Line Rochefort has been a professor in the Department of Plant Sciences at Université Laval since 1991. She graduated in biology from Université Laval Laval (B.Sc.) with a specialization in plant ecology, from the University of Alberta (M.Sc.) and from the University of Cambridge, UK (Ph.D.). She has been a visiting researcher at Harvard University, USA, University of Helsinki, Finland, and Cornell University, USA. Line Rochefort is the leader in ecological peatland restoration in Canada and one of the world's pioneers in this field. In 2019, she was appointed as the Canadian National Focal Point for the Scientific and Technical Review Panel of the Ramsar Convention.
Line Rochefort founded the Peatland Ecology Research Group in 1992. She is the instigator of a new field of research in the peat industry in Canada, namely the development of peatland restoration techniques after peat extraction. Her professional and academic career has led her to visit and evaluate, as an expert, a wide range of wetland restoration projects in over 40 countries. Since 2010, her research interests have diversified to include restoration of other ecosystems in addition to horticultural peatlands, including fens, swamps, infrastructure-degraded peatlands, gravel pits and sand pits.
Full professor, Researcher, U. Laval
Actual research themes:
- Restoration, reclamation and conservation of peatlands;
- Sphagnum farming;
- Sphagnum ecology;
- Restoration of sand and gravel pits;
- Studies of nordic peatland berries;
- The impact of Snow Geose on vegetation, Bylot Island, Canadian Arctic.
ExpertiseÉcologie des sphaignes Écologie des tourbières Restauration écologique Écologie des mousses pionnières Expériences à l'échelle de l'écosystème Facilitation Production/décomposition dans les tourbières Interactions plantes-sol chez les mousses Interactions
Pavillon EnvirotronDépartement de phytologie
Faculté des sciences de l'agriculture et de l'alimentation
2480, boul. Hochelaga
Québec (Québec) G1V 0A6
418-656-2131 extension : 402583
Fax : 418-656-7856
Laboratory of Plant Ecology
Chairholder of the Industrial Research Chair in Peatland Management from 2003 to 2018
Bachelor's: Biologie, Université Laval (Canada), 1984
Master's: Plant ecology, University of Alberta (Canada), 1987
Doctorate: Plant ecology, University of Cambridge (United Kingdom), 1992; including two training courses at Harvard University (Massachussetts, USA)
Personal Web site at "Département de phytologie" of Université Laval
Personal Web site at "Centre d'études nordiques"
Member of "Centre for northern studies"
Member of "Institut Hydro-Québec en environnement, développement et société"
Member of "Centre de recherche et d'innovation sur les végétaux" (CRIV)