Freshwater science at the Université du Québec à Montréal

Ecology, evolution and biogeochemistry of inland waters

10 professors

in different fields from aquifer dynamics to bacteria to fish

Research opportunities

from undergraduate internships to postdoctoral fellowships

State of the art research facilities

for all your analytical needs

Who are we?

Our research is geared towards the comprehension and the quantification of populations, communities and ecosystemic processes in freshwater aquatic ecosystems. Our principal research themes are planktonic and microbial ecology, cyanobacteria, crustacean genetics, nutrients, carbon biogeochemistry and the effects of aquatic environmental contaminants.  

WHere do we DO our research?

Many of our current research projects take place in Quebec and Ontario. We observe the effects of invasive species in the St-Lawrence river, we track the effects of anthropogenic developement in shallow lakes in the Eastern Townships and Laurentians and determine the impacts of agriculture and climate change on cyanobacterial blooms in small rivers.  We have large collaborative projects in boreal ecosystems to study the impacts of large scale hydro-electric power plants on carbon cycling and the impacts of mining on aquatic organisms. We also study the ecological and evolutionary dynamics of the introduction and removal of fish in the Canadian Rockies, Newfoundland and Alaska.

THE Aquatic Research community

Located in the heart of Montreal, the Université du Québec à Montréal is part of a dynamic research community. The GRIL-UQAM is part of the GRIL, a strategic Fonds de Recherche Quebec – Nature et Technologies (FRQNT) group, that encompasses many universities and research centers. We offer collaborative master and PhD programs, summer internships to undergraduate students and postdoctoral fellowships as well as a plethora of analytical services and research facilities.