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Shedding Light on Arctic marine ecosystem services

International Ph.D. School

July 12 to 24, 2018, Baffin Bay (Nunavut), Canada


Under the leadership of the Sentinel North program of Université Laval (Quebec City, Canada), the International Ph.D. School (IPS) provides international students with a unique opportunity to interact with high-profile scientists as part of a transdisciplinary and highly technological training program aiming to demystify the role of light in driving arctic marine food webs, ecosystems services, and human health in the North.

Taking place on board the Canadian research icebreaker CCGS Amundsen deployed in Baffin Bay and the Fjords of Baffin Island, Nunavut (Canada), the school will provide participants with a hands-on and integrative experience with a wide range of disciplines such as optics / photonics, Arctic marine biology and ecology, marine physics, biochemistry, remote sensing and human health. Under the supervision of renowned researchers and experimented professionals, school activities will be conducted as part of an actual ocean research program, deploying state-of-the art samplers and sensors.



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The transdisciplinary atmosphere amongst the students and mentors was the most rewarding aspect of the school. Transdisciplinary is a buzz-word today but the IPS really does it. The beautiful scenery and looming threat of climate change also made the scientific goals of the expedition feel extremely urgent.

Björn Andersson
Ph.D. student, Dep. Of Marine Sciences, University of Gothenburg

Discussion opportunities was one of the most important aspects of the IPS. It was made all the more interesting due to the fact that international optics engineers and oceanographers who do not share the same knowledge and vocabulary were working together.

Gwenaëlle Gremion
PhD Student in Oceanography, UQAR-Ismer

The school provided a hands-on, insightful and thought-provoking program. Beyond the scientific aspects learned, I believe that emerging scholars stepped off that ship feeling inspired and more confident: having acquired actionable take-away they can apply forthwith and for years to come as they forge their scientific careers and social voices.

Martine Lizotte
Research professional, Université Laval

Amazing and transforming experience for all participants. Great support from the Amundsen crew. Seeing the bonding between all present was heartwarming and will nurture and contribute for future collaboration, in particular between engineers and oceanographers. Keep up this excellent work!

Emmanuel Boss
Professor, University of Maine

I really enjoyed the experience, which made me aware of the limitations of in situ data I used in my project as I learned how to make in situ measurements and lab experiments. I will benefit from this special experience my whole life.

Juan Li
Dept of Biology - Université Laval

  • Program overview

    The school will maintain a sharp focus on the themes detailed below. The school favors a multi-faceted approach that includes lectures, case studies and a strong hands-on component supervised by experts from various disciplines.

    In addition to the scientific training program offered on board the icebreaker, the school will promote knowledge-transfer through conferences and activities within the community of Iqaluit.​


    The fundamental role of light in the Arctic Ocean

    • Light regimes at the cryosphere-hydrosphere interface and impacts on Arctic marine food webs
    • Changes in light availability in a context of climate change and consequences for ecosystems: from microscopic to planetary

    The potential of light to study the changing Arctic Ocean

    • Deployment and use of optical tools and instruments to explore the Arctic environment: from stereo microscopes to satellite imagery
    • Innovative light-based technologies to monitor marine ecosystems and their impact on human health in the Arctic

    Light-driven processes and Arctic marine ecosystem services

    • Provisioning services – fisheries resources
    • Regulating services – carbon storage, climate control
    • Cultural services – recreation, tourism, pedagogy
    • Supporting services – ecological functions that underlie and shape all services


    The school will also foster the development of transversal skills such as networking and international scientific collaboration, as well as creativity, communication and planning in a transdisciplinary research context.

    During the school and in the following weeks, participants will also be invited to actively contribute in the analysis of the data collected and in the writing of a scientific paper in collaboration with mentors and research professionals.

  • List of mentors

    • Luca Arduini-Plaisant, Amundsen Science, Université Laval

    • Marcel Babin, Professor, department of biology, Université Laval, laureate of the Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) in Remote Sensing of Canada's New Arctic Frontier and Director of Takuvik

    • Guislain Bécu, research associate, marine biology, Takuvik, Université Laval

    • Emmanuel Boss, professor, marine optics, Inherent optical properties, School of Marine Science, U. Maine, USA

    • Lee Karp-Boss, associate professor, phytoplankton ecologist, School of Marine Science, U. Maine, USA

    • Thibaud Dezutter, research associate, marine biology, Takuvik, Université Laval

    • Joannie Ferland, research associate, marine biology, Takuvik, Université Laval

    • Marie-Hélène Forget, principal coordinator, Takuvik, Université Laval

    • Marie-France Gévry, training programs coordinator, Sentinel North, Université Laval

    • Christian Katlein, sea ice physics, Alfred Wegener Institute, Germany

    • José Lagunas, research engineer, autonomous platforms and new technologies, Takuvik, Université Laval

    • Simon Lambert-Girard, post-doctoral fellow, marine and sea-ice optics, Takuvik, Université Laval

    • Martine Lizotte, research associate, Takuvik, Université Laval

    • Claudie Marec, research engineer, bio-argo floats, Laboratoire d’Océanogaphie Physique et Spatiale, CNRS

    • Vincent Marmillot, PhD student, Université Laval

    • Marc Picheral, diversity of zooplankton using UVP, Laboratoire océanographique de Villefranche-sur-Mer (LOV), France

    • Achim Randelhoff, postdoctoral researcher, oceanography, Université Laval

    • Eric Rehm, Research professional, under-ice gliders and marine optics, Takuvik, Université Laval

    • Joanie St-Onge, Master's student, oceanography, Université Laval

    • Lou Tisne, Amundsen Science, Université Laval

    • Jean-Marie Trudeau, coordinator of Sentinel North technology platform, Université Laval
  • List of participants

    • Alikacem, Yasmine, Université Laval, Canada
    • Andersson, Bjorn, Université de Gothenburg, Sweden
    • Anhaus, Philipp, Alfred-Wegener Institute, Germany
    • Arboit, Geneviève, Université du Québec à Rimouski, Canada
    • Bansept, Marc-Antoine, Université Laval, Canada
    • Benoit-Gagné, Maxime, Université Laval, Canada
    • Chawarski, Julek, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada
    • Cimoli, Emiliano, Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies, Australia
    • Fowler, Victoria, University of East Anglia, England
    • Gremion, Gwenaelle, Université du Québec à Rimouski, Canada
    • Guérin, Sébastien, Université Laval, Canada
    • Larouche, Raphael, Université Laval, Canada
    • Lebrun, Marion, Université Sorbonne, France
    • Lévesque-Desrosiers, Félix, Université Laval, Canada
    • Li, Juan, Université Laval, Canada
    • Perron, Christophe, Université Laval, Canada
    • Pitusi, Vanessa, UiT Tromso, Norway
    • Reimer, Jody, University of Alberta, Canada
    • Wauthy, Maxime, Université du Québec à Chicoutimi, Canada



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For more information, please contact:

Marie-France Gévry

Training programs coordinator
418-656-2131 ext. 8910