The objective of this PhD project is to document and quantify the impacts caused by human activities (hydroelectricity, mining, logging, vacationing, tourism) on the human and physical environments of the Manicouagan Lake-reservoir and Dechêne Lake using the analysis of sediment cores collected in the Manic-5 reservoir and profiles of the physicochemical properties of the water column of the reservoir.
The student’s tasks will be:
- Participate in one or more field missions at the Manicouagan lake-reservoir
- Participate in interactions with the Innu of Pessamit community
- Analyze lake sediment cores
- Collect and analyze the physicochemical properties of the water column of the Manicouagan Lake-reservoir
- Trace the ecological, geochemical and limnological trajectories of the lake and the impacts of its flooding by the construction of the Manic-5 dam
This project is part of the multidisciplinary project “Imaging Manicouagan-Uapishka through Territorial Aquatic and Cultural Prospecting (IMPACT)”, funded by the Institut nordique du Québec and the Sentinel North program. The project brings together a university team from five research institutes and partners from the Territories and Resources office of the Innus of Pessamit Council, the Manicouagan-Uapishka World Biosphere Reserve, and the Uapishka Station.
The Innu of Pessamit community, the Ndakina office of the Waban-Aki Nation, Caroline Desbiens and Justine Gagnon of the Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Heritage and Tourism also collaborate to this projet.
As soon as possible
Prof. Pierre Francus and Dr. Léo Chassiot, Eau Terre Environnement Research Centre, INRS
Prof. Patrick Lajeunesse, Department of Geography, Université Laval
PhD in Earth or Water sciences (description in French only), INRS
A doctoral fellowship of $25,000 per year is available for 3 years. Candidates holding a scholarship or eligible for a scholarship from NSERC or FRQNT will be given preference.
Training in Earth sciences, physical geography, or any other appropriate discipline and:
- an excellent academic record
- an interest in projects involving First Nations
- experience in paleolimnological analysis
- knowledge of the paleogeography of Quebec during the Quaternary the ability to work alone and in a team
How to apply
Please use the form below to send your application including the following documents in PDF: 1) a resume; 2) a cover letter; 3) all university transcripts; 4) a list of practical and technical skills; 5) the names and contact details of two referees.
The selection will begin upon receipt of applications and will continue until the candidate has been recruited.