The Aquatic Bio-optics and Biogeochemistry Laboratory enables researchers to study the effects of climate change and permafrost thawing on lake water transparency and mixing dynamics and their multiple impacts on the microbial food chain, greenhouse gas emissions, and oxythermal habitat.
Laboratoire de bio-optique et biogéochimie aquatique à l'INRS
Recherches sur le terrain à l'île Bylot
Research at the Aquatic Bio-Optics and Biogeochemistry Laboratory also focuses on developing optical equipment for early detection of algal and cyanobacterial blooms and other problems related to water browning.
The Aquatic Bio-Optics and Biogeochemistry Laboratory features the following equipment:
Flow cytometer (BD FACSCalibur), which analyzes the optical and physiological properties (DNA, pigments, and abundance) of microbial organisms.
The Aquatic Bio-Optics and Biochemistry Laboratory is available to faculty, students, and staff of the Eau Terre Environnement Research Centre for their research projects.
The laboratory’s facilities and our expertise may also be used for external collaborations or research and development contracts.
Please contact us for more information.
The Aquatic Bio-Optics and Biochemistry Laboratory supports the work of Isabelle Laurion’s team. Its applications include:
These instruments (microscope and cytometer) may be combined with fluorescent molecular probes to study prokaryote taxonomy or certain physiological aspects.
This facility is funded by the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), and Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et technologies (FRQNT).