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José Gérin-Lajoie
Professionnelle de recherche
Centre d'études nordiques

(Biography) With a background in biology and a Master?s in Environmental Science from the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières where I am currently a Research Assistant, the plant world has always fascinated me, from the ecology surrounding them to their medicinal properties. I have had diverse work experiences and several years of field experience, having been self-employed, working with private consultants, and for the Government of Québec. More recently, plant ecology has brought me to the Arctic to study the tundra where I quickly developed a new passion for this land and the Inuit who inhabit it. My current field of interest is studying Inuit local knowledge related to the impacts of climate change on vegetation, factors affecting plant growth, as well as the ecology and usage of berry species in the Arctic. PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE : 2007 to date : Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières ? Research Assistant ? Coordination and field logistics for Arctic projects; ? Liaison with Northern communities and organisms in Nunavik and Nunavut; ? Local Ecological Knowledge interviews; ? Community-based environmental monitoring involving development of protocol and didactic tools; ? Data analysis, report writing, permit and fund applications, scientific papers and plain language documents; ? Plant inventory. 2005 to 2008 : Quebec Ministry of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks ? Analyst ? Elaboration of Funding Program «Partenaires pour la nature» ? Coordination for Funding Program «Programme de conservation du patrimoine naturel en milieu privé» ? Management plans for protected areas. 2006 : Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières ? Teacher ? Course: « Plant diversity » (theory and lab). 2006 : Consultants Mésart ? Ecologist - Botanist ? Flora and fauna inventory of rare species and report editing. 2001 à 2005 : Nove Environnement inc. ? Biologist ? Characterization and inventory of natural habitats (terrestrial, wetlands, aquatic) for environmental studies; ? Inventory of rare species; ? Coordination and supervision of contractuals; ? Literature review, translation, writing; ? Site characterization for risk assessment studies; ? Bidding propositions. Winter 2005 : Québec Ministry of Transport ?Contractual Biologist ? Synthesis of biological research studies conducted within the context of pilot project: «Environmental management of vegetation in highway rights-of-way, southern Quebec (1999-2001)», for MTQ Internet site. Summer-Fall 2004 : Parks Canada ? Botanist ? Inventory of Butternut trees (Juglans cinerea) and the presence of a canker in La Mauricie National Park and National Historic Sites Forges du Saint-Maurice and Manoir Papineau. 2000 to 2005 : Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières ? Teacher ? Course : Systematics of Quebec vascular plants (theory and lab). Fall 2003 : Technoculture inc. ? Scientific advisor ? Scientific validation of texts about climatic changes effects on pergelisol for « Mission Arctique » cyberdocumentary (in collaboration with Dr. Esther Lévesque). Fall 2003 : Makivik Corporation ? Biologist ? Assessment of biological diversity and impact of marine infrastructures on Arctic Char (Salvelinus alpinus) in Kangiqsualujjuaq and Kangirsuk (Nunavik). Summer 2003 : UQTR-Parks Canada ? Botanist ? Vegetation mapping of Sirmilik National Park (Nunavut) : Inventory and ground-truthing of vegetation classification from satellite images and orthophotos. Spring 2003 : Réseau des économusées du Québec ? Scientific advisor ? Writing of scientific short texts for the Économusée of Essential Oils in Grondines. Fall 2002 : Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières ?Contractual Biologist ? Writing of final report for pilot project (1999-2001): floristic aspect, Quebec Ministry of Transport. 1990 to 1995 : Commission scolaire de Portneuf ?Teacher for adults ♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦ EDUCATION : Ongoing Native Studies Certificate, Anthropology Department, Université Laval. 1999-2002 Master degree in Environmental Science, Plant Ecology, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières. 1995-1999 B.Sc. (Biology), Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières. TRAINING : 2009 First Aid for remoted areas (CSST). 2002 Nautical Security, École de sécurité nautique du Québec inc. 1987-1994 Homeopathy, Naturopathy and Herbalism. - École d?enseignement supérieur en Homéopathie de Québec (1990 - Institut des thérapeutiques naturelles à Montréal (1994) - École d?enseignement supérieur en naturopathie de Québec (1991-1992) - École d?herboristerie l?Armoire aux Herbes (1993-1994) ♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦ PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS : Syndicat professionnel des Homéopathes du Québec Ordre canadien de Médecine Homéopathique COMPUTER SKILLS : Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint (Microsoft Office). Systat, Canoco and Sigmaplot (Statistics and graphs). ArcView, PCI Works and Mapinfo (Geomatics and GIS). ♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦ PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS Lévesque, E., J. Gérin-Lajoie, L. Hermanutz, J. Jacobs, A. Cuerrier, L. Siegwart-Collier, C. Lavallée and C. Spiech. 2009. Community-based assessment of berry productivity across the Canadian Arctic. Poster presented at ArcticNet Annual Conference in Victoria, B.C. December 2009. Spiech, C., E. Lévesque, J. Gérin-Lajoie and A. Cuerrier. 2009. Spatial Distribution and Productivity of Berry Producing Shrubs in the vicinity of Baker Lake, Nunavut. Poster presented at ArcticNet Annual Conference in Victoria, B.C. December 2009. Gérin-Lajoie, J., A. Cuerrier, and E. Lévesque. 2009. Inuit perception of environmental changes affecting vegetation in three communities in Nunavik: regional differences. Poster presented at ArcticNet Annual Conference in Victoria, B.C. December 2009. Gérin-Lajoie, J., E. Lévesque, A. Cuerrier, L. Hermanutz, C. Spiech and L. Siegwart-Collier. 2009. Community-based monitoring of shrubs and berries: so much more than just getting data! Poster presented at CiCAT Annual Meeting in Yellowknife, May 2009. Gérin-Lajoie, J., A. Cuerrier and E. Lévesque. 2008. Inuit perception of climate change impacts on plants and environmental factors in communities of Nunavik and Nunavut. Poster presented at Arctic Change Conference in Quebec City, Québec, December 2008. Gérin-Lajoie, J., E. Lévesque and A. Cuerrier. 2008. Climate change impacts on berry ecology in Canadian arctic tundra: linking local ecological knowledge with science. Poster presented at Climate Change impacts on Canadian Arctic Tundra (CiCAT) Annual Meeting, Ottawa, April 2008. Gérin-Lajoie, J. and E. Lévesque. 2008. The Impacts of Climate Change on Berry Ecology in the North. Makivik Magazine. Spring 2008 Issue 84. Gérin-Lajoie, J., E. Lévesque and A. Cuerrier. 2007. Climate change impacts on berry ecology in Canadian arctic tundra: linking local ecological knowledge with science. Poster presented at ArcticNet Annual Conference, Collingwood, December 2007. Gérin-Lajoie, J. 2006. Inventaire des espèces floristiques et fauniques menacées ou vulnérables, ou susceptibles de l?être, pour le projet « Terrasses des Capitales », Trois-Rivières, secteur Cap-de-la-Madeleine. Gérin-Lajoie, J. 2004. Inventaire du noyer cendré (Juglans cinerea). Parc national de la Mauricie, Lieu historique national des Forges-du-Saint-Maurice, Lieu historique national du Manoir-Papineau. Parcs Canada, octobre 2004. Ouellette, G. and J. Gérin-Lajoie, 2003. Fish habitat in Marine Infrastructures of Nunavik. Makivik Technical Report. Bédard, Y., D, Trottier, L. Bélanger, J.-P. Bourassa, N. Champagne, J. Gérin-Lajoie, G. Lacroix et E. Lévesque. 2002. Managing the green heritage of highways rights-of-way in southern Quebec : a new ecological approach. In J.W. Goodrich-Mahoney, D.F. Mutrie and C.A. Guilds eds., Environmental Concerns in Right-of-Way Management: Seventh International Symposium (Calgary, Canada, 2000), Elsevier Science Ltd. Gérin-Lajoie, J. et E. Lévesque. 2002. Gestion écologique des emprises de trois tronçons autoroutiers : projet pilote de gestion extensive du patrimoine vert. Suivi écologique : volet Flore. Rapport final. Décembre 2002. Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières. Gérin-Lajoie, J. 2000. Plant diversity in highway rights-of-way of southern Quebec in relation to land use and mowing intensity. Poster presented at 7th International Symposium on Environmental concerns in rights-of-way management, Calgary, Sept 2000. Gérin-Lajoie, J. 1999. Présentation d?une affiche au congrès de l?Association québécoise de gestion de la végétation portant sur les résultats préliminaires de maîtrise, Québec, Oct. 1999. ♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦ LECTURES AND EVENTS Gérin-Lajoie, J., A. Cuerrier, and E. Lévesque. 2009. Inuit perception of environmental changes affecting vegetation in three communities in Nunavik: regional differences. Lecture at 2009 ArcticNet Annual Conference à Victoria, December 2009. Gérin-Lajoie, J. and E. Lévesque. 2009. Community based monitoring. Lecture at CiCAT Annual Conference. Yellowknife, May 2009. Organization of Community Day at CiCAT Annual Conference. Yellowknife, May 2009. Organization of Community-based Monitoring Workshop in Montréal, March 2009. Lévesque, E., A. Cuerrier, S. Boudreau, J. Gérin-Lajoie, B. Tremblay, C. Lavallée and C. Spiech 2008. Towards an understanding of the implications of shrub cover change in Nunavik. Lecture at 2008 Arctic Change International Conference in Québec, December 2008. Gérin-Lajoie, J. 2004. Le monde végétal, la santé et l?environnement. Lecture at Portneuf Environmental Film Festival. April 2004. Gérin-Lajoie, J. 1999. Lecture at ACFAS congress in University of Ottawa on preliminary results for master degree work. May 1999. ♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦ AWARDS AND SCHOLARSHIPS : 2000 - Award winner of Carrie-Derrick prize (Sciences) from «Fondation des bourses pour l?engagement féminin dans les affaires» - Second prize winner at the Scientific Poster Contest (Environment) for graduated students, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières. ♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦ SPEAKING AND WRITING LANGUAGES : French : Excellent English : Very good Spanish : Good Inuktitut : Basic

 

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