Gabriele MARTA

Professional Address

Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue (UQAT)
341, rue Principale Nord, bureau 5022
Amos (Québec) J9T 2L8
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I am a marine biologist from Italy. I’m interested in everything that concerns the effects of induced chemicals in ecosystems. My research focuses on the degradation of aquatic ecosystems in the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region due to several sources of pollution (e.g., mining, municipal and industrial activities). As part of my PhD, I will reconstruct the past community composition of Lake Osisko over the last 150 years using the environmental DNA from sediment core archives, I will compare the level of trace elements contamination in Osisko Lake to five other lakes with different levels of exposure to conventional (Cd, Cu, Zn, Pb, Cu, As, Se) and emerging (rare earth elements, Pd, Mo, Pt) contaminants, as well as their trophic transfer in the food web, and test the effect of rehabilitation efforts on the biological and ecological functions of Lake Osisko. In the past, I have also been interested in the impact of microplastics on the physiology of marine organisms.

Academic Background

  • Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences, Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue (UQAT), 2022- ongoing.

« The past, present and the potential future of metal-contaminated boreal lakes in the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region ».
Direction: Guillaume Grosbois (UQAT), Miguel Montoro Girona (UQAT), Maikel Rosabal (UQAM).

  • Master’s degree in Marine Biology at University of Pisa (UNIPI) (Italy), 2019-2021.

« Microplastic contamination in aquatic environments: study of the effects on benthic and pelagic organisms exposed to leachates and to microplastics mixed with sediment. »
Direction: Frenzilli Giada (UNIPI) and Arnaud Huvet (Ifremer).

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Sciences at University of Eastern Piedmont (UNIUPO) (Italy), 2015-2018.

« Microplastics in Mediterranean Sea: first observation on deep water rose shrimp. »
Thesis supervisor: Masini Maria Angela (UNIUPO) and Gioacchino Bono (CNR).

Keywords and areas of specilaisation

    • Ecotoxicology
    • Paleolimnology
    • Aquatic ecology