Raoul-Marie Couture, Ph.D.
I am an aquatic biogeochemist focusing on coupled biogeochemical cycles in lakes, waterlogged soils and freshwater sediment. My work, currently funded by the Research Council of Norway, Nordforsk and Water-JPI projects, aims to understand how the cycling of key chemical elements responds to human activities and climatic factors, with the overarching goal of improving water quality. To achieve these research goals, I combines field work, instrumental analysis and process-oriented computer modelling. My publications touch on the modelling of biogeochemical processes controlling seasonal anoxia and algae blooms in lakes, the geochemistry of contaminant metals and metalloids, and the modelling of sediment-water interactions during early diagenesis. Concurrent with my position at NIVA, where I lead the section for Catchment Processes, I am also appointed Research Associate Professor at the University of Waterloo, Canada. I am a member of the Geochemical Society, and I participate in the Global Lake Ecological Observatory Network


CURRENT PROJECTS 
-Research Council of Norway-RCN (#244558) Lakes in Transition: A biogeochemical modelling approach (PI)
-Nordic Research Council-Nordforsk  (#74306) e-Infrastructure for river-basin modelling (PI)
-EU Water JPI (#159) PROGNOS - Predicting lake response to changes using real-time models (Co-applicant)

POSITIONS HELD
2017-now Section Leader, Norwegian Institute for Water Research-NIVA, Oslo, Norway
2016-17 Senior Researcher, Norwegian Institute for Water Research-NIVA, Oslo, Norway
2013-15 Researcher, Norwegian Institute for Water Research-NIVA, Oslo, Norway
2017-now Research Associate Professor, Ecohydrology, University of Waterloo, Canada
2011-17 
Research Assistant Professor, Ecohydrology, University of Waterloo, Canada
2010-11 Postdoc, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA (advisor: Philippe Van Cappellen).
2009-10 Marie-Curie ESR, CNRS, Aix-en-Provence, France (6 months; advisor: Jérôme Rose).
2008 Visiting researcher, Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands (4 months).
2005 & 2006 
Visiting researcher, IFREMER, Nantes, France (3 months).


EDUCATION
2005-2010
2001-2004    
Ph.D., Water Sciences, INRS-ETE, University of Quebec, Canada (advisor: Charles Gobeil)
B.Sc., Chemistry, Université Laval, Canada