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Research projects

Teaching and research are essential activities at the Gault Nature Reserve. The first scientific studies at the site date back to 1859. Famous scientists such as Sir John W. Dawson, T. Sterry Hunt and Brother Marie-Victorin have explored the vast forests of Mont Saint-Hilaire. Today there are over 400 scientific articles, nearly 100 graduate and postgraduate theses, more than 50 reports and approximately 30 chapters or books that have focused on Mont Saint-Hilaire.

Mont Saint-Hilaire has a worldwide reputation for the diversity of its minerals as well as its flora and fauna. The mountain is also covered by an old-growth forest that has never been cut since colonization.

The special nature of the mountain, its rich scientific history, its proximity to Montreal, its accommodations and its teaching and research facilities make it an exceptional venue for academic and scientific activities.

Resources for researchers

Planning your fieldwork

You must submit an online application to the Gault Nature Reserve before starting your fieldwork. Your application will be reviewed by the Executive Committee of the Reserve for approval.

To apply:

  1. Fill out the Research Application form. This form is also used for all housing, equipment, or support requests.
  2. The form will be forwarded to the Reserve staff, and you will be notified by email when your project is approved.

Once your project is approved:

  1. Please submit a signed Research Agreement to the Reserve staff and familiarize yourself with the Research Guide before your first visit.

Note: The Research Application Form is used to keep records of all research activity on the Reserve. These data are important to support future research projects.

Access to data

For more information on Mont Saint-Hilaire's biodiversity, consult our species lists.

For scientific data please contact David Maneli, Associate Director.

Bibliography of past research

Consult the list of publications to know more about past research taking place at Gault Nature Reserve.

Current research projects

Impacts of white-tailed deer browsing on white trillium

Long-term project of the Gault Nature Reserve

Affiliation: McGill University
Start date: 2006
Research area: Gault Nature Reserve

Using Drones and Thermal Imagery to Estimate White-Tailed Deer Overpopulation on Mont Saint-Hilaire

Savannah Bissegger O'Connor, B.Sc.

Supervisors: Dr. Tim Elrick and Prof. Jeffrey Cardille
Affiliation: McGill University
Start date: 2021
Research area: Gault Nature Reserve

A Case Study on Ticks and Lyme Disease: Exploring the Impacts of Humans on Wildlife, Ecosystem Health and Disease Risk.

Kari Hollett, M.Sc.

Supervisor: Prof. Virginie Millien
Affiliation: McGill University
Start date: 2021
Research area: Gault Nature Reserve

The Effect of Contaminants on Mercury Buildup in Aquatic Food Webs

Maude Lachapelle, Ph.D.

Supervisors: Prof. Irene Gregory-Eaves et Dr. Zofia Taranu
Affiliation: McGill University and Environment and Climate Change Canada
Start date: 2021
Research area: Lac Hertel

Interactive impacts of global change on freshwater plankton: implications for lake food web structure and function

Marie-Pier Hébert, Ph.D.

Supervisor: Professor Gregor Fussmann
Affiliation: McGill University
Start date: 2016
Research area: Lac Hertel

As climate warms, mice morph

Professor Virginie Millien

Affiliation: McGill University
Start date: 2007
Research area: Gault Nature Reserve

LEAP (Large Experimental Array of Ponds)

Supervisor: Prof. Andrew Gonzalez
Affiliation: McGill University
Start date: 2016
Research area: Gault Nature Reserve

Finding Common Ground: How Hikers Influence White-Tailed Deer Space-Use Patterns in a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve

Frédérique Truchon, M.Sc.

Supervisors: Prof. Virginie Millien and Prof. Martin-Hugues Saint-Laurent
Affiliation: McGill University and Université du Québec à Rimouski
Start date: 2018
Research area: Gault Nature Reserve

Monitoring the Effects of Herbicides on Bacterioplankton

Emma Derrick, M.Sc.

Supervisor: Prof. Jesse Shapiro
Affiliation: McGill University
Start date: May 25th, 2022
Research area: LEAP

Assessing the Impact of Surrounding Microbial Community Interactions on Rhizobium Following Herbicide Stress

Maxime Guglielmetti, B.Sc.

Supervisor: Prof. Rowan Barrett
Affiliation: McGill University
Start date: 2022
Research area: LEAP

Pollination services are mediated by bee functional diversity and landscape context

Kyle Texeira-Martins, M.Sc.

Supervisor: Prof. Martin Lechowicz
Affiliation: McGill University
Start date: 2010
Research area: Gault Nature Reserve and surrounding area

Ecological and evolutionary response of phytoplankton to rising CO2

Étienne Low-Decarie, Ph.D.

Supervisor: Gregor Fussmann (Ph.D.) Affiliation: McGill University
Start date: 2012
Research area: Gault Nature Reserve and surrounding area

Flora evolution at Gault Nature Reserve

Robin Beauséjour, M.Sc.

Supervisor: Prof. Marc Vellend
Affiliation: Sherbrooke University
Start date: 2011
Research area: Gault Nature Reserve

The effects of landscape structure and biodiversity on ecosystem services

Matthew Mitchell, Ph.D.

Supervisor: Prof. Elena Bennett
Affiliation: McGill University
Start date: 2011
Research area: Gault Nature Reserve and surrounding area

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