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.

Strack, Maria Ph.D.

Professor, Researcher, University of Waterloo

Research interest


Actual research themes:

  • Restoration of carbon dynamics in cutover fen peatlands;
  • Potential effects of climatic change on peatland carbon biogeochemistry;
  • Spatio-temporal variability in peat hydrophysical properties;
  • Ecohydrology of Sphagnum moss.


Écohydrologie des milieux humides Changement climatique Biogéochimie du carbone et du méthane Dynamiques des gaz séquestrés dans les tourbières Physique des sols tourbeux
Department of Geography
University of Calgary
2500 University Dr. N.W.
Calgary (Alberta) T2N 1N4
Fax : 403-282-6561


Wetland Soil and Ecohydrology Lab