Whale Researchers

The scientific community that studies the whales of the St. Lawrence is as rich and diverse as the species that we find here. Meet these passionate individuals who strive to better understand in order to better protect.

Anik Boileau

For Animal Welfare As far back as she can remember, Anik Boileau has always been fascinated by marine mammals. At the age of 7, on a trip to Percé, she finds herself face to face with a stranded fin ...

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Christian Ramp

With passion and curiosity It was when he was working for a German organization whose mission was to promote conservation of the Wadden Sea – a coastal sea frequented by several species of seals and...

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Daniel Martineau

An in-depth look at beluga whales Veterinarian Daniel Martineau developed an interest in belugas in the early 1980s while navigating the waters of the St. Lawrence and Saguenay rivers aboard his sailb...

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Dany Zbinden

Curious and welcoming! For 20 years already, Dany Zbinden has been navigating the waters of the Estuary in search of whales! Prior to embarking on this adventure in 1993, the Swiss biologist had worke...

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Émilien Pelletier

On the footprints of contaminants It was while tracking down contaminants that Émilien Pelletier ended up studying whales. Émilien Pelletier was born in the Lowerthe Lower St. Lawrence region. He fi...

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Hal Whitehead

The mathematician who loved to sail It’s the type of encounter that changes ones life. Hal Whitehead had recently finished studying mathematics at Cambridge University in England and had absolut...

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Ian McQuinn

The food chain from the bottom up Ian McQuinn had always been fascinated by whales, but it was with fish and invertebrates that he began his career. Indeed, after earning his bachelor’s degree i...

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Janie Giard

A doctor in whale country Janie Giard has a rather unusual curriculum vitae, to say the least. In it you’ll find interests as wide ranging as music and classical dance, medicine, out-door activities...

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Jon Lien

Whale rescuer When Jon Lien left the United States in 1968 for Memorial University, Newfoundland where he was to teach animal behaviour, he had no particular interest in whales. His childhood had been...

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Jonathan Verreault

Tracking contaminants, from the Arctic to the St. Lawrence Fascinated by environmental issues and the impact of humans on their environment, Jonathan Verreault began critically thinking at an early ag...

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Lena Measures

Whales under the microscope Throughout her career in zoology, Lena Measures has studied aquatic invertebrates, fish, rabbits, woodchucks, bats, and many other animals before coming to marine mammals. ...

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Leone Pippard

Journalist and militant for belugas Leone Pippard saw his first whale in 1973. With a friend photographer, the then 26-year-old freelance journalist from Toronto had come to Quebec to cover the work t...

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Lyne Morissette

From one ocean to another Growing up in Rimouski, Lyne Morissette couldn’t get enough of the St. Lawrence Estuary. In 1998, she received her bachelor’s in biological sciences (with a conce...

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Marianne Marcoux

A Dream Come True It is during a trip to Tadoussac won by chance from her high school that Marianne Marcoux makes her first whale sightings. She immediately gets “the bug” for the marine e...

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Martine Bérubé

Discovering whales, on a boat or in a lab coat! Martine Bérubé est née à Kamouraska, sur la rive Sud du Saint-Laurent. Elle est donc depuis toujours familière avec le milieu marin et ses habitant...

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Michel Fournier

A beluga health detective Professor Michel Fournier has an unusual academic background for a whale researcher: he completed a bachelor’s degree in molecular biology at the Université du Québec...

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Michel Harvey

From zooplancton to whales… While working as a research assistant at the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR), Michel Harvey developed an interest in research. After obtaining his ba...

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Michel Lebeuf

Searching for contamimants in the marine environment Michel Lebeuf grew up in the Chapais-Chibougamau mining region of Quebec. Sensitized as he was to the quality of his environment, it was not the ex...

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Mike Hammill

The Call of Canada’s North When he was completing his Bachelor’s degree in Zoology in Guelph, Ontario, Mike Hammill dreamed of working in the Arctic. At that time, he worked part-time with...

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Moira Brown

Shedding light on right whales Some 25 years ago, when Moira Brown was teaching physical education at schools in Montreal’s West Island district, the idea of one day pursuing a career researching wh...

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Nadia Ménard

Research for Conservation Nadia Ménard is interested in marine ecosystems and their conservation. Although she had specifically elected not to specialize in whales (a very popular choice) at the begi...

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Ned Lynas

Passion for minke whales In the 1970s, a few years after Canada had ended commercial whaling, a small number of researchers intrigued by these animals were drawn to the St. Lawrence. Ned Lynas was amo...

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Peter Scheifele

An ear beneath the waves Peter Scheifele became interested in marine mammals while studying both man-made and animal produced sonar for the U.S. Navy. While, on the one hand the Navy attempts to perfe...

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Pierre Béland

From dinosaurs to whales Passionate towards life and naturally inquisitive, Pierre Béland hurled himself into the science world, as one embarks on a great journey. His academic training (doctorate an...

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Richard Sears

Travel the seas, again and again Richard Sears was born in Paris, from a French mother and an American father. At eighteen, he takes part in a training expedition in oceanography onboard a schooner, b...

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Robert Michaud

Better understanding for better protection Robert Michaud’s relationship with the whales of the St. Lawrence all started when he was hired to work as a naturalist aboard the first boats that started...

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Stéphane Lair

A veterinarian with a passion for wildlife Soon after he began training in veterinary medicine, Stéphane Lair’s interests turned to wildlife health. He treated fish, alligators, birds of prey, sea ...

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Thomas Doniol-Valcroze

Forever farther north Thomas Doniol-Valcroze has been interested in marine mammals ever since he was a child. To turn this dream into reality, he crossed the Atlantic, leaving Paris for Montréal to p...

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Ursula Tscherter

Atypical and creative career path What is it that drove this 30-year-old woman native of a Swiss German village, who had never before been on the water, to take a class on whales at a St. Lawrence res...

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Valeria Vergara

Listening to Belugas From the Vancouver Aquarium to Hudson Bay, from the Canadian Arctic to the St. Lawrence Estuary, researcher Valeria Vergara has listened to the communication sounds made by beluga...

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Véronique Lesage

To better understand whales in peril While working on her Bachelor’s degree at Laval University, Véronique Lesage participated in a study on the energetics of eider ducks. She was fascinated by the...

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Yvan Simard

Marine acoustics in the service of whales As a young graduate of Université Laval’s marine biology programme, Yvan Simard decided to dive into the field of marine ecology research. He started out b...

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