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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


Catherine Girard

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Postdoctoral fellow

Phone : 418-656-2131 #400147
Fax : 418-656-2339


FRQNT & Sentinelle Nord postdoctoral fellow (since 2018)
Viral Discovery & Ecology Laboratory, Centre d’études nordiques, Université Laval, Québec (QC), Canada
« Aerosol viruses released from the melting cryosphere: Sentinel microorganisms for a changing Arctic »

Ph.D. Biology (2011-2017)
Centre d’études nordiques, Université de Montréal, Montréal (QC), Canada
« Mercury in the Arctic, from the environment to human health: Photodemethylation, dietary bioaccessibility and interactions with the human microbiome »

Fulbright Canada Ph.D. award (2015-2016)
University of Texas at Austin, Austin (TX), USA
« Biotransformations of neonicotinoid insecticides by the bee gut microbiome »

B. Sc. Biology (2008-2011)
Université de Montréal, Montréal (QC), Canada
« Photodemethylation of methylmercury in Arctic aquatic ecosystems »

Research interests:

Viral and microbial ecology in Arctic ecosystems
Metagenomics, metatranscriptomics and bioinformatics
Arctic limnology and cryosphere responses to climate change

Publication :

MacMillan G.A., Falardeau M., Girard C., Dufour-Beauséjour S., Lacombe-Bergeron J., Menzies A.K., Henri D. Highlighting the potential of peer-led workshops in training early career researchers for conducting research with Indigenous communities. FACETS, in press (2019). 

Robichaud K., Girard C., Dagher D., Stewart K., Labrecque M., Hijri M., Amyot M., Local fungi, willow and municipal compost effectively remediate petroleum-contaminated soil in the Canadian North, Chemosphere, 220:47-55 (2019).

Khadra M., Planas D., Girard C., Amyot M., Age matters: Submersion period shapes community composition of lake biofilms under glyphosate stress, FACETS, 3(1), 934-951 (2018).
Raymann K.*, Motta E.*, Girard C.*, Riddington I., Dinser J., Moran N., Imidacloprid decreases honey bee survival but does not affect the gut microbiome, Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 00545-18 (2018).  *co-premiers auteurs

Girard C., Charette T., Leclerc M. Shapiro B.J., Amyot M., Cooking and co-ingested polyphenols reduce in vitro methylmercury bioaccessibility from fish and may alter exposure in humans, Science of the Total Environment, 616-617:863-874 (2018).

Dubois G., Girard C., Lapointe F.-J., Shapiro B.J., The Inuit gut microbiome is dynamic over time and shaped by traditional foods, Microbiome, 5:151 (2017).

GirardC., Tromas N., Amyot M., Shapiro B.J., Gut microbiome of the Canadian Arctic Inuit, mSphere 2(1):e00297-16 (2017).

GirardC., Leclerc M., Amyot M., Photodemethylation of methylmercury in Eastern Canadian Arctic thaw pond and lake ecosystems, Environmental Science & Technology 50(7):3511-3520 (2016).

MacMillan G., GirardC., Chételat J., Laurion I., Amyot M., High methylmercury in Arctic and Subarctic ponds is related to nutrient levels in the warming Eastern Canadian Arctic, Environmental Science & Technology 49(13):7743-7753 (2015).

Braune B., etal., (22 auteurs, incluant Girard C.Mercury in the marine environment of the Canadian ArcticReviewofrecentfindings, Science of the Total Environment 509:68-90 (2014).

Chételat etal., (22 auteurs, incluant Girard C.Mercury in freshwater ecosystems of the CanadianArcticRecent advances on its cycling and fate, Science of the Total Environment 509:41-66 (2014).