Louise Chavarie

Louise Chavarie

Postdoctoral Associate



Postdoctoral Fellow, Biology (Jan. 2015-present)
Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Michigan State University and Great Lakes Fishery Commission
Supervised by: Dr. Charles Krueger and Co-supervised by Dr. Andrew Muir 
• Project: Comparing and investigating drivers of polymorphism among North American Lake Trout        
Doctor of Philosophy, Biology (2008-2014)
Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta, and Department of Fisheries and Oceans
Supervised by Dr. William Tonn and Co-supervised by Dr. Kimberly Howland (DFO)
• Project: The biology and ecology of polymorphic Lake Trout, Salvelinus namaycush, in Great Bear Lake, Northwest Territories
Master of Science, Biology (2005-2007)
Department of Biology, University of Waterloo, and Department of Fisheries and Oceans
Supervised by Dr. Michael Power and Co-supervised by Dr. Jim Reist (DFO) and Dr. Brian Dempson (DFO)
• Project:  Changes in the biological characteristics of Canadian Arctic charr (Salvelinus alpinus) populations in response to climate-induced environmental variation
Bachelor of Science, Biology (2001-2004)
Université du Québec à Rimouski (UQAR)
Université de l’Ile de la Réunion-Programme Crépuq en collaboration avec UQAR


I grew up in Gaspé (QC), where I lived through the cod crisis, impacting strongly my philosophy and motivation, and shaping my approaches towards research and management. My long-term research interests lie at the interface of fish ecology, Arctic ecology, and ecological speciation. My research programs reflects this overall interest in elucidating complex ecological interactions with any tools at my dispositions (as a generalist ecologist) to allow innovative initiatives to take form.