directed by Frédéric Maps

Researching complex bio-physical systems in Arctic Seas
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Studying trophic networks from home

COVID-19 is halting a lot of ecological research, especially projects which require field work or the use of specialized equipment. Luckily, even confined, it is still possible to study trophic networks from home. 

By Pascale Caissy, 25/05/2020

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Silikoplankton: a simple (and fun) interactive pelagic model


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Feeling the presence

Out of sight, out of mind?

By Frédéric Maps

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Computer bound to ocean free!

Once in a while a modeller gets an opportunity to out to sea and help collect samples that can be used later to validate their models or just to get practical oceanographic experience. I got to participate in the MSM83 cruise on board the Maria S. Merian research vessel gaining experience in CTD, ADCP and mooring work and learning a lot from experts in physical oceanography.

By Inge Deschepper

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Our Story

NEOLab is the Numerical Ecosystems and Oceanography Laboratory run by Frédéric Maps at Université Laval, Québec City (Canada).

Our lab's focused on the study of the marine environment through the use of numerical methods. We study (some) physical and (many) biological processes as well as the resulting/emerging bio-physical interactions. The use of numerical models and algorithmic approaches forms the common thread of our research. 

Frederic Maps is an oceanographer who was formed as a multidisciplinary environmental scientist, and our group of students and early career scientists shares this common interdisciplinary interest.

Our mission

NEOLab is an academic research laboratory where (under)graduate students can quench their thirst for answers, mainly by asking more questions...

We develop interdisciplinary research projects led by several Canadian and international collaborators from academia and governmental institutions, within which students can fully develop their own path.

Our ultimate goal is to contribute together to the common edification of scientific knowledge about the state and functioning of the rapidly changing Northern marine ecosystems. We also aim at fostering the transfer of information and development of solution based on cutting-edge observational and experimental science.

Research projects

Our research projects span several orders of complexity, from physiological processes that operate within the individual organisms to properties of complex trophic networks that emerge in response to the environment.

All of them have in common the need to better understand how the articulation of several mechanisms together allows natural systems to respond to their variable environment. We think that numerical approaches (models and algorithms) can be very useful to identify and quantify the crucial components producing theses complex responses. 

The major subjects of research that are currently pursued in NEOLab are: