CERC - Canada Research Chair in Remote Sensing of Canada’s New Arctic Frontier


Guillaume MassÉ

Chargé de Recherche, CNRS
Adjunct Professor, Université Laval

Contact information:
Université Laval,
Takuvik Joint Laboratory,
Pavillon Alexandre-Vachon
1045, avenue de la Médecine, local 2253C,
Quebec, (Quebec) G1V 0A6 Canada

Phone : 418-656-5193
Fax : 418-656-2239
Email :


2007 Learning and Teaching in Higher Education post-graduate certificate

2003 Ph.D. Chemistry, University of Plymouth - Highly Branched Isoprenoids from Diatoms, A biosynthetic and life cycle study.

1985 Diplôme de Technicien Supérieur de la Mer, INTECHMER, Cherbourg, France

Research Interests:

Structural determination and biosynthesis of isoprenoid biomarkers - Development of new biomarkers for paleoclimatic studies - The fate of isoprenoid lipids across marine food chains - Development of new research based teaching modules


Guillaume Massé, has over 10 years of research experience in various fields related to the environmental sciences. For his PhD work, he investigated the biosynthetic mechanisms leading to the formation of unusual C25 and C30 Highly Branched Isoprenoid (HBI) alkenes in diatoms. Following a postdoctoral period, investigating the presence of polyprenyl phosphate lipids in diatoms and their potential functions as primitive membrane constituents, he was appointed to a “New-Blood” lectureship at the University of Plymouth in August 2003. In 2008, he obtained a “chargé de recherché” position at the CNRS in Paris. Since that time, he has been investigating the potential of HBI biomarkers to be used as sea ice proxies He has several research publications to his name (including papers in Science and PNAS) and is a recipient of several research awards (NERC, the Royal Society, and most recently, two Chaire d’Excellence Grants grant by the French Agence Nationale de la Recherche and the European Research Council to further develop the use of HBIs as paleoenvironmental proxies).