Ph. D. Biology, 1991
University of Kyoto (Japan)
Research interests and expertise
Conservation, restoration, population dynamics, preparation or conservation plans and their implementation, control of threatened plants located in road construction projects, vulnerable and threatened plants, wild leek, American ginseng, green dragon, broad beech fern and false hop sedge.
About my work…
I’m a researcher at the Montréal Biodôme, a biologist specializing in protecting and restoring threatened and vulnerable plants like wild leek, American ginseng and broad beech-fern. I do a lot of my work in the field, in close collaboration with regional nature protection organizations.
One of my favourite projects is SEM’AIL junior, a wild leek restoration program for elementary students. Every two years, we work with five schools. We start out by introducing the students to the concept of biodiversity and teaching them why it is threatened. Then we invite them to join us in a top-secret mission to save wild leek, a vulnerable species in Quebec. We explain to them what wild leek is and what conditions it needs to survive. A month after that, we head out into the woods with the class to plant seeds on a site near the community. Each student plants about 100 seeds, for a total of 2,500 to 3,000 seeds per class. The following year, we return to the site with the students, to count the seedlings. This type of project is a way of giving back to both the public and nature. Humans are huge users of the natural environment. Thanks to SEM’AIL junior, these young people can take very concrete action to protect biodiversity close to home.
Why I like research
The sites where I work are so beautiful. I feel lucky to be able to work there. Thanks to my scientific knowledge and my understanding of the natural environment, I can do something concrete about threatened species. That’s very gratifying. It’s also really important to me to transfer my knowledge to local organizations. Conservation efforts can’t succeed without community input.