My fascination with the physical processes that shape the surface of our earth led me to complete a PhD in fluvial geomorphology at McGill University (2012) and prior to that an undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies/Earth Science at the University of Waterloo (1997). I have worked as an industry consultant, government officer, and spent two amazing years exploring tropical rivers as a Hydrologist for the Department of Geology in the Republic of Vanuatu.
I am currently an assistant professor in the Département de Géographie at the Université de Montréal.
My research focuses on the biophysical processes at work in river ecosystems. This research is driven by a desire to understand how human activities alter fluvial environments. My doctoral research explored the relationship between fluvial processes (e.g., hyporheic flow; sediment infiltration) and the reproductive success of brook trout at sites potentially impacted by a multi-billion dollar highway construction project. My postdoctoral research explored the importance of groundwater, via its role in creating cool-water refugia, in sustaining populations of Atlantic salmon in current and future climates.
My current research topics relate to the specific fields of geomorphology, hydrology, and ecology; and the interdisciplinary fields of river science, watershed science, and earth system science.
Specific topics of interest include:
Multiscale determinants of groundwater sourced cool-water refugia in Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) habitat.
Detecting anthropogenic sediment inputs to fluvial environments: insights from a major highway construction project in Quebec, Canada
Physical controls on fine-sediment infiltration into gravel beds
Application of the BACI method to assess downstream sediment loading from a large highway construction project in Quebec.
Les leçons tirées du projet d’élargissement de l'axe routier 73/175 et les orientations futures pour évaluer les impacts écologiques des projets de voirie à grande échelle au Québec : Un regard dans le rétroviseur.
Critical thermal refugia for Atlantic salmon and Brook trout populations of eastern Canadian rivers.
Importance des refuges thermiques pour les populations du saumon et de l’omble de fontaine dans les rivières de l’Est canadien.
Post-Conference Field Trip
Salmonid Reproductive Success: Do hyporheic flows mitigate the negative effects of increased fine sediment concentrations in spawning microhabitats?