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Nathalie R. Le François

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Nathalie R. Le François

B.Sc. General Biology, 1991
Université du Québec à Rimouski (UQAR) 

Ph.D. Oceanography, 1998
INRS Océanologie/UQAR 

Research interests and expertise

  • Ecophysiology of sentinel fish species in northern environments (Salmonidae, Anarhichadidae, Gadidae).
  • Aquaculture/conservation.
  • Species diversification/selection. 

Research projects

  • Effects of different oxygen concentrations on the growth and physiological condition of spotted wolffish (Anarhichas minor) (in collaboration with DFO).
  • Effects of density on growth and stress levels of spotted wolffish (A. minor) (in collaboration with UQAR/ U Bergen, Norway, and UNB).
  • Comparison of stress responses among Atlantic wolffish, spotted wolffish and hybrids (Coll. NEAq)
  • Production and viability of the Anarhichas minor × A. lupus hybrid: applications in aquaculture and conservation; growth and mitochondrial functionality (in collaboration with UQAR/Nofima A/S, Norway).
  • Characterization of the synthesis of antifreeze proteins in parental species and reciprocal hybrids of Anarhichas minor and A. lupus (in collaboration with MUN).
  • Establishment of a growth curve for spotted wolfish in commercial conditions (in collaboration with MAPAQ, SODIM, DFO, Akvaplan-Niva and UQAR).
  • Creation of a Quebec research program targeting aquaculture and the conservation of lake sturgeon (Acipenser fulvescens) (NSERC, ACRDP, IPSFAD) (Coll. U Laval, UNB)

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