Why studying the Arctic?
The Arctic represents something unique in each of our minds. This frozen world, a crucial habitat of emblematic species, feeds the imagination of kids as well as adults. But many people are so far removed from the North that they are not aware of the major issues reshaping its face. Warming of the Arctic is twice as fast as the global average and triggers loss of Arctic sea ice, which, eventually, might completely disappear during the summer. Moreover, there are increasing interests for industrial developments in the Arctic. Given these interacting and complex changes, research is needed to develop baseline knowledge on Arctic ecosystems, evaluate how ongoing and future environmental pressures may affect Arctic flora and fauna on which northern communities rely for their livelihoods and cultures, and in turn, guide conservation and sustainable development.
The Arctic and Antarctica have long fascinated me, and I am now contributing, as a researcher with >10 years of polar research experience, in studying polar marine ecosystems and ecosystem services (the benefits ecosystems provide to humans) in the context of environmental changes. My research further aims to guide conservation and sustainable management of Arctic marine ecosystems and resources.
My background and current research
In my M.Sc. (Université Laval, Quebec city), I studied climate-related invasions of boreal fish species in Arctic waters and how they could alter Arctic marine food webs. Following this research and its findings, I was asking myself many more questions about how Arctic change has been, and will be, unfolding in the future. To answer some of these questions, I completed a Ph.D. research (McGill University, Montreal) to study Arctic marine food webs and ecosystem services, especially fisheries, in the context of environmental changes. Currently a Weston Family Postdoctoral Northern Researcher at Université Laval, I continue to advance science on marine ecosystem change in the context of climate change in the Arctic, and how ecological changes have cascading effects of marine resources, including Arctic Char fisheries, which are critical for food security and health in Indigenous coastal communities.
I am also an active science communicator who loves to share my experiences as a researcher through activities in both the North and the South of Canada. I organize workshops and conferences, produce videos, and write articles for different media outlets about Arctic issues. I have been actively involved on the board of APECS Canada - Canada's National Council of the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists - since 2015, including as the Chair in 2017-18. We pursue different outreach activities related to polar science, and work to foster networking and cooperation among international and national early career polar scientists. Furthermore, I am interested in how researchers can best engage with northern Indigenous communities, and co-organized a student-led workshop for early-career researchers on this topic (the Intercultural Indigenous Workshops).
Onboard the CCGS scientific icebreaker Amundsen
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