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Geneviève Bordeleau

Areas of expertise

Isotopic geochemistry , Contaminant transport and degradation , Groundwater quality , Hydrogeology , In situ decontamination methods , Natural attenuation

  • Assistant Professor

Eau Terre Environnement Research Centre

490 de la Couronne Street
Québec City, Quebec  G1K 9A9

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Research interests

The work of professor Bordeleau focuses on groundwater isotopic geochemistry. Isotopic geochemistry can used to understand regional-scale groundwater flow, to track contaminants in groundwater and surface water, or to help in developing remediation methods, it provides concrete solutions to complex environmental problems. Professor Bordeleau uses her expertise to characterize groundwater and drinking water quality in both pristine and disturbed environments, striving towards better protection of this precious resource.


Bordeleau, Geneviève; Rivard, Christine; Lavoie, Denis & Lefebvre, René (2021). A systematic multi-isotope approach to unravel methane origin in groundwater: example of an aquifer above a gas field in southern New Brunswick (Canada)Appl. Geochem., 134: Art. 105077.
DOI: 10.1016/j.apgeochem.2021.105077

Ladevèze, Pierre; Rivard, Christine; Lavoie, Denis; Séjourné, Stéphan; Lefebvre, René & Bordeleau, Geneviève (2019). Fault and natural fracture control on upward fluid migration: insights from a shale gas play in the St. Lawrence Platform, CanadaHydrogeol. J., 27 (1): 121-143.
DOI: 10.1007/s10040-018-1856-5

Rivard, Christine; Bordeleau, Geneviève; Lavoie, Denis; Lefebvre, René; Ladevèze, Pierre; Duchesne, Mathieu J.; Séjourné, Stéphan; Crow, Heather; Pinet, Nicolas; Brake, Virgina; Bouchedda, Abderrezak; Gloaguen, Erwan; Ahad, Jason M. E.; Malet, Xavier; Aznar, Jean-Christophe & Malo, Michel (2019). Assessing potential impacts of shale gas development on shallow aquifers through upward fluid migration: A multi-disciplinary approach applied to the Utica Shale in eastern CanadaMar. Petrol. Geol., 100: 466-483.
DOI: 10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2018.11.004

Bordeleau, Geneviève; Rivard, Christine; Lavoie, Denis; Lefebvre, René; Ahad, Jason M. E.; Xu, Xiaomei & Mort, Andy (2018). A multi-isotope approach to determine the origin of methane and higher alkanes in groundwater of the St. Lawrence Platform, Saint-Édouard area, eastern Canada. Environ. Geosci., 25 (3): 75-100.
DOI: 10.1306/eg.04121817020

Bordeleau, Geneviève; Rivard, Christine; Lavoie, Denis; Lefebvre, René; Malet, Xavier & Ladevèze, Pierre (2018). Geochemistry of groundwater in the Saint-Édouard area, Québec, Canada, and its influence on the distribution of methane in shallow aquifersAppl. Geochem., 89: 92-108.
DOI: 10.1016/j.apgeochem.2017.11.012

Rivard, Christine; Bordeleau, Geneviève; Lavoie, Denis; Lefebvre, René & Malet, Xavier (2018). Can groundwater sampling techniques used in monitoring wells influence methane concentrations and isotopes?Environ. Monit. Assess., 190: Art. 191.
DOI: 10.1007/s10661-018-6532-7

Rivard, Christine; Bordeleau, Geneviève; Lavoie, Denis; Lefebvre, René & Malet, Xavier (2018). Temporal variations of methane concentration and isotopic composition in groundwater of the St. Lawrence Lowlands, eastern CanadaHydrogeol. J., 26 (2): 533-551.
DOI: 10.1007/s10040-017-1677-y

Ladevèze, P., Rivard, C., Lefebvre, R., Lavoie, D., Parent, M., Malet, X., Bordeleau, G. & Gosselin, J. S., (Eds). (2016) Travaux de caractérisation hydrogéologique dans la plateforme sédimentaire du Saint-Laurent, région de Saint-Édouard-de-Lotbinière, Québec. 112 pp. Ressources naturelles Canada / Natural Resources Canada.

Lavoie, Denis; Pinet, Nicolas; Bordeleau, Geneviève; Ardakani, Omid H.; Ladevèze, Pierre; Duchesne, Mathieu J.; Rivard, Christine; Mort, Andy; Brake, Virgina; Sanei, Hamed & Malet, Xavier (2016). The Upper Ordovician black shales of southern Quebec (Canada) and their significance for naturally occurring hydrocarbons in shallow groundwaterInt. J. Coal Geol., 158: 44-64.
DOI: 10.1016/j.coal.2016.02.008

Bordeleau, G.; Martel, R.; Bamba, A. N.; Blais, J. F.; Ampleman, G. & Thiboutot, S. (2014). Nitroglycerin degradation mediated by soil organic carbon under aerobic conditionsJ. Contam. Hydrol., 166: 52-63.
DOI: 10.1016/j.jconhyd.2014.06.012

Bordeleau, G.; Martel, R.; Drouin, M.; Ampleman, G. & Thiboutot, S. (2014). Biodegradation of nitroglycerin from propellant residues on military training rangesJ. Environ. Qual., 43 (2): 441-449.
DOI: 10.2134/jeq2013.06.0241

Torrentò, C., Aud¡-Mirò, C., Bordeleau, G., Marchesi, M., Rosell, M., Otero, N. & Soler, A. (2014). The use of alkaline hydrolysis as a novel strategy for chloroform remediation: The feasibility of using construction wastes and evaluation of carbon isotopic fractionationEnviron. Sci. Technol., 48 (3): 1869-1877.
DOI: 10.1021/es403838t