CEN Bulletin 18
May 2018
The CEN Bulletin is written for CEN members and the scientific community and others interested in northern environmental research. The material provided showcases the work of its members and aims to disseminate information on CEN activities.
Science highlight
Arctic fox, Bylot island, Nunavut. Photo credit @Andréanne Beardsell/CEN

Arctic fox biology conference
Dominique Berteaux, professor, UQAR and regular CEN member

The geographic distribution of the Arctic fox spans all Arctic countries. Given its widespread  northern distribution, it is a symbol frequently used by the Arctic Council and is even featured on the Council’s logo. The Arctic fox has made the tundra, ice packs, mountaintops, isolated Arctic islands and even the North Pole its home.

Last October 12-15, UQAR held, with the support of the CEN, the fifth edition of the International Conference in Arctic Fox Biology. Held for the first time in North America, this event brought together 112 researchers, managers and students from 11 countries.
The event began with a workshop on October 12 to facilitate circumpolar comparisons between 34 study sites. This workshop was based on results published in the open access publication of a special issue in Polar Research which featured 13 articles on Arctic fox biology and management.
The symposium continued with two days of lectures and posters on Arctic fox research, conservation and management. It ended with a trip to the Bic National Park, allowing the participants to continue their exchanges under a beautiful (but intense!) autumn rain.
This symposium served as a focal point for the organization of two other international meetings: Interactions Working Group (October 15) and ArcticWEB (October 16), two networks of researchers interested in trophic interactions in the Arctic.
Coordinated by Dominique Berteaux and Sandra Lai, the organizing committee that made this symposium a huge success was comprised of 10 graduate students, most of them members of the CEN. Next edition: 2020 in Svalbard.
TUKISIK project annual meeting

The 4th annual OHMI-Nunavik seminar or TUKISIK project was held on 6, 7 and 8 December 2017 supported by M. Bernier and N. Bhiry of CEN.  This project is an international partnership between Makivik Corporation, the Kativik Regional Government, the CNRS of France and CEN. On Day 1 at INRS, each team presented their progress. Topics covered included energy efficiency, geothermal energy, food security through the establishment of greenhouses, the youth’s perception of their territory, the health and well-being of Inuit at the interface between Inuit and the environment, and the hazards and risks associated with slope dynamics. The next day the seminar continued at the First Nations Museum Hotel in Wendake.  The day began with a presentation from the group working on George River watershed, AquaBio. The researchers then discussed the future prospects for TUKISIK and the upcoming four-year assessment. On the third and final day, Suzy Basile and Nancy Gros-Louis McHug facilitated a workshop on research ethics with Aboriginal Peoples. The workshop on research ethics attracted the interest of several newcomers who joined the TUKISIK teams. The seminar ended with guest presentations on their research in Nunavik. This seminar was a great success for a 4th consecutive year, bringing together researchers, students from Quebec and France, and northern partners.
Portrait of a CEN researcher
Dominique Gravel
Dominique Gravel holds a Canada Research Chair at the Université de Sherbrooke and has been a member of CEN since spring 2017. Dominique integrates concepts of biogeography, community ecology and ecosystem functioning with a mathematical modelling approach to better understand the impact of global change on biodiversity. In recent years, his research has led him to collaborate with several CEN members studying trophic interactions in tundra ecosystems, notably on Bylot Island in Nunavut. Dominique's skills are particularly useful in CEN's trans-axial Northern Gradient project, in which he is heavily involved.
CEN’s infrastructure network
New Station Manager
Sidney Arruda

CEN is pleased to introduce Sidney Arruda as the new station manager at the Whapmagoostui-Kuujjuarapik Research Station since April 2018. Sidney worked for several years at McGill’s Gault Nature Reserve at Mont-Saint-Hilaire. He also has extensive experience in project coordination and customer service. He is a great musician with a passion for various cultures. Wishing Sidney a warm welcome to the CEN family!

Contact details:
tel: 819-929-3319, ext. 221
Student perspective
The students representing Quebec in Iceland (from left to right) : Gwyneth Anne MacMillan, Julie Ducrocq, François Lapointe, Barbara Vuillaume, Charles Brunette and Mélissande Nagati.

My northern project at the Arctic Circle Assembly
Barbara Vuillaume, doctoral student, ULaval

In October 2017, I had the privilege of attending and giving a presentation about my research at the Arctic Circle Assembly, at Reykjavik, Iceland. I was one of the six finalists in the “Mon Projet Nordique” contest organized by the Institut Nordique du Québec and the Fonds de Recherche du Québec - Nature et Technologies.
The Arctic Circle Assembly brings together more than 2000 attendees from 50 countries, mostly politicians and industrial communities. Moreover, it is a four-day discussion on Arctic issues and its future, through several plenary sessions and over a hundred of breakout sessions. As a researcher, it is a fabulous opportunity to attend such a major international congress, and a necessary step in your career. This type of congress gives you a full comprehension of the significance of political, industrial, and social issues in the development and the continuation of scientific research.
My week at the Arctic Circle Assembly was a moment of sharing and discovery of multiple projects outside my research area. It was also the occasion to expand my professional network. In short, for the six of us, “Mon Projet Nordique” was a great experience.
A word from our student reps

NEW: Only one call for scholarships will be held every March instead of two over the same fiscal year. This will facilitate budget management and continue to provide equal access to CEN’s financial support by ensuring that scholarships are not awarded on a competitive basis. The amount of scholarships awarded will vary according to the number of applications received. For any questions, please contact your devoted student committee:

Special distinctions

Michel Allard, ULaval/CEN
Winner of the Weston-Garfield prize

Watch the video!
 Photo credit @SébaZtien Girard/ArcticNet
CEN researchers have received prestigious prizes in recent months. We would like to highlight the Garfield - Weston Prize awarded to Michel Allard for the significant impact of his entire career on the North, the ACFAS prize to researcher Marc Amyot, and the "Make our planet great again" competition held by the French president, won by Frédéric Bouchard.

We also note the student communication awards obtained at the Arctic Change international conference by Gwyneth MacMillian and Samuel Gagnon to highlight the quality of their scientific posters, as well as those awarded during our annual meeting held last febnurary @Université de sherbrooke: Samuel Gagnon and Michaël Bonin (ULaval) – Ex- aequo best oral presentations / Louis-Edmond Hamelin prize, Mathilde Poirier (ULaval) - best elevator pitch and best poster (PhD), Karine Rioux (UdeMontréal) - best elevator pitch Sentinelle North and Alex Mavrovic (UdeSherbrooke) - best poster (MSc).
Mark your calendars!
5-6 June - INQ's Northern days, Québec
19-24 August - Summer school  in biodiversity modelling Orford
27-30 August - Sentinelle Nord annual meeting, Québec
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