Dr. Virginie Roy, PhD

Image Virginie Roy
Research Scientist

I am pursuing research on marine fisheries resources particularly on the biology, population dynamics, productivity and conservation of coastal benthic resources.

Current research and/or projects

1. Coastal fisheries research on invertebrates (molluscs, echinoderms) in support of stock assessments and sustainable management of these resources in the Estuary and Gulf of St. Lawrence.

2. Monitoring of coastal biodiversity and designation of indicator species of the state of the marine ecosystem in the Estuary and Gulf of St. Lawrence.

3. Research on biodiversity-environment distribution patterns in the Canadian Arctic-Atlantic region.

4. Research to support the establishment of marine protected areas in the Estuary and Gulf of St. Lawrence.

Professional activities / interests

Benthic Ecology,  Biodiversity, Boreal and Polar Ecology, Pelago-Benthic Coupling, Stable Isotopes, Mercury Biogeochemistry

Education and awards

  • Post-doctoral fellowship, Arctic research, Canadian Museum of Nature, 2017 (funding: The W. Garfield Weston Foundation)

  • Ph.D. Oceanography, Institut des sciences de la mer de Rimouski, Université du Québec à Rimouski, 2014 (funding: NSERC, FRQNT, ArcticNet, Québec-Océan, CHONe)

  • M.Sc. Biology, Département de sciences biologiques, Université de Montréal, 2008 (funding: NSERC)

  • B.Sc. Biology, Département de sciences biologiques, Université de Montréal, 2005 (funding: NSERC)

International experience and/or work

  • Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program - Marine Plan (CAFF, Arctic Council), Canadian Expert on Benthos.

Key publications

Primary Publications

Roy V., Gagnon J.-M. 2016. Natural history museum data on Canadian Arctic marine benthos. Marine Biodiversity. doi: 10.1007/s12526-016-0610-2

Roy V., Iken K., Gosselin M., Tremblay J.-É., Bélanger S., Archambault P.  2015. Benthic faunal assimilation pathways and depth-related changes in food-web structure across the Canadian Arctic. Deep-Sea Research I. 102: 55-71, doi: 10.1016/j.dsr.2015.04.009

Roy V., Iken K., Archambault P. 2015. Regional variability of megabenthic community structure across the Canadian Arctic. Arctic. 68(2): 180-192, doi: 10.14430/arctic4486

Roy V., Iken K., Archambault P. 2014. Environmental drivers of the Canadian Arctic mega-epibenthic communities. PLoS ONE. 9 (7): e100900. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0100900

Roy V., Amyot M., Carignan R. 2009. Beaver ponds increase methylmercury concentrations in Canadian Shield streams along vegetation and pond-age gradients. Environmental Science & Technology. 43 (15): 5605-5611. doi : 10.1021/es901193x

Roy V., Amyot M., Carignan R. 2009. Seasonal methylmercury dynamics in water draining three beaver impoundments of varying age. Journal of Geophysical Research. 114: G00C06. doi : 10.1029/2008JG000763

Poulain A.J., Roy V., Amyot M. 2007. Influence of temperate mixed and deciduous tree covers on Hg concentrations and photoredox transformations in snow. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta. 71 (10): 2248-2262. doi : 10.1016/j.gca.2007.03.003


Secondary Publications

Jørgensen L.L., Archambault P., Blicher M., Denisenko N., Guðmundsson G., Iken K., Roy V., Sørensen J., Anisimova N., Behe C., Bluhm B.A., Denisenko S., Metcalf V., Olafsdóttir S., Schiøtte T., Tendal O., Ravelo A.M., Kędra M., Piepenburg D. 2017. Chapitre 3.3. Benthos Dans Rapport sur l’évaluation de la biodiversité marine arctique (en anglais State of the Arctic Marine Biodiversity Report). Arctic Council, Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna - CAFF.

Roy V. 2014. Étude des facteurs environnementaux structurant la diversité et la distribution des communautés benthiques de l'Arctique canadien. Thèse de doctorat. Université du Québec à Rimouski, Rimouski, Canada. xxxviii +273 p.

Cobb D. G., Roy V., Link H., Archambault P. 2014. Information to support the re-assessment of original ecologically and biologically significant areas (EBSAs) in the Beaufort Sea Large Ocean Management Area. DFO Can. Sci. Advis. Sec. Res. Doc. 2014/097. iv + 37 p.

Kenchington E., Link H., Roy V., Archambault P., Siferd T., Treble M., Wareham V. 2011. Identification of Mega- and Macrobenthic Ecologically and Biologically Significant Areas (EBSAs) in the Hudson Bay Complex, the Western and Eastern Canadian Arctic. DFO Can. Sci. Advis. Sec. Res. Doc. 2011/071. vi + 52 p.

Roy V. 2008. Étude de l’impact des barrages de castors sur la variabilité spatiale et saisonnière des concentrations en mercure et en nutriments dans les ruisseaux des Laurentides. Mémoire de maîtrise. Université de Montréal, Montréal, Canada. xvi +105 p.