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Department of Geography
McGill University
805 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal, QC H3A 2K6
Tel: +1-514-398-1447

Jean-François Gendron

MSc Candidate
Department of Geography
McGill University

I am currently pursuing a Master of Science degree in the Department of Geography at McGill University. I am part of Professor Michel Lapointe's Fluvial Geomorphology and Riverine Ecosystems Lab. I am also affiliated with both GRIL and CIRSA research groups. My work is mainly supported by Ouranos, NSERC, and Hydro-Quebec.


Salmon and trout respond to temperature fluctuations by moving into cooler areas when main-stem temperatures exceed their upper tolerances. Such areas are increasingly recognized as a significant aspect of stream habitat, as they provide refugia for salmonids during summer months. Given the possibility of stream warming resulting from human land use practices and/or climate change, thermal refugia could become essential in sustaining salmonid populations.

I am interested in investigating how recent advances in temperature monitoring techniques can help characterize cold water refugia. I will be exploring how modelling tools can be useful in understanding spatio-temporal refugia dynamics. I also plan on putting into use visual survey techniques so as to document usage of cold water habitat by Atlantic salmon and brook trout in warm streams.

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Non-alluvial Ouelle river reach, Bas-Saint-Laurent, QC



MSc - Fluvial Geomorphology and Fish Habitat, McGill University (2009-2012)
BSc - Environmental GIS and Remote Sensing, Université de Sherbrooke (2006-2009)


2011 - Olin Fellowship (ASF-FSA)
2011 - Research Assistantship Award (NSERC-CRSNG)
2009 - Research Assistantship Award (Ouranos/NSERC-CRSNG/Hydro-Quebec)
2009 - Principal's Graduate Fellowship (McGill University)
2009 - Provost's Graduate Fellowship (McGill University)
2009 - Independent Research Grant (Environment Canada)


1. Gendron J.-F. and M. Lapointe. 2010. Changements climatiques et refuges thermiques pour les salmonidés de l'Est du Canada. Annual QCBS symposium. Nov. 30-Dec. 2. New Residence Hall, McGill University. 3625 Parc Avenue, Montréal, Québec.
2. Gendron J.-F. and M. Lapointe. 2010. Changements climatiques et refuges thermiques pour les salmonidés de l'Est du Canada. 4th Scientic Symposium 2010 on Regional Climatology and Climate Change Adaptation. Nov. 17-18. Édifice Marie-Guyart. 675, boulevard René-Lévesque Est. Québec, Québec, Canada.

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Sainte-Marguerite river, Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, QC



Michel Lapointe - Fluvial Geomorphology, McGill (MSc Supervisor)
Wayne Pollard - Periglacial Geomorphology, McGill (MSc Committee Member)


Normand Bergeron - Fluvial Geomorphology, INRS-ETE
Tommi Linnansaari - Fish Biology, UNB
Jeffrey McKenzie - Hydrogeology, McGill
André Saint-Hilaire - Hydrology, INRS-ETE
Rick Cunjak - Fish Biology, UNB
Nathan Wilbur - Stream Ecology, UNB
Allen Curry - Stream Ecology, UNB
Kerry MacQuarrie - Hydrogeology, UNB
Daniel Boisclair - Fish Biology, UdeM


OURANOS - Consortium on Regional Climatology and Adaptation to Climate Change
CIRSA - Centre Interuniversitaire de recherche sur le saumon atlantique
GRIL - Groupe de recherche interuniversitaire en limnologie et en environnement aquatique
FQSA - Fédération québécoise pour le saumon atlantique
ASF-FSA - Atlantic Salmon Federation/Fédération du saumon atlantique

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Sainte-Marguerite river delta at dusk



Contact Information

Department of Geography, 805 Sherbrooke Street West

Montreal, Quebec, Canada H3A 2K6

phone: (514) 398-4111 fax: (514) 398-7437



Last updated 04/09/2009