Stéphane Plourde

Research Scientist

Current research and/or projects

  • Biology and ecology of mesozooplankton in sub-arctic and arctic regions
  • Biology and ecology of krill
  • Coupled numerical bio-physical models
  • Calanus species population structure (genetic)
  • Bio-physical coupling of zooplankton with its environment
  • Role of secondary production in the control of commercial species recruitment
  • Relationship between krill and marine mammals

Professional activities / interests

Professor at:

  • McGill University
  • University of Québec at Rimouski
  • Laval University
  • University of Québec at Chicoutimi

Key publications

  1. Simard, N., Plourde, S., Gilbert, M., Gollasch, S. (2011) Net Efficacy of open ocean ballast water exchange on plankton communities. Accepted in J. Plankt. Res. February 2nd 2011
  2. Maps, F., Zakardjian, B., Plourde, S., Saucier, F.J. (2011) Modeling the interactions between the seasonal and diel migration behaviors of Calanus finmarchicus and the circulation in the Gulf of St. Lawrence (Canada). Accepted in Journal of Marine System in April 2011
  3. Plourde, S., Winkler, G., St-Pierre, J-F., Starr, M., Joly, P. (2011) Long-term seasonal and interannual variations of krill spawning in the lower St. Lawrence estuary, Canada, 1979-2009. J. Plank. Res., 33: 703-714
  4. Maps, F., Plourde, S., Zakardjian., B. (2010) The control of dormancy by the lipid metabolism in Calanus finmarchicus: a population model test. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser., 403:165-180
  5. Sirois, P., Diab, G., Plourde, S., Gagné, J.A., Ménard, N. (2009) Recrutement des poissons dans le fjord du Saguenay. Revue des Sciences de l’eau, 22: 341-352
  6. Plourde, S., Pepin, P., and Head, E. (2009) Long-term seasonal and spatial patterns in mortality and survival of Calanus finmarchicus across the Atlantic Zone Monitoring Program region, Northwest Atlantic. ICES J. Mar. Sci., 66: 1942–1958
  7. Plourde, S., Maps, F., and Joly P. (2009) Mortality and survival in early stages control recrutiment in Calanus finmarchicus. J. Plank. Res., 31 (4): 371-388
  8. Campbell, R.G., Sherr, E.B., Ashjian, C.J., Plourde, S., Sherr, B.F., Hill, V., Stockwell, D.A. (2009) Mesozooplankton prey preference and grazing impact in the Western Arctic Ocean. Deep-Sea Res. II, 56: 1274–1289.
  9. Castonguay, M., Plourde, S., Robert, D., Runge, J. A. and Fortier, L. (2008) Copepod production drives recruitment in a marine fish. Can. J. Fish. Aquat. Sci., 65: 1528-1531
  10. Johnson, C., Leising, A., Runge, J., Head, E., Pepin, P., Plourde, S., Durbin, E. (2008) Characteristics of Calanus finmarchicus dormancy patterns in the northwest Atlantic. ICES Journal of Marine Science 65: 339-350.
  11. Plourde, S. Joly, P. (2008) Comparison of In situ Egg production rate in Calanus finmarchicus and Metridia longa: distinguishing methodological from species-specific effects. Marine Ecology Progress Series 353: 165-175
  12. Runge, J.A., Plourde, S., Joly, P., Neihoff, B., Durbin, E. (2006). Characteristics of Egg Production of the Planktonic Copepod, Calanus finmarchicus, on Georges Bank: 1994-1999. Deep-Sea Research II: 53: 2618-2631.
  13. Plourde, S., Campbell, R.G., Ashjian, C.J., Stockwell, D.A. (2005) Seasonal and Regional Patterns in Egg Production of Calanus glacialis/marshallae in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas during Spring and Summer, 2002. Deep-Sea Research II 52: 3411-3426.
  14. Ashjian, C.J., Gallager, S.M., Plourde, S. (2005) Transport of Plankton and Particles between the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas during Summer 2002, described using a Video Plankton Recorder. Deep-Sea Research II 52: 3259-3280.
  15. Zakardjian, B., Sheng, J., Runge, J. A., McLaren, I., Thompson, K. R., Gratton, Y., Plourde, S. (2003) Effects of temperature and circulation on the population dynamics of Calanus finmarchicus in the Gulf of St. Lawrence and Scotian Shelf : Linking a stage-based life-history model to a three-dimensional hydrodynamic model. Journal of Geophysical Research. 108 (C11), 8016, DOI 10.1029/2002JC001410.
  16. Plourde, S., Joly, P., Runge, J.A., Dodson, J.D., Zakardjian, B. (2003) Life cycle of Calanus hyperboreus in the lower St. Lawrence Estuary: is it coupled to local environmental conditions? Marine Ecology Progress Series 255: 219-233.
  17. Plourde, S., Dodson, J.J., Runge, J.A., Therriault, J.-C. (2002) Spatial and temporal variations in copepod community structure in the lower St. Lawrence Estuary, Canada. Marine Ecology Progress Series 230: 221-224.
  18. Plourde, S., Joly, P., Runge, J.A., Zakardjian, B., Dodson, J.J. (2001) Life cycle of Calanus finmarchicus in the lower St. Lawrence Estuary: imprint of circulation and late phytoplankton bloom. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Science 58: 647-658.
  19. Zakardjian BA, Runge JA, Plourde S, Gratton Y (1999) A biophysical model of the interaction between vertical migration of crustacean zooplankton and circulation in the Lower St. Lawrence Estuary. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Science 56:2420-2432.
  20. Ohman, M.D., Drits, A.V., Clarke, M.E. and Plourde, S. (1998). Differential dormancy of co-occurring copepods. Deep-Sea Research. 8/9 : 1709-1740.
  21. Madin, L.P., Bollens, S.M., Horgan, E., Butler, M., Runge, J.A., Sullivan, B.K., Klein-MacPhee, G., Durbin, E., Durbin, A.G., Plourde, S., Bucklin, A. and Clarke, M.E. (1996). Voracious Planktonic Hydroids: Unexpected Impact on a Coastal Marine Ecosystem. Deep-Sea Research II 43: 1823-1829.
  22. Durbin, E., Runge, J., Campbell, R., Garrahan, P., Casas, M. and S. Plourde (1997). Late Fall-Early Winter Recruitment of Calanus finmarchicus on Georges Bank. Marine Ecology Progress Series 151: 103-114.
  23. Runge, J.A. and Plourde, S. (1996). Fecundity characteristics of Calanus finmarchicus in coastal waters of eastern Canada. Ophelia. 44: 171-187.
  24. Plourde, S. and Runge, J.A. (1993). Reproduction of the planktonic copepod Calanus finmarchicus in the Lower St. Lawrence Estuary: relation to the cycle of phytoplankton production and evidence for a Calanus pump. Marine Ecology Progress Series 102: 217-227.