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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


Marie-Helene Forget

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Phone : 418-656-2131 ext. 402777

Research Interests

Use of remote sensing of ocean colour and in situ optical measurements to address biological questions related to:

  • Photosynthesis and primary production
  • Phytoplankton biomass and types
  • In situ fluorescence by phytoplankton
  • Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs)


2009 - 2011
Postdoctoral fellowship
Dalhousie University, Canada

2007 - 2009
NSERC visiting fellowship
Bedford Institute of Oceannography, Canada

2002 - 2007
Ph.D. Biology
Dalhousie University, Canada
Assignment of photosynthetic parameters in estimation of marine phytoplankton production from remote sensing of ocean colour

1999 - 2003
M. Sc. Biology
University of Montreal, Canada
Daily variation of planktonic respiration and primary production in lakes and rivers using an oxygen method

1995 - 1998
B. Sc. Biology
University of Montreal, Canada

Research Experience

Coordinator (2011 - present)
International Research Laboratory Takuvik (CNRS / ULaval) (IRL 3376)
Université Laval, Canada

Postdoctoral fellowship (2009 - 2011)
Dalhousie University, Canada

NSERC visiting fellowship (2007 - 2009)
Bedford Institute of Oceannography, Canada



Joli, N., Concia, L., Mocaer, K., Guterman, J., Laude, J., Guerin, S., Sciandra, T., Bruyant, F., Ait-Mohamed, O., Beguin, M., Forget, M.-H., Bourbousse, C., Lacour, T., Bailleul, B., Tremblay, J.-E., Campbell, D., Lavaud, J., Schwab, Y., Babin, M., & Bowler, C. (2023). Hypometabolism to survive the long polar night in the diatom Fragilariopsis cylindrus. bioRxiv, Preprint.

Lizotte, M., Juhls, B., Matsuoka, A., Massicotte, P., Mével, G., Anikina, D. O. J., Antonova, S., Bécu, G., Béguin, M., Bélanger, S., Bossé-Demers, T., Bröder, L., Bruyant, F., Chaillou, G., Comte, J., Couture, R.-M., Devred, E., Deslongchamps, G., Dezutter, T., Forget, M.-H.,… Babin, M. (2023). Nunataryuk field campaigns: Understanding the origin and fate of terrestrial organic matter in the coastal waters of the Mackenzie Delta region. Earth System Science Data, 15(4), 1617–1653.


Bruyant, F., Amiraux, R., Amyot, M.-P., Archambault, P., Artigue, L., Barbedo De Freitas, L., Bécu, G., Bélanger, S., Bourgain, P., Bricaud, A., Brouard, E., Brunet, C., Burgers, T., Caleb, D., Chalut, K., Claustre, H., Cornet-Barthaux, V., Coupel, P., Cusa, M., Forget, M.-H., … Babin, M. (2022). The Green Edge cruise: Investigating the marginal ice zone processes during late spring and early summer to understand the fate of the Arctic phytoplankton bloom. Earth System Science Data, 14(10), 4607–4642.

Croteau, D., Lacour, T., Schiffrine, N., Morin, P., Forget, M.-H., Bruyant, F., Ferland, J., Lafond, A., Campbell, D. A., Tremblay, J., Babin, M., & Lavaud, J. (2022). Shifts in growth light optima among diatom species support their succession during the spring bloom in the Arctic. Journal of Ecology, 110(6), 1356–1375.

Juhls, B., Matsuoka, A., Lizotte, M., Bécu, G., Overduin, P. P., El Kassar, J., Devred, E., Doxaran, D., Ferland, J., Forget, M.-H., Hilborn, A., Hieronymi, M., Leymarie, E., Maury, J., Oziel, L., Tisserand, L., Anikina, D. O. J., Dillon, M., & Babin, M. (2022). Seasonal dynamics of dissolved organic matter in the Mackenzie Delta, Canadian Arctic waters: Implications for ocean colour remote sensing. Remote Sensing of Environment, 283, 113327.

Sciandra, T., Forget, M.-H., Bruyant, F., Béguin, M., Lacour, T., Bowler, C., & Babin, M. (2022). The possible fates of Fragilariopsis cylindrus (polar diatom) cells exposed to prolonged darkness. Journal of Phycology, 58(2), 281–296.


Massicotte, P., Amon, R. M. W., Antoine, D., Archambault, P., Balzano, S., Bélanger, S., Benner, R., Boeuf, D., Bricaud, A., Bruyant, F., Chaillou, G., Chami, M., Charrière, B., Chen, J., Claustre, H., Coupel, P., Delsaut, N., Doxaran, D., Ehn, J., Fichot, C., Forget, M.-H., … Babin, M. (2021). The MALINA oceanographic expedition: How do changes in ice cover, permafrost and UV radiation impact biodiversity and biogeochemical fluxes in the Arctic Ocean? Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 13(4), 1561–1592.


Massicotte, P., Amiraux, R., Amyot, M. P., Archambault, P., Ardyna, M., Arnaud, L., Artigue, L., Aubry, C., Ayotte, P., Bécu, G., Bélanger, S., Benner, R., Bittig, H. C., Bricaud, A., Brossier, É., Bruyant, F., Chauvaud, L., Christiansen-Stowe, D., Claustre, H., Cornet-Barthaux, V., Coupel, P., Cox, C., Delaforge, A., Dezutter, T., Dimier, C., Domine, F., Dufour, F., Dufresne, C., Dumont, D., Ehn, J., Else, B., Ferland, J., Forget, M.-H., … Babin, M. (2020). Green edge ice camp campaigns: Understanding the processes controlling the under-ice arctic phytoplankton spring bloom. Earth System Science Data.

Morin, P. I., Lacour, T., Grondin, P. L., Bruyant, F., Ferland, J., Forget, M.-H., Massicotte, P., Donaher, N., Campbell, D. A., Lavaud, J., & Babin, M. (2020). Response of the sea‐ice diatom Fragilariopsis cylindrus to simulated polar night darkness and return to light. Limnology and Oceanography, 65(5), 1041–1060.


Oziel, L., Massicotte, P., Randelhoff, A., Ferland, J., Vladoiu, A., Lacour, L., Galindo, V., Lambert-Girard, S., Dumont, D., Cuypers, Y., Bouruet-Aubertot, P., Mundy, C.-J., Ehn, J., Bécu, G., Marec, C., Forget, M.-H., Garcia, N., Coupel, P., Raimbault, P., … Babin, M. (2019). Environmental factors influencing the seasonal dynamics of spring algal blooms in and beneath sea ice in western Baffin Bay. Elem Sci Anth.


Devred, E., Martin, J., Sathyendranath, S., Stuart, V., Horne, E., Platt, T., Forget, M.-H., & Smith, P. (2018). Development of a conceptual warning system for toxic levels of Alexandrium fundyense in the Bay of Fundy based on remote sensing data. Remote Sensing of Environment.


Babin, M., Arrigo, K., Bélanger, S., Forget, M.-H., Frouin, R., Hill, V., Hirawake, T., Matsuoka, A., Mitchell, B. G., & Reynolds, R. A. (2015). Ocean Colour Remote Sensing in Polar Seas. Babin, M., Arrigo, K., Bélanger, S.and Forget, M.-H. (eds.), IOCCG Report Series, No. 16, International Ocean Colour CoordinatingGroup, Dartmouth, Canada.


Budge, S. M., Devred, E., Forget, M.-H., Stuart, V., Trzcinski, M. K., Sathyendranath, S., & Platt, T. (2014). Estimating concentrations of essential omega-3 fatty acids in the ocean: Supply and demand. ICES Journal of Marine Science.


Devred, E., Turpie, K. R., Moses, W., Klemas, V. V., Moisan, T., Babin, M., Toro-Farmer, G., Forget, M.-H., & Jo, Y. H. (2013). Future retrievals of water column bio-optical properties using the hyperspectral infrared imager (hyspiri). Remote Sensing.

Lawrenz, E., Silsbe, G., Capuzzo, E., Ylöstalo, P., Forster, R. M., Simis, S. G. H., Prášil, O., Kromkamp, J. C., Hickman, A. E., Moore, C. M., Forget, M.-H., Geider, R. J., & Suggett, D. J. (2013). Predicting the Electron Requirement for Carbon Fixation in Seas and Oceans. PLoS ONE.


Forget, M.-H., Platt, T., Sathyendranath, S., & Fanning, P. (2011). Phytoplankton size structure, distribution, and primary production as the basis for trophic analysis of Caribbean ecosystems. ICES Journal of Marine Science.


Forget, M.-H., Platt, T., Stuart, S., & Sathyendranath, S. (2010). Societal Applications in Fisheries and Aquaculture Using Remotely-Sensed Imagery - The SAFARI Project. Proceedings of OceanObs’09: Sustained Ocean Observations and Information for Society, 319–324.

Platt, T., Sathyendranath, S., & Forget, M.-H. (2010). State of the ecosystem as observed by remote sensing: the Northwest Atlantic Ocean. Coastal to Global Operational Oceanography: Achievements and Challenges. EuroGOOS publication no28.


Forget, M.-H., Carignan, R., & Hudon, C. (2009). Influence of diel cycles of respiration, chlorophyll, and photosynthetic parameters on the summer metabolic balance of temperate lakes and rivers. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences.

IOCCG. (2009). Remote Sensing in Fisheries and Aquaculture. In Forget, M.-H., Stuart, V., & Platt, T. (Eds.), Reports of the International Ocean Colour Coordinating Group.

Sathyendranath, S., Stuart, V., Nair, A., Oka, K., Nakane, T., Bouman, H., Forget, M.-H., Maass, H., & Platt, T. (2009). Carbon-to-chlorophyll ratio and growth rate of phytoplankton in the sea. Marine Ecology Progress Series.


Bouman, H. A., Horne, E., Forget, M.-H., Sathyendranath, S., & Platt, T. (2008). Variability in the community structure and photophysiology of coastal marine phytoplankton over an annual cycle. Proceeding of Ocean Optics XIX, 16.

Forget, M.-H., Petit, M. A., Ramos, A. G., Andrefouet, S., Dupouy, C., Lotlikar, A., & Hampton, J. (2008). International workshop on remote-sensing applications to fisheries. Remote Sensing of Inland, Coastal, and Oceanic Waters.

Nair, A., Sathyendranath, S., Platt, T., Morales, J., Stuart, V., Forget, M.-H., Devred, E., & Bouman, H. (2008). Remote sensing of phytoplankton functional types. Remote Sensing of Environment

Platt, T., Sathyendranath, S., Forget, M.-H., White, G. N., Caverhill, C., Bouman, H., Devred, E., & Son, S. H. (2008). Operational estimation of primary production at large geographical scales. Remote Sensing of Environment

Zhai, L., Platt, T., Tang, C., Dowd, M., Sathyendranath, S., & Forget, M.-H. (2008). Estimation of phytoplankton loss rate by remote sensing. Geophysical Research Letters.


Forget, M.-H., Fuentes-Yaco, C., Sathyendranath, S., Platt, T., Pommier, J., & Devred, E. (2007). Computation of primary production from remote sensing of ocean colour at the northwestern Atlantic C-SOLAS Lagrangian site. Marine Ecology Progress Series.

Forget, M.-H., Sathyendranath, S., Platt, T., Pommier, J., Vis, C., Kyewalyanga, M. S., & Hudon, C. (2007). Extraction of photosynthesis-irradiance parameters from phytoplankton production data: Demonstration in various aquatic systems. Journal of Plankton Research.

Forget, M.-H. (2007). Assignment of photosynthetic parameters in estimation of marine phytoplankton production from remote sensing of ocean colour. PhD Thesis, Dalhousie University.

Sathyendranath, S., Platt, T., & Forget, M.-H. (2007). Oceanic primary production: Comparison of models. OCEANS 2007 - Europe.


Fuentes-Yaco, C., Devred, E., Platt, T., Sathyendranath, S., Forget, M.-H., & Son, S.-H. (2005). Principes physiques et interpretation de la luminance spectrale visible (la couleur de l’océan): applications aux données satellitaires. Physics in Canada, 61, 215–226.


Forget, M.-H. (2003). La variation journalière et saisonnière de la respiration planctonique et des paramètres photosynthétiques dans différents milieux aquatiques. MSc Thesis, University of Montreal.

Non-refereed publications

Forget, M.-H. (2008). Phytoplankton community and primary production in the Caribbean waters: the biological oceanography component of the LAPE Project.

Bouman, H., Forget, M.-H., & Irwin, B. (2004). Shatt Al-Arab bio-optical program: Optical protocols and data management.

Bondallaz, M., Forget, M.-H., Rondeau, N., & Carignan, R. (2000). Qualités de l’eau et des sédiments qui influencent la croissance de myriophyllum spicatum dans 10 lacs des Laurentides.

Patoine, A., Blais, A.-M., Forget, M.-H., Lamontagne, S., & Marty, J. (1999). Respecter la variabilité naturelle pour une gestion durable des ressources aquatiques.