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Pavillon Alexandre-Vachon
1045, av. de la Médecine, local 2064
Université Laval
Québec (Québec) G1V 0A6
Phone : +1 418 656 2131 ext. 404880


Maxime Benoît-Gagné

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Ph. D. Oceanography

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Fax : 418-656-2339


Ph. D. Oceanography (2017-)
Université Laval, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.
Study of the effects of accelerated ice cover removal and acidification on arctic phytoplankton. Supervisor: Frédéric Maps.

M. Sc. Computer Science (2007)
Université de Montréal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
De nouveaux algorithmes pour trier par transpositions. (« New Algorithms to sort by Transpositions. »). Supervisor: Sylvie Hamel.

Advanced Graduate Diploma in Bioinformatics (2004)
Université du Québec à Montréal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

B. Sc. Medical Biology (2002)
Université of Québec à Trois-Rivières, Trois-Rivières, Quebec, Canada.

Research Interests:

Arctic oceanography: numerical ecology, sea ice, acidification and phytoplankton.


Research Professional
Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) in Remote Sensing of Canada’s New Arctic Frontier, (Chairholder Marcel Babin) from 2011 to 2017.

  • Programming of a processing chain to compute biological, chemical and physical products on a grid from satellite images from the NASA and other organizations.
  • Programming of primary productivity algorithms.
  • Production of daily sea ice concentration maps for the operations of the ice camps Green Edge 2015 and 2016 at Qikiqtarjuaq, Nunavut. See

Statistician in Computer Science
DraxImage, Kirkland, Quebec, Canada (2010).

  • Redaction of Use cases and Software Requirement Specifications (SRS).

Research Assistant IT
P3G, Public Population Project in Genomics (I stayed in the office of CARTaGENE.), Montreal, Quebec, Canada (2009).

  • Programming of electronic epidemiologic questionnaires.

Computer Analyst
CARTaGENE Project, Public Law Research Centre, Université de Montréal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada (2008-2009).

  • Writing of a computer risk analysis for the CARTaGENE research project.


Technical Skills:

Programming languages: C/C++, R, Bash, Python, Java…
R packages: ncdf4, ode…
Technologies: Emacs, Generic Mapping Tools (GMT), Git, GNU Parallel, Homebrew, GNU+Linux/UNIX, Mac OS X, Make, NetCDF, SWIG, Xcode.
Databases: Oracle and MySQL (SQL).

Refereed Publications :

Lee, Y. J., Matrai, P. A., Friedrichs, M. A. M., Saba, V. S., Antoine, D., Ardyna, M., Asanuma, I., Babin, M., Bélanger, S., Benoît-Gagné, M., Devred, E., Fernández-Méndez, M., Gentili, B., Hirawake, T., Kang, S.-H., Kameda, T., Katlein, C., Lee, S. H., Lee, Z., Mélin, F., Scardi, M., Smyth, T. J., Tang, S., Turpie, K. R., Waters, K. J. and Westberry, T. K. An assessment of phytoplankton primary productivity in the Arctic Ocean from satellite ocean color/in situ chlorophyll-a-based models. J. Geophys. Res. Oceans, 120, 6508-6541. doi:10.1002/2015JC011018, 2015.

Benoît-Gagné, M. and Hamel, S. A New and Faster Method of Sorting by Transpositions. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 4580 (Combinatorial Pattern Matching), 131-151, 2007.


Benoît-Gagné, M. and Hamel, S. A New and Faster Method of Sorting by Transpositions. Combinatorial Pattern Matching 2007, London, Ontario, Canada, 2007.


Benoît-Gagné, M., Devred, E., Dessailly, D., Bélanger, S., Babin, M., Ardyna, M. and Rehm, E. Primary productivity algorithms implementations. International Ocean Colour Science Meeting, San Francisco, California, USA, 2015.

Benoît-Gagné M., Devred E., Dessailly D., Bélanger S. M. Babin, M. Sensitivity analysis of the primary productivity from MODIS and SeaWiFS sensors and from the ISCCP data set in Arctic waters. Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society Congress, Rimouski, Quebec, Canada, 2014.

Benoît-Gagné, M. Trier par transpositions. (« Sort by Transpositions. ») Robert Cedergren Colloquium in Bioinformatics, University of Montreal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, 2005.