QCBS infrastructure

QCBS members have access to a unique set of large scale infrastructures.  

Name Type – university affiliation
Lyman Entomological Museum Biological collection – McGill University The collection houses 2.8 million specimens of insects and other arthropods, making it the second largest insect collection in Canada, and the largest university insect collection in the country. Also hosts a systematic entomology laboratory.
 Redpath Museum Biological collection – McGill University A natural history museum, with paleontological, geological, zoological and ethnological collections, and classrooms. The research at the museum is based on evolution, from the study of 3.5 billion years of life history on Earth, to the observation of species and contemporary systems.
 University of Montreal Biodiversity Centre Biological collection and laboratory facility – Université de Montréal Resulting from a partnership between the University of Montreal and the Montreal Botanical Garden; it gathers, in one place, collections of plants, insects and fungi; state of the art laboratories, an evolving information network on biodiversity; teaching classes and an exhibition hall for the general public.
Montreal Botanical Garden Biological collection – Université de Montréal Owing to its collection of 22000 plant species and cultivars, its 10 exhibit greenhouses, its 30 themed gardens, its researcher team and its animation programs, the Montreal Botanical Garden is among the most important botanical gardens in the world.
McGill University Herbarium  Biological collection- McGill University The herbarium comprises more than 140,000 plant specimens that document the research activities of McGill staff and students over the past century and serve as a rich source of research material for biologists.
 Online biological database Biological database – Many The QCBS has grouped in BAM!, an open-access database, the geolocation data of 6062 scientific articles carrying 2734 animal names. BAM! is part of Quebio, an enlarged knowledge base on the inventory of land biodiversity data. VASCAN, a complete database of vascular plants from Canada, containing 655 000 entries, of which 323 000 are geolocalised, has also been put online by QCBS members.
 QCBS data servers Computing facility – McGill University Two hard disks, with a capacity of 2 terabytes each, are available for QCBS members to store their data.
 High Performance Computational Cluster Computing and calculus facility – UQAR The computational cluster has the capacity of approximately 6000 processors, to create simulations and analyze data.
Gault Nature Reserve Field station – McGill University The reserve is located in Mont St. Hilaire. The old-grown forest of the mountain bearing high diversity, its rich history of scientific investigation, its proximity to Montreal, and the availability of laboratory and lodging facilities on the site all combine to make the Gault Nature Reserve an exceptional venue for university teaching and research.
McGill Arctic Research Station (M.A.R.S.) Field station – McGill University Established in 1960 at Expedition Fjord on Axel Heiberg Island in the Canadian high Arctic, it is one of the longest-operating seasonal field research facilities in the high Arctic. It can accommodate 12 persons and provides access to a glacier, ice cap and polar desert environments. Research activities include glaciology, climate change, permafrost hydrology, geology, geomorphology, limnology, planetary analogues and microbiology.
McGill Sub-Arctic Research Station (MSARS) Field station – McGill University It is located in Schefferville, Quebec, near the Labrador border, in vast lichen woodland and alpine tundra. The station offers year-round (summer and winter) access to wet and dry laboratories and a library. Trucks, snowmobiles, boats, and all-terrain vehicles are also available.
Molson Reserve Field station – McGill University The reserve is located 10 minutes from the Macdonald Campus. The 51 hectare parcel of land consists of forest, woodland marshes, swamps and wetland, and provides habitat for wildlife and plant species, some of which are unique to the area.
 Network of forest ecosystem monitoring plots Field station – UQAR This facility consists of three permanent plots, intended for monitoring the demography, environment and biodiversity in forest regions between temperate and boreal forests. The sites are located in the Bic National Park in Bas-St-Laurent (10 ha), the ecological reserve of the Monts Sutton in Cantons de l’Est (20 ha) and the ecological reserve of Ruisseau Clinchamps in Abitibi (5 ha).
ISMER aquaculture laboratory Field station – UQAR The marine aquaculture station is located on the shore of the Saint Laurent Estuary. The station is equipped with an efficient sea water pumping system allowing a variety of high end research in aquaculture, marine biology and ecotoxicology year-round.
Station de biologie des Laurentides (SBL) Field station – University of Montréal The station occupies a territory of 16.4 sq. km of deciduous forest leased from the Crown. It is a centre for research and university training for the development of future leaders in ecological and environmental sciences. The SBL is also an observatory and reference site for the effects of climate change and the use of the land on aquatic and terrestrial environments.
La Huardière Ecological Station Field station – UQAM The UQAM field courses are offered at La Huardière Ecological Station at St-Michel-des-Saints. The station comprises of a complex of workrooms and local lodging, and the ZEC territory constitutes a fantastic site for the ecological study of yellow birch maple grove, whether with regards to animals, vegetation or aquatic environment.
Remote sensing Field tool – UQAR This facility consists of satellite technology to study predators facing climate change.
Wilder and Helen Penfield Nature Conservancy Field station – McGill University The station offers laboratories equipped for most limnological analyses. The building includes a wet lab, and indoor accommodation. Vehicles and power boats are available. As well as shoreline, the land attached to the station includes about a square kilometre of forest. Streams, rivers and more than 30 nearby lakes and ponds offer a wide range of study sites. The station is open from May to October.
Morgan Arboretum Field station and biological collection – McGill University A 245 hectare forest reserve used for teaching, research and public education about the management of forest resources. Most of Quebec’s native tree species are found there, and the site holds 18 collections of trees and exotic shrubs, some 30 mammal species, 20 reptile and amphibian species and more than 170 bird species.
Complexe des serres de haute performance Laboratory facility – Laval University The greenhouses are equipped with systems that allow the precise control of climate (temperature, relative humidity, light) and fertilisation. This greenhouse complex is one of the most sophisticated in Canada. There, researchers work on the restoration of bogs, filter marshes, gas exchange in culture substrates, biopesticides, predators of harmful insects and the production of  plant cuttings.
Coriolis II Portable laboratory facility and field station – UQAR An ultramodern, polyvalent, 50 metres-long ship with state-of-the-art equipment, dedicated to teaching and research in ice-free marine environment.  It can be used as oceanographic vessel or for location and beaconing activities, or even to fight pollution.
Institut de biologie intégrative et des systèmes (IBIS) Laboratory facility – University Laval IBIS and its highly qualified staff manage three platforms for molecular imaging and microscopy, last generation sequencing and quantitative biology via bio-informatics, and offers its services to the university community within the University of Laval and outside, for the acquisition and analysis of data.
Animal ecophysiology laboratory Laboratory facility – UQAR The climatic chambers (total of 102 square metres) allow to control the temperature between -25 and 30 °C. The animal facilities is complete with an aviary for breeding in semi-controlled conditions.
Laboratory for Experimetnal Ecology and Evolution (LE3) Laboratory facility – McGill University The core of the LE3 is a highly automated robotic system adapted for experimental microbiology. Material from the experiments is passed to a sample acquisition and processing lab that is equipped with ovens, cryogenics, centrifuges and filtration apparatus for preparing samples. The analytical lab can do chromatography and has a PAM fluorometer, an atomic absorption spectrophotometer and a spectrofluorometer.
Laboratory of Fish Community Ecology Laboratory facility – UQAM This facility includes: three artificial streams each containing two pools and a riffle section; a field vehicle; three swimming tanks with respirometry; 80 sounds for measuring flow dynamics and 120 sounds for measuring temperature of streams; fast camera to measure burst swimming; software to measure fish behaviour; aquatic facility for fish growth and experimental tanks; laser scanner for fish morphology.
Landscape Ecology and Environmental Impact Assessment Lab  Laboratory facility – Concordia
Molecular Ecological Analysis Lab (MEGA) Laboratory facility – McGill University MEGA is a genotyping facility consisting of equipment for automated DNA extraction, regular and real time PCR, capillary separation of nucleotides, and computer analysis. The facility is located in Daniel Schoen’s laboratory and its numerous applications include assessment of diversity, species identification, and analysis of gene flow.
Phytotron Laboratory facility – McGill University The 38 growth chambers and 10 greenhouse zones provide a diverse array of precisely controlled environments for the growth of experimental plants and many other types of organisms. The Phytotron is shared by a wide range of scientific users who conduct research on basic and applied problems in cell, developmental, organismal biology as well as in ecology and evolution.
Primate Health Lab Laboratory facility – McGill University The laboratory is set up to analyze primate fecal samples for parasites (mainly helminthes and protozoa) that can then be associated with physical, geographic, and environmental factors. The laboratory is equipped with Leica DM2500 microscope, IEC Centra MP4 centrifuge, fume hood, slide supplies and staining equipment.
Research Centre for Structural and Functional Genomics (CSFG) Laboratory facility – Concordia The CSFG is equipped with a full range of instruments for microscopy, microarraying, proteomics, molecular biology, cell culture, and bioinformatics. It comprises of a dynamic, multi-disciplinary team of people, including biologists, biochemists and bioinformaticians.
TOXEN Laboratory facility – UQAM The TOXEN Centre is an inter-institutional centre with mission the development of basic and applied research projects that aim to provide a better understanding of chemical contaminants in the environment, including their movement, transformations and related biological effects.
Coeur des Sciences Meeting and media facility – UQAM The “Coeur des sciences” is a scientific cultural centre that aims to contribute to the development of public scientific culture and its promotion as an integral part of culture. It offers activities such as conferences, debates, scientifics shows, scientific urban circuits, science workshops, exhibitions or film projections.
QCBS platform On-line platform – McGill University The QCBS has an excellent broadcasting platform on its website qcbs.ca, its monthly newsletter, and its Wiki where detailed protocols and computer programs are explained. A Q&A site for questions on biodiversity science, and a Vimeo account for video sharing complete the electronic platform of the QCBS.