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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. 4880


Martine Lizotte

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Research assistant (CERC-ULaval)

Phone : 418-656-2131 #6274
Fax : 418-656-2339

2004 – 2009 Université Laval, Quebec, Canada Ph.D. in Oceanography Influence de la structure des communautés planctoniques sur la variabilité temporelle et spatiale de la production marine du diméthylsulfure (DMS)

2002 – 2004 Université Laval, Quebec, Canada M.Sc. in Biology Production marine de diméthylsulfure au cours du déclin d'une floraison printanière de diatomées dans l'Atlantique Nord-Ouest

1998 – 2002 Université du Québec à Rimouski (UQAR), Rimouski, Canada B.Sc. in Biology - Marine Sciences

Awards :
2018: First Prize, Research Professionals Excellence Awards, Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et technologies (FRQNT)

Research Interests :
My scientific pursuits include the study of the dynamics of marine sulfur cycling with a specific focus on the climate-cooling gas dimethylsulfide (DMS) and its metabolic precursor dimethylsulfoniopropionate (DMSP). Ocean-atmosphere exchanges of climate-relevant gases of biogenic origin and their variability within a changing climate are the key drivers of ongoing scientific objectives and investigations I am involved in. Fundamental questions related to processses such as ocean acidification (especially in pH-sensitive regions such as the Arctic Ocean) and modifications in the supply of the essential micronutrient iron to oceanic regions along with their impact on plankton communities and the production of DMS are explored through active participation in national and international oceanographic missions and laboratory experiments. I am also actively engaged in Beacons of Northern Dynamics (BOND), a multidisciplinary Sentinel North projet that bridges optics/photonics, chemistry, limnology, oceanography and climate science. The goal of BOND is to develop and deploy novel sensors to monitor climate-active gases in Arctic ecosystems.

Refereed Publications:

Lizotte, M., Levasseur, M., Law, C.S., Walker, C.F., Safi, K.A., Marriner, A., Kiene, R.P. Dimethylsulfoniopropionate and dimethylsulfide cycling across contrasting biological hotspots of the New Zealand Subtropical Front. Ocean Sci., 13: 961-982, 2017.

Law, C.S., Smith, M.J., Harvey, M.J., Bell, T.G., Cravigan, L.T., Elliott, F.C., Lawson, S.J., Lizotte, M., Marriner, A., McGregor, J., Ristovski, Z., Safi, K.A., Saltzman, E.S., Vaattovaarra, P., Walker, C.F. Overview and preliminary results of the Surface Ocean Aerosol Production (SOAP) campaign. Atmos. Chem. Phys. 17(22): 13645-13667, 2017.

Collins, D., Burkart, J., Chang, R. Y.-W., Lizotte, M., Boivin-Rioux, A., Blais, M., Mungall, E.L., Boyer, M., Irish, V.E., Massé, G., Kunkel, K., Tremblay, J.-E., Papakyriakou, T., Bertram, A.K., Bozem, H., Gosselin, M., Levasseur, M., Abbatt, J.P.D. Frequent Ultrafine Particle Formation and Growth in the Canadian Arctic Marine Environment. Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17: 13119-13138, 2017.

Irish, V.E., Elizondo, P., Chen, J., Chou, C., Charette, J., Lizotte, M., et al. Ice nucleating particles in Canadian Arctic sea–surface microlayer and bulk seawater. Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17: 10583–10595, 2017.

Hussherr, R., Levasseur, M., Lizotte, M., et al. Impact of ocean acidification on Arctic phytoplankton blooms and dimethylsulfide production under simulated ice-free and under-ice conditions. Biogeosciences 14(9): 2407-2427, 2017.

Hayashida, H., Steiner, N., Monahan, A., Galindo, V., Lizotte, M., Levasseur, M. Implications of sea-ice biogeochemistry for oceanic production and emissions of dimethylsulfide in the Arctic. Biogeosciences 14: 3129-3155, 2017.

Mungall, E. L., Croft, B., Lizotte, M., et al. (2016). Summertime sources of dimethyl sulfide in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago and Baffin Bay. Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss., 15: 35547-35589

Galindo, V., Levasseur, M., Mundy, J.C., Gosselin, M., Scarratt, M., Papakyriakou, T., Stefels, J., Gale, M.A., Tremblay, J.-É. Lizotte, M. (2016). Contrasted sensitivity of DMSP production to high light exposure in two Arctic under-ice blooms. J. Exp. Mar. Biol. Ecol., 475: 38-48

Mélançon, J., M. Levasseur, M. Lizotte, M. Scarratt, J.-É. Tremblay, P. Tortell, G.-P. Yang, G.-Y. Shi, H.-W. Gao, D. M. Semeniuk, M. Robert, M. Arychuk, K. Johnson, N. Sutherland, M. Davelaar, N. Nemcek, A. Peña, W. Richardson (2015). Effects of dust additions on phytoplankton growth and DMS production in high CO2northeast Pacific HNLC waters. Biogeosciences Discuss., 12, 12281–12319

Galindo, V., M. Levasseur, M. Scarratt, C. J. Mundy, M. Gosselin, R. P. Kiene, M. Gourdal, M. Lizotte (2015). Under-ice microbial dimethylsulfoniopropionate metabolism during the melt period in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago. Mar Ecol Prog Ser 524: 39–53

Galindo, V., M. Levasseur, C. J. Mundy, M. Gosselin, J.-É. Tremblay, M. Scarratt, Y. Gratton, T. Papakiriakou, M. Poulin, M. Lizotte. (2014). Biological and physical processes influencing sea ice and under-ice algae and dimethylsulfoniopropionate during spring in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago. J. Geophys. Res. Oceans 119, doi:10.1002/2013JC009497

Vance T., A. Davidson, P. Thomson, M. Levasseur, M. Lizotte, M. Curran, G. Jones (2013). Rapid DMSP production by an Antarctic phytoplankton community exposed to natural surface irradiances in late spring. Aquatic Microbial Ecology 71: 117–129.

Mélançon, J., M. Levasseur, M. Lizotte, P. Delmelle, J. Cullen, R. C. Hamme, A. Peña, K. Simpson, M. Scarratt, J.-É. Tremblay, J. Zhou, K. Johnson, N. Sutherland, M. Arychuk, N. Nemcek, M. Robert. (2013). Early response of the northeast subarctic Pacific plankton assemblage to volcanic ash fertilization. Limnol. Oceanogr., 59(1): 55–67.

Lizotte, M., M. Levasseur, S. Michaud, M. G. Scarratt, A. Merzouk, M. Gosselin, J. Pommier, R. B. Rivkin, R.P. Kiene. (2012) Macroscale patterns of the biological cycling of dimethylsulfoniopropionate (DMSP) and dimethylsulfide (DMS) in the Northwest Atlantic. Biogeochemistry 110: 183-200.

Luce, M., M. Levasseur, M.G. Scarratt, S. Michaud, S.-J. Royer, R.P. Kiene, C. Lovejoy, M. Gosselin, M. Poulin, Y. Gratton, M. Lizotte. (2011). Distribution and microbial metabolism of dimethylsulfoniopropionate and dimethylsulfide during the 2007 Arctic ice minimum. J. Geophys. Res., 116, C00G06, doi:10.1029/2010JC006914.

Royer, S.-J., M. Levasseur, M. Lizotte, M. Arychuk, M. G. Scarratt, C.S. Wong, C. Lovejoy, M. Robert, S. Michaud and R. P. Kiene (2010). DMSP microbial dynamics along a natural iron gradient in the North East Subarctic Pacific. Limnol. Oceanogr. 55(4): 1614-1626.

Lizotte, M. (2010). Influence de la structure des communautés planctoniques sur la variabilité temporelle et spatiale de la production marine du diméthylsulfure (DMS). Doctoral Thesis, Laval University, Quebec, Canada. (

Lizotte, M., M. Levasseur, I. Kudo, K. Suzuki, A. Tsuda, R. P. Kiene, and M. G. Scarratt (2009). Iron-induced alterations of bacterial DMSP metabolism in the western subarctic Pacific during SEEDS-II. Deep-Sea Res. II 56: 2889-2898.

Yang, G.-P., M. Levasseur, S. Michaud. A. Merzouk, M. Lizotte, and M. Scarratt (2009). Distribution of dimethylsulfide and dimethylsulfoniopropionate and its relation with phytoneuston in the surface microlayer of the western North Atlantic during summer. Biogeochemistry 94(3): 243-254.

Lizotte, M., M. Levasseur, M. G. Scarratt, S. Michaud, A. Merzouk, M. Gosselin, and J. Pommier (2008). Fate of DMSP and DMS during the decline of the Northwest Atlantic spring diatom bloom. Aquat. Microb. Ecol. 52: 159-173.

Lizotte M. (2008). Le phytoplancton : thermostat naturel de la planète. FrancVert (Environmental Webzine) volume 5, issue 2.

Merzouk, A., M. Levasseur, M. G. Scarratt, S. Michaud, M. Lizotte, R. P. Kiene, R. Rivkin, and K. Keats (2008). Microbial DMSP cycling during the spring diatom bloom in the Northwest Atlantic. Mar Ecol. Prog. Ser. 369: 1-11.

Norman, A.L., M.A. Wadleigh, S. Eaton, C. Burridge, C. Zaganescu, J.-P. Blanchette, M. G. Scarratt, S. Michaud, M. Levasseur, A. Merzouk, M. Lizotte, S. Sharma, and R. Leaitch (2007). Dimethylsulphide (DMS) flux and DMS oxidation over the North Atlantic: comparison of a top-down and bottom-up approach. In: Developments in environmental sciences, Borrego, C., E. Renner (Eds), pp.661-674.