nnick Drouin
PhD Candidate, 
Université Laval

Scientific background


    Scientific background

My research interests focus on factors structuring biological communities. During my MSc studies, I examined the effect of different top predators on invertebrate and amphibian assemblages by comparing communities in lakes with fishes and naturally fishless lakes. With this research, I gained a greater knowledge of cascading effects caused by changes in trophic structure and developed skills in statistical analysis of community data. For my dissertation I continued my work on biotic factors influencing invertebrate community structure by studying changes in macrophyte assemblages following the invasion of eelgrass (Zostera marina) beds by the green alga Codium fragile. During this project, I developed expertise on habitat-forming species how biological and physical process influence community structure. As a biologist, I participated in several projects on the impacts of aquaculture and invasive species on benthic communities. I acquired valuable training on how to do in situ observational and manipulative experiments. I also developed the skills to lead impact studies in a way to detect real impacts (i.e. not related to natural variability) and study processes involved in environmental changes.   




Drouin A., McKindsey C.W. and Johnson L.E. 2012. Detecting the impacts of notorious invaders: experiments vs. observations in the invasion of eelgrass meadows by the green seaweed Codium fragile. Oecologia, 168: 491-502

Drouin A., McKindsey C.W. and Johnson L.E. 2011. Higher abundance and diversity in faunal assemblages due to the invasion of Codium fragile ssp. fragile in eelgrass meadows. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 424:105-117

Drouin A., Archambault, P. and Sirois P. 2011. Distinction of nektonic and benthic communities between fish-present (Salvelinus fontinalis) and natural fishless lakes. Boreal Environment Research, 16: 101-114

Drouin A., Sirois P. and Archambault P. 2009. Discriminating zooplankton communities in lakes with brook trout Salvelinus fontinalis and in fishless lakes. Ecoscience, 16: 271-281

Drouin A. and McKindsey C.W. 2007. QBRAT assessment: Codium fragile ssp. tomentosoides case study. Canadian Science Advisory Secretariat (CSAS).Research document 2007/007. iv +30p

Drouin A. 2006. Comparaison des communautés d’invertébrés entre les lacs avec et sans omble de fontaine (Salvelinus fontinalis). M.Sc. thesis. x +95p

Drouin A., Sirois P. and Archambault P. 2006. Ensemencement des lacs sans poissons : Effet de l’omble de fontaine (Salvelinus fontinalis) sur la structure des communautés d’invertébrés et d’amphibiens en forêt boréale. Rapport technique canadien des sciences halieutiques et aquatiques 2628 : vii + 41p

Drouin A., Sirois P. and Archambault P. 2005. Contribution des lacs sans poissons à la biodiversité. Rapport pour la Fondation de la faune du Québec. 38p


        Département de biologie

        1045, av. de la Médecine

        Québec (QC) G1V 0A6 Canada

        Email: annick.drouin@gmail.com