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


Sophie Renaut

PhD Student

Contact information:
Université Laval,
Pavillon Alexandre-Vachon
1045, avenue de la Médecine
Local VCH-2064,
Quebec city, (Quebec) G1V 0A6 Canada

Phone: 418-656-2131 ext. 3198
Fax: 418-656-2339
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Ph D. Oceanography (2012 - Present)
Université Laval, Québec, Canada
Canada Excellence Research Chair in Remote Sensing of Canada’s New Arctic Frontier
Joint International Laboratory "Takuvik"
ULaval (Canada) - CNRS (France)
Dissertation topic: The variability of Arctic ice edge blooms and implications for the biological pump in a period of decling ice cover

M. Sc. Oceanography (2010 - 2012)
Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris 6, France

B. Sc. Biology-Ecology (2007-2010)
Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France
Student exchange program (2009-2010) Université de Sherbrooke, Québec, Canada

Research Interests:
Phytoplankton dynamics
Light-driven processes in the oceans
Biological carbon pump
Climate change impacts in polar ecosystems
Ocean colour remote sensing

Research Experience:
Laboratoire d'Océanographie Microbienne (LOMIC), Observatoire Océanologique de Banyuls-sur-mer, France (2012)
Advisor: Stéphane Blain
Masters thesis topic : Study of the seasonal variability of chlorophyll in the water column based on fluorescence sensors deployed on elephant seals off Kerguelen Island, in the Southern Ocean (IPSOS-SEAL project)
Handling of satellite and in-situ data (CTD-tags, KEOPS 1 and 2)

Mediterranean Institute for Advanced Studies (IMEDEA), department of Global change Research, Esporles, Spain (Summer 2011)
Advisors: Iris Hendriks and Carlos Duarte
Hypoxia and hypercapnia experiments on mesozooplanktonic larvae from the Mediterranean Sea
Preparation and deployment of multi-parameter water quality sensors
Monitoring of seagrass meadows and sediment core sampling
Analysis of nutrient, oxygen and alkalinity samples
Updating of two databases about acidification and hypoxia in marine ecosystems

Laboratoire d'Océanographie et du Climat (LOCEAN), Paris, France (April-June 2010)
Advisors: Nicolas Metzl and Anna Lourantou
Dissertation topic: The role of topography on the seasonal variability of the partial pressure of CO2 (pCO2) in the Southern Ocean (off Kerguelen Island)
Handling of satellite and in-situ data (OISO campaigns)