Working Group 6

The drivers and management of urban biodiversity

The working group on urban biodiversity in Québec was formed with the ambition of setting the stage for a large research effort aiming to fill the knowledge gaps concerning the drivers of urban biodiversity in Québec and more generally. The group is also concerned with fostering management of urban biodiversity based on sound scientific research. As such, this research group is involved in the most current research questions.

Objectives of the group:
  • Provide an inventory of research on urban biodiversity in Quebec, Canada and abroad.
  • Stimulate thinking and collaborative research on biodiversity with input from researchers from natural and applied sciences, social sciences and planning disciplines.
  • Open new avenues of research, new collaborations and projects at all scales in an emerging field of multidisciplinary research.
  • Initiate the development of tools for management of biodiversity in urban areas in collaboration with stakeholders.
  • Strategically position Québec in this area of ​​research on the international scale.
  • Make contact with important researchers and research groups through conferences / workshops for the working group and associated students.
  • Channel social and institutional requests toward a group for an improved response as well as greater scientific and media impacts.
  • Train a new generation of scientists in this field.


  • Research questions:

  • What are the environmental, biological, cultural and social drivers of urban biodiversity?
  • Given these drivers, how should urban biodiversity be managed for the best interest of the resident populations?
  • Members

    Danielle Dagenais (Université de Montréal), Bernard Angers (Université de Montréal), Beatrix Beisner (Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)), Jacques Brisson (Université de Montréal), Jacques Brodeur (Université de Montréal), Luc Brouillet (Université de Montréal), Sylvie de Blois (McGill University), Ira Tanya Handa (Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)), Jochen Jaeger (Concordia University), Simon Joly (Université de Montréal), Lael Parrott (Université de Montréal), Stéphanie Pellerin (Université de Montréal), Fanie Pelletier (Université de Sherbrooke), Bernadette Pinel-Alloul (Université de Montréal), Sandra Breux (Université de Montréal), Alain Cogliastro (Institut de recherche en biologie vegetale, Université de Montréal), Gérald Domon (Université de Montréal), Pierre Drapeau (UQAM), Eric Duchemin (UQAM), Christian Messier (UQAM), Sylvain Paquette (Université de Montréal), Alain Paquette (UQAM), Philippe Poullaouec-Gonidec (Université de Montréal), Isabelle Thomas-Maret (Université de Montréal),