Geneviève Faille

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Biologist, Marine Protected Areas and conservation

BI-03, Benthic Sciences, Demersal and Benthic Sciences Branch

Current research and/or projects

I work on marine protected areas (MPAs) and conservation projects in the Estuary and the Gulf of St. Lawrence, in particular we use underwater video to better describe the seabed.

Research and/or project statements

  • Participate in the development of marine protected areas (MPA) projects and conservation areas.
  • Identify indicators and develop monitoring plans for MPAs.
  • Use underwater imagery to describe and monitor benthic habitats and species associated.
  • Coordinate multidisciplinary scientific committees to put in place the monitoring of MPAs and conservation areas.
  • Collect information on cold water corals and sponges to help improve their protection.

Professional activities / interests

  • Benthic ecology
  • Oceans protection
  • Underwater imagery
  • Geomatics and spatial analysis

Education and awards

M. Sc. Wildlife and habitat management, Université du Québec à Rimouski - ecology laboratory (NSERC Scholarship), 2006-2009

B. Sc. Biology, Ecology concentration, Université du Québec à Rimouski (Excellence Scholarship), 2002-2005

Key publications

Primary Publication 

Faille G., Dussault C., Ouellet J.-P., Fortin D., Courtois R., St-Laurent M.-H. & Dussault C. 2010. Range fidelity: the missing link between caribou decline and habitat alteration? Biological Conservation 143:2840-2850


Secondary Publications

DFO. 2019. Review of ecosystem features, indicators and surveys for ecological monitoring of the Banc-des-Américains Marine Protected Area. DFO Can. Sci. Advis. Sec. Sci. Advis. Rep. 2019/033.

Faille, G., Méthé, D., Thériault, M.-H., Thorne, M., Roy, V., Chiasson, M., Benjamin, R. and Rangeley, R. 2019. Cruise Report for the 2017 Fisheries and Oceans Canada and Oceana Canada Mission using the ROPOS in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Can. Manuscr. Rep. Fish. Aquat. Sci. 3171: v + 22 p.

Université du Québec à Rimouski - Chaire UNESCO en analyse intégrée des systèmes marins. 2014. Étude concernant une aire marine protégée aux îles de la Madeleine. Rapport préparé pour le ministère du Développement durable, de l’Environnement, de la Faune et des Parcs (MDDEFP) et à l’Agence Parcs Canada. Volume 1 : 81 p. + Annexes.