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Member of the Centre for Northern Studies, Université Laval

Member of the Ottawa - Carleton Geoscience Centre, University of Ottawa


Ph.D. Earth and Environmental Sciences, Ottawa - Carleton Geoscience Centre, Univerity of Ottawa

M.Sc. Environmental Sciences, Université du Québec à Montréal

B.Sc. Biological Sciences specialized in Ecology

Recognition award / Chemical Management Plan

Excellence award / Environment Canada


Martin Pilote Ph.D.

Physical Scientist - Environmental biogeochemistry specialized on the study of aquatic and atmospheric contaminants


Contribute to research on priority substances, such as nanoparticles, under the Chemical Management Plan (CMP), to research on the impacts of oil sands exploitation on the aquatic environment, and research on the transport and deposition of atmospheric Hg along the St. Lawrence River, under the Clean Air Regulatory Agenda (CARA).
  • Participate in the evaluation of the bioaccumulation of nanoAg and others nanoparticles, and assess the influence of environmental factors and impacts on the aquatic environment
  • Participate in the evaluation of the bioaccumulation and the dynamic of metals in the watershed of the Athabasca River, and assess the influence of environmental factors and the impacts of oil sands exploitation on the aquatic environment
  • Contribute to the evaluation of transport and deposition of total Hg and atmospheric Hg species along the St.Lawrence River
  • Contribute to the evaluation of greenhouse gases exchanges, CO2 et CH4, and to determine their modulation with specific changes of temperature and precipitation in subarctic and Arctic environments


Environmental studies

Hg and other inorganic contaminants

Polar research


Giraudo M., A. Bruneau, AD. Gendron, P. Brodeur, M. Pilote, DJ. Marcogliese, C. Gagnon, M. Houde, 2016, Integrated spatial health assessment of yellow perch (Perca flavescens) populations from the St. Lawrence River, Quebec, Canada) part A: physiological parameters and pathogen assessment. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 1-12 

Gagné F., P. Turcotte, M. Pilote, J. Auclair, C. André, C. Gagnon, 2016, Elemental profiles of freshwater mussel treated with silver nanoparticles: A metallomic approach, Physiology Part C Toxicology & Pharmacology, Doi: 10.1016/j.cbpc.2016.05.006

Gagnon C., M. Pilote, P. Turcotte, C. André, F. Gagné. 2016, Effects of exposure to zinc oxide nanoparticles in freshwater mussels in the presence of municipal effluents, Invertebrate survival journal 13: 140-152.

Bruneau, A., P. Turcotte, M. Pilote, F. Gagné, C. Gagnon. 2016, Fate of silver nanoparticles in wastewater and immunotoxic effects on rainbow trout. Aquatic Toxicology, 174: 70-81.

Bruneau, A., P. Turcotte, M. Pilote, F. Gagné, C. Gagnon. 2016, Fate and immunotoxic effects of silver nanopârticles on rainbow trout in natural waters, Journal of Nanomedicine & Nanotechnology 6(3): 1-10.

Steffen, A., C. Cole, C. Banic, C. Eckley, J. Graydon, R. Mintz, P. Ariya, A. Dastoor, M. Pilote, R. Tordon, L. Zhang, A. Ryzhkov and D. Durnford.2016, Canadian Mercury Science Assessment, Chapter 4: Atmospheric Processes, Transport, Levels & Trends, Environment Canada, Canada.

Steffen, A., Lehnherr, I., Cole, A., Ariya, P., Dastoor, A., Durnford, D., Kirk., J., Pilote., M., 2014, Atmospheric mercury in the Canadian Arctic. Part I: a review of recent field measurements, Science of the Total Environment, 509-510: 3-15.

Canario, J., L. Poissant, M. Pilote, C. Blaise, P. Constant, J.F. Férard and F. Gagné. 2014. Toxicity survey of Canadian Arctic marine sediments. Journal of Soils and Sediments. 14: 196-203.

Cole, A., A. Steffen, C. Banic, C. Eckley, J. Graydon, R. Mintz, P. Ariya, A. Dastoor, M. Pilote, R. Tordon, L. Zhang, A. Ryzhkov and D. Durnford. 2014. A survey of mercury in air and precipitation across Canada: patterns and trends, submitted to Atmosphere. 5: 1-x manuscripts; doi:10.3390/atmos50x000x

Gagné, F., J. Auclair, M. Fortier, A. Bruneau, M. Fournier, P. Turcotte, M. Pilote and C. Gagnon. 2013. Bioavailability and immunotoxicity of silver nanoparticles to the freshwater mussel Elliptio Complanata. Journal of toxicology and environmental health part A. 76 (13): 767-777.

Cole, A., A. Steffen, K. Aspmo, T. Berg, M. Pilote, L. Poissant and R. Tordon. 2013. Ten-year trends of atmospheric mercury in the Arctic and eastern Canada. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics. 13: 1535-1545.

Dunford, D., A. Dastoor, A. Ryzhkov, L. Poissant, M. Pilote and D. Figueras-Nieto. 2012. How relevant is the deposition of mercury onto snowpacks ? Part 2: A modeling study, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics. 12 (19): 9251-9274.

Lafleur, PM., ER. Humphreys, MC. Myklebust, L. Poissant, VL. St.Louis, T. Papakyriakou, JD. Barker, M. Pilote and K. Swysturn. 2012. Variation in Peak Growing Season Net Ecosystem Production Across the Canadian Arctic, Environmental Science and Technology, Environmental Science and Technology. 46 (15): 7971-7977.

Zhang, L., P. Blanchard, D. Johnson, A. Dastoor, A. Ryzhkov, CJ. Lin, K. Vijayaraghavan, D. Gay, TM. Holsen, J. Huang, JA. Graydon, VL. St. Louis, MS. Castro, EK. Miller, F. Marsik, J. Lu, L. Poissant, M. Pilote and KM. Zhang. 2012. Assessment of modeled mercury dry deposition over the Great Lakes region. Environmental Pollution. 161: 272-283.

Canario, J., C. Vale, L. Poissant, M. Nogueira M, M. Pilote, V. Branco, 2010, Mercury in sediments and vegetation in a moderately contaminated salt marsh (Tagus estuary, Portugal), journal of Environmental Sciences 22(8): 1151-1157.

Expertise Categories associated with this S&T Expert:

     Air Pollution & Quality
          Atmospheric chemistry
          Atmospheric transport
          Greenhouse gases
Arctic & Northern
          Atmospheric environment
          Heavy metals
     Climate Change and Processes
          Carbon sequestration
          Greenhouse gases
          Land Surface/Atmosphere Interactions
Nature & Wildlife
     Ecosystems & Habitats
          Arctic environment
          Great Lakes-St. Lawrence
          Hudson-James Bay
     Effects of Toxics
          Chemical and biological analysis
          Emerging chemicals
          Heavy metals
          Oil Sands
     Water Quality
          Inorganic Chemistry
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