Summary of the
Takuvik joint UL /
CNRS laboratory


Département de Biologie /
Pavillon Alexandre-Vachon
1045, av. de la Médecine, local 2078
Université Laval
Québec (Québec) G1V 0A6
Phone : +1 418 656 5193


Takuvik was created in January 2011 through a partnership between University Laval (UL - Canada) and le Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CRNS - France) as a joint laboratory studying the Arctic ecosystems. Takuvik's scientific program is designed to study the impact of ongoing climatic and anthropogenic changes on Arctic marine and terrestrial ecosystems and geosystems. The Canada Excellence Research Chair in remote sensing of Canada's new Arctic frontier, is one of the keystones of the program. Takuvik is located at UL, in Québec City, Canada, where the CNRS employees are working on a full-time basis. CNRS has about 25 such joint laboratories around the world.



Nine members of the Takuvik team left Dutch Habour, Alaska on the 2014 Arctic Spring Expedition aboard the USCGS Healy, collaborating with Dr. Kevin Arrigo's team (Stanford U.). They sampled both the water column and sea-ice above the Chukchi Sea shelf in an attempt to better understand the massive blooms of phytoplankton observed beneath the ice.

Scientists and cruise :


Nature and landscapes :

Credit-photos: @ Pierre Coupel


Reference : Takuvik Joint International Laboratory, Université Laval (Canada) – CNRS (France), Département de Biologie and Québec-Océan, Université Laval, Pavillon Alexandre-Vachon 1045, avenue de la Médecine, Local 2078, G1V 0A6, Canada