backResearcher Profile

Bruno A. Zakardjian

Job Title: Professor in physical oceanography
Employer: Institut des Sciences de la Mer de Rimouski ISMER/UQAR
Place of Birth: Paris, France
Further Education: Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris VI, France (B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D.).
Geographic focus of research: Gulf of St. Lawrence, Scotian Shelf, Western Mediterranean

Brief synopsis of current research:
Since my thesis, I'm working on the coupling of physical and biological processes in the Ocean. My researches imply numerical modelling and field observations. I have worked on the influence of circulation on primary production in the Western Mediterranean and in the St. Lawrence Estuary. I'm now involved in the GLOBEC-Canada program, working on the influence of circulation and temperature on the distribution and abundance of planktonic copepods in the Eastern Canadian waters.

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Recent Publications:

Zakardjian, B. A., Runge, J. A., Plourde, S. and Y. Gratton, 1999. A biophysical model of the interaction between vertical migration of crustacean zooplankton and circulation in the Lower St. Lawrence Estuary. Can. J. Fish. Aquat. Sc., 56(12): 2420-2432.

Zakardjian, B. A.,Gratton, Y. and A. F. Vézina, 1999. Late Spring Phytoplankton Bloom in the Lower St. Lawrence Estuary: The Flushing Hypothesis Revisited. Mar. Ecol. Progr. Ser., In press.

Zakardjian, B. A. and L. Prieur, 1998. Biological and chemical signs of upward motions in permanent geostrophic fronts of the Western Mediterranean. J. Geophys. Res., 103(C2): 27,849-27,866.

Eymard, L., Planton., S, Durand, P., Camus, Y., le Traon, P. Y., Prieur, L., Weill, A., Hauser, D., Le Squere, B., Rolland, J., Pelon, J., Benech, B., Brenguier, J. L., Caniaux, G., de Mey, P., Dombrosky, E., Druilhet, A., Dupuis, H., Ferret, B., Flamant, C., Flamant, P., Hernadez, F., Jourdan, D., Katsaros, K., Lambert, D., Lefevre, J. M., Le Borgne, P., Marsoin, A., Roquet, H., Tournadre, J., Trouillet, V., Zakardjian, B.. 1996. Study of the air -sea interactions at the mesoscale: The SEMAPHORE experiment. Annalae Geophysicae, 14: 986-1015.

Zakardjian, B. A. and L. Prieur, 1994. A numerical study of primary production related to vertical mixing with special reference to vertical motions of phytoplankton cells in nutrient and light fields. J. Mar. Systems, 5(3-5) : 267-295.

In my case, it is a vocation I contracted looking for Cdt. Cousteau at TV when I was 6-7 years old… What I'm doing now is far from that but it is always a pleasure for me. Oceanographic research involves numerous disciplines, physic, biology, mathematics, chemistry geology… but this must not frighten off peoples who are interested in. Anybody can find its own way in the Ocean, a medium for which we know just a few more that for deep space…