Grand Conseil de la Nation Waban-Aki
Wôlinak (Central Quebec)
Curriculum at Laval University. Field Data Collection in the Fort McMurray area, Alberta
Stockholm University - Department of Geological Sciences
Northern peatlands store approximately a third of the global soil carbon. As the dominant species in northern peatlands, Sphagnum is arguably one of the most important plant genera to undestand in terms of its future distribution in a changing climate. In general however, we have rather poor understanding of what actually controls past and current species distribution in peatlands on spatial and temporal axes. The aim of this PhD project is to:
Laval University’s Institute for Integrative Systems Biology and Research Centre of CHU de Québec-Université Laval/Population Health and Optimal Health Practices unit
Inuit make food choices according to their preferences, the accessibility of foods, their abundance, their visual appearance, their taste, and their nutritional value. In the context of global climate change and of socio-economic developments in northern regions, however, the characteristics of marine foods change, which could disturb the unique relationship Inuits have with the ocean and their food habits. The Inuits in Nunavik, for instance, observe changes in the colour of Arctic Char flesh and in its fat content which could make it less attractive or tasty. This Masters project, which has a quantitative and a qualitative component, will aim to understand the food preferences of Inuits from Nunavik regarding Arctic Char and to study the links among different characteristics of fish (beta-caroten content, fatty acids, region of origin, genetics, etc.) and the perception of its attractiveness and quality by Inuit. Links between Arctic Char biology, its nutritional content and the nutritional status of Inuit could also be drawn as part of the project.
Research Centre of CHU de Québec-Université Laval/Population Health and Optimal Health Practices unit and Research Centre of Québec-Océan-Université Laval
Local marine foods (LMF) are central to Inuit culture and subsistence in the Arctic. Nutritional values of LMF are strongly tied to the light environment via the photosynthetic production of microalgal biomass, which is the main entry point for energy, numerous vital or health-enhancing molecules, and contaminants into the food web, including fish and marine mammals. These molecules, like the IP25 lipid, could also act as indicators of AML consumption in humans. Yet we do not know how the quantity and proportion of these substances in algae, zooplankton and LMF and ultimately in the blood of the Inuit who consume them. This project is therefore intended to quantify these substances in AML and Inuit blood in relation to their AML consumption profile as part of the 2017 Qanuilirpitaa Health Survey and possibly to explore linkages to some physical and mental health issues in Nunavik.
To the Quebec Foundation for the Protection of Natural Heritage (St-Augustin-de-Desmaures)
Under the authority of Provancher Corporation's board of Directors, the person entitled will develop and collaborate in the implementation of vario knowledge acquisition, development, education and development of the Corporation's managed territories, notably the Marais-Léon-Provancher natural reserve and the historical and natural park of the île-aux-Barsques. It will actively seek funding through various grant programs and the Company's new donation program.
To this end, the person entitled will be able du count on a team of volunteers for the implementation, but will also have to recruit others if necessary. He will have to harmonize its intervention with those of the heads of the territories and the various committees.
There is no offer for the moment.
May, 7 - 18 2018
You will find attached the information concerning the Field course Taxonomy and methodology : Peatlands, that will be held from May 7th to 18th, 2018. This is an intensive course offered at undergrad and graduate levels, and also accessible to anyone interested or working in a wetland or peatland context.
There is no offer for the moment.