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


Catherine Lalande

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Marine biogeochemistry – carbon export

Phone : 418-656-2131 #4784
Fax : 418-656-2339



Ph.D. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (2002-2006)
University of Tennessee, Knoxville, USA

M.Sc. Oceanography (1999-2003)
Université du Québec à Rimouski, Canada

B.Sc. Biology (Major in Ecology) (1997-1999)
Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada

Professional Experience

Postdoctoral Fellow/Researcher (2010-2014)
Alfred-Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, Bremerhaven, Germany

Postdoctoral Fellow (2007-2009)
Québec-Océan/ArcticNet, Université Laval, Québec, Canada

Teaching Assistant (2005-2006)
University of Tennessee, Knoxville, USA

Research Assistant (2002-2005)
University of Tennessee, Knoxville, USA

Research interests

My main interest is the rapid effect of climate change on biological and biogeochemical processes in the Arctic Ocean. More specifically, my interests are to investigate changes in the magnitude and timing of phytoplankton blooms, sea ice algae release, ontogenic migration of zooplankton, and export of biogenic matter using sediment traps deployed in the Arctic Ocean.

Peer-reviewed publications

Lalande, C., Nöthig, E-M., Bauerfeind, E., Hardge, K., Besczynszka-Moller, A., Fahl, K. submitted. Lateral supply and downward export of particulate matter from upper waters to the seafloor in the deep eastern Fram Strait. Deep-Sea Research I.

Lalande, C., Moriceau, B., Leynaert, A., Morata, N. submitted. Spatial and temporal variability in export fluxes of biogenic matter in Kongsfjorden. Polar Biology Special Issue: Kongsfjorden.

Nöthig, E-M., Bracher, A., Engel, A., Metfies, K., Niehoff, B., Peeken, I., Bauerfeind, E., Cherkasheva, A., Gäbeler-Schwarz, S., Hardge, K., Hildebrandt, N., Kilias, E., Kraft, A., Lalande, C., Piontek, J. accepted. Plankton ecology and biogeochemistry in a changing Arctic Ocean - a case study in the Fram Strait. Polar Research.

Soltwedel, T., Bauerfeind, E., Bergmann, M., Bracher, A., Budaeva, N., Busch, K., Cherkasheva, A., Fahl, K., Grzelak, K., Hasemann, C., Hoste, E., Jacob, M., Kraft, A., Lalande, C., Mebrathom Kidane, Y., Metfies, K., Nöthig, E-M., Meyer, K., Quéric, N-V., Schewe, I., Wlodarska-Kowalczuk, M., Klages, M. accepted. Natural variability or anthropogenically-induced variation? Insights from 15 years of multidisciplinary observations at the arctic open-ocean LTER site HAUSGARTEN. Ecological Indicators.

Lalande, C., Nöthig, E-M., Somavilla, R., Bauerfeind, E., Shevchenko, V., Okolodkov Y., 2014. Variability in under-ice export fluxes of biogenic matter in the Arctic Ocean. Global Biogeochemical Cycles 28, doi:10.1002/2013GB004735.

Boetius, A., Albrecht, S., Bakker, K., Bienhold, C., Felden, J., Fernández-Méndez, M., Hendricks, S., Katlein, C., Lalande, C., Krumpen, T., Nicolaus, M., Peeken, I., Rabe, B., Rogacheva, A., Rybakova, E., Somavilla, R., Wenzhöfer, F. and RV Polarstern ARK27-3-Shipboard Science Party. 2013. Export of Algal Biomass from the Melting Arctic Sea Ice. Science 339, 1430-1432.

Lalande, C., Bauerfeind, E., Nöthig, E-M., Beszcynska-Möller, A. 2013. Impact of a warm anomaly on the export of biogenic matter in the eastern Fram Strait. Progress in Oceanography 109, 70-77.

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. White paper. Arctic Observing Summit, Vancouver.

Lalande, C., Bauerfeind, E., Nöthig, E-M. 2011. Downward particulate organic carbon export at high temporal resolution in the eastern Fram Strait: Influence of Atlantic Water on flux composition. Marine Ecology Progress Series 440, 127-136.

Lalande, C. and Fortier, L. 2011. Downward particulate organic carbon export and jellyfish blooms in southeastern Hudson Bay. Journal of Marine Systems 88, 446-450.

Forest, A., Galindo, V., Darnis, G., Pineault, S., Lalande, C., Tremblay, J.-É., Fortier, L. 2011. Carbon biomass, elemental ratios (C:N) and stable isotopic composition (δ13C, δ15N) of dominant calanoid copepods during the winter-to-summer transition in the Amundsen Gulf (Arctic Ocean). Journal of Plankton Research 33, 161-178.

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 I 57, 125-142.

Lalande, C., Bélanger, S. and Fortier, L., 2009. Impact of a decreasing sea ice cover on the vertical export of particulate organic carbon in the northern Laptev Sea, Siberian Arctic Ocean. Geophysical Research Letters 36, L21604, doi:10.1029/2009GL040570

Lalande, C., Forest, A., Barber, D.G., Gratton, Y. and 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.

Dmitrenko, I., Kirillov, S., Ivanov, V., Woodgate, R., Polyakov, I., Koldunov, N., Fortier, L., Lalande, C., Kaleschke, L.,Bauch, D., Hölemann, J., Timokhov, L., 2009. Seasonal modification of the Arctic Ocean intermediate water layer off the eastern Laptev Sea continental shelf break. Journal of Geophysical Research 114, C06010, doi:10.1029/2008JC005229

Cooper, L.W., Lalande, C., Pirtle-Levy, R., Larsen, I.L., Grebmeier, J.M., 2009. Seasonal and decadal shifts in particulate organic matter processing and sedimentation in the Bering Strait Shelf region. Deep-Sea Research II 56, 1316-1325.

Lalande, C., Moran, S.B., Wassmann, P., Grebmeier, J.M., Cooper, L.W., 2008. 234Th-derived particulate organic carbon fluxes in the northern Barents Sea with comparison to drifting sediment trap fluxes. Journal of Marine Systems 73, 103-113.

Lalande, C., Grebmeier, J.M., Wassmann, P., Cooper, L.W., Flint, M.V., Sergeeva, V.M., 2007. Export fluxes of biogenic matter in the presence and absence of seasonal sea ice cover in the Chukchi Sea. Continental Shelf Research 27, 2051–2065.

Lalande, C., Lepore, K., Cooper, L.W., Grebmeier, J.M., Moran, S.B., 2007. Export fluxes of particulate organic carbon in the Chukchi Sea: A comparative study using 234Th/238U disequilibria and drifting sediment traps. Marine Chemistry 103, 185-196.

Lepore, K., Moran, S.B., Grebmeier, J. M., Cooper, L.W., Lalande, C., Maslowski, W., Hill, V. Bates, N.R.,Hansell, D. A., Mathis, J. T., Kelly, R. P., 2007. Seasonal and interannual changes in particulate organic carbon export and deposition in the Chukchi Sea. Journal of Geophysical Research 112, C10024, doi:10.1029/2006JC003555.