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


Michel Lavoie

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Contact information:
Université Laval,
Pavillon Alexandre-Vachon
1045, avenue de la Médecine
Local VCH-2068,
Quebec city, (Quebec) G1V 0A6 Canada

Phone : 418-656-2131 ext. 7740
Fax : 418-656-2339
Email :

PDF Oceanography (2013 - Present)
NSERC and FRQNT Research Fellow
Takuvik Joint International Laboratory
ULaval (Canada) - CNRS (France)
Topic: DMSP and DMS production

PhD Aquatic Sciences (2008 - 2012)
Institut de la Recherche Scientifique - Eau Terre Environnement
Québec, QC

MSc Aquatic Sciences (2005 - 2007)
Institut de la Recherche Scientifique - Eau Terre Environnement
Québec, QC

BSc Biology (2001-2004)
Université du Québec à Rimouski

Research Interests:
Global biogeochemical cycles of trace elements, phosphorus, dimethylsulfoniopropionate (DMSP) and dimethlysulfide (DMS)
Ecophysiology of trace elements and DMSP in phytoplankton
Ecotoxicology of trace elements in phytoplankton

Lavoie M., Levasseur M. and Sunda W.G. 2015. A steady-state physiological model for intracellular dimethylsulfoxide concentrations in marine phytoplankton. Environ. Chem. In press.

Xie J., Bai X., Lavoie M., Lu H., Fan X., Pan X., Fu Z. and Qian H. 2015. Analysis of the proteome of the marine diatom Phaeodactylum tricornutum exposed to aluminum: providing insights into aluminum toxicity mechanisms. Environ. Sci. Technol. 49: 11182-90

Qian H., Lu H., Ding H., Lavoie M., Li Y., Liu W. and Fu Z. 2015. Analyzing Arabidopsis thaliana root proteome provides insights into the molecular bases of enantioselective imazethapyr toxicity. Scientific Reports. 5: 11975

Duval J.F.L., Paquet N., Lavoie M. and Fortin C. 2015. Dynamics of metal partitioning at the cell-solution interface: implications for toxicity assessment under growth inhibition conditions. Environ. Sci. Technol. 49: 6625-6636

Lavoie M., Levasseur M. and Babin M. 2015. Testing the potential ballast role for dimethylsulfoniopropionate in marine phytoplankton: A modeling study. J. Plankton Res. DOI: 10.1093/plankt/fbv050. Selected as a featured article in J. Plankton Res.

Paquet N., Lavoie M., Maloney F., Duval J.F.L., Fortin C. and Campbell P.G.C. 2015. Cadmium accumulation and toxicity in Pseudokirchneriella subcapitata: influence of metal-binding exudates and exposure time. Environ Toxicol. Chem. 34: 1524-1532

Darroch L.J., Lavoie M., Levasseur M., Laurion I., Sunda W.G., Michaud S., Scarratt M., Gosselin M. and Caron G. 2015. Effect of short-term light- and UV-stress on DMSP, DMS, and DMSP lyase activity in Emiliania huxleyi. Aquat. Microb. Ecol. 74: 173-185

Liu J., Sun Z., Lavoie M., Fan X., Bai X. and Qian H. 2015. Ammonium reduces chromium toxicity in the freshwater alga Chlorella vulgaris. Applied Microbiol Biotechnol 99: 3249-58

Qian H., Li Y., Sun C., Lavoie M., Xie J., Bai X. and Fu Z. 2015. Trace concentrations of imazethapyr (IM) affect floral organs development and reproduction in Arabidopsis thaliana: IM-induced inhibition of key genes regulating anther and pollen development. Ecotoxicology 24: 163-171

Ding H., Lu H., Lavoie M., Xie J., Li Y., Lv X., Fu Z. and Qian H. 2014. Unraveling the toxicity mechanisms of the herbicide diclofop-methyl in rice: modulation of the activity of key enzymes involved in citrate metabolism and induction of cell membrane anion channels". J. Agric. Food. Chem. 62: 10654-60

Wei Y., Zhu N., Lavoie M., Ni J., W. J., Qian H. and Fu Z. 2014. Copper toxicity to Phaeodactylum tricornutum: a survey of the sensitivity of various toxicity endpoints at the physiological, molecular and structural levels. Biometals 27: 527-537

Lavoie M., Sabatier S., Garnier-Laplace J. and Fortin C. 2014. Uranium accumulation and toxicity in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii is modulated by pH. Environ Toxicol. Chem. 33: 1372-1379

Lavoie M., Campbell P.G.C. and Fortin C. 2014. Predicting cadmium accumulation and toxicity in a green alga in the presence of varying essential metal concentrations using a biotic ligand model. Environ. Sci. Technol. 48: 1222-1229

Ou-Yang H.-L., Kong X.-Z., Lavoie M., He W., Qin N., He Q.-S., Yang B., Wang R. and Xu F.-L. 2013. Photosynthetic and cellular toxicity of cadmium in Chlorella vulgaris. Environ. Toxicol. Chem. 32: 2762-2770

Lavoie M, Fortin C, Campbell PGC (2012) Extending the biotic ligand model to account for positive and negative feedback interactions between cadmium and zinc in a freshwater alga. Environ. Sci. Technol. 46: 12129-12136.

Lavoie M, Fortin C, Campbell PGC (2012) Influence of essential elements on cadmium uptake and toxicity in a unicellular green alga: the protective effect of trace zinc and cobalt concentrations. Environ. Toxicol. Chem. 31: 1445-1452. ET&C Best Student Paper Award

Lavoie M, Auclair J-C (2012) Phosphorus mobilization in softwater Shield lakes: the role of organic carbon and metal oxyhydroxides. Aquat. Geochem. 18: 327-341.
Lavoie M, Le Faucheur S, Boullemant A, Fortin C, Campbell, PGC (2012) The influence of pH on algal cell membrane permeability and its implications for the uptake of lipophilic metal complexes. J. Phycol. 48: 293-302.

Lavoie I, Lavoie M, Fortin C (2012) A mine of information: benthic algal communities as biomonitors of metal contamination from abandoned tailings. Sci. Total Environ. 425: 231-241.
Boullemant A, Lavoie M, Fortin C, Campbell, PGC (2009) Uptake of hydrophobic metal complexes by three freshwater algae: unexpected influence of pH. Environ. Sci. Technol. 43: 3308-3314.

Lavoie M, Bernier J, Fortin C, Campbell PGC (2009) Cell homogenization and subcellular fractionation in two phytoplanktonic algae: implications for the assessment of metal subcellular distributions. Limnol. Oceanogr. Methods. 7: 277-286.

Lavoie M, Le Faucheur S, Fortin C, Campbell PGC (2009) Cadmium detoxification strategies in two phytoplankton species: metal binding by newly synthesized thiolated peptides and sequestration in granules. Aquat. Toxicol. 92: 65-75.