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Philippe Archambault

Professor & CoScientific Director of ArcticNet, Université Laval

Philippe Archambault is a full professor in the Department of Biology at the Université Laval, in Québec City. He strives to link fundamental marine biodiversity questions and theoretical research on global change and its effects on marine ecosystems functioning to applied science and policy-making. More specifically, he is a benthic ecology. He studied the relationship of human disturbance and biodiversity in many regions on the planet. His work has been used to develop Marine Protected Areas in Canada and has been incorporated into United Nations high-level environmental management decision-making. He is also Scientific Director of the Canadian Network of Centers of Excellence, ArcticNet.

Phil received his PhD in Marine Ecology from Université Laval, Canada, and was a postdoctoral fellow (1998-2000) at the Centre for Studies on the Ecological Impacts of Coastal Cities at the University of Sydney, Australia. He also was a Research Scientist (Habitat Biodiversity) between 2001 and 2007 at Fisheries and Oceans Canada. From 2007 to 2016, he was a professor in benthic ecology at l’Institut des Sciences de la Mer de Rimouski at the Université de Québec à Rimouski (ISMER/UQAR, Canada).

He was the coscientific director of the multisectoral Network of Innovation called ‘Notre Golfe’, the chairman of the 4th World Conference of Marine Biodiversity in Montreal. He is on the Scientific Advisory Committee of Oceans Network Canada and a benthic expert on Circumpolar Marine Biodiversity program which is a cornerstone program of the Arctic Council’s Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna Working Group.


  • –present
    Professor & CoScientific Director of ArcticNet, Université Laval


  • 1998 
    Université Laval, PhD