Eco-evolutionary dynamics in aquatic environments

Université du Québec à Montréal, Montréal, Québec
What the facility does

Ecology and evolution of aquatic ecosystems currently under anthropogenic stress or at risk of being under stress in the future.

Areas of expertise

My research team studies the relationships between the ecological and evolutionary forces that maintain the biodiversity of aquatic ecosystems. More specifically, we study the consequences of anthropogenic stress on the ecology and evolution of aquatic populations and communities. We look at how adaptive reactions influence ecological interactions in communities and ecosystem operation. Improving knowledge of the reciprocal influence between ecology and evolution is critical for adequately preserving aquatic resources and understanding the factors that influence biodiversity loss.

My research program is unique in Canada because it is the only eco-evolutionary program studying interior aquatic ecosystems in the country. The CFI’s infrastructure is used for studying key environmental issues that will increasingly threaten the integrity of 21ST century aquatic ecosystems, such as changes in water chemistry due to climate change, mining of metals, acidification, and altered food webs from exotic invasion and disrupted trophic interactions.

Research services

- Eco-evolutionary experimentation in the field and lab

- Microscopy and imaging

- Lipid and pigment extraction

- Metabolic performance

- Community genetics

Sectors of application
  • Education
  • Fisheries and aquaculture

Specialized lab



Acquatic ecosystem ecology and evolution


Field research


Boat, outboard motors, and trailer

Field research


Chemostats & associated equipment (water baths, pumps, pumpheads)

Eco-evolutionary laboratory experiments


High-resolution stereomicroscopes & camera

Community analyses of zooplankton and invertebrates


High-resolution inverted microscopes & camera

Community analyses of phytoplankton



Lipid and pigment extraction; preparation of media for chemostat experiments


Freeze dryer system

Lipid and pigment extraction


Nitrogen evaporator

Lipid and pigment extraction


Benchtop refrigerator centrifuge

Lipid and pigment extraction; resurrection ecology experiments



Metabolic performance


Flammables storage freezer

Preservation of ethanol-preserved community genetics samples


PCR machine & gel electrophoresis

Community genetics


Automated temperature and conductivity dataloggers

Field research


Stream sampling unit

Field research


Clean bench

Sterile preparation of DNA samples and assembly of chemostat experiments

- Environment Canada

- Parks Canada

- Group for Interuniversity Research in Limnology and aquatic environment (GRIL)

- Quebec Center for Biodiversity Science (QCBS)

- WSP Canada Inc.



De minuscules baromètres du climat dans les lacs