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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


Philippe Massicotte

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Senior Research Professional
Optics - remote sensing - modeling

Phone : 418-656-2131 ext. 404880

Research Interests

Numerical analyses, multivariate analyses, spatial analyses, system dynamic, limnology, optic (fluorescence and absorbance), geomatic, mathematics, modeling, scientic programming, complex system, aquatic ecology, large rivers, carbon dynamic, community structure, remote sensing, image analysis (satellite and photographic).


2014 - 2016
NSERC Postdoctoral fellowship
Department of Bioscience - Marine Diversity and Experimental Ecology, Aarhus University, Denmark
Development of a bio-optical model to predict light attenuation in shallow aquatic environments.

2012 - 2014
Post-doctoral fellowship
Centre de Recherche sur les Interactions Bassins Versants - Écosystèmes Aquatiques (RIVE), Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, Canada
Postdoctoral position in geostatistics

2007 - 2012
Ph.D. in environmental science (with mention)
Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, Canada
Modélisation et simulation de la dynamique de la matière organique dissoute en milieu fluvial.

Certificate in environmental science
Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, Canada

2005 - 2006
Master in mathematics and computer science (with mention)
Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, Canada
Test orienté Aspect: Une approche formelle basée sur les diagrammes de collaboration.

2002 - 2005
B.Sc. Computer Science
Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, Canada

Research Experience

Research assistant (2016 - present)
International Research Laboratory Takuvik (CNRS / ULaval) (IRL 3376)
Université Laval, Canada

Teaching (2016 & 2018)
Analyzing large data sets in R - designed for biologists
Aarhus University, Denmark

NSERC Post-doctoral fellowship (2014 - 2016)
Department of Bioscience - Marine Diversity and Experimental Ecology
Aarhus University, Denmark

Post-doctoral fellowship (2012 - 2014)
Centre de Recherche sur les Interactions Bassins Versants - Écosystèmes Aquatiques (RIVE)
Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, Canada

Invited researcher international scholarship (2011)
Département d’astrophysique, géophysique et océanographie
University of Liège, Belgium

Research auxiliary (2009)
Department of geography
Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, Canada

Reviewer in various scientific journals (2008 - present)
Marine Chemistry; International journal of remote sensing; Aquatic Geochemistry; Aquatic Sciences; Environmental Science and Technology; Limnology & Oceanography; Photochemical and Photobiological Sciences; Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf; Environmental Science and Pollution Research

Research auxiliary (2007)
Department of biology
Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, Canada


Nomination to Aarhus ST Education Award - Quality of the teaching for the class
Analyzing large data sets in R - designed for biologists



Asmala, E., Massicotte, P., & Carstensen, J. (2021). Identification of dissolved organic matter size components in freshwater and marine environments. Limnology and Oceanography, 66(4), 1381–1393.

Laurion, I., Massicotte, P., Mazoyer, F., Negandhi, K., & Mladenov, N. (2021). Weak mineralization despite strong processing of dissolved organic matter in Eastern Arctic tundra ponds. Limnology and Oceanography, 66(S1), S47–S63.

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., … 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.


Castellani, G., Schaafsma, F. L., Arndt, S., Lange, B. A., Peeken, I., Ehrlich, J., David, C., Ricker, R., Krumpen, T., Hendricks, S., Schwegmann, S., Massicotte, P., & Flores, H. (2020). Large-Scale Variability of Physical and Biological Sea-Ice Properties in Polar Oceans. Frontiers in Marine Science, 7.

Giacomazzo, M., Bertolo, A., Brodeur, P., Massicotte, P., Goyette, J.-O., & Magnan, P. (2020). Linking fisheries to land use: How anthropogenic inputs from the watershed shape fish habitat quality. Science of The Total Environment, 717, 135377.

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., … Babin, M. (2020). Green Edge ice camp campaigns: understanding the processes controlling the under-ice Arctic phytoplankton spring bloom. Earth System Science Data, 12(1), 151–176.

Morin, P., Lacour, T., Grondin, P., Bruyant, F., Ferland, J., Forget, M., 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., Baudena, A., Ardyna, M., Massicotte, P., Randelhoff, A., Sallée, J.-B., Ingvaldsen, R. B., Devred, E., & Babin, M. (2020). Faster Atlantic currents drive poleward expansion of temperate phytoplankton in the Arctic Ocean. Nature Communications, 11(1), 1705.

Yang, F., Song, G., Massicotte, P., Wei, H., & Xie, H. (2020). Depth‐Resolved Photochemical Lability of Dissolved Organic Matter in the Western Tropical Pacific Ocean. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences, 125(3).


Blix, K., Li, J., Massicotte, P., & Matsuoka, A. (2019). Developing a New Machine-Learning Algorithm for Estimating Chlorophyll-a Concentration in Optically Complex Waters: A Case Study for High Northern Latitude Waters by Using Sentinel 3 OLCI. Remote Sensing, 11(18), 2076.

Cusset, F., Fort, J., Mallory, M., Braune, B., Massicotte, P., & Massé, G. (2019). Arctic seabirds and shrinking sea ice: egg analyses reveal the importance of ice-derived resources. Scientific Reports, 9(1), 15405.

Li, Y., Song, G., Massicotte, P., Yang, F., Li, R., & Xie, H. (2019). Distribution, seasonality, and fluxes of dissolved organic matter in the Pearl River (Zhujiang) estuary, China. Biogeosciences, 16(13), 2751–2770.

Massicotte, P., Peeken, I., Katlein, C., Flores, H., Huot, Y., Castellani, G., Arndt, S., Lange, B. A., Tremblay, J., & Babin, M. (2019). Sensitivity of Phytoplankton Primary Production Estimates to Available Irradiance Under Heterogeneous Sea Ice Conditions. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 124(8), 5436–5450.

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, 7(1), 34.

Randelhoff, A., Oziel, L., Massicotte, P., Bécu, G., Galí, M., Lacour, L., Dumont, D., Vladoiu, A., Marec, C., Bruyant, F., Houssais, M.-N., Tremblay, J.-É., Deslongchamps, G., & Babin, M. (2019). The evolution of light and vertical mixing across a phytoplankton ice-edge bloom. Elem Sci Anth, 7(1), 20.


Asmala, E., Haraguchi, L., Jakobsen, H. H., Massicotte, P., & Carstensen, J. (2018). Nutrient availability as major driver of phytoplankton-derived dissolved organic matter transformation in coastal environment. Biogeochemistry, 137(1–2), 93–104.

Asmala, E., Haraguchi, L., Markager, S., Massicotte, P., Riemann, B., Staehr, P. A., & Carstensen, J. (2018). Eutrophication Leads to Accumulation of Recalcitrant Autochthonous Organic Matter in Coastal Environment. Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 32(11), 1673–1687.

Brandão, L. P. M., Brighenti, L. S., Staehr, P. A., Asmala, E., Massicotte, P., Tonetta, D., Barbosa, F. A. R., Pujoni, D., & Bezerra-Neto, J. F. (2018). Distinctive effects of allochthonous and autochthonous organic matter on CDOM spectra in a tropical lake. Biogeosciences, 15(9), 2931–2943.

Kristensen, E., Madsen-Østerbye, M., Massicotte, P., Pedersen, O., Markager, S., & Kragh, T. (2018). Catchment tracers reveal discharge, recharge and sources of groundwater-borne pollutants in a novel lake modelling approach. Biogeosciences, 15(4), 1203–1216.

Massicotte, P., Bécu, G., Lambert-Girard, S., Leymarie, E., & Babin, M. (2018). Estimating Underwater Light Regime under Spatially Heterogeneous Sea Ice in the Arctic. Applied Sciences, 8(12), 2693.

Qi, L., Xie, H., Gagné, J.-P., Chaillou, G., Massicotte, P., & Yang, G.-P. (2018). Photoreactivities of two distinct dissolved organic matter pools in groundwater of a subarctic island. Marine Chemistry, 202(March), 97–120.


Massicotte, P., Asmala, E., Stedmon, C., & Markager, S. (2017). Global distribution of dissolved organic matter along the aquatic continuum: Across rivers, lakes and oceans. Science of The Total Environment, 609(C), 180–191.

Massicotte, P., Stedmon, C., & Markager, S. (2017). Spectral signature of suspended fine particulate material on light absorption properties of CDOM. Marine Chemistry, 196, 98–106.


Assani, A. A., Landry, R., Azouaoui, O., Massicotte, P., & Gratton, D. (2016). Comparison of the Characteristics (Frequency and Timing) of Drought and Wetness Indices of Annual Mean Water Levels in the Five North American Great Lakes. Water Resources Management, 30(1), 359–373.

Lambert, T., Bouillon, S., Darchambeau, F., Massicotte, P., & Borges, A. V. (2016). Shift in the chemical composition of dissolved organic matter in the Congo River network. Biogeosciences, 13(18), 5405–5420.

Lambert, T., Teodoru, C. R., Nyoni, F. C., Bouillon, S., Darchambeau, F., Massicotte, P., & Borges, A. V. (2016). Along-stream transport and transformation of dissolved organic matter in a large tropical river. Biogeosciences, 13(9), 2727–2741.

Massicotte, P., & Markager, S. (2016). Using a Gaussian decomposition approach to model absorption spectra of chromophoric dissolved organic matter. Marine Chemistry, 180, 24–32.


Beauchamp, M., Assani, A. A., Landry, R., & Massicotte, P. (2015). Temporal variability of the magnitude and timing of winter maximum daily flows in southern Quebec (Canada). Journal of Hydrology, 529, 410–417.

Lambert, T., Darchambeau, F., Bouillon, S., Alhou, B., Mbega, J.-D., Teodoru, C. R., Nyoni, F. C., Massicotte, P., & Borges, A. V. (2015). Landscape Control on the Spatial and Temporal Variability of Chromophoric Dissolved Organic Matter and Dissolved Organic Carbon in Large African Rivers. Ecosystems, 18(7), 1224–1239.

Massicotte, P., Bertolo, A., Brodeur, P., Hudon, C., Mingelbier, M., & Magnan, P. (2015). Influence of the aquatic vegetation landscape on larval fish abundance. Journal of Great Lakes Research, 41(3), 873–880.

Massicotte, P., Proulx, R., Cabana, G., & Rodríguez, M. A. (2015). Testing the influence of environmental heterogeneity on fish species richness in two biogeographic provinces. PeerJ, 3, e760.


Biron, S., Assani, A. A., Frenette, J.-J., & Massicotte, P. (2014). Comparison of Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River hydrologic droughts and their relationship to climate indices. Water Resources Research, 50(2), 1396–1409.

Massicotte, P., Frenette, J.-J., Proulx, R., Pinel-Alloul, B., & Bertolo, A. (2014). Riverscape heterogeneity explains spatial variation in zooplankton functional evenness and biomass in a large river ecosystem. Landscape Ecology, 29(1), 67–79.

Proulx, R., Massicotte, P., & Pépino, M. (2014). Googling Trends in Conservation Biology. Conservation Biology, 28(1), 44–51.


Massicotte, P., Assani, A. A., Gratton, D., & Frenette, J.-J. (2013). Relationship between water color, water levels, and climate indices in large rivers: Case of the St. Lawrence River (Canada). Water Resources Research, 49(4), 2303–2307.

Massicotte, P., & Frenette, J.-J. (2013). A mechanistic-based framework to understand how dissolved organic carbon is processed in a large fluvial lake. Limnology and Oceanography: Fluids and Environments, 3(1), 139–155.

Massicotte, P., Gratton, D., Frenette, J.-J., & Assani, A. A. (2013). Spatial and temporal evolution of the St. Lawrence River spectral profile: A 25-year case study using Landsat 5 and 7 imagery. Remote Sensing of Environment, 136, 433–441.


Frenette, J.-J., Massicotte, P., & Lapierre, J.-F. (2012). Colorful Niches of Phytoplankton Shaped by the Spatial Connectivity in a Large River Ecosystem: A Riverscape Perspective. PLoS ONE, 7(4), e35891.

Pommier, J., Frenette, J.-J., Massicotte, P., Lapierre, J.-F., & Glémet, H. (2012). Seston fatty acid composition and copepod RNA:DNA ratio with respect to the underwater light climate in fluvial Lac Saint-Pierre. Aquatic Sciences, 74(3), 539–553.


Massicotte, P., & Frenette, J.-J. (2011). Spatial connectivity in a large river system: resolving the sources and fate of dissolved organic matter. Ecological Applications, 21(7), 2600–2617.


Massicotte, P., Badri, L., & Badri, M. (2007). Towards a Tool Supporting Integration Testing of Aspect-Oriented Programs. The Journal of Object Technology, 6(1), 67.


Massicotte, P., Badri, L., & Badri, M. (2006). Rapid Integration of Software Engineering Techniques. In N. Guelfi & A. Savidis (Eds.), Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics) (Vol. 3943). Springer Berlin Heidelberg.

Massicotte, P., Badri, L., & Badri, M. (2006). Aspects-Classes Integration Testing Strategy: An Incremental Approach. In Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics) (pp. 158–173).


Massicotte, P., Badri, M., & Badri, L. (2005). Generating aspects-classes integration testing sequences a collaboration diagram based strategy. Third ACIS Int’l Conference on Software Engineering Research, Management and Applications (SERA’05), 30–37.

Book chapters:

Bombenger, P.-H., & Massicotte, P. (2015). Mathématiques et Géographie – Déchiffrer ou des chiffres et la Terre : Apports des concepts mathématiques à la géographie. In Guillaume Tomasini (Ed.), Pourquoi les mathématiques (p. 288). Ellipses markeing.