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Celine Boutin

Adjunct Research Professor, Research Scientist, National Wildlife Research Centre

Degrees:B.Sc. (Sherbrooke), M.Sc. (Laval), Ph.D. (University of Wales)
Office:Environment and Climate Change Canada
National Wildlife Research Centre
1125 Colonel By Drive, Raven Rd.
Carleton University
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1A 0H3
Pour courrier prioritaire / Area code for priority post deliveries: K1S 5B6
Website:Visit my lab website

Current Research

Natural habitats are known to contribute positively to biodiversity, especially in areas of intensive agriculture. Due to the ecological importance of the different types of habitats found within agricultural landscapes, it is critical to determine the impact of various natural and anthropogenic stressors on native vegetation and up the food chain.

In other ecosystems, anthropogenic factors such as mining and oil extraction, affect primary producers of natural environments.  There is a need to study their impact.

My research encompasses three main components:

  1. Investigating the factors that alter biodiversity with an emphasis on plant species found in wetlands, riparian strips, woodlots, and hedgerows. With conservation of natural habitats in mind, studies are conducted in order to describe and explain patterns and assemblages of vegetation within farming areas. Other trophic levels are also considered.
  2. Improving methodologies currently used in phytotoxicity testing and risk assessment, especially for regulatory purposes at national and international levels. Herbicides are used extensively in Canadian agriculture with more than 26 million hectares sprayed at least once in any given year. Studies are conducted to upgrade phytotoxicity testing.
  3. Studying impacts of contaminants such as Rare Earth Elements, other metals and contaminants on plants and invertebrates.

Selected Publications

Bourgeois, B., Boutin, C., Vanasse, A., Poulin, M. 2017. Divergence between riparian seed banks and standing vegetation increases along successional trajectories. Journal of  Vegetation Science. In press.

Dalton, R.L., Carpenter, D., Boutin, C., Allison, J.E. 2017. Potential of riparian seed banks for conservation and restoration of native plant diversity in a North American agricultural watershed.   Applied Vegetation Science. In press.

Boutin, C., Carpenter D.J. 2017. Assessment of upland/wetland vegetation communities near oil sand mining in Alberta, and soil-plant contamination by polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and trace metals. Science of the Total Environment 576:829-839.

Carpenter, D., Boutin, C., Allison, J.E., Parsons, J.L., Ellis, D.M. 2015. Uptake and effects of six rare earth elements (REEs) on selected native and crop species growing in contaminated soils. PLOS one , Published June 15, 2015, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0129936.

Boutin C., Strandberg, B., Carpenter, D., Mathiassen, S.K., Thomas, P. 2014. Herbicide impact on native plant reproduction: what are the ecological and toxicological implications? Environmental Pollution. 185: 1-12.