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Louis Imbeau

Louis Imbeau earned his Bachelor in Biology in 1994 and his M.Sc. in Renewable Resources in 1996 both at Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (UQAC). He also obtained his Ph.D. in Forest Science in 2001 from Université Laval. Before joining UQAT as a professor in wildlife management in 2002, he completed his postdoctoral training at the Interuniversity Forest Ecology Research Group (GREFi) at UQAM. Regular member of the Center of Forest Research (CFR), he was also a member of the executive committee of this research center from its foundation in 2006 to 2012.From 2005 to 2012, he was a member of the scientific committee mandated to revise the northern limit of commercial timber allocation in Québec.

Dr. Imbeau main interests were first linked to the avifauna of boreal forests. He worked on the comparison of species assemblage along a chronosequence of black spruce stands following fires and clear-cut logging. The identification of species sensitive to the cumulative effects of forest management in Eastern Canada as well as in Fennoscandia led his recent work towards documenting the importance of old growth forests, availability of tree cavities as well as dead wood recruitment for various species, from woodpeckers to small mammals. His research interests include the influence of timber harvest in boreal forest on bird and small mammal assemblages, as well as on game animals. The current context of diversification of silvicultural practices led Dr. Imbeau to work on the evaluation of the potential positive impacts of new approaches in timber harvest, such as partial cuts, on fauna.

Research orientation

  • Importance of snag, tree cavities as well as coarse woody debris recruitment for the boreal fauna (e.g. woodpeckers and other secondary hole-users, various small mammals including the northern flying squirrel).
  • Diversification in timber harvest methods in boreal forests: evaluation of advantages and disadvantages for game animals.
  • Evaluation and attenuation of the impacts of intensive silvicultural approaches on wild birds and game animals.

Email : louis.imbeau[at]uqat.ca

Publications : (see most recent)

  1. Dhital Nayaran, Frédérick Raulier, Hugo Asselin, Louis Imbeau, Osvaldo Valeria, Nicolas Bergeron, 2013. Emulating boreal forest disturbance dynamics: Can we maintain timber supply, aboriginal land use, and woodland caribou habitat? For. Chron. 89(1):54-65 DOI:10.5558/tfc2013-011

  2. Dominique Fauteux, Louis Imbeau, Pierre Drapeau, Marc Mazerolle, 2012. Small mammal responses to coarse woody debris distribution at different spatial scales in managed and unmanaged boreal forests. For. Ecol. Manage. 266:194-205

  3. Tyler Rudolph, Pierre Drapeau, Martin-Hugues Saint-Laurent, Louis Imbeau, 2012. STATUS of WOODLAND CARIBOU (Rangifer tarandus caribou) in the JAMES BAY REGION of NORTHERN QUEBEC Report presented to the Ministère des Ressources naturelles et de la Faune u Québec and the Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee) 72 p.

  4. Tyler Rudolph, Pierre Drapeau, Martin-Hugues Saint-Laurent, Louis Imbeau, 2012. Situation du Caribou forestier (Rangifer tarandus caribou) sur le territoire de la Baie-James dans la région du Nord-du-Québec. Rapport présenté au Ministère des Ressources naturelles et de la Faune du Québec et au Grand conseil des Cris (Eeyou Istchee) 77 p.

  5. Caroline Trudeau, Louis Imbeau, Pierre Drapeau, Marc Mazerolle, 2012. Winter site occupancy patterns of the northern flying squirrel in boreal mixedwood forests. Mammalian Biology 77(4):258-263 DOI:10.1016/j.mambio.2012.02.006

  6. Guylaine Bois, Louis Imbeau, Marc Mazerolle, 2012. Recovery time of snowshoe hare habitat after commercial thinning in boreal Quebec Can. J. For. Res. 42(1):123-133 DOI:10.1139/x11-170

  7. Jonathan Gagnon, M.-J. Vanger Haeghe, Louis Imbeau, Jean Lapointe, S. Trudel, 2012. Premier inventaire de la population de grèbe jougris nichant localement à Rouyn-Noranda, étés 2010 et 2011 Le Naturaliste canadien 136(1):74-79

  8. Ugo Ouelet-Lapointe, Pierre Drapeau, Philippe Cadieux, Louis Imbeau, 2012. Woodpecker excavations suitability for and occupancy by cavity users in the boreal mixedwood forest of eastern Canada Ecoscience 19(4):391-397

  9. Ambroise Lycke, Louis Imbeau, Pierre Drapeau, 2011. Effects of commercial thinning on site occupancy and habitat use by spruce grouse in boreal Quebec. Can. J. For. Res. 41(3):501–508 DOI:10.1139/X10-226

  10. Caroline Trudeau, Louis Imbeau, Pierre Drapeau, Marc Mazerolle, 2011. Site occupancy and cavity use by the northern flying squirrel in the boreal forest. Journal of Wildlife Management 75(7):1646-1656. DOI:10.1002/jwmg.224

  11. Ermias T. Azeria, Jacques Ibarzabal, Christian Hébert, Jonathan Boucher, Louis Imbeau, Jean-Pierre Savard, 2011. Differential response of bird functional traits to post-fire salvage logging in a boreal forest ecosystem Acta Oecologica 37(3):220-229 DOI:10.1016/j.actao.2011.02.005

  12. Louis Imbeau, 2010. Liste annotée des espèces d’oiseaux recensées au parc à résidus miniers East Sullivan de Val-d’Or Société du loisir ornithologique de l’Abitibi (SLOA) 68 p.

  13. Évan Hovington, Louis Imbeau, Osvaldo Valeria, 2010. Woodland caribou habitat connectivity under different ecosystem-based management scenarios. SFM Network. Research Note Series No. 67. 6 p.

  14. Évan Hovington, Louis Imbeau, Osvaldo Valeria, 2010. Évaluation de la connectivité de l'habitat du caribou forestier selon différents scénarios d’aménagement écosystémique. Réseau GDF. Série de Note de Recherche No. 67. 6 p.

  15. Christian Roy, Louis Imbeau, Marc Mazerolle, 2010. Transformation of abandoned farm fields into coniferous plantations: Is there enough vegetation structure left to maintain winter habitat of snowshoe hares? Can. J. Zool. 88(6):579-588 DOI:10.1139/Z10-037

  16. Louis-Vincent Lemelin, Marcel Darveau, Louis Imbeau, Daniel Bordage, 2010. Wetland Use and Selection by Breeding Waterbirds in the Boreal Forest of Quebec, Canada. Wetlands  DOI:10.1007/s13157-010-0024-z

  17. Guylaine Bois, Louis Imbeau, 2009. Utilisation des coupes partielles par la faune gibier : LE CAS DU LIÈVRE D’AMÉRIQUE Chaire industrielle CRSNG UQAT-UQAM-AFD. Note de recherche 9. 2 p.

  18. Pierre Drapeau, Antoine Nappi, Louis Imbeau, Michel St-Germain, 2009. Standing deadwood for keystone bird species in the eastern boreal forest: Managing for snag dynamics. For. Chron. 85(2):227-234

  19. Geneviève Meunier, Marie-Claire LeBlanc, Marcel Darveau, Claude-Michel Bouchard, Louis Imbeau, 2009. Les milieux d’eau profonde, humides et forestiers riverains de la Forêt d’enseignement et de recherche du lac Duparquet. Rapport technique no Q16, Canards Illimités Canada – Québec, Québec. 84 p.

  20. Ambroise Lycke, Louis Imbeau, Pierre Drapeau, 2009. Utilisation des coupes partielles par la faune gibier : LE CAS DU TÉTRAS DU CANADA Chaire industrielle CRSNG UQAT-UQAM-AFD.Note de recherche 10. 2 p.

  21. Marianne Cheveau, Louis Imbeau, Pierre Drapeau, Louis Bélanger, 2008. Current status and future directions of traditional ecological knowledge in forest management: a review. For. Chron. 84(2): 231-243.

  22. Nicole Fenton, Hervé Bescond, Louis Imbeau, Catherine Boudreault, Pierre Drapeau, Yves Bergeron, 2008. Évaluation sylvicole et écologique de la coupe partielle dans la forêt boréale de la ceinture d’argile. (Chap. 15) Aménagement écosystémique en forêt boréale. Presses de l’Université du Québec. 393-416

  23. Sylvain Ménard, Marcel Darveau, Louis Imbeau, 2007. Histoire de la classification des milieux humides au Québec. Naturaliste Canadien 131(2):85-90.

  24. Caroline Gagné, Louis Imbeau, Pierre Drapeau, 2007. Anthropogenic edges: Their influence on the American three-toed woodpecker (Picoides dorsalis) foraging behaviour in managed boreal forests of Quebec. For. Ecol. Manage. 252(1-3):191-200. DOI:doi:10.1016/j.foreco.2007.06.039

  25. Laurence Bourgeois, Daniel Kneeshaw, Louis Imbeau, Nicolas Bélanger, Stephen Yamasaki, Suzanne Brais, 2007. How do Alberta’s, Ontario’s and Quebec’s forest operation laws respect ecological sustainable forest management criteria in the boreal forest? For. Chron. 83(1):61-71.

  26. M Desmarchelier, Marianne Cheveau, Louis Imbeau, S. Lair, 2007. Field use of isoflurane as an inhalant anesthetic in the American marten (Martes americana). Journal of Wildlife Diseases. 43(4):719-725.

  27. Louis-Vincent Lemelin, Louis Imbeau, Marcel Darveau, Daniel Bordage, 2007. Local, Short-term Effects of Forest Harvesting on Breeding Waterfowl and Common Loon in Forest-Dominated Landscapes of Quebec. Avian Conservation and Ecology. 2(2): 10. [online] URL: http://www.ace-eco.org/vol2/iss2/art10/

  28. Christian Roy, Louis Imbeau, 2006. Ligniculture et petit gibier : Quelles sont leurs relations en Abitibi Témiscamingue? Le Couvert Boréal pages 23.

  29. Laurence Bourgeois, Daniel Kneeshaw, Louis Imbeau, Suzanne Brais, Stephen Yamasaki, Nicolas Bélanger, 2004. Le règlement sur les normes d'intervention dans les forêts du domaine de l'État (RNI) permet-il de respecter les critères de l'aménagement durable des forêts ? L'Aubelle 147:22-25.

  30. Marianne Cheveau, Pierre Drapeau, Louis Imbeau, Yves Bergeron, 2004. Owl winter irruptions as an indicator of small mammal population cycles in the boreal forest of eastern North America. Oikos 107:190-198.

  31. Louis Imbeau, Pierre Drapeau, M Mönkkönen, 2003. Are forest birds categorised as "edge species" strictly associated with edges? Ecography 26(4):514-520.

  32. Alain Leduc, Christian Messier, Pierre Drapeau, Brian Harvey, Yves Bergeron, Louis Imbeau, Alison Munson, Louis Bélanger, Luc Bouthillier, Marcel Darveau, Luc Sirois, Daniel Kneeshaw, 2002. Modification du RNI - une timide ouverture à une gestion plus adaptée aux réalités régionales. L'Aubelle 140:20-21.

  33. Michel Leboeuf, Pierre Drapeau, Louis Imbeau, Marcel Darveau, 2002. Dossier la foresterie et les oiseaux: silence, on coupe! Québec Oiseaux. 14(1):12-23.

  34. Louis Imbeau, André Desrochers, 2002. Foraging ecology and use of drumming trees by three-toed woodpeckers. Journal of Wildlife Management 66(1):222-231.

  35. Louis Imbeau, André Desrochers, 2002. Area sensitivity and edge avoidance: the case of the Three-toed Woodpecker (Picoides tridactylus). For. Ecol. Manage. 164(1-3):249-256. DOI:10.1016/S0378-1127(01)00598-9

  36. Louis Imbeau, M Mönkkönen, André Desrochers, 2001. Long-term effects of forestry on birds of the eastern Canadian boreal forests: a comparison with Fennoscandia. Conservation Biology 15(4):1151-1162.

  37. Louis Imbeau, Antoine Nappi, 2001. Three-toed and Black-backed Woodpeckers: mysterious birds of the northern boreal forest. Bluebird. 23(4):14-15.

  38. Louis Imbeau, Jean-Pierre Savard, Réjean Gagnon, 1999. Comparing bird assemblages in successional black spruce stands originating from fire and logging. Can. J. Zool. 77(12):1850-1860.

Post-doctoral fellow
(d) = Supervisor; (c) = Co-supervisor

◊ Moez Touihri (d)



Ph.D.
(d) = Supervisor; (c) = Co-supervisor

◊ Mariano Feldman (d)

◊ Pauline Suffice (d)

◊ Julie Faure-Lacroix (c)



M.Sc.
(d) = Supervisor; (c) = Co-supervisor

◊ Émilie Desjardins (d)

◊ Robin Besançon (c)





Graduated Ph.D.
(d) = Supervisor; (c) = Co-supervisor

◊ Emilie Chavel (d) 2018

◊ Marianne Cheveau (d) 2010



Graduated M.Sc.
(d) = Supervisor; (c) = Co-supervisor

◊ Sarah-Claude Lachance (d) 2017

◊ Véronique Simard (d) 2016

◊ Pauline Suffice (d) 2014

◊ Marion Séguy (d) 2014

◊ Pauline Priol (d) 2013

◊ Jonathan Gagnon (d) 2013

◊ Jean Lapointe (d) 2012

◊ Dominique Fauteux (d) 2011

◊ Évan Hovington (d) 2010

◊ Caroline Trudeau (d) 2010

◊ Marie-Hélène Ouellet-D'Amours (d) 2010

◊ Julie Labbé (d) 2009

◊ Guylaine Bois (d) 2009

◊ Ambroise Lycke (d) 2008

◊ Christian Roy (d) 2008

◊ Louis-Vincent Lemelin (d) 2007

◊ Sylvain Ménard (d) 2007

◊ Delphin Ruché (d) 2005

◊ Mathilde Lapointe St-Pierre (c) 2018

◊ Juliette Duranleau (c) 2018

◊ Thierry Calvé (c) 2017

◊ Morgane Labadie (c) 2017

◊ Mathilde Girard-Robert (c) 2016

◊ Geneviève Potvin (c) 2015

◊ Benoît Tendeng (c) 2014

◊ Philippe Cadieux (c) 2011

◊ Geneviève Tremblay (c) 2010

◊ Julie Lavoie (c) 2009

◊ Anaïs Gasse (c) 2007

◊ Caroline Gagné (c) 2006

◊ Stéphane Valois (c) 2005



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