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Martin Lavoie


Regular member

Department of geography, Université Laval

Abitibi-Price Building
2405 rue de la Terrasse
Université Laval
Quebec, Canada
G1V 0A6

418.656.2131 ext.2230



Research Themes

  • Human impacts on Holocene forest dynamics in France.
  • Long term impacts of natural disturbances in subarctic and subalpine forests.
  • Paleoclimatology and paleohydrology.
  • Pollen and macrofossil analyses to reconstruct postglacial vegetation history.

CEN Students / Postdoctoral fellows

Tremblay, Josuah (Master). Paleoenvironmental reconstruction of abandoned meanders in L’Assomption River, Québec.


Recent CEN theses

Asselin, Maxime , 2017 (Master). Spatial and temporal dynamics of landscapes currently dominated by early successional species in the ecological region of Lac Matagami.

Beauregard, Patricia , 2017 (Master). Dynamics of gray birch in peatlands of the Montérégie (Québec).

Lavoie, Sarah-Kim , 2017 (Master). The dynamics of white pine (Pinus strobus) in ombrotrophic peatlands of southern Quebec.

Tremblay, Joanie , 2017 (Master). Long-term dynamics of balsam fir-white birch in the western spruce-moss in western Québec.

Clavet, Charles , 2016 (Master). Quaternary paleoecology in the region of Wainwright, Alberta.

Larochelle, Émilie , 2015 (Master). Postglacial vegetation history and dynamics of yellow birch (Betula alleghaniensis) in the Upper Mauricie region.


Scientific communications

Bajolle, L., Larocque-Tobler, I., Gandouin, E., Lavoie, M., Bergeron, Y., Ali, A., 2018. Major postglacial summer temperature changes in the central coniferous boreal forest of Quebec (Canada) inferred using chironomid assemblages. Journal of Quaternary Science, 33(4): 409-420. DOI: 10.1002/jqs.3022.

Couillard, P.-L., Payette, S., Lavoie, M., Frégeau, M., 2018. Macrocharcoal-based chronosequences reveal shifting dominance of conifer boreal forests under changing fire regime. Ecosystems, 21(6): 1183–1195. DOI: 10.1007/s10021-017-0211-3.

Larochelle, É., Lavoie, M., Grondin, P., Couillard, P.-L., 2018. Vegetation and climate history of Quebec’s mixed boreal forest suggests greater abundance of temperate species during the early- and mid-Holocene. Botany, 96(7): 437-448. DOI: 10.1139/cjb-2017-0182.

Lavoie, M., Duval, J.F.L., Raven, J.A., Maps, F., Béjaoui, B., Kieber, D.J., Vincent, W.F., 2018. Carbonate disequilibrium in the boundary layer of freshwater chrysophytes: Implications for contaminant uptake. Environmental Science & Technology. DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.8b00843.

Barbé, M., Dubois, L., Faubert, J., Lavoie, M., Bergeron, Y., Fenton, N., 2017. Range extensions of 35 bryophyte species in the black spruce–feather moss forest of western Quebec, Canada. The Canadian Field-Naturalist, 131(3): 258-269. DOI: 10.22621/cfn.v131i3.1901.

Lavoie, M., Richard, P.J.H., 2017. The 8200-year vegetation history of an urban woodland as reconstructed from pollen and plant remains. Botany, 95(2): 163-172. DOI: 10.1139/cjb-2016-0182.

Remy, C., Hély, C., Blarquez, O., Magnan, G., Bergeron, Y., Lavoie, M., Ali, A., 2017. Different regional climatic drivers of Holocene large wildfires in boreal forests of northeastern America. Environmental Research Letters.

Remy, C., Lavoie, M., Girardin, M.P., Hély, C., Bergeron, Y., Grondin, P., Oris, F., Asselin, H., Ali, A., 2017. Wildfire size alters long-term vegetation trajectories in boreal forests of eastern North America. Journal of Biogeography, 44(6): 1268-1279. DOI: 10.1111/jbi.12921.

Asselin, M., Grondin, P., Lavoie, M., Fréchette, B., 2016. Fires of the last millennium led to landscapes dominated by early successional species in Québec’s clay belt boreal forest, Canada. Forests, 7(9): 205. DOI: 10.3390/f7090205.

Pellerin, S., Lavoie, M., Boucheny, A., Larocque, M., Garneau, M., 2016. Recent vegetation dynamics and hydrological changes in bogs located in an agricultural landscape. Wetlands, 36(1): 159-168. DOI: 10.1007/s13157-015-0726-3.

Lavoie, M., Pellerin, S., 2015. The palaeoecological record of gray birch (Betula populifolia) in eastern North America. Botany, 93(12): 801-808. DOI: 10.1139/cjb-2015-0140.

Lavoie, M., Pellerin, S., Larocque, M., Bottollier-Curtet, M., 2015. Late Glacial and Holocene vegetation history in the northern foothills of the Adirondack Mountains. Écoscience, 22(1): 59-70. DOI: 10.1080/11956860.2015.1052203.

Pellerin, S., Arricastres, V., Long-Raymond, L., Lavoie, M., 2015. La tourbière relocalisée de l’île Notre-Dame: un exemple de mesure de compensation en avance sur son époque. Le Naturaliste Canadien, 139(2): 4-13. DOI: 10.7202/1030816ar.

Loisel, J., Yu, Z., Beilman, D.W., Camil, P., Alm, J., Amesbury, M.J., Anderson, D., Andersson, S., Bochicchio, C., Barber, K., Belyea, L.R., Bunbury, J., Chambers, F.M., Charman, D.J., De Vleeschouwer, F., Fialkiewicz-Koziel, B., Finkelstein, S.A., Galka, M., Garneau, M., Hammarlund, D., Hinchcliffe, W., Holmquist, J., Hughes, P., Jones, M.C., Klein, E.S., Kokfelt, U., Korhola, A., Kuhry, P., Lamarre, A., Lamentowicz, M., Large, D., Lavoie, M., MacDonald, G.M., Magnan, G., Mäkilä, M., Mallon, G., Mathijssen, P., Mauquoy, D., McCarroll, J., Moore, T.R., Nichols, J., O’Reilly, B., Oksanen, P., Packalen, M., Peteet, D., Richard, P.J.H., Robinson, S., Ronkainen, T., Rundgren, M., Sannel, A.B.K., Tarnocai, C., Thom, T., Tuittila, E.-S., Turetsky, M., Väliranta, M., van der Linden, M., van Geel, B., van Bellen, S., Vitt, D.H., Zhao, Y., Zhou, W., 2014. A database and synthesis of northern peatland soil properties and Holocene carbon and nitrogen accumulation. The Holocene, 24(9): 1028-1042. DOI: 10.1177/0959683614538073.

Tremblay, J., Lavoie, M., Frégeau, M., 2014. Historique à long terme des feux de forêt de la sapinière de l'île Bonaventure en Gaspésie. Le Naturaliste Canadien, 138(2): 26-31. DOI: 10.7202/1025066ar.

Tremblay, S., Bhiry, N., Lavoie, M., 2014. Long-term dynamics of a palsa in the sporadic permafrost zone of northwestern Quebec (Canada). Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences, 51(5): 500-509. DOI: 10.1139/cjes-2013-0123.

Bourgon Desroches, M., Lavoie, M., Lavoie, C., 2013. Establishing the value of a salt marsh as a potential benchmark: vegetation surveys and paleoecological analyses as assessment tools. Botany, 91(11): 774-785. DOI: 10.1139/cjb-2013-0134.

Lavoie, M., Pellerin, S., Larocque, M., 2013. Examining the role of allogenous and autogenous factors in the long-term dynamics of a temperate headwater peatland (southern Québec, Canada). Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 386: 336-348. DOI: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2013.06.003.

Lavoie, M., Colpron-Tremblay, J., Robert, É., 2012. Développement d'une vaste tourbière ombrotrophe non perturbée en contexte périurbain au Québec méridional. Écoscience, 19(3): 285-297. DOI: 10.2980/19-3-3538.

Magnan, G., Lavoie, M., Payette, S., 2012. Impact of fire on long-term vegetation dynamics of ombrotrophic peatlands in northwestern Québec, Canada. Quaternary Research, 77(1): 110-121. DOI: 10.1016/j.yqres.2011.10.006.

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 - special issue: 50th Year Anniversary of CEN): 182-203. DOI: 10.2980/18-3-3469.

Lacroix, C., Lavoie, M., Bhiry, N., 2011. New macrofossil evidence for early postglacial migration of jack pine (Pinus banksiana) in the James Bay region of northwestern Quebec. Écoscience, 18(3 - special issue: 50th Year Anniversary of CEN): 273-278. DOI: 10.2980/18-3-3450.

Lavoie, M., 2011. 2000 ans de perturbations humaines dans la dynamique de la végétation au mont Lozère (France). Le Naturaliste Canadien, 135(1): 24-28.

Colpron-Tremblay, J., Lavoie, M., 2010. Long-term stand-scale dynamics of a boreal mixed forest in Québec, Canada. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology, 161(1-2): 43-58.

Lavoie, M., Magnan, G., Colpron-Tremblay, J., 2010. Le couvert végétal de la région de Québec : une histoire plurimillénaire. Le Naturaliste Canadien, 134(1): 5-12.

Ouzilleau Samson, D., Bhiry, N., Lavoie, M., 2010. Late-Holocene palaeoecology of a polygonal peatland on the south shore of Hudson Strait, northern Québec, Canada. The Holocene, 20(4): 525-536. DOI: 10.1177/0959683609356582.

Filion, L., Lavoie, M., Querrec, L., 2009. Les environnements naturels de la région de Québec durant l’Holocène. Archéologiques, 22: 12-28.

Filion, L., Lavoie, M., Querrec, L., 2009. The natural environment of the Québec City region during the Holocene. Post Medieval Archeology, 43(1): 13-29. DOI: 10.1179/007942309X12457508843847.

Genries, A., Mercier, L., Lavoie, M., Muller, S., Radakovitch, O., Carcaillet, C., 2009. The effect of fire frequency on local cembra pine populations. Ecology, 90(2): 476-486. DOI: 10.1890/07-1740.1.

Germain, D., Lavoie, M., Filion, L., 2009. Cliff-top eolian sedimentation reflecting Mid- to Late Holocene environmental changes at Anticosti Island, Gulf of St. Lawrence, eastern Canada. Journal of Coastal Research, 25(2): 324-335.

Lavoie, M., Filion, L., Robert, É., 2009. Boreal peatland margins as repository sites of long term natural disturbances of balsam fir/spruce forests. Quaternary Research, 71: 295-306.

Mercier, L., Genries, A., Lavoie, M., Ali, A.A., Bircker, L., Carcaillet, C., 2009. Histoire des feux et de la dynamique végétale : Reconstruction paléobotanique d'un écosystème subalpin de Vanoise méridionale. Travaux scientifiques du Parc National de la Vanoise, 24: 7-18.

Mott, R.J., Walker, I.R., Palmer, S.L., Lavoie, M., 2009. A late-glacial – Holocene palaeoecological record from Pye Lake on the eastern shore of Nova Scotia, Canada. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences, 46(9): 637-650. DOI: 10.1139/E09-034.

Pellerin, S., Lagneau, L.-A., Lavoie, M., Larocque, M., 2009. Environmental factors explaining the vegetation patterns in a temperate peatland. Comptes Rendus Biologies, 332(8): 720-7314. DOI: 10.1016/j.crvi.2009.04.003.

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