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Yves Bergeron

Yves Bergeron obtained a B.Sc. (1977) and a Ph.D. (1983) in biological sciences from the Université de Montréal. He completed his postdoctoral training at the Centre d’études nordiques (Université Laval) and at the University of Calgary. He worked as a research scientist at the Centre de recherches écologiques (Université de Montréal) before joining the Université du Québec à Montréal as a professor in the department of biological sciences in 1985. Since 1996 he is also professor at Université du Quebec in Abitibi-Témiscamingue in the Applied sciences department and from 2012 at the Institute for Forest Research of UQAT. His work has to do with both fundamental and applied research. Most of his work in fundamental research is on ecosystem dynamics, more specifically the boreal forest. The more applied research includes the use of ecological knowledge for silviculture and forest management. Dr. Bergeron held a Canadian Research Chair in Forest Ecology and Management. He is a member of the Center of Forest Research (CFR) and is director of the NSERC/UQAT/UQAM Industrial Chair in Sustainable Forest Management.

Research orientation

Studies on ecosystem dynamics

By way of field and lab work, the aim is to better understand the ecological factors responsible for the distribution and dynamics of forest stands. One approach is to study the relationship between abiotic components of the environment (climate, geomorphology, soils) and the distribution of different species or plant communities. Others include historical reconstitution and characterization of natural and anthropic disturbance regimes (fire, windthrow, insect outbreak) affecting forest ecosystem. The determination of demographic structures of species allows a fuller understanding of the relationship between disturbance regimes and the regeneration and succession mechanisms of forest stands.

Dendrochronology (dating method that uses annual growth rings of trees) is the mostly used lab technique. It allows age determination of stems and dating of punctual events such as fires or fluctuations of water levels when looking at scars. It is also used to evaluate the effect of climate (dendroclimatology) and other parameters on radial growth of trees.

Some examples of studies carried out or currently in progress: Jack pine and red pine stand dynamics following fire, historical reconstitution of fire regimes in Abitibi, the influence of water levels fluctuations on black ash stand dynamics, reconstitution by dendroclimatology of over 800 years for white cedar. Growth and dynamics of tree species at their northern limit of distribution.

Applications to silviculture and forest management

The objective is to establish the relationship between the ecological information we have on natural forest ecosystems and the different interventions for timber harvest. The preferred approach is to find out how stand and landscape silvicultural operations can emulate natural disturbances. Studies mostly concern the effect of forest management on ecosystem biodiversity and resilience. This work is done in collaboration with government agencies and the industry, in particular the activities of the NSERC/UQAT/UQAM Industrial Chair in Sustainable Forest Management and the Research Forest of Duparquet Lake (FERLD).

Some examples of studies carried out or currently in progress: Characterization of the biodiversity in old growth forests; Comparison of the effects of fire and harvest on resilience and plant diversity of forest ecosystems; Impact of intensive forestry on biodiversity.

M.Sc. and Ph.D. positions available

I am currently looking for M.Sc. and Ph.D. students to work on forest dynamic. Please navigate to Jobs section for further information.

Email : yves.bergeron[at]uqat.ca

Publications : (see complete list)

  1. Martin-Philippe Girardin, Adam Ali, Christopher Carcaillet, Sylvie Gauthier, Christelle Hely-Alleaume, Héloïse Le Goff, Aurélie Terrier, Yves Bergeron, 2013. Fire in managed forests of eastern Canada: Risks and options For. Ecol. Manage. 294:238-249 DOI:10.1016/j.foreco.2012.07.005

  2. Jianguo Huang, Yves Bergeron, Frank Berninger, Lihong Zhai, Jacques Tardif, Bernhard Denneler, 2013. Impact of Future Climate on Radial Growth of Four Major Boreal Tree Species in the Eastern Canadian Boreal Forest Plos One  DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0056758

  3. Aurélie Terrier, Martin-Philippe Girardin, Catherine Périé, Pierre Legendre, Yves Bergeron, 2013. Potential changes in forest composition could reduce impacts of climate change on boreal wildfires. Ecological applications 23(1):21-35

  4. Catherine Boudreault, Darwin Coxson, Yves Bergeron, Susan Stevenson, Mathieu Bouchard, 2013. Do forests treated by partial cutting provide growth conditions similar to old-growth forests for epiphytic lichens? Biological Conservation 159(1): 458-467 DOI:10.1016/j.biocon.2012.12.019.

  5. Dominic Senici, Aurore Lucas, Cungen Chen, Yves Bergeron, Alain Larouche, Benoit Brossier, Olivier Blarquez, Adam Ali, 2013. Multi-millennial fire frequency and tree abundance differ between xeric and mesic boreal forests in central Canada Journal of Ecology  DOI:10.1111/1365-2745.12047

  6. Brian Brassard, Cungen Chen, Xavier Cavard, Jérôme Laganière, Peter B. Reich, Yves Bergeron, David Paré, Yuan Zhiyou, 2013. Tree species diversity increases fine root productivity through increased soil volume filling Journal of Ecology 101(1):210-219 DOI:10.1111/1365-2745.12023

  7. Igor Drobyshev, Sylvie Gewehr, Frank Berninger, Yves Bergeron, 2013. Species specific growth responses of black spruce and trembling aspen may enhance resilience of boreal forest to climate change Journal of Ecology 101(1):231-242 DOI:10.1111/1365-2745.12007

  8. Frédérick Raulier, Héloïse Le Goff, Sylvie Gauthier, Rija Rapanoela, Yves Bergeron, 2013. Introducing two indicators for fire risk consideration in the management of boreal forests. Ecological Indicator 24:451-461 DOI:10.1016/j.ecolind.2012.07.023

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

◊ Pierre Mérian (d)

◊ Louiza Moussaoui (d)

◊ Bronwyn Rayfield (d)

◊ Tadeusz Bartek Splawinski (d)

◊ Gabriel Magnan (c)

◊ Liping Wei (c)



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

◊ Benjamin Andrieux (d)

◊ Lisa Bajolle (d)

◊ Carole Bastianelli (d)

◊ Ange-Marie Botroh (d)

◊ Chafi Chaieb (d)

◊ Bi-Tchoko Vincent Evrard Kouadio (d)

◊ Mathilde Marchais (d)

◊ Benjamin Marquis (d)

◊ Mélissande Nagati (d)

◊ Alexandre Nolin (d)

◊ Jeanne Portier (d)

◊ Emmanuel Amoah Boakye (c)

◊ Emeline Chaste (c)

◊ Olivier Colin Haubensack (c)

◊ Benjamin Gadet (c)

◊ Claudele Ghotsa Mekontchou (c)

◊ Morgane Higelin (c)

◊ Marc-Frédéric Indorf (c)

◊ Lise Jaton (c)

◊ Qingbiao Jiang (c)

◊ Mathilde Pau (c)

◊ Rija Rapanoela (c)

◊ Juanita Carolina Rodriguez (c)

◊ Dominic Senici (c)



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

◊ Flavie Ferrer (d)

◊ Jordan Paillard (d)

◊ Samuel Roy Proulx (d)

◊ Abed Nego Jules (c)

◊ Ibrahim Djerboua (c)

◊ Geoffrey Fissore (c)

◊ Stelsa Fortin (c)

◊ Mohamadou Alpha Gueye (c)

◊ Eloïse LeStum-Boivin (c)

◊ Alexis Schab (c)



Internship
(d) = Supervisor; (c) = Co-supervisor

◊ Stéphane Hébert (d)



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

◊ Clémentine Ols (d) 2017

◊ Cécile Remy (d) 2016

◊ Victor Danneyrolles (d) 2016

◊ Pénélope Leclerc (d) 2016

◊ Johann Housset (d) 2015

◊ Yun Zhang (d) 2014

◊ Nicolas Mansuy (d) 2013

◊ Xavier Cavard (d) 2010

◊ Saliha Zouaoui (d) 2010

◊ Jianguo Huang (d) 2010

◊ Héloïse Le Goff (d) 2009

◊ Elizabeth Campbell (d) 2007

◊ Yassine Messaoud (d) 2007

◊ Nicolas Lecomte (d) 2006

◊ Nicole J. Fenton (d) 2006

◊ Martin Lavoie (d) 2006

◊ Sonia Légaré (d) 2005

◊ Bernhard Denneler (d) 2004

◊ Sybille Haeussler (d) 2004

◊ Marie-Josée Simard (d) 1999

◊ Jacques Tardif (d) 1997

◊ France Oris (c) 2014

◊ Raphaël Aussenac (c) 2017

◊ Marine Pacé (c) 2017

◊ Louiza Moussaoui (c) 2017

◊ Mathieu Latutrie (c) 2017

◊ Marion Barbé (c) 2016

◊ Pierre Nlungu Kweta Bisewolo (c) 2016

◊ Tiphaine Després (c) 2015

◊ Tadeusz Bartek Splawinski (c) 2015

◊ Pierre Grondin (c) 2014

◊ Noémie Graignic (c) 2014

◊ Pape-Déthié Ndione (c) 2014

◊ Ahmed Laamrani (c) 2014

◊ Amar Madoui (c) 2014

◊ Aurélie Terrier (c) 2014

◊ Besma Bouslimi (c) 2014

◊ Samira Ouarmim (c) 2013

◊ Huaitong Xu (c) 2013

◊ Yadav Uprety (c) 2013

◊ Julien Moulinier (c) 2013

◊ Annie Belleau (c) 2012

◊ Jérôme Laganière (c) 2011

◊ Catherine Boudreault (c) 2011

◊ Simon Van bellen (c) 2011

◊ Dominic Cyr (c) 2010

◊ Benoît Lafleur (c) 2010

◊ Virginie-Arielle Angers (c) 2010

◊ Eugénia Smirnova (c) 2009

◊ Ronald Charles Drever (c) 2007

◊ Marie-Claire Namroud (c) 2006

◊ Mathieu Bouchard (c) 2005

◊ Christelle Hely-Alleaume (c) 2000

◊ Isabelle Larocque (c) 1999



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

◊ Fanny Senez-Gagnon (d) 2018

◊ Mathilde Marchais (d) 2017

◊ Aurore Lucas (d) 2017

◊ Arvin Beekharry (d) 2016

◊ Maude Crispo (d) 2016

◊ Marc-Antoine Guitard (d) 2015

◊ Cécile Leroy (d) 2014

◊ Pierre Crespin (d) 2014

◊ Esinam Kpodo (d) 2014

◊ Isabelle Visnadi (d) 2014

◊ Guillaume Perrette (d) 2014

◊ Albanie Leduc (d) 2013

◊ Thibault Pasturel (d) 2013

◊ Myriam Paquette (d) 2012

◊ Julie Arseneault (d) 2012

◊ Véronique Paul (d) 2011

◊ Sylvie Gewehr (d) 2011

◊ Marie-Lyne Arbour (d) 2009

◊ Abdoul-Ousmane Dia (d) 2009

◊ David Maneli (d) 2008

◊ Élisa Morin (d) 2007

◊ Caroline Drapeau (d) 2005

◊ Lidia Capece (d) 2003

◊ Daniel Grenier (d) 2003

◊ Anh thu Pham (d) 2003

◊ Caroline Plaisance (d) 2003

◊ Zakia Ammari (d) 2002

◊ Hervé Bescond (d) 2002

◊ Martin-Philippe Girardin (d) 2001

◊ Josée Noël (d) 2001

◊ Sonia Légaré (d) 2000

◊ Daniel Lesieur (d) 2000

◊ Jean-François Giroux (d) 1999

◊ Thuy Nguyen-Xuan (d) 1999

◊ Geneviève St-Germain (d) 1999

◊ Patrick Lefort (d) 1998

◊ Brigitte Bigué (d) 1997

◊ Catherine Boudreault (d) 1997

◊ Victor Kafka (d) 1997

◊ Carole-Lyne Ratel (d) 1996

◊ Pascal Hébert (d) 1995

◊ Christine Galipeau (d) 1994

◊ Pierre-Yves Plourde (d) 1994

◊ Marie-Josée Simard (d) 1994

◊ Pierre Cartier (d) 1993

◊ Denis Lavertu (d) 1993

◊ Marie-Hélène Longpré (d) 1993

◊ Marie-Claude Brisson (d) 1992

◊ Robert Mercier (d) 1992

◊ Marie-Claude Rousseau (d) 1992

◊ Pierre-René Dansereau (d) 1991

◊ Danielle Lalonde (d) 1991

◊ Sylvain Archambault (d) 1990

◊ François Durand (d) 1990

◊ Julie Gagnon (d) 1990

◊ André Boisvert (d) 1989

◊ Maria Guevera De Lampe (d) 1987

◊ William Lampe (d) 1987

◊ Jacques Brisson (d) 1986

◊ Raphaële Piché (c) 2017

◊ Joëlle Castonguay (c) 2016

◊ Maude Durette (c) 2016

◊ Claudie Giguère (c) 2015

◊ Lady Cardona (c) 2014

◊ Diego Valério Braido Dos-Santos (c) 2014

◊ Dominic Lessard (c) 2013

◊ Laurent Kerharo (c) 2013

◊ Annie Claude Bélisle (c) 2013

◊ Xiaozhe Wang (c) 2012

◊ Jérémie Poupart Montpetit (c) 2012

◊ Mathieu Paquette (c) 2011

◊ Ingrid Béatriz Cea Roa (c) 2011

◊ Sébastien Lavoie (c) 2011

◊ Emmanuelle Fréchette (c) 2010

◊ Sébastien Renard (c) 2010

◊ Guillaume Sainte-Marie (c) 2009

◊ Lihong Zhai (c) 2009

◊ Annick St-Denis (c) 2008

◊ Élizabeth Turcotte (c) 2008

◊ Alexandre Poudret-Barré (c) 2008

◊ Fateh Sadi (c) 2007

◊ Marie-Claude Bujold (c) 2006

◊ André de Römer (c) 2005

◊ Eve Lauzon (c) 2004

◊ Karelle Jayen (c) 2004

◊ Marianne Cheveau (c) 2003

◊ Vincent D'aoust (c) 2003

◊ Héloise Rheault (c) 2003

◊ Benoît Hamel (c) 2002

◊ Dominic Cyr (c) 2001

◊ Mark Purdon (c) 2001

◊ Philippe Nolet (c) 1993



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