Researcher Profile

Michel Gosselin

Job Title: Professor
Employer: University of Quebec at Rimouski
Place of Birth: Bedford, Quebec, Canada
Public School attended: Ecole Saint-Francois d'Assise, Frelighburg, Quebec
High School attended: Seminaire de Saint-Hyacinthe, Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec
CEGEP: College Jean-de-Brebeuf, Montreal, Quebec
Further Education: Universite de Sherbrooke (B.Sc.), Universite Laval (M.Sc, Ph.D.), University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, USA (Post-doc.).
Geographic focus of research: St. Lawrence Estuary, Saguenay Fjord, Gulf of St. Lawrence, southeastern Hudson Bay, Labrador Sea, Canadian Archipelago, North Water Polynya (northern Baffin Bay), Greenland Sea, Northeast Water Polynya, Chukchi Sea, Central Arctic Ocean, McMurdo Sound (Antarctica), Takapoto Atoll (French Polynesia).

Brief synopsis of current research:
I am studying the ecology of marine phytoplankton and sea ice algae. The main objectives of my researches are to determine: (1) the influence of environmental factors on the production of phytoplankton in cold waters and ice algae in ice-covered seas; (2) the effects of ultraviolet-B radiation on the utilization of nitrogen by marine phytoplankton; (3) the role of bacterial degradation and zooplankton grazing on the production of dimethyl sulfide (DMS) by marine microalgae.

Recent Publications:

Sakka, A., L. Legendre, M. Gosselin, B. LeBlanc, B. Delesalle, and N. Price. 1999. Nitrate, phosphate, and iron limitation of the plankton assemblage in the lagoon of Takapoto Atoll (Tuamotou Archipelago, French Polynesia). Aquat. Microb. Ecol. 19: 149-161.

Gosselin, M., M. Levasseur, P. A. Wheeler, R.A. Horner, and B.C. Booth. 1997. New measurements of phytoplankton and ice algal production in the Arctic Ocean. Deep Sea Res. II, 44: 1623-1644.

Sakka, A., M. Gosselin, M. Levasseur, S. Michaud, P. Monfort, and S. Demers. 1997. Effects of reduced ultraviolet radiation on aqueous concentrations of dimethylsulfoniopropionate and dimethylsulfide during a microcosm study in the Lower St. Lawrence Estuary. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 149: 229-238.

Wheeler, P. A., M. Gosselin, E. Sherr, D. Thibault, D. A. Kirchman, R. Benner, and T. E. Whitledge. 1996. Active cycling of organic carbon in the Central Arctic Ocean. Nature (Lond.) 380: 697-699.

Sime-Ngando, T., M. Gosselin, S. Roy, and J.-P. Chanut. 1995. Significance of planktonic ciliated protozoa in the Lower St. Lawrence Estuary: comparison with bacterial, phytoplankton, and particulate organic carbon. Aquat. Microb. Ecol. 9: 243-258.