Inclusion committees as well as through her involvement in several companies working in the field of entomology. She is specifically committed to identifying and eliminating potential systemic barriers to marginalized communities while reducing the influence of unconscious biases on selection processes. She is also involved with the Ouellet-Robert Collection, the Entomological Society of Quebec (SEQ) and the Entomological Society of Canada. She has been a member of the company’s board of directors since 2018 and for four years participated in the editorial committee of Antennae, the Company’s newsletter. During her mandate, she wrote, for example, a directory of Canadian entomological collections and an entomological glossary representing more than 300 specialized terms. Mathilde also has an excellent record of publications and communications with the general public (twelve over the past four years).

Congratulations Mathilde!

Antoine Caron-Guay shines at the ABQ convention

Antoine Caron-Guay, a master’s student under the supervision of Étienne Laliberté, distinguished himself at the last congress of the Association des biologistes du Québec by winning the prize for the best student presentation (“Cartographier l’envahisseur: télédétection précoce d’une plante exotique envahissante à l’aide des drones et de l’intelligence artificielle”).

Congratulations Antoine!

The Marie-Victorin Herbarium featured in le Devoir

The Marie-Victorin Herbarium was the subject of an excellent article in the science section of the November 19, 2022 edition of the newspaper Le Devoir. The article includes, among other things, interviews with the curator of the Herbarium Étienne Léveillé-Bourret, as well as with Geneviève Lajoie, researcher at the IRBV. You can read the article at the following link.

Photo: Jacques Nadeau, Le Devoir

Alexandre Michaud receives the SEQ Fund scholarship

Alexandre Michaud, a master’s student under the supervision of Michel Labrecque and Sébastien Boquel of CEROM, is the 2022 recipient of Société d’Entomologie du Québec Fund scholarship. With his master’s project, Alexandre is interested in characterizing the insect communities of several genotypes of fast-growing willows in Quebec. The originality of his project earned him this scholarship.

Congratulations Alexandre!

Laurie St-Fleur receives the Ben Marc Diendéré scholarship

After receiving a Mosaïques d’Excellence scholarship earlier this year, Laurie St-Fleur, a master’s student with Joan Laur and Pierre-Luc Chagnon, is awarded the Ben MarcDiendéré 2022 Audacity and Innovation scholarship – by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. This scholarship aims to support students whose study projects are beneficial for society. It rewards the creativity, the originality and the audacity of the subjects and the methodological approaches.

Congratulations Laurie!

Constance Le Gloanec and Viraj Alimchandani receive an ESP scholarship

This year, the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies of the University of Montreal awarded an excellence scholarship to two doctoral students from the IRBV, Constance Le Gloanec and Viraj Alimchandani. Supervised respectively by Daniel Kierzkowski and Anne-Lise Routier, Constance and Viraj use confocal microscopy and 3D image analysis to explore and understand the growth and development of plant organs. Excellence scholarships are awarded to students who have a very good academic record and are distinguished by their research achievements. This year, Constance published an article (as first author) in the journal Development and presented her research at the 10th International Plant Biomechanics Conference in Lyon, France. Viraj presented his work at two international conferences, the APS March Meeting in Chicago and the 18th European Mechanics of Materials Conference in Oxford, UK. Congratulations to both!

Researchers' Night 2022

Back to the future of research

On November 11, Espace pour la vie will hold a new edition of Researchers’ Night at the Botanical Garden, an event that reveals scientific research in a whole new light.

This year, visitors will cross a “time vortex” and will be able to meet dozens of scientists gathered under one roof. The great scientific minds will be present to present their current and dream research work, while keeping in mind the learnings, mistakes and successes of the past.

For more information, download this document.

Carole Sinou participates in the translation of GBIF publication protocols

Congratulations to Carole Sinou (manager of Canadensys) who participated with other international colleagues in the translation into French of the publication protocols on the GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility) of DNA-derived data. This document in French will facilitate the publication of data by French-speaking countries and will allow the addition of quality data on GBIF to improve our knowledge of global biodiversity.

To learn more, see this GBIF article.

Simon Joly is the new director of the IRBV

Following the selection process for the position of director of the IRBV, we are pleased to announce the appointment of Simon Joly, botanist at the Montreal Botanical Garden and associate professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Montreal, to title of director of the Institute. Mr. Joly officially took office on 1 October 2022 following the signing of an employee loan protocol with the City of Montreal.

As special advisor to the director since 2018, Simon Joly has had the opportunity to familiarize himself with the files and he has demonstrated all the qualities and vision necessary to lead the IRBV in the collaborative spirit of his predecessors.

Research assistant position in the Bruneau laboratory

A part-time research assistant position is now open in Anne Bruneau’s laboratory. The person will perform phylogenetic analyses on the macroevolution of legumes, work and analyze specimen occurrence data, clean data from Canadian collections, participate in the renewal of the Canadensys website and assist the project manager in her programming tasks and the maintenance of IT infrastructure.

For more information, see this PDF document.

M.Sc. project in Michel Labrecque's laboratory

Michel Labrecque’s phytoremediation laboratory is looking for a student for a master’s project in carbon phytosequestration. This project aims to set up a greenhouse gas capture laboratory on a large scale by plantation of fast-growing willows on the technical landfill site of Waste Management Inc. located in Sainte Sophie, Quebec. The final objective of the research project is to develop a protocol for the restoration of degraded sites and GHG reduction by carbon phytosequestration for the deployment of a standardized service at nationwide for industrial use.

For all the information, see this document.

Ph.D.'s, M.Sc.'s and post-docs offered in urban forestry

Ph.D.’s, M.Sc.’s and post-docs in urban forestry are currently offered by a team of researchers from the University of Montreal, UQAM, Concordia and the University of Toronto.

For all the information see the following document.

Call for applications for a M.Sc. project in phytotechnology

A M.Sc. project in phytotechnology is currently available in the lab of Jacques Brisson. 

For information see the following document (in French).