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Louise Filion


Emeritus member

Department of geography, Université Laval

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



An internationally renowned scientist, Louise Filion is a university professor and outstanding administrator. She is one of the first women in Canada to become a specialist in northern environments and also the first woman to be appointed professor of geography at Laval University. During her master's degree and doctorate, she spent long months in the field, collecting data on snow, plants and various geomorphic processes. As a student, she has published eight articles in renowned scientific journals such as Naturaliste canadien and Canadian Journal of Botany. Early in her career as a professor at Laval University in 1984, she published an article in the prestigious journal "Nature." This pioneering article, still frequently cited, examined the relationship between climate, fire and subarctic wind activity during the Holocene. Since then, her scientific achievements in the field of biogeography, widely supported by major funding agencies in Quebec and Canada, have continued to multiply and diversify. Louise Filion has, through her scientific credibility and organization skills, provided the Centre for Northern Studies the Tree-ring laboratory that has quickly established itself as one of the best in Canada. Louise Filion has published nearly one hundred articles / book chapters, has written nearly sixty research papers and presented (or co-presented) about 140 lectures in national and international scientific events.

In 2011, Louise Filion co-edited the book The dendroecology: Principle, Methods and Application. This book of 758 pages provides an update on the science of dendrochronology. It is a great educational tool and an indispensable reference for specialists.

In terms of education, Louise Filion has effectively conveyed her knowledge to thousands of students who devote her great respect. Her contribution to higher education is especially remarkable, having successfully guided many graduate students, PhD students, postdoctoral candidates, as well as students from abroad. The coaching offered by Louise Filion favors the transmission of a conception of science all multidisciplinary, rigorous and open to the needs of society. Very demanding about the quality of fieldwork and laboratory analysis, she does not neglect the good performance of written expression.

Alongside her commitment to research and teaching, Louise Filion was awarded several senior positions requiring sustained mental and physical effort. While based at Laval University, she was successively director of the Centre for Northern Studies, Director of the Research Commission, Vice-rector of Research, Director of the Department of Geography and Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies. In addition to these positions, Louise Filion has made 26 other directorships outside the university, including the chairmanship of the Advisory Committee of Kativik Environmental Committee, Chair of the Research Committee of Conference of Rectors and Principals of Quebec Universities and she participated as a member to the Committee of evaluation of grant applications for the Research Council Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.


Research Themes

  • Conifer dendroecology in boreal and deciduous forests and dendroarcheology of historical woods.
  • Holocene environments of the Cap-Rouge River watershed and the Saint-Charles River lower basin.
  • Raft-wood dendrochronology and the historical development of forestry in the Mauricie and Outaouais regions.
  • Slope dynamics and forest fragmentation in cold regions.

Scientific communications

Marchand, N., Filion, L., 2014. A dendroecological analysis of eastern hemlock and white pine in relation to logging in La Mauricie National Park (Québec, Canada). The Forestry Chronicle, 90(3): 351-360.

Verville, J.-F., Filion, L., Lajeunesse, P., 2014. Evidence for changes in paleoenvironments along the lower Cap-Rouge River, Québec (Canada), in relation to a high water stand during the Mid-Holocene laurentian transgression. Journal of Coastal Research, 30(3): 465-473. DOI: 10.2112/JCOASTRES-D-13-00039.1.

Marchand, N., Filion, L., 2012. False rings in the white pine (Pinus strobus) of the Outaouais Hills, Québec (Canada), as indicators of water stress. Canadian Journal of Forest Research, 42: 12-22. DOI: 10.1139/X11-151.

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.

Delwaide, A., Filion, L., 2010. Échantillonnage et datation dendrochronologiques. Pages 167-198 in Payette, S., Filion, L. (Editors). La dendroécologie - Principes, méthodes et applications. Presses de l’Université Laval. Canada.

Filion, L., 2010. Conclusion. Pages 749-754 in Payette, S., Filion, L. (Editors). La dendroécologie - Principes, méthodes et applications. Presses de l’Université Laval. Canada.

Filion, L., Cloutier, C., Cournoyer, L., 2010. Dendroécologie des épidémies de la tenthrède du mélèze (Pristiphora erichsonii) dans l’est du Canada. Pages 437-466 in Payette, S., Filion, L. (Editors). La dendroécologie - Principes, méthodes et applications. Presses de l’Université Laval. Canada.

Filion, L., Gärtner, H., 2010. Dendrogéomorphologie. Pages 537-572 in Payette, S., Filion, L. (Editors). La dendroécologie - Principes, méthodes et applications. Presses de l’Université Laval. Canada.

Germain, D., Hétu, B., Filion, L., 2010. Tree-ring based reconstruction of past snow avalanche events and risk assessment in Northern Gaspé Peninsula (Québec, Canada). Stoffel, M., Bollschweiler, M., Butler, D.R., Luckman, B.H. (Editors). Tree-ring reconstructions in natural hazards research: a state-of-the-art. Springer book.

Payette, S., Filion, L. (Editors), 2010. La dendroécologie - Principes, méthodes et applications. Presses de l’Université Laval, 758 pages. Canada.

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.

Germain, D., Filion, L., Hétu, B., 2009. Snow-avalanche regime and related weather scenarios in the Chic-Choc Range, eastern Canada. Climatic Change, 92(40210): 141-167.

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.

Querrec, L., Filion, L., Auger, R., Arseneault, D., 2009. Tree-ring analysis of white cedar (Thuja occidentalis L.) archaeological and historical woods in Québec City (Québec, Canada). Dendrochronologia, 27(3): 199-212.

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