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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]

Publications : (see complete list)

  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

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

◊ Nathan Chabaud (d)

◊ Mariano Feldman (d)

◊ Julie Faure-Lacroix (c)

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

◊ Arnaud Benoit-Pépin (d)

◊ Robin Besançon (c)

◊ Julien Bilodeau-Colbert (c)

◊ Akib Hasan (c)

◊ Jérémie Maillé-Bizier (c)

◊ Chanèle Poirier (c)

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

◊ Pauline Suffice (d) 2019

◊ Emilie Chavel (d) 2018

◊ Marianne Cheveau (d) 2010

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

◊ Émilie Desjardins (d) 2020

◊ 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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