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News from CEN’ directorate

October 12, 2018

CEN would like to thank the outgoing director, Dr Najat Bhiry, for all the hard work she accomplished during her two consecutive mandates as CEN Director from 2012 to 2018. This includes securing a large CFI grant to construct CEN`s ninth research station in Kangiqsualujjuaq, which opened last summer for rese...

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Hudson Bay Summit 2018 report

October 12, 2018

Following a long history of efforts by communities, organizations and interested parties in the greater James Bay/Hudson Bay regions towards sharing knowledge and coordinated environmental stewardship, the inaugural Hudson Bay Summit brought together these groups to formally create the Hudson Bay Consortium a...

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Lemmings in the roller coaster

September 26, 2018

Climate change threatens to accentuate population fluctuations of this small arctic rodent Already known for the large cyclical variations of their populations, lemmings could experience even more demographic upheavals as a result of climate change affecting the Arctic. This is the conclusion that research...

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Meet our new managers for the CEN-Kangiqsualujjuaq Station

September 13, 2018

CEN wishes a warm welcome to Jeannie Annanack (left) and Eleonora Townley (right) as our new managers for the SUKUIJARVIK CEN-Kangiqsualujjuaq station which recently opened in 2018. The station Inuktitut name means “place of science”. CEN hired Eleonora as the year-round manager and Jeannie will also be h...

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SUKUIJARVIK – The new CEN-Kangiqsualujjuaq station

September 13, 2018

The inauguration of the recently built (2018) CEN research station in Kangiqsualujjuaq took place September 5-6th 2018. The event was a great success, with more than 60 participants from the community, 5 members of CEN and 1 member of CIÉRA.  The opening ceremony was officially launched with a prayer by Nor...

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Caribou’s staring at La nature selon Boucar

August 12, 2018

CEN researcher Steeve Côté was invited to Boucar Diouf radio program “La nature selon Boucar” on Radio-Canada. During the 4th of August episode's on caribou and nordicity, the researcher discuss the possible reasons explaining the decline of caribou's populations.

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First Northern contact in Nunavik

July 3, 2018

Last month, 24 membres of the Sentinel North program spent a week at CEN's flagship station in Whapmagoostui-Kuujjuarapik to participate in a workshop aiming at familiarising them with the challenges of northern research and to the realities of northern communities. CEN members Michel Allard and Richard Fort...

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Three CEN Students are Finalists in "Mon projet nordique"

June 12, 2018

Three CEN Students are Finalists in "Mon projet nordique". Congrstulations to Samuel Gagnon, Myriam Labbé and Mafalda Miranda who are amongst the six finalists who will have the opportunity to present their projects in Rekjavik, Iceland, next October during the Arctic Circle Assembly. More infor...

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A student member of CEN photo's selected by ACFAS for their contest

May 28, 2018

To take science by the other end, by the image and not by the words. This is the original idea behind this contest launched by ACFAS in 2010. Dedicated to images from scientific research in all fields of knowledge, the contest has been spreading since 2016 across Canada, thanks to the collaboration with the N...

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A CEN student awardee of the 2018 George Hobson NSTP prize

May 22, 2018

Congratulations to Samuel Gagnon, PhD student in the department of geographie at Université Laval under the supervision of CEN researcher Michel Allard for winning the 2018 George Hobson award of the Northern Scientific Training Program (NSTP). He was given the 1000$ award for his project intitled "Geom...

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Natural cycles disrupted by climate change

May 7, 2018

The interaction between species has undergone unprecedented changes in recent decades. These upheavals, the consequences of which are not yet known, are evolving in line with climate change.

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Review of the activity: 9th Annual Colloquium of the Department of Biology

May 2, 2018

This year, the symposium was once again a success. The symposium lasted two days, on March 21st and 22nd 2018, and took place at the Optics-Photonics block. A section of the conference was reserved for the presentation of scientific posters presented by the undergraduate students. Finally, our conference cont...

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CEN Annual Conference: Congratulations to the winners!

March 19, 2018

Congratulations to our winners of the CEN 2018 Conference Communication Awards! Samuel Gagnon and Michaël Bonin (ULaval) - Ex-aequo best oral presentation / Louis-Emond Hamelin Award... Mathilde Poirier (ULaval) - best express speech...Karine Rioux (UofMontreal) - Best Express Sentinel North... Mathilde ...

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Three CEN students receive FRQNT funding for an international internship

February 12, 2018

Three CEN students have been awarded a scholarship for an international internship at the Fonds de recherche du Québec - Nature and Technology (FRQNT). These scholarships, valued at a maximum of $15,000, are intended for an internship abroad. Congratulations to the new scholars! - Myriam Labbé (Laval U...

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Gwyneth MacMillan participates to the competition « Science Action! » of the CRSNG

February 8, 2018

A CEN student member, Gwyneth Anne MacMillan (University of Montreal), participates to the competition "Science Action!" of the CRSNG. Follow the link to watch her one-minute film on her research on contamination in the far north. Feel free to share it, since only the videos with the most vie...

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Report by Florent Dominé - Permafrost: when the planet is degassing

February 8, 2018

What is called permafrost? What gases does it contain? Why is it important to study its evolution? What are the observable consequences of the permafrost thaws associated with climate change? What is the risk in the near future? Can we delay the thaw? See the report by Florent Dominé, researcher at the Fra...

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February 5, 2018

CEN researcher Michel Allard, a permafrost specialist, has received the prestigious Weston Family prize for lifetime achievement in northern science. The 100K$ prize was given to professor Allard during the Arctic Change international conference which took place in Quebec city last December. Congratulations! ...

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Camping with Qallunaat on the George River

September 25, 2017

This summer, a group of 30 adventurers set off on an expedition down the magnificent George River, located on the Ungava peninsula in Nunavik, Northern Quebec. The expedition team consisted of members of the Kangiqsualujjuaq community and a small group of scientists. This was the second edition of the Imaliri...

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Twenty thousand leagues under nordic lakes

July 10, 2017

To the great surprise of researchers, the bottom of the centre of Lake Ward Hunt, the northern most lake of the American continent, is not completely frozen and is the home of over 1500 species of bacteria, archaea and eukaryotic microbes. A recent study published in npj Biofilms and Microbiomes by post-docto...

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Serge Payette nominated Knight of the Ordre national du Quebec

June 29, 2017

The Ordre national du Québec confers each year esteemed titles to exceptional citizens who, by their achievements, values and ideals, have marked the evolution and global reach of Québec. CEN researcher and past director Serge Payette received the grade of Knight of the Order, a distinction amon...

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Room with a view

June 20, 2017

The rough-legged hawk, a circumpolar bird of prey nesting in the North, built its nest on rocky cliffs or steep slopes which are threatened by natural hazards linked to climate change. A study published in Arctic Science and signed by Andréanne Beardsell, a CEN student, with her supervisors Gilles...

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CEN Bulletin no. 17 now available!

May 31, 2017

The 17th edition of the CEN Bulletin is now available Read the recent news: New CEN awards; NSERC grant for our infrastructures; International agreements; CEN researcher : Christophe Kinnard; A student's perspective by Isabelle Fournier; and more…

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New CEN award for undergraduates

May 29, 2017

A new scholarship was created to acknowledge the incredible work done by undergraduate students. More specifically, this scholarship aims to support students who participate to conferences or who publish a paper as first author. For more information about the prizes and scholarships, please visit the secti...

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Futur Arctic : International Workshop on Arctic Bryophytes and Lichens

April 5, 2017

The International Futur Arctic workshop is a research initiative on arctic bryophytes and lichens, from species to ecosystem levels, and is co-organised by Juan Carlos Villarreal and Line Rochefort. The workshop, perfectly aligned with CEN’s scientific program, will take place at Université Laval...

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Caribou reality TV

March 6, 2017

Professor Steeve Côté and his research team have installed camera-collars on 14 gestating females of the Rivière aux feuilles herd in 2016. These cameras, programmed to record a 10 seconds video every 20 minutes, are revealing unprecedented images about the behavior, diet and living enviro...

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FRQNT February Étudiant chercheur étoile

March 6, 2017

Manuel Helbig, doctoral student in geography under the supervision of Oliver Sonnentag at Université de Montréal is laureate of the FRQNT Étudiants-chercheurs-étoiles contest for the month of February. Manuel was awarded the prize for his recent publication in Global Change Biology...

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First study of Inuit’s microbiome

February 22, 2017

Catherine Girard, a Université de Montréal doctoral student in Environmental Biology under the supervision of Marc Amyot, is known in Resolute (Nunavut) as the « Poop lady » ever since she collected stool samples for her study of Inuit microbiome. Catherine compared the Inu...

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CEN 2017 annual meeting?: another success!

February 21, 2017

The organising committee of the CEN Annual Meeting wishes to thank all who participated and contributed to the success of the 2017 edition of the meeting at Université Laval. Nearly 150 researchers, students and collaborators came to the meeting from Sherbrooke, Montréal, Trois-Rivières (...

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Two CEN students receive FRQNT International internship awards

February 3, 2017

Students Chloé Martineau and Jean-Benoit Madore, from the Groupe de recherche interdisciplinaire sur les milieux polaires (GRIMP, UdeSherbrooke) and under the supervision of Alexandre Langlois have been awarded FRQNT international mobility scholarships. Chloé Martineau, a Master’s degree s...

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The Martin Bergmann Medal to Professor Vincent

December 21, 2016

Created in 2012 by the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, the Martin Bergmann Medal recognizes achievement for “excellence in Arctic leadership and science”. Professor Warwick Vincent, past director and scientific director of the CEN for many years until just recently, received the prestigious m...

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CEN students shine at the FFGG faculty science meeting

December 20, 2016

Two CEN students were awarded communication prizes during the last edition of the Faculté de foresterie, géographie et géomatique meeting at Université Laval. Samuel Gagnon, doctoral student and active member of CEN’s student committee, won the first prize for the quality of ...

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Launch of the Circumpolar Diatom Database

December 20, 2016

CEN researcher Reinhard Pienitz and CEN research staff Luc Cournoyer recently published a paper describing the newly launched Circumpolar Diatom Database (CDD). This open-access online database (db) is a resource for the analysis of species distribution and abundance of diatoms in high-latittude circumpolar r...

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The researcher Richard Fortier honored

October 13, 2016

CEN researcher Richard Fortier was awarded the 2016 CAN-AM Civil Engineering Amity Award 2016 from the Technical Council on Cold Regions Engineering. Dr Fortier was selected thanks to more than two decades of advancing professional relationships between civil engineers in the USA and Canada, by sharing his ex...

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Warwick Vincent receives the Polar Medal

October 13, 2016

CEN would like to warmly congratulate Warwick Vincent who was recently rewarded for his outstanding scientific research on polar environments. Specialist in Polar Regions’ limnology, Dr. Vincent received the Polar Medal from the Governor General of Canada, the Honorable David Johnston, during a ceremony...

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K-C Irving Research Chair in Northern Studies

October 4, 2016

The new holder of the K-C Irving Research Chair in environmental sciences and sustainable development at Université de Moncton, Marie-Andrée Giroux, was a CEN affiliated postdoctoral fellow at the time of her nomination. The mandate of the research Chair is to contribute to the development and m...

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Professor Dominique Berteaux receives a Université du Québec Excellency prize

September 16, 2016

Professor Dominique Berteaux was given the prize Excellency in research and creation, section realization, by Université du Québec to highlight the quality and originality of his research, his outstanding capacity to valorize it, and its impact on the Québec society. The researcher is a s...

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Canadian Armed Forces Assisting Northern Science

September 8, 2016

Audrey LePogam, PhD student in the avian ecophysiology lab of the researcher François Vézina, has obtained precious data thanks to the support of a team from the Canadian Armed Forces compsed of linemen visiting the Alert station in the far North. The student, known at the station as “Snow...

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The science report of the Polar Continental Shelf Program features Sonnentag's research

August 12, 2016

Oliver Sonnentag’s research was selected as a feature story for the science report 2015 of the Polar continental shelf program (PCSP). The researcher and his team have been studying greenhouse gas and heat fluxes in the Taiga Plains of the Northwest Territories since 2013. Thanks to a net...

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Black bears and urban expansion

August 6, 2016

Black bears are now frequently sighted in residential areas of south-western Ontario. CEN researcher Martin-Hugues St-Laurent, specialist in animal ecology and conservation, says this phenomenon may be explained by the intensification of urban expansion. The increased number of houses built on farm land and i...

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Expert opinion on the discovery of a new Viking site

August 3, 2016

CEN researcher James Woollett was interviewed on the Midi info program of Radio-Canada first channel as an expert regarding the recent discovery of a new Viking site on the Newfoundland coast. The researcher highlight the potential scope of this discovery, which still need to be confirmed, for example by illu...

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Visit of the Governor General of Canada in WK

June 27, 2016

The Governor General of Canada and his wife visited in May CEN research complex at Whapmagoostui-Kuujjuarapik during a tour of the Hudson Bay region communities. The scientific director, Warwick Vincent, Christine Barnard, Science Coordinator, and Maxime Saunier, Station Manager, presented a variety of ongoin...

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More scientists in the Arctic

June 3, 2016

A recent article published in La Presse + relates an observation made by the Polar continental shelf’s program (PCSP) Director stating that interest in Arctic research is growing amongst the scientific community. A higher number of applications for logistical support was received by the PCSP this year. ...

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Best master thesis 2016

May 27, 2016

Charles Papasodoro, CEN student member in the département de géomatique appliquée at Université de Sherbrooke, have won this year’s best master thesis award from the Canadian Remote Sensing Society.  His thesis, carried out under the co-direction of the researchers Alain...

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Dr. Laurion featured on NSERC’s Dashboard

May 16, 2016

CEN researcher Isabelle Laurion’s work is featured on NSERC’s dashboard. Dr. Laurion, professor at the Centre Eau Terre Environnement at INRS, and her team study lakes created by permafrost thawing in the Canadian Arctic. Her research allows her to evaluate the relative importance of the combined ...

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A new micro-geoarcheology lab

May 12, 2016

A unique micro-geoarcheology laboratory affiliated to the CEN, was inaugurated at Université Laval last month. Under the direction of CEN director, researcher Najat Bhiry, the laboratory will facilitate the reconstruction of daily human occupancy in archeological sites. Dr Bhiry has developed a compete...

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Snow life cycle in Umiujaq

April 27, 2016

A team from the Groupe de Recherche Interdisciplinaire des Milieux Polaires (GRIMP), including CEN researcher Alain Royer, led a field mission in Umiujaq (Nunavik) where they studied snow density. This density greatly influences the quantity of water which will be released into the rivers following snow melt ...

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An Alexander-Graham-Bell scholarship for a CEN student!

April 11, 2016

Samuel Gagnon, doctoral candidate in geography at Laval University, under the supervision of the researcher Michel Allard, was awarded an Alexander-Graham-Bell scholarship which supports the best students in the fields of natural sciences and engineering in Canada. Samuel studies permafrost carbon release fol...

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Forecasting avalanches: a Swiss model adapted by CEN researchers

March 23, 2016

Canadian amateurs of backcountry skiing and snowboarding will soon be able to count on more reliable avalanche forecasting models thanks to the studies led by CEN researcher Alexandre Langlois and his team over the past 3 years in the Chic-Chocs and the Rocky Mountains. The adaptation of the Swiss model of av...

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Looking north to predict the south’s futur

March 21, 2016

The Université Laval’s Contact magazine shared with its readers, in its winter 2016 edition, the numerous northern research initiatives being led by the members of its institution. From the foundation of CEN more than 50 years ago by Louis-Edmond Hamelin, to the recent developments of the Institu...

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Water colour reveals biological activity

March 7, 2016

The Université du Québec (UQ) Bulletin features an article on water quality led by Simon Bélanger, director of the Laboratoire d’optique aquatique et de télédétection at Université du Québec à Rimouski and CEN researcher. Using images collec...

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Old Carbon and Greenhouse Effect

January 11, 2016

Predictions of the amount of gas released by thawing permafrost in the Arctic are based on very limited data and results obtained may poorly reflect the actual amounts that will be released. This is why CEN Post-Doctoral Fellow Frédéric Bouchard and his colleagues Isabelle Laurion, Daniel Fortie...

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The world’s lakes are warming up

January 6, 2016

A recent publication in the international journal Geophysical Research Letters relates the warming of lakes on every continent on the planet. These increases in temperature are faster than that of the air and ocean water temperatures and have multiple consequences, such as the increased abundance of cyanobact...

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« La semaine verte » features CEN’s research

December 10, 2015

The Radio-Canada TV program « La semaine verte » has produced a series of episodes on the United Nations conference on Climate Change that took place in Paris in December 2015. Research undertaken by the group Caribou Ungava, led by CEN’s researcher Steeve Côt&eacut...

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CEN's carbon dating lab among the best in the world 

November 4, 2015

CEN’s radiochronology laboratory, run by lab technician Guillaume Labrecque, participated in the Sixth International Radiocarbon Intercomparison (SIRI) competition. The participating laboratories (almost 50) each received thirteen samples that had to be dated using the laboratories’ standard proto...

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October 26, 2015

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The spruce budworm - guilty of another charge

September 17, 2015

Research by CEN professors Martin Simard and Patrick Lajeunesse have shed some light on a surprising driver responsible for landslides in mountainous regions of Québec.  In addition to the cumulative effects of the slope, the thickness of the soil layer, and the amount of water in the ground, the ...

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Publication : permafrost research priorities according to early career scientists

September 11, 2015

A paper was published as a result from a workshop initiated and ran by early career scientists present during the ICARP III meeting which took place in Portugal last year. The young researchers, among which were members of the CEN, planned this workshop with the objective of discussing which research question...

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Volume 2 of Flore nordique du Québec et du Labrador published

September 2, 2015

The second volume of the work « Flore nordique du Québec et du Labrador » was published by the Presses de l’Université Laval under the direction CEN researcher Serge Payette. This impressive work which will culminate in the publication of four volumes, made possibl...

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Prestigious scholarships for CENs students

August 11, 2015

Three of CEN’s students and a post-doc have won prestigious scholarships during the last few months. Simon Massé was awarded the Consortium Ouranos Réal-Décoste scholarship to support his doctoral research, initiated last september under the supervision of Thomas Buffin-Bélan...

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Seeing climate change with the naked eye

August 4, 2015

A piece published on Le Devoir’s website relates that local communities and researchers see tangible signs of accelerated climate change in northern Québec. Many animal and plant species, such as moose and birch, which were historically limited to the south of the province are now readily observe...

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Michel Allard receives the Polar Medal from the Governor General of Canada

July 23, 2015

It is with great pleasure that all CEN members (researchers, staff, and students) congratulate Michel Allard for obtaining the Polar Medal. The medal was presented to him Wednesday, July 8 in Whitehorse. The Polar Medal celebrates Canada’s northern heritage and recognizes persons who render extraordinar...

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Governor General's Academic Medal recevied by two CEN students

June 11, 2015

Congratulations to two CEN students who were honoured by receiving the Governor General’s Academic Medal during the graduation ceremony at Université Laval this month. Selected among 500 graduates receiving a Master's degree with thesis, Sandra Angers-Blondin worked, under the supervision of ...

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CEN media appearances during the Acfas congress

June 11, 2015

The last ACFAS meeting which took place between the 24th and 30th of May at UQAR was a resounding success. Many of CEN’s member actively took part in its organization, notably by organizing workshops, planning activities for the general public and giving outstanding scientific and even musical performan...

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Climate change impacting traditional ways

June 1, 2015

Climate change is affecting the North at an unprecedented pace. Northern residents who depend on the ecosystem for traditional activities, such as hunting and gathering, must adapt their ways to the environment undergoing rapid change. Esther Lévesque and José Gérin-Lajoie, CEN researcher...

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Publication: Survival unrelated to distance of migration

May 25, 2015

A study by a team of researchers from France and Québec, including CEN researcher Gilles Gauthier, have demonstrated that greater snow geese migrating to the northern limit of their breeding area have the same adult survival rate than those migrating 800 km to the south to Bylot island. The researchers...

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Caribou versus jobs

May 22, 2015

A proposal by the government of Québec to extend forest exploitation into the White Mountains area of the Saguenay region could significantly accelerate the decline of the already threatened caribou populations. For several years now, CEN researcher Martin-Hugues St-Laurent has been working w...

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ADAPT on NSERC’s Dashboard

May 14, 2015

ADAPT (Arctic in Development and Adaptation to Permafrost in Transition) led by CEN’s scientific director Warwick Vincent, in collaboration with several other CEN members, is featured on NSERC’s dashboard. The dashboard illustrates the extent of NSERC’s investments in science over the last y...

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What’s up CEN researchers?

May 6, 2015

CEN director Najat Bhiry, researcher Steeve Côté and PhD student Julie Malenfant Lepage appear in a new series of the TV show Canal Savoir called Quoi de neuf chercheurs? The fourth episode of the series presents CEN researchers discussing the challenges facing the North and its communities ...

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Life in High Arctic Ice-Sealed Lakes

March 20, 2015

Under the ice-sealed lakes of the polar desert in the Canadian High Arctic, an unexpected diversity of life flourishes. New technologies such as GoPro video cameras and high-throughput DNA analyses reveal the presence of micro-organisms and life forms, some of which are so small they cannot be observed under ...

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Permafrost Climate Bomb

March 19, 2015

Thawing permafrost and its potential for positive feedback on climate change, specifically in temperature rise, attracts once again the attention of the media. A report was published on Québec science’s website in February relating a visit at CEN's research station in Kuujjuarapik during...

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Le Soleil’s Scientific Breakthroughs for 2014

March 17, 2015

Our researchers climbed to the top 10 scientific discoveries of 2014 in Le Soleil. The newspaper highlights scientific breakthroughs by researchers which have marked scientific history in their respective fields. Research by Patrick Lajeunesse (ULaval) on buried preglacial valleys and gorges, published in the...

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CEN’s radiochronology lab to the rescue of elephants!

March 5, 2015

Carbon 14 dating achieved by CEN’s lead technician, Guillaume Labrecque, of the radiochronology lab lead to the conviction of an auction company which illegally tried to sell elephant tusks as antiques. Indeed, the dating demonstrated that the tusks came from elephants which were killed after 1975, year...

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The best of Québec’s science

March 5, 2015

The Arctic Ocean now counts two "spring" blooms. This discovery was documented in a study lead by CEN’s researcher Marcel Babin and his colleagues. The study was selected as one of the top 10 scientific discoveries of 2014 by the magazine Québec Science. The study shows that a second ph...

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Mountain goat kids play for survival

February 10, 2015

Mountain goat kids are exposed to multiple risk factors during their first year of life. A study by Rachel Théoret-Gosselin, in collaboration with Sandra Hamel and under the supervision of CEN member Steeve Côté, shows that maternal care and energy devoted to locomotor development (linked ...

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CEN research makes the cover page!

February 4, 2015

The front page of the latest volume of the Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences shows a spectacular photo of the Crystal Eye of Nunavik, the Pingualuit Crater Lake, taken by CEN`s research professional Denis Sarrazin. This cover page showcases the article published in the journal and its associated research con...

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Woodland caribou in the spotlight!

January 27, 2015

The research of CEN member Martin-Hugues St-Laurent and his team on the Gaspésie peninsula woodland caribou has attracted much media attention lately. The research program, in partnership with the “Société des établissements de plein-air du Québec” (SEPAQ) t...

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Permafrost Research Featured in Le Monde

January 26, 2015

The French newspaper Le Monde has published an article featuring information obtained during ArcticNet's "Arctic Change 2014 conference" (a network of centres of excellence), which took place in Ottawa last December. The journalist mentions the high numbers of contributions on permafrost science...

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New tool predicts the success of ecosystem restoration

January 23, 2015

A study by CEN’s researcher Line Rochefort and her colleagues was featured in the European commission's publication « Science for Environment Policy ». The research, published in 2014 in the journal Ecological Indicators, describes a new modelling tool which allows the user to ...

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CEN's Bulletin no.12 is now available

December 22, 2014

The 12th edition of CEN's Bulletin (december 2014) is now available. Read here our most recent news: PNB-Paribas grant to Florent Dominé News of our stations CEN researcher: Dermot Antoniades ABQ distinction to Serge Payette Roger-Brown priuze to the Geocryola...

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Chicadees in the spotlight!

December 16, 2014

The research undertaken by CEN members Magali Petit (doctoral student) and Francois Vézina (professor) on the chickadee’s adaptation strategies to winter have been attracting a lot of media attention lately. The results of their research, published in the journal PLOSone, were also highlighted in...

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Our students among the best at the Arctic Change 2014 conference

December 16, 2014

Two of CEN’s students were awarded the first prize for their posters during the International Arctic Change 2014 conference in Ottawa. Frankie Jean-Gagnon, UQAR Master's student under Joël Bêty and Simon Bélanger’s supervision won the prize in the marine sciences category for...

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Serge Payette honored by the Association des Biologistes du Québec

November 26, 2014

Every year during its annual meeting, the “Association des biologistes du Québec” (ABQ) honours a non-biologist whose contribution to the field of Biology is exceptional throughout his/her career. This year this honorary title was awarded to Serge Payette, who has been a regular CEN member ...

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Daniel Fortier and Isabelle de Grandpré awarded the prestigious Roger Brown Prize

October 16, 2014

Daniel Fortier and Isabelle de Grandpré have just received the prestigious Roger Brown Prize awarded by The Canadian Geotechnical Society for the publication of the best peer-reviewed article on engineering and permafrost science. The Prize was awarded for their paper entitled: "Groundwater flow u...

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Development of local leadership in arctic research

October 10, 2014

ARCTIConnexion, directed by CEN’s student Vincent l’Hérault, and the community of Pond Inlet, have received the Excellence in Water Stewardship Award, from the Council of the Federation (Canada). On the 10th of July, the Prime Minister of Nunavut, the honorable Peter Taptuna, awarded t...

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Demonstrating the resistance of the Boreal forest to high burn rates

October 7, 2014

A study by CEN’s researcher Dominique Arseneault, his student Jessie Héon and a colleague, recently published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences US, clearly demonstrates that the time interval between forest fires has an effect on the intensity of successive fires. The recurrence ...

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Andréanne Couture rewarded for her excellence!

September 19, 2014

Andréanne Couture, a recently graduated CEN student, under the supervision of Najat Bhiry, now appears on the Dean Honor roll (Dean of graduate studies) at Université Laval. Her astounding grades in the MSc Geography program resulted in an unanimous vote from the jury on her thesis. Congrat...

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Field course in Hudsonia and the James Bay area

September 18, 2014

The Centre for Northern Studies has co-organised a field trip in Hudsonia and the James Bay Area for a group of 16 geography bachelor and master students. The leaders of the expedition where the CEN researchers Najat Bhiry and Martin Lavoie, along with one of their colleague from Université Laval....

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Summertime bioarcheological digs in Iceland

September 5, 2014

The pluridisciplinary team of CEN researchers James Woollet and Najat Bhiry have spent time visiting archeological sites in July in the context of their studies on human occupation and landscape evolution in north-east Iceland. The researchers and their students have sampled, among other things, animal b...

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Publication: Large volcanic eruptions induced persistent shifts towards lower temperature in Northeastern America.

September 3, 2014

Doctoral student Fabio Gennaretti, Professor Dominique Arseneault (both CEN members) and their collaborators, have used tree-ring chronologies to develop climate reconstruction and to verify the impact of volcano eruptions on shifts in the climate. They sampled spruce subfossil trees from six lakes in the Eas...

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CEN article published in Makivik Magazine

July 9, 2014

Alexandre Truchon-Savard, last year's Science Educator at the Whapmagoostui-Kuujjuarapik Station, conducted science activities with local youth to spark their interest in science and share CEN’s expertise. Eight high school students from Asimauttaq School were invited to take part in a camping trip ...

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Water Quality of Lac Saint-Charles – A Call for Action

June 26, 2014

An article published in the Le Soleil daily newspaper warns of a bleak future for the water quality of Lac Saint-Charles. This lake provides drinking water to about 280 000 citizens of the Québec metropolitan area. Threats to the lake’s water quality do not originate from management of the l...

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Second call for papers - 19th Inuit Studies Conference

January 22, 2014

This is the second call for papers for the 19th Inuit Studies Conference which will be organized in Quebec City from October 29th - November 1st, 2014 under the theme Qaumaniq: Le savoir qui illumine - Enlightening Knowledge. The organizing committee encourages you to share this call for papers in your res...

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CEN Bulletin #11 (January 2014) is now available

January 22, 2014

CEN Bulletin #11 (January 2014) is now available. Read the latest news: Science in the North, by the North Science hightlight Featured publications INTERACT International research grant Risk management, an expertise in demand Mark your calendars ! CEN researcher : Alexandre Langlois A w...

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Public Lecture by Pr. David Barber on Arctic Sea-Icescape

January 21, 2014

Public Lecture by Professor David Barber entitled "Understanding both the geophysical and thermodynamic state of a rapidly changing Arctic sea-icescape" will be held Wednesday, February 12 at 19h00 at ENAP Auditorium (555 Charest Est, Quebec, G1K 9E5).   Download the Public Le...

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CEN symposium 2017

Awards 2017

Best oral presentation / Louis-Edmond Hamelin Prize - Catherine Girard (UdeM)
Best 2 minutes elevator speech -Mathieu Tétreault (UQAR)
Best poster presentation(Ph.D) (Ex-aequo)
Yannick Seyer (ULaval) and Antoine Gagnon-Poiré (INRS-ETE)
Best poster presentation(M.Sc.) -Mathilde Poirier (ULaval)

CEN symposium 2016

Awards 2016

Best oral presentation -Dominique Fauteux(ULaval)
Special Mention; David Banville and Marc-André Lemay
Best 2 minutes elevator speech -Clara Morrissette-Boileau(ULaval)
Best poster presentation(Ph.D) -Audrey LePogam (UQAR)
Best poster presentation(M.Sc.) -Lindsay Gauvin (UMoncton)
Special Mention; Clara Morrissette-Boileau

CEN symposium 2015

Awards 2015

Best oral presentation-Martin Leclerc(USherbrooke) EnviroNorth scolarship
Best 2 minutes elevator speech-Michaël Bonin(ULaval)EnviroNorth scolarship
Best poster presentation(Ph.D) -Clément Chevalier(UQAR)EnviroNorth scolarship
Best poster presentation(M.Sc.) -Yannick Seyer(ULaval)EnviroNorth scolarship
Louis-Edmond Hamelin prize - YannFoury (ULaval)

2014 Annual Spring Meeting

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Jeunes chercheurs du CEN - 2014

CEN Symposium 2014

Awards 2014


Best oral presentation -Loreleï Guéry (UQAR)EnviroNorth scolarship
Best oral presentation-Alexandre Normandeau (ULaval)EnviroNorth scolarship
Best 2 minutes elevator speech -Pascale Ropars (ULaval)EnviroNorth scolarship
Best poster presentation -Vincent Lamarre(UQAR)EnviroNorth scolarship
Special mention poster presentation - Katrine Grandmont (CEN staff)

CEN Symposium 2013

Awards 2013


Best oral presentation -Catherine Doucet(UQAR)
Best 2 minutes elevator speech -Marie-Pier Denis(ULaval)
Best poster presentation (Ph.D) -Alex Matveev(ULaval)
Best poster presentation (M.Sc.) -Katryne Larrivée(UdM)
Best poster presentation (M.Sc.) -Simon Massé(UQAR)



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Concours 2011 - 50e anniversaire du CEN

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CEN celebrates 50 years of excellence in northern research.

In 2011, the Centre for Northern Studies (CEN – Centre d’études nordiques) celebrated 50 years of excellence in northern research. In 1961, Université Laval and the Québec government joined forces to establish the Centre by ministerial decree. Celebrations to underscore this half century of research took place throughout the year and reflected the breadth and vitality of CEN activities. The CEN has grown from a dozen researchers in its beginnings to over 50 in 2011, and from a handful of students to more than 180, emphasizing one of CEN’s foremost missions to train highly qualified personnel in the analysis and management of cold region ecosystems and geosystems. CEN staff comprises over 40 research associates, assistants, and managers.

A series of events also underscored the CEN’s 50th anniversary, such as public lectures held throughout Québec, Canada, and abroad via CEN’s partners such as SCANNET (www.scannet.nu).


The first celebration highlighting CEN’s 50th anniversary took place during the annual Colloque on February 9th and 10th at Université Laval. For the occasion, CEN had the honour of welcoming its founder, Louis Edmond Hamelin, who gave a historic account of the CEN’s establishment at Université Laval by ministerial decree and its first stations in the North. The plenary speaker was the internationally renowned paleoclimatologist Valérie Masson-Delmotte followed by Marcel Babin, holder of the prestigious Canada Excellence Research Chair in Remote Sensing of Canada's New Arctic Frontier and director of the program Takuvik (a joint Université Laval / CNRS laboratory), Jean Carignan geochemist and codirector of Takuvik, and professor Frédéric Laugrand, anthropologist specializing in northern populations and retiring Director of the Interuniversity Centre for Aboriginal Studies and Research (CIÉRA). Another notable event which took place during the Colloque was the throat singing performed by Marie Belleau and Lisa Koperqualuk, two Inuit.

Photo Contest

The Colloque closed with the announcement of CEN photo contest winners. The theme of the photos submitted by all members was « CEN field research, from southern Québec to northern Nunavut ». Ten prizes of $100 from www.amazon.ca were attributed to the finalists of the Photo Contest. The top three received an additional $100 in cash. The jury consisted of Geneviève Allard, Stéphane Boudreau, Luc Cournoyer, France Dufresne, Nathalie Racine, Pascale Ropars, and Émilie Saulnier-Talbot.

 First prize, Reinhard Pienitz – Drained Lake, Baffin Island, Nunavut (August 2010) Second prize, Arnaud Tarroux, Bylot Island (May 2008) Third prize, Martin Sirois - Bylot Island (August 2006) Finalist, Sébastien Bourget - Ward Hunt Island (July 2010) Finalist, Clément Clerc – Amundsen Gulf (March 2008) Finalist, Francis Gauthier – Bride’s Veil, La Martre (July 2010) Finalist, Mélanie Jean – Boniface River (August 2009) Finalist, Emmanuel L'Hérault – Salluit (June 2008) Finalist, Marie Lionard – Ward Hunt Island (July 2010) Finalist, Nicolas Rolland – Great Plain of Koukdjuak, Baffin Island (July 2010)

Mobile Exhibit

The Colloque was also an opportunity to inaugurate its mobile exhibit entitled: Le Centre d’études nordiques : 50 ans de rayonnement. The exhibit highlights CEN’s history, its mission and research themes as well as showcases the CEN Network, our vast network of climate and research stations spanning over 4000 km from southern Québec to the High Arctic desert. The exhibit illustrates the broad scope of CEN’s research activities and the dynamic nature of the Québec researchers.

First hosted at Université Laval’s library, the exhibit then moved on to be presented at the Centre Eau-Terre-Environnement de l’Institut national de recherche scientifique (INRS-ETE) over the summer with a stop at Université du Québec à Rimouski (UQAR). The exhibit will be presented at the International Polar Year Conference - From Knowledge to Action in Montreal in April. Its final destination is the Community Science Centre at Whapmagoostui-Kuujjuarapik planned for May 2012. Here, the mobile exhibit will be part of a larger, permanent exhibit at the Centre which will be inaugurated in spring/summer 2012.

The year was also busy finishing the upgrades of CEN research stations across the eastern Canadian Arctic, from Radisson in James Bay to Ward Hunt Island off the northern coast of Ellesmere Island. This work was accomplished thanks to the financial support provided by the Arctic Research Infrastructure Fund (ARIF) from Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada.

The Louis-Edmond-Hamelin

On August 2nd 1961, the ministerial decree was signed to finalize the establishment of CEN and its research activities in the North. On this day in 2011, CEN’s tenth research station was inaugurated. This station is a mobile station – a research vessel named after the founder, the Louis-Edmond-Hamelin. The 26 foot aluminum boat (a Silver Dolphin) is the CEN’s first mobile station and is equipped with state-of-the-art instruments to map river beds, lake bottoms and ocean floors. The small vessel has the advantage of being able to cruise in waters less than 2 metres deep and can be easily transported by land to various inland lakes and reservoirs.


CEN has published a special issue in commemoration of CEN’s first 50 years in Ecoscience. The issue includes an overview of terrestrial work out of our station at Whapmagoostui-Kuujjuarapik, a review of work on the Great Whale River and coastal Hudson Bay, articles pertaining to aquatic ecosystems of the Arctic, dendrochronology, and wildlife and tundra ecosystem dynamics. The research topics examined in this issue represent a subset of the wide array of research disciplines studied by the CEN.

Here are some of the major articles you will find in this special issue:

Vincent, W.F., Côté, S.D., Bernier, M., 2011. Special issue - Introductory remarks: From boreal forest to High Arctic Desert: A theme issue commemorating 50 years of research by the Centre for Northern Studies (CEN) in Eastern Canada, 18 (3) : iii-iv.

Payette, S., Saulnier-Talbot, É., 2011. Un demi-siècle de recherche au Centre d’études nordiques : un défi de tous les instants. Écoscience, 18 (3) : 171-181.

Bhiry, N., Delwaide, A., Allard, M., Bégin, Y., Filion, L., Lavoie, M., Nozais, C., Payette, S., Pienitz, R., Saulnier-Talbot, É., Vincent, W.F., 2011. Environmental change in the Great Whale River region, Hudson Bay: Five decades of multidisciplinary research by Centre d’études nordiques (CEN). Écoscience, 18 (3) : 182-203.

Rautio, M., Dufresne, F., Laurion, I., Bonilla, S.E., Vincent, W.F., Christoffersen, K., 2011. Shallow freshwater ecosystems of the circumpolar Arctic. Écoscience, 18 (3) : 204-222

Gauthier, G., Berteaux, D., Bêty, J., Tarroux, A., Therrien, J.-F., McKinnon, L., Legagneux, P., Cadieux, M.-C., 2011. The tundra food web of Bylot Island in a changing climate and the role of exchanges between ecosystems. Écoscience, 18 (3) : 223-235

Vincent, W.F., Fortier, D., Lévesque, E., Boulanger-Lapointe, N., Tremblay, B., Sarrazin, D., Antoniades, D., Mueller, D.R., 2011. Extreme ecosystems and geosystems in the Canadian High Arctic: Ward Hunt Island and vicinity. Écoscience, 18 (3) : 236-261


The 50th anniversary was covered by several press releases which are listed below.

Slideshow of Louis-Edmond Hamelin's conference  (pdf - 1.99 Mo) Colloque annuel du CEN, Université Laval, Février 2011

Le Centre d’études nordiques a 50 ans Au Fil des événements, 17 février 2011

Le Centre d’études nordiques a 50 ans MédiaTerre, 21 février 2011

Recherche nordique : Le Centre d’études nordiques (CEN) célèbre ses 50 ans UQAR-Info, 18 février 2011

Reportage journalistique étudiant « Les 50 ans d’existences du Centre d’études nordiques ». Angle neuf 2011, Émission 3 –Partie 2. 

Exposition : Le Centre d’études nordiques : 50 ans de rayonnement Bibliothèque de l’Université Laval, 5 mai 2011

Centre d'études nordiques: un petit navire de recherche pas banal Le Soleil, 3 août 2011

L'INRS accueille l'exposition du Centre d’études nordiques (CEN). Webzine planète INRS.ca , 5 juillet 2011

50 ans du CEN  (cahier spécial 50e du CEN) Le Devoir, 6 août 2011

50e anniversaire du CEN : Journée de conférences sur la nordicité. Webzine planète INRS,ca, 1er septembre 2011

Regard sur la recherche Nord? Texte de conférence de M. Louis-Edmond Hamelin (pdf - 2.61 Mo) INRS-ETE, 1er septembre 2011

L’UQAR célèbre les 50 ans du Centre d’études nordiques Progrès-écho, 14 septembre 2011

L’UQAR célèbre les 50 ans du Centre d’études nordiques UQAR-Info, 14 septembre 2011

De la forêt boréale au désert du Haut-Arctique (numéro spécial 50e du CEN) Écoscience, volume 18, no3, 2011


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