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Dr. Jean-Marc Gagnon (Marine Benthic Ecologist; Collection Manager)

Jean-Marc Gagnon received his M. Sc. in Marine Ecology from the Université de Montréal in 1983 and his Ph.D. in Marine Ecology from Memorial University of Newfoundland in 1991. He specialized on the biology and taxonomy of marine benthic invertebrates. His scope of research included all dominant invertebrate groups typically found in the benthos, with specific interest in the interactions between these taxa and the environment. This led him to work on community structure, the impact of human activities on these communities, and the contribution of benthic invertebrates to bioturbation. He conducted a 3-year post-doctoral research project on deep-water invertebrate bioturbation in mesocosms held at Institut Maurice-Lamontage (DFO, Mont-Joli), in collaboration with the Université du Québec à Rimouski. He incorporated multivariate statistical analyses in this work and his environmental impact studies. He has also taught many general and specialized biology courses at college and university levels and makes regular presentations for the general public on his benthic work.

Dr. Gagnon has been Chief Collection Manager of Invertebrates at the Canadian Museum of Nature since 1994. His team manages six of the national invertebrate collections (about 1 million specimen lots). He is also involved on national and international committees/workgroups working on biodiversity issues such as the decline of taxonomic expertise and the computerization of biodiversity data. He is an active member of the Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections (SPNHC)

Key words: benthos, ecology, taxonomy, invertebrates, deepwater, biodiversity, collections, databases

For more information, please email Jean-Marc Gagnon or contact him at the address below.

Dr. Jean-Marc Gagnon
Collections Services Division
Canadian Museum of Nature
P.O. Box 3443, Station D
Ottawa, ON K1P 6P4
Telephone: (613) 364-4066
Fax: (613) 364-4027

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