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


Alexandre Forest

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Post-Doctoral Fellow

Phone : 418-656-2131 #3198
Fax : 418-656-2339

Postdoctoral fellowship (since 2011)
Canada Excellence Research Chair in Remote Sensing of Canada's New Arctic Frontier, Université Laval, Quebec City, Canada

Postdoctoral fellowship, (2010)
Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique Eau Terre Environnement, Quebec city, Canada

Postdoctoral fellowship (2009)
ARCTOS Network, University of Tromsø, Tromsø, Norway

Ph.D. Oceanography (2005-2008)
University Laval, Quebec, Canada

M. Sc. Biology (2004-2005)
University Laval, Quebec, Canada

B. Sc. Biochemistry (2001-2003)
University Laval, Quebec city, Canada

Research Interests :
Arctic oceanography; biological carbon pump; biogeochemical cycling; particulate matter fluxes; structure and function of marine food webs; ecosystem modeling; long-term moored observatories; climate change impacts.


Link, H., Chaillou, G., Forest, A., Piepenburg, D., Archambault, P. (2012) Multivariate benthic ecosystem functioning in the Arctic - Benthic fluxes explained by environmental parameters in the southeastern Beaufort Sea, Biogeosciences, accepted.

Forest A., Babin, M., Bélanger, S., Stemmann, L., Picheral, M., Sampei, M., Fortier, L., Gratton, Y., Devred, E., Sahlin, J., Doxaran, D., Joux, F., Ortega-Retuerta, E., Jeffrey, W. H., Martin, J., Gasser, B., Miquel, J. C. (2013) Ecosystem function and particle flux dynamics across the Mackenzie Shelf (Beaufort Sea, Arctic Ocean): an integrative analysis of spatial variability and biophysical forcings, Biogeosciences, 10:2833-2866, doi:10.5194/bg-10-2833-2013.

Rontani, J.-F., Charrière, B., Forest, A., Heussner, S., Vaultier, F., Delsaut, N., Fortier, L., Sempéré, R. (2012) Intense photooxidative degradation of planktonic and bacterial lipids in sinking particles collected with sediment traps across the Canadian Beaufort Shelf (Arctic Ocean), Biogeosciences, 9:4787-4802, doi:10.5194/bg-9-4787-2012.

Sampei, M., Sasaki, H., Forest, A., Fortier, L. (2012) A substantial POC export flux linked to sinking dead copepods during winter 2007-2008 in the Amundsen Gulf (southeastern Beaufort Sea, Arctic Ocean), Limnology and Oceanography, 57(1): 90-96, doi:10.4319/lo.2011.57.1.0000.

Forest A., Stemmann, L., Picheral, M., Burdorf, L., Robert, D., Fortier, L., Babin, M. (2012) Size distribution of particles and zooplankton across the shelf-basin system in southeast Beaufort Sea: combined results from an Underwater Vision Profiler and vertical net tows, Biogeosciences, 9:1301–1320. doi:10.5194/bg-9-1301-2012.

Forest, A., Tremblay, J.-E., Gratton, Y., Martin, J., Gagnon, J., Darnis, G., Sampei, M., Fortier, L., Ardyna, M., Gosselin, M., Hattori, H., Nguyen, D., Maranger, R., Vaqué, R., Marrasé, C., Pedrós-Alió, C., Sallon, A., Michel, C., Kellogg, C., Deming, J., Shadwick, E., Thomas, H., Link, H., Archambault, P., Piepenburg, D. (2010) Biogenic carbon flows through the planktonic food web of the Amundsen Gulf (Arctic Ocean): A synthesis of field measurements and inverse modeling analyses. Progress in Oceanography. 91(4):410-436. doi: 10.1016/j.pocean.2011.05.002..

Forest, A., Galindo, V., Darnis, G., Pineault, S., Lalande, C., Tremblay, J.-E., Fortier, L., (2011) Carbon biomass, elemental ratios (C:N) and stable isotopic composition (?13C, ?15N) of dominant calanoid copepods during the winter-to-summer transition in the Amundsen Gulf (Arctic Ocean). Journal of Plankton Research. 33(1):161-178. doi:10.1093/plankt/fbq103.

Sampei, M., Sasaki, H., Makabe, R., Forest, A., Hattori, H., Tremblay, J.-E., Gratton, Y., Fukuchi, M., Fortier, L. (2010) Production and retention of biogenic matter in the southeast Beaufort Sea during 2003-2004: Insights from annual vertical particle fluxes of organic carbon and biogenic silica. Polar Biology. 34:501-511, doi: 10.1007/s00300-010-0904-y.

Forest, A., Wassmann, P., Slagstad, D., Bauerfeind, E., Nöthig, E.-M., Klages, M., (2010) Relationships between primary production and vertical particle export at the Atlantic-Arctic boundary (Fram Strait, HAUSGARTEN). Polar Biology - Special issue on the Impacts of Climate Warming on Polar Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems. doi: 10.1007/s00300-010-0855-3.

Forest, A., Bélanger, S., Sampei, M., Sasaki, H., Lalande, C., Fortier, L. (2010) Three-year assessment of particulate organic carbon fluxes in Amundsen Gulf (Beaufort Sea): Satellite observations and sediment trap measurements. Deep Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research. 57:125-142. doi:10.1016/j.dsr.2009.10.002.

Lalande, C., Forest, A., Barber, D., Gratton, Y., Fortier, L. (2009) Variability in the annual cycle of vertical particulate organic carbon export on Arctic shelves: Contrasting the Laptev Sea, Northern Baffin Bay and the Beaufort Sea. Continental Shelf Research. 29:2157-2165. doi:10.1016/j.csr.2009.08.009.

Sampei, M., Sasaki, H., Hattori, H., Forest, A., Fortier, L. (2009) Significant contribution of passively sinking copepods to the downward export flux in Arctic waters. Limnology and Oceanography, 54(6):1894-1900.

Sampei, M., Forest, A., Sasaki, H., Hattori, H., Makabe, R., Fukuchi, M., and Fortier, L. (2009) Attenuation of the vertical flux of copepod fecal pellets under Arctic sea ice: evidence for an active detrital food web in winter. Polar Biology. 32:225-232. doi:10.1007/s00300-008-0523-z.

Forest, A., Sampei, M., Makabe, R., Sasaki, H., Barber, D., Gratton, Y., Wassmann, P., and Fortier, L. (2008) The annual cycle of particulate organic carbon export in Franklin Bay (Canadian Arctic): Environmental control and food web implications. Journal of Geophysical Research. C. Oceans. 113:C03S05. doi:10.1029/2007JC004262.

Forest, A., Sampei, M., Hattori, H., Makabe, R., Sasaki, H., Fukuchi, M., Wassmann, P., and Fortier, L. (2007) Particulate organic carbon fluxes on the slope of the Mackenzie Shelf (Beaufort Sea): Physical and biological forcing of shelf-basin exchanges. Journal of Marine Systems. 68:39-54. doi:10.1016/j.jmarsys.2006.10.008.

Conference proceedings, science plans and book chapters:
Wegner, C., Frey, K., Forest, A., Forwick, M., Mathis, J.T., Michel, C., Nikolopoulos, A., O'Regan, M., Peeken, I., and Reigstad, M. (2010). Arctic in Rapid Transition (ART) Science Plan, Arctic Ocean Sciences Board / International Arctic Science Committee (AOSB/IASC),, 34pp.

Mucci, A., Forest, A., Fortier, L., Fukuchi, M., Grant, J., Hattori, H., Hill, P., Lintern, G, Magen, C., Miller, L., Sampei, M., Sasaki, H., Sundby, B., Walker, T., and Wassmann, P., (2008) Organic and Inorganic Fluxes. In: Fortier, L, Barber, D.G., and Michaud, J. (Eds.), On Thin Ice: A synthesis of the Canadian Arctic Shelf Exchange Study. Aboriginal Issues Press, Winnipeg, pp. 117-146. ISBN 978-0-9738342-6-0.

Forest, A., Sampei, M., Rail, M.-E., Gratton, Y., and Fortier, L. (2008) Winter pulses of Pacific-origin water and resuspension events along the Canadian Beaufort Slope revealed by a bottom-moored observatory. Proceedings of MTS/IEEE Oceans 2008: Oceans, Poles, and Climate - Technological Challenges. 15-18 September 2008. 8 pp. doi:10.1109/OCEANS.2008.5152010.

Forest, A., Lalande, C., Hwang, J., Sampei M., Berge, J. (2013) Bio-mooring arrays and long-term sediment traps: key tools to detect change in the biogeochemical and ecological functioning of Arctic marine ecosystems, community white paper submitted to the Arctic Observing Summit 2013 (, Vancouver, Canada, 30 April-2 May 2013, 20pp.

Forest, A., Kedra, M., Pavlov, A. (2013) Bridging Time Scales, Disciplines, and Generations to Better Understand the Arctic Marine Ecosystem, Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union. 94(11):107. doi: 10.1002/2013EO110004.

Sahlin, J., Mostafavia, M. A., Forest, A., Babin, M., Lansard, B. (2012) 3D geospatial modelling and visualization for marine environment: Study of the marine pelagic ecosystem of the south-eastern Beaufort Sea, Canadian Arctic. Proceedings of the 7th 3D GeoInfo Conference 16-17 May 2012, ISPRS Archives – Volume XXXVIII-4/C26.

Fortier, L., Darnis, G., Robert, D., Link, H., Geoffroy, M., Forest, A., Wold, A., Archambault, P., Piepenburg, D., Hop, H., Falk-Petersen, S. (2012) Arctic invasion: Pelagic and Benthic Food webs. In: Barber, Tjaden, T., Leitch, D., Barber, L. and W. Chan (Eds.), On the edge: From knowledge to action during the fourth International Polar Year Circumpolar Flaw Lead System Study (2007–2008). Aboriginal Issues Press, Winnipeg, pp. 83-98. ISBN 978-0-9813265-1-1.

Tremblay, J.-É., Michel, C., Maranger, R., Thomas, H., Deming, J., Cochrane, K., Forest, A., Sallon, A., Nguyen, D., Shadwick, E., Kellogg, C., Sampei, M., Blais, M. (2012) Priming the biological pump: carbon and nutrient fluxes. In: Barber, Tjaden, T., Leitch, D., Barber, L. and W. Chan (Eds.), On the edge: From knowledge to action during the fourth International Polar Year Circumpolar Flaw Lead System Study (2007–2008). Aboriginal Issues Press, Winnipeg, pp. 127-142. ISBN 978-0-9813265-1-1.