Institut des sciences de la mer de Rimouski (ISMER), Université du Québec à Rimouski
Daniel Bourgault obtained his PhD in 2001 in atmospheric and oceanic sciences at Mc Gill University. His thesis was about the circulation and turbulent mixing of the St. Lawrence Estuary. He then moved to the Department of Oceanography at Dalhousie University (Halifax) for a two-year postdoc where he specialized more on the study of internal waves in coastal seas. He obtained his first position as a professor at the Department of Physics and Physical Oceanography at Memorial University (St. John’s) in 2003 where he developed a research program oriented towards coastal mixing processes and internal waves. In 2009, he moved to the Institut des sciences de la mer de Rimouski where he has continued his program on ocean physics (turbulent mixing and internal waves) but also became increasingly interested in multidisciplinary oceanography and more specifically on problems where turbulent mixing and internal waves play a central role. Examples of this multidisciplinary approach include the understanding of turbulent nitrate vertical fluxes in coastal seas, the understanding of hypoxia in the St. Lawrence Estuary and the understanding of sediment resuspension by shoaling and breaking of internal waves on sloping boundaries. More recently, he has also became interested and involved in environmental issues related to the potential development of oil and gas in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.