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Najat Bhiry


Regular member

Department of geography, Université Laval

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

418.656.2131 extension 404754



Research Themes

  • Impacts of climate change on northern wetlands (permafrost bogs, streams and lakes) and along the St. Lawrence
  • Interactions of societies with their environments in the Arctic and Subarctic: geoarchaeological and palaeo-ecological approaches
  • The geomorphology, stratigraphy, sedimentology and Quaternary of northern Quebec and the St. Lawrence Valley

CEN Students / Postdoctoral fellows

Ferland, Laurence (Doctorate - Codirector). Throwing away in proto-urban context : Petko Karavelovo chalcolithic tell (North of Bulgaria).

Giroux, Philippe (Master). Dynamic of the coastal forest tundra in the Nain region (Labrador) : Spatiotemporal analysis of Larix laricina and Picea sp. .

Grenier, Jérémy (Master). Slope processes and snow avalanches in the context of climate change in Nunavik - Case study: The regions of Umiujaq, Lake Wiyâshâkimî and Kangiqsualujjuaq).

Khadhraoui, Madiha (Doctorate - Codirector). Numerical modelling of permafrost thaw dynamics and transport of fine sediments in porous media.

Manseau, Frédéric (Master). Relationship between the turbidity of the Tasiapik River (Umiujaq, Nunavik) and permafrost degradation.

Plante Lacombe, Marc-André (Master). Study of palsas on the southern part of Aulatsivik Island, Labrador: Paleoecology and ancient plant DNA.

Recq, Clément (Doctorate). Geomorphological dynamics of landscape evolution and human settlements in the archipelago of Nain since the last glacial (Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada).


Recent CEN theses

Cyr-Parent, Isabelle , 2020 (Master). Dynamic of peatlands in relation to climate change and human occupation: The case of Svalbard glacial valley in Northeastern Iceland .

Tremblay, Josuah , 2020 (Master - Codirection). Paleoenvironmental reconstruction of an abandoned meander in L’Assomption River, Québec .

Frenette, Arielle , 2019 (Master - Codirection). Sustainable development in Nunavik in the Plan Nord era: Comparing approaches.

Lebrun, Julien , 2019 (Master). Slope dynamics in relation to climate change and human occupation in Svalbarðstunga, north-east Iceland.

Veilleux, Samuel , 2019 (Master). Gravity processes in Tasiapik Valley (Nunavik): geomorphic evidences of past and present slope dynamic .

Barbel, Heloïse , 2018 (Master). Geoarchaeology of a semi-subterranean Thule Inuit Dwelling in a periglacial context - A study of taphonomic processes .

Foury, Yann , 2017 (Master). Inuit winter settlement occupation at Oakes Bay 1, (HeCg-08), Labrador, Canada: Micromorphology and zooarchaeology of waste disposal sites.

Roy, Natasha , 2017 (Doctorate). Palaeoecology of anthropogenic northern environments: a comparative study between Iceland and Labrador.


Scientific communications

Barbel, H., Todisco, D., Bhiry, N., 2020. A geochemical investigation of an Early Inuit semi-subterranean winter dwelling in a periglacial context. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, 33: 102552. DOI: 10.1016/j.jasrep.2020.102552.

Decaulne, A., Joliet, F., Chanteloup, L., Herrmann, T.M., Bhiry, N., Haillot, D., 2020. Vers une démarche scientifique intégrative: l'exemple de l'Observatoire Hommes-milieux du Nunavik (Canada). Journal of Interdisciplinary Methodologies and Issues in Sciences, 6: 1-26. DOI: 10.18713/JIMIS-120620-6-5.

Veilleux, S., Bhiry, N., Decaulne, A., 2020. Talus slope characterization in Tasiapik Valley (subarctic Quebec): evidence of past and present slope processes. Geomorphology, 349, 106911. DOI: 10.1016/j.geomorph.2019.106911.

Barbel, H., Bhiry, N., Todisco, D., Desrosiers, P., Marguerie, D., 2019. Paaliup Qarmangit 1 site geoarchaeology: Taphonomy of a Thule‐Inuit semi‐subterranean dwelling in a periglacial context in northeastern Hudson Bay. Geoarchaeology, 34(6): 809-830. DOI: 10.1002/gea.21753.

Bhiry, N., Decaulne, A., Bourgon Desroches, M., 2019. Development of a subarctic peatland linked to slope dynamics at Lac Wiyâshâkimî (Nunavik, Canada). The Holocene, 29(9): 1459-1467. DOI: 10.1177/0959683619854516.

Vigneron, A., Cruaud, P., Bhiry, N., Lovejoy, C., Vincent, W.F., 2019. Microbial community structure and methane cycling potential along a thermokarst pond-peatland continuum. Microorganisms, 7(11), 486. DOI: 10.3390/microorganisms7110486 .

Blangy, S., Bernier, M., Bhiry, N., Dedieu, J.-P., Aenishaenslin, C., Bastian, S., Chanteloup, L., Coxam, V., Decaulne, A., Gérin-Lajoie, J., Gibout, S., Haillot, D., Hébert-Houle, É., Herrmann, T.M., Joliet, F., Lamalice, A., Lévesque, E., Ravel, A., Rousse, D., 2018. OHMi-Nunavik: a multi-thematic and cross-cultural research program studying the cumulative effects of climate and socio-economic changes on Inuit communities. Écoscience, 25(4: Cumulative effects of climate and socio-economic changes on Inuit communities in Nunavik): 311-324. DOI: 10.1080/11956860.2018.1542783.

Decaulne, A., Bhiry, N., Lebrun, J., Veilleux, S., Sarrazin, D., 2018. Geomorphic evidence of Holocene slope dynamics on the Canadian shield – a study from Lac à l’Eau-Claire, western Nunavik. Écoscience, 25(4): 343-357. DOI: 10.1080/11956860.2018.1431376.

Lemus-Lauzon, I., Bhiry, N., Arseneault, D., Woollett, J., Delwaide, A., 2018. Tree-ring evidence of changes in the subarctic forest cover linked to human disturbance in northern Labrador (Canada). Écoscience, 25(2): 135-151. DOI: 10.1080/11956860.2018.1436244.

Roy, N., Bhiry, N., Woollett, J., Fréchette, B., 2018. Vegetation history since the mid-Holocene in northeastern Iceland. Écoscience, 25(2): 109-123. DOI: 10.1080/11956860.2018.1443419.

Roy, N., Woollett, J., Bhiry, N., Haemmerli, G., Forbes, V., Pienitz, R., 2018. Perspective of landscape change following early settlement (landnám) in Svalbarðstunga, northeastern Iceland. Boreas, 47(2): 671-686. DOI: 10.1111/bor.12287.

Roy, N., Bhiry, N., Woollett, J., Delwaide, A., 2017. A 550-year record of the disturbance history of white spruce forests near two Inuit settlements in Labrador, Canada. Journal of the North Atlantic, 31: 1-14. DOI: 10.3721/037.006.3101.

Bernier, J.-F., Bhiry, N., Gendron, D., 2016. Butchering site evolution induced by past and recent snowmelt runoff: the Saunitarlik Site (JiEv-15), Aivirtuuq Peninsula, Nunavik, Canada. Geoarchaeology, 32(3): 343-365. DOI: 10.1002/gea.21607.

Bhiry, N., Marguerie, D., Lofthouse, S., 2016. Paleoenvironmental reconstruction and timeline of a Dorset-Thule settlement at Quaqtaq (Nunavik, Canada). Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research, 48(2): 293–313. DOI: 10.1657/AAAR0015-045.

Couture, A., Bhiry, N., Monette, Y., Woollett, J., 2016. A geochemical analysis of 18th-century Inuit communal house floors in northern Labrador. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, 6: 71-81. DOI: 10.1016/j.jasrep.2016.01.021.

Couture, A., Bhiry, N., Woollett, J., 2016. Micromorphological analyses of Inuit communal sod houses in northern Labrador, Canada. Geoarchaeology, 32(2): 267-282. DOI: 10.1002/gea.21595.

Lemus-Lauzon, I., Bhiry, N., Woollett, J., 2016. Assessing the effects of climate change and land use on northern Labrador forest stands based on paleoecological data. Quaternary Research, 86(3): 260-270. DOI: 10.1016/j.yqres.2016.09.001.

Matveev, A., Laurion, I., Deshpande, B., Bhiry, N., Vincent, W.F., 2016. High methane emissions from thermokarst lakes in subarctic peatlands. Limnology and Oceanography, 61(S1 - Special Issue: Methane Emissions from Oceans, Wetlands, and Freshwater Habitats: New Perspectives and Feedbacks on Climate): S150-S164. DOI: 10.1002/lno.10311.

Steelandt, S., Pierson-Wickmann, A.-C., Bhiry, N., Marguerie, D., Bouhnik-Le Coz, M., 2016. Chemical differentiation of immersed, dry and archaeological wood in Nunavik (Northern Quebec, Canada): Preliminary results. Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research, 48(2): 315-325. DOI: 10.1657/AAAR0014-082.

Couture, A., Bhiry, N., Woollett, J., Monette, Y., 2015. Géoarchéologie de maisons multifamiliales inuit de la période de contact au Labrador - Geoarchaeology of contact-period Inuit communal houses, Labrador. Études/Inuit/Studies, 39(2): 233-258. DOI: 10.7202/1038149ar.

Dick, J., Bhiry, N., Barnard, C., 2015. People in the North - Section Overview. Pages 148-154 in Callaghan, T.V., Savela, H. (Editors). INTERACT 2015. INTERACT Stories of Arctic Science. Centre for Environment and Energy, Aarhus University. Denmark.

Roy, N., Woollett, J., Bhiry, N., 2015. Paleoecological perspectives on landscape history and anthropogenic impacts at Uivak Point, Labrador since 1400 AD. The Holocene, 11: 1742-1755. DOI: 10.1177/0959683615591350.

Steelandt, S., Marguerie, D., Bhiry, N., Delwaide, A., 2015. A study of the composition, characteristics and origin of modern driftwood on the western coast of Nunavik (Quebec, Canada). Journal of Geophysical Research - Biogeosciences, 120(3): 480-501. DOI: 10.1002/2014JG002731.

Cayer, D., Bhiry, N., 2014. Holocene climate and environmental changes in western subarctic Québec as inferred from the sedimentology and the geomorphology of a lake watershed. Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research, 46(1): 55-65. DOI: 10.1657/1938-4246.46.1.55.

Fillion, M.-E., Bhiry, N., Touazi, M., 2014. Differential development of two palsa fields in a peatland located near Whapmagoostui-Kuujjuarapik, Northern Quebec, Canada. Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research, 46(1): 40-54. DOI: 10.1657/1938-4246-46.1.40.

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.

Steelandt, S., Bhiry, N., Marguerie, D., Desbiens, C., Napartuk , M., Desrosiers, P., 2013. Inuit knowledge and use of wood resources on the west coast of Nunavik, Canada. Études/Inuit/Studies, 37(1): 147-174. DOI: 10.7202/1025259ar.

Lemus-Lauzon, I., Bhiry, N., Woollett, J., 2012. Napâttuit: Wood use by Labrador Inuit and its impact on the forest landscape. Études/Inuit/Studies, 36(1): 113-137.

Roy, N., Bhiry, N., Woollett, J., 2012. Environmental change and terrestrial resource use by the Thule and Inuit of Labrador, Canada. Geoarchaeology, 27(1): 18-33. DOI: 10.1002/gea.21391.

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