Researcher Profile

Patrice Couture, Ph.D.

Job Title: Associate Professor
Employer: Laurentian University
Place of Birth: Québec, Canada
High School attended: Collège Mont-Sacré-Coeur, Granby Québec
Further Education: Université de Montréal (B.Sc.), Université Laval (M.Sc.), University of Wollongong, NSW, Australia (Ph.D.).
Geographic focus of research: Ontario

Brief synopsis of current research:
Our research examines the physiological consequences of metal exposure in wild fish populations. We study fish from lakes that have been metal-contaminated by mining and smelting industries and compare them to fish from similar but clean lakes. We examine fish general condition, growth rate, size, age. We also maintain fish in the laboratory and perform various swimming tests and tissue analyses to examine their physiological condition. This research is improving our understanding of the consequences for fish of living in metal-contaminated environments and will assist in planning mitigation measures.

Mailing address:
Department of Biology, Laurentian University, Sudbury Ontario P3E 1H2
E-mail:
pcouture@nickel.laurentian.ca