Département de biologie & Centre d'études nordiques
Université Laval, Québec
Gilles Gauthier is one of the founding members of the ecological
study and environmental monitoring on Bylot Island and the project
leader. He has 15 years of experience studying the Greater Snow
Geese and the vegetation of Bylot Island. His main research
are the demography, reproductive strategies, migration and plant-herbivore
relations in Greater Snow Geese.
Canadian Wildlife Service
Austin Reed has studied the ecology of migratory waterfowl since
the early 1960s. His implication with Snow Geese began in the
early 1970s as a research biologist with the Canadian Wildlife
Service working in the St.Lawrence Valley. He expanded his studies
to include Bylot Island and other areas of the eastern Canadian
Arctic starting in 1979. His work on Bylot Island has emphasized
the study of changes in Snow Goose numbers and distribution over
time and of goose behaviour during incubation, in addition to
contributing to the goose banding program and to supervision of
several graduate students. Since retirement in 1998 he has continued
his involvement with the Snow Goose research work as an emeritus
researcher. He is currently a member of the Joint Park Management
Committee for Sirmilik National Park.
Département des sciences de l'environnement & Centre d’études
Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières
Esther Lévesque is a plant ecologist with many years experience
working on plant communities of the polar deserts of Ellesmere
Island. She is interested in community dynamics and the reproductive
ecology of Arctic plants. On Bylot, she is studying the impacts
of goose grazing on mesic (upland) habitats. She also examines
the responses of Arctic plants to climate changes by implementing
an International Tundra Experiment (ITEX) study site.
Département de biologie
& Centre d’études nordiques
Université du Québec à Rimouski
Dominique Berteaux is a wildlife biologist and currently owns
a Canada Research Chair in Northern Ecosystem Conservation. He
his mainly interested in mammalian behaviour and ecology, conservation
of biodiversity and in understanding driving forces organizing
northern ecosytems. On Bylot Island more specifically, his research
focuses on trophic relations of terrestrial mammals such as Arctic
Foxes and lemmings.
Département des sciences biologiques
Université du Québec à Montréal
Jean-François Giroux is an ecologist with many years experience
working on migratory birds’ management. He is largely interested
by the integrated management of abundant migratory bird species
such as the Greater Snow Goose and the Canada Goose, the ecology
of Scirpus tidal marshes of the St-Lawrence estuary as
well as by the effect of agricultural practices on the reproductive
success of Bobolinks.
Département de phytologie & Centre d’études
Line Rochefort is a plant biologist who is the senior chair
of the NSERC (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council
of Canada) Industrial Research Chair in peatland management.
The chair aims to improve our knowledge of peatland restoration
and reclamation methods after peat mining, and to look into the
cultivation of sphagnum fibers to develop new growing mixes.
On Bylot Island, Line Rochefort is interested in studying the
impacts of goose grazing and climate changes on the wetlands
of the island.
Département de biologie & Centre d’études nordiques
Université du Québec à Rimouski
Joël Bêty is an ecologist involved since 1995 in research projects dealing with terrestrial wildlife on Bylot Island. His work is essentially centered on trophic interactions, migration and reproductive strategies of arctic birds breeding in the low and high Canadian Arctic. He is currently leading research initiatives dealing with insectivorous birds and arthropods on Bylot Island.
Centre Eau Terre Environnement & Centre d’études nordiques
Institut national de la recherche scientifique
Isabelle Laurion is a limnologist with more than six years of experience in studying ponds formed by permafrost melting in subarctic and arctic regions. She is interested in the functioning of these aquatic ecosystems in expansion with global warming, in their greenhouse gas emissions, in the importance of microbial activity in tundra carbon cycling, and in the microbial diversity of these fascinating systems.