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Serge Payette

Serge Payette
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Spotlight on the Far North

40 Years of Research and Passion

(Wednesday, May 7, 2014) Serge Payette, Université Laval Northern Research Chair in Disturbance Ecology and Radio-Canada scientist of the Year 2013, has been studying Québec’s great ecosystems north of the 54th parallel for over 40 years.

A prolific researcher, a pioneer in his field and, above all, a lover of botany and wide-open spaces, Payette invites us to discover how nature in the Far North has changed over time, with anecdotes from his own experience.

Serge Payette recently published a monumental work, the culmination of over 30 years of research in the field and collaboration with several Québec scientists, including a number from the Jardin botanique. Published by Presses de l’Université Laval in November 2013, Flore nordique du Québec et du Labrador is the first of four volumes.

The lecture will take place in French and will be followed by a book signing.

About the speaker 

An eminent researcher

He is a Professor of Plant Biology with the Department of Biology at Université Laval and the Senior NSERC Northern Research Chairholder on Disturbance Ecology and has been curator of the Louis-Marie herbarium at Université Laval since 2004 and a regular member of the Centre for Northern Studies (CEN) since 1969. Professor Payette is considered a leader in plant ecology, historical ecology and disturbance ecology.

Professor Payette is an eminent figure in Northern research, doing ground-breaking work in his field, but above all a lover of the great outdoors and botany. He recently published the first volume in an enormous four-volume set encompassing all knowledge on the plant kingdom in the northern parts of Quebec and Labrador. It is the fruit of over 30 years of fieldwork and collaboration between several Quebec scientists.

Accolades for his work

Professor Payette has been frequently recognized for the quality of his research and for the exceptional contribution of his work, his teaching, his publications and his longstanding commitment. In 2011, he received the Prix Marie-Victorin, saluting over 40 years of working on major issues that are today central concerns for the scientific community.  He was also the inaugural winner of the Weston Family Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Northern Research, the highest honour given to a natural science researcher conducting northern research in Canada. In January 2014, Radio-Canada named Professor Payette “2013 scientist of the year.”

Sharing 40 years of passion and experience

Professor Payette is above all a man of passion and a wilderness enthusiast who enjoys sharing both the history that has shaped the diversity of our northern landscapes and his many experiences over the course of his career.

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