Arctic Microbiomes: From Molecules and Microbes to Ecosystems and Health

Under the leadership of the Sentinel North program at Université Laval (Quebec City, Canada), the International PhD School (IPS) is a unique transdisciplinary training program aiming to understand the key role of microbiomes in shaping the structure and functioning of the Arctic, including their impacts on food webs, ecosystem services, and human health.


Taking place at the Centre for Northern Studies (CEN) research station in Whapmagoostui-Kuujjuarapik (Nunavik, Canada) on the eastern shore of the Hudson Bay (55°16’N, 77° 45’ W), the school will provide participants with an integrative, hands-on experience spanning a wide range of disciplines such as Arctic microbiology and molecular ecology, biogeochemistry, complex system networks, environmental optics/photonics, remote sensing and human health.

The school will be centered on the themes detailed below, with a multifaceted approach including lectures, case studies and hands-on experiences supervised by renowned researchers from various disciplines. It will also include an introduction to the emerging field of environmental optics/photonics as a means to improve our understanding of the northern environment and its impact on human health.

Arctic microbiomes and ecosystems

  • Microbial diversity: community structure and function
  • Polar ecosystems: from ice and land to the oceans
  • Microbial ecosystem services

Microbiome responses to change

  • Evolutionary change
  • Responses to climate change
  • Resilience and ecosystem adaptability
  • Extreme life in the past, present and beyond Earth

Human health and microbiomes

  • Microbiomes and nutrition
  • Food and water security
  • Contaminants and bioremediation
  • Pathogens and diseases
  • The search for new biomolecules

Course details

Academic level(s)Master, PhD, Other
CountryCanada
Language of instructionEnglish
InstitutionUniversité Laval
Begin date02.07.2019
End date12.07.2019
Registration deadline15.02.2019
ECTS credits0.0
Field schoolYes
Fields of studyBasic/broad, general programmesBiology and biochemistryHealth (broad programmes)Natural environments and wildlife
Teaching placeWhapmagoostui-Kuujjuarapik (Nunavik, Canada)
Teaching termSummer
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