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Gilles Gauthier

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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 interests are the demography, reproductive strategies, migration and plant-herbivore relations in Greater Snow Geese.


Austin Reed

Canadian Wildlife Service
Quebec Region

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.


Esther Lévesque

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Département des sciences de l'environnement & Centre d’études nordiques
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.


Dominique Berteaux

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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.


Jean-François Giroux

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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.


Line Rochefort

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Département de phytologie & Centre d’études nordiques
Université Laval

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.


Joël Bêty

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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.


Isabelle Laurion

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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.