Manon Picard


My pronouns

My degrees
BSc Biology, University of British Columbia

MSc Zoology, University of British Columbia

What I am now
PhD candidate

Email :          Twitter : @Manon_MM_Picard

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My research

My interest focuses on understanding how a species’ habitat affects its performance. Habitats are complex by being spatially diverse while withstanding multiple changes either from natural (e.g., water current) or anthropogenic (e.g., industrial development) sources. Species living in these changing habitats don’t always move or adapt fast enough to withstand those changes, therefore their performance can be diminished in certain conditions.

I have a particular interest for foundation species as they play a great role in providing habitats for other species in ecological communities. For instance, shell-forming organisms, such as bivalves, as well as large seaweeds, such as kelp, provide shelter and/or attachment for other organisms. Their importance lies also in the fact that they are low on the food chain and, therefore, benefit other species that can feed directly on them.

More specifically, my prior studies looked at how ocean acidification affects shell strength and growth of mussels and oysters. Now, based at SFU, I am looking at the distribution of kelp species in the Gulf of the St. Lawrence on Canada’s East coast. In the context of multiple stressors that are present near a large international port area, I am looking at answering the following questions. Why are species found where they are found and how might we expect that distribution to change in a context of anthropogenic and naturally-driven changes?

This understanding of how species respond to their habitat conditions will not only answer questions related to these foundation species but also to the species depending on them.

My PhD is funded by the Canadian Healthy Oceans Network.


Hollarsmith, J.A., Sadowski, J., Picard, M.M.M., Cheng, B., Farlin, J.P., Russell, A.D., and Grosholz E.D. 2020. Effects of seasonal upwelling and runoff on water chemistry and growth and survival of native and commercial oysters. Limnology and Oceanography 65(2), 224-235