Past projects

Soil weathering & phosphorus species

Coinvestigators: L. Deiss (PDF) 

Funding: -

Keyword: Biogeochemistry

Tell me your ecosystem age, I'll tell you which kinds of P species occur in your soil! Leonardo conducts a data synthesis study on nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy method, which is used to differentiate organic P species.

Let your lawn grown!

Investigators: C. Watson (PDF), L. Carillan-Guillemette, Turcotte (BSc), R. Proulx

Funding: UQTR-MAO (2017)

Keyword: Urban Ecology

We explore the benefits from managing extensively your garden looking at: white worms, ragweed, soil temperature, evapotranspiration... 

Microbial biodiversity in Boreal Forests of North-East America

Coinvestigators: R. Giguère-Tremblay (MSc), H. Germain, G. Laperrière, D. Bisson

Funding: MITACS-Accélération, CRIBIQ, Progigraph Inc. and Temiskiming First Nation 

Keyword: Biogeochemistry

Here we explore the multiple relationships of alpha and beta biodiversity of bacteria and fungi with the multiple functions of 160 boreal forest sites

Soil fertility and leaf photosynthetic strategies at global scale

Investigators: J. Paillassa (PhD), S. Pépin, I. Wright, G. Éthier

Funding: FRQNT-New researcher (2017-NC-198009)

Keyword: Ecophysiology

Nitrogen and water are two substitutable resources to optimise leaf photosynthesis. We explore how plants manage this optimisation according to climate-soil interactions. (more...)

Shrubification trait and soil carbon sequestration in arctic tundra 

Coinvestigators: Laurent Lamarque (PDF), Jim Felix-Faure (PDF), E. Lévesque

Funding: NSERC-Discover (2016-05716), UQTR-RIVE (2016)

Keyword: Ecosystem Ecology

Arctic tundra is greening because of shrubification! We investigate the impact of erect shrubs on soil old carbon within the landscape of prostrate arctic tundra in Bylot Island, Nunavut.

What does the community shape mean? 

Investigators: L. Deschamps (MSc), R. Proulx, N. Gross

Funding: NSERC-Discover (2016-05716)

Keyword: Community Ecology

An exploration of the variation of wetland functional structure in response to plant species richness gradient (richness gradient being nested within soil fertility gradient encompassing bog, fen, meadow and marsh ecosystems).