This urban century has spawned major research concerns. 26 scientists in natural and social sciences and environmental design from 7 Quebec universities have gathered in a working group associated with CPEUM to begin addressing these issues involving:
- Understanding biodiversity within the complex urban mosaic,
- Understanding biophysical and social regulating factors,
- Determining the most favourable development and management methods.
The study and management of urban biodiversity is an emerging field of multidisciplinary research. It is also a current concern for various levels of governments, international organizations and community organizations. Conducting research on the complex topic of biodiversity in the urban environment requires expertise in natural sciences, social sciences and environmental design.
Until now, no group or research center assembled such expertise in Quebec or in Canada. Research on urban biodiversity remained fragmented and there was no scientific interlocutor capable of channelling institutional and community demands. This working group fulfills these needs and sets the Chair and Quebec universities at the forefront in a growing area of research. The working group is funded by Quebec Centre for Biodiversity Science.
Objectives of the working group:
- Provide an overview of research on urban biodiversity in Quebec, Canada and abroad;
- Encourage reflection and collaborative research on biodiversity with contributions from researchers in natural and applied sciences, social sciences and environmental design;
- Open new lines of research, new collaborations and projects at every level in an emerging multidisciplinary research;
- Initiate the development of tools for managing urban biodiversity in collaboration with stakeholders;
- Position Quebec favourably in this area of research, on an international level;
- Develop contacts with pertinent researchers and research groups through conferences and workshops with pertinent working groups and students;
- Channel social and institutional demands for improved response and broader scientific and media impact;
- Train young scientists in this field.
The working group's activities include the review of all past and current studies on urban biodiversity in Quebec, published or not. This venture is part of QCBS’ biodiversity metadata management[YV1] project and realized in collaboration with the Working Group on Genetic, Phylogenetic, and Functional Diversity along Environmental Gradients.
On 19 and 19 October, the Group is holding a conference and workshop on urban biodiversity research. Guest speakers will be Dr. Stewart and Charles Nilon Pickett, respectively managers and researchers associated with the Baltimore Ecosystem Studywithin the American Long-Term Ecological Research Network.
The creation of this high-level group generated numerous collaborations and research projects. It operates under the joint scientific responsibility of Danielle Dagenais, associate researcher at the Chair in Landscape and Environmental Design at the University of Montreal and associate professor in the School of Landscape Architecture, and Stéphanie Pellerin, professor associated with the Research Institute of plant biology and botanist at the Botanical Garden of Montreal.
- Administrative direction
- Danielle Dagenais, Associate researcher and associate professor, Chair in Landscape and environnement (CPEUM), UNESCO Chair in Landscape and environnement (CUPEUM), School of Landscape Architecture, University of Montreal
- Scientific co-direction
- Stéphanie Pellerin, Institut de recherche en Biologie Végétale (IRBV) et Sc. Biologiques, University of Montreal
- Research agents
- Bernard Angers, Biological Sciences, University of Montreal, PhD, Department of Biological Sciences, UQAM
- Béatrix Beisner, Biological Sciences, UQAM
- Sandra Breux, INRS Urbanisation Culture Société, University of Montreal
- Jacques Brisson, Biological Sciences and IRBV, University of Montreal
- Jacques Brodeur, Biological Sciences and IRBV, University of Montreal
- Luc Brouillet, Biological Sciences and IRBV, University of Montreal
- Alain Cogliastro, Biological Sciences and IRBV, University of Montreal
- Sylvain de Blois, Plant Science, School of Environment,University McGill
- Gérald Domon, CPEUM et CUPEUM, School of Landscape Architecture, University of Montreal
- Pierre Drapeau, Industrial Research Chair CRSNG/UQAT/UQAM in Sustainable Forest Management, Biological Sciences, UQAM.
- Éric Duchemin, Institute of Environmental Sciences, UQAM
- Valérie fournier, Palnt Sciences, Faculty of agriculture and food sciences
- Ira Tanya Handa, Biological Sciences, UQAM
- Jochen Jaeger, Department of Geography, Planning and Environment, University of Concordia
- Simon Joly, Biological Sciences and IRBV, University of Montreal
- Christian Messier, Chaire CRSNG/Hydro-Québec sur la croissance de l'arbre, Biological Sciences, UQAM
- Alison Munson, University Laval Faculty of Forestry, Geography and Geomatics
- Alain Paquette, Chaire CRNSG/Hydro-Québec sur la croissance de l'arbre, UQAM
- Sylvain Paquette, Associate Professor, CPEUM, CUPEUM, University of Montreal
- Laël Parrott, Geography, University of Montreal
- Fanie Pelletier, Biological Sciences, University of Sherbrooke
- Bernadette Pinel-Alloul, Biological Sciences, University of Montreal
- Philippe Poullaouec-Gonidec, Chairholder, CPEUM and CUPEUM, University of Montreal
- Isabelle Thomas-Maret, Urbanism Institute, University of Montreal