Michel Lapointe

Prof. Michel Lapointe

Prof. Michel Lapointe
Associate Professor

Dept. of Geography, 
McGill University 
Room 619, Burnside Hall 
805 Sherbrooke St. W. 
Montreal, QC, H3A 2K6 
Tel: (514) 398-4959 
Fax:(514) 398-7437 
michel.lapointe [at] mcgill.ca (E-mail)

I am a fluvial geomorphologist. My major area of interest  is the eco-geomorphology of river landscapes, the study of how fluvial processes affect fish habitats, fish populations  and  other forms of riverine resources.  



Academic background

  • PhD Geography, UBC (1990)


Research interests


Member of CIRSA, the Centre Interuniversitaire de Recherche sur le Saumon Atlantique.

ball6.gif (146 bytes)  The geomorphology of salmonid habitat: spawning substrate composition and stability, pool-riffle dynamics and hydraulics, fish habitat.
ball6.gif (146 bytes)  Impacts of stream channelisation.
ball6.gif (146 bytes)  Controls on channel pattern type.
ball6.gif (146 bytes)  1D and 2D numerical modelling of channel hydraulics, gravel transport and long profile stability.
ball6.gif (146 bytes)  Geomorphic impacts of floods.
ball6.gif (146 bytes)  Effects of forestry practices on stream habitat for salmonids.

Current projects

ball6.gif (146 bytes) Remote Sensing of Riverine habitats
ball6.gif (146 bytes) Quantifying hydro-electric flow regime alteration in a regional context
ball6.gif (146 bytes) Understanding the geomorphic impacts of hydro-damming on river ecosystems

Selected Publications

ball6.gif (146 bytes) M. Lapointe, 2012. River geomorphology and salmonid habitat: some examples illustrating the complexity of their association, from redd to riverscape scales. Chapter 17 in Gravel-bed Rivers: Processes, Tool, Environments. Church, M., Biron, P. and Roy, A., editors. Chichester, John Wiley and Sons. pp. 193-215

ball6.gif (146 bytes) Jan Franssen, Pepino, M., Lapointe, M., Magnan, P. Alternative tactics in spawning site selection by brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) related to incubation microhabitats in a harsh winter environment,   Freshwater Biology (2013) 58, 142–158

ball6.gif (146 bytes) Jan Franssen, Catherine Blais, Michel Lapointe, Francis Bérubé, Normand Bergeron, Pierre Magnan, 2012. Asphyxiation and entombment mechanisms in fines rich spawning substrates: experimental evidence with brook trout embryos. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. 69 (3) , pp. 587-599

ball6.gif (146 bytes) Davey, C . and Lapointe, M. In Press. Sedimentary links and the spatial organization of Atlantic salmon ( Salmo salar ) spawning habitat in a Canadian Shield river. Geomorphology .

ball6.gif (146 bytes) Levasseur, M., N. Bergeron, M. Lapointe and F. Bérubé. 2006 . Effects of silt and very fine sand dynamics in Atlantic salmon (salmo salar) redds on embryo hatching success Can. J. Fish. Aquat. Sci .: 63: 1450-1459

ball6.gif (146 bytes) Burge, L.M . 2005. Wandering Miramichi rivers, New Brunswick , Canada . Geomorphology , 69: 253-274

ball6.gif (146 bytes) Zimmerman, A and Lapointe, M. 2005 Intergranular flow velocity through salmonid redds: sensitivity to fines infiltration during low intensity sediment transport events. Rivers Research and Applications , 21: 865-881

ball6.gif (146 bytes) Biron, P.M., Robson, C. Lapointe, M.F. and Gaskin, S.J. 2005 Three-dimensional flow dynamics around deflectors. River Research and Applications , 21: 961-975

ball6.gif (146 bytes) Biron, P.M., Robson, C ., Lapointe, M.F. and Gaskin, S.J., 2004. Deflector designs for fish habitat restoration. Environmental Management: 33 (1): 25-35

ball6.gif (146 bytes) Lapointe, M. F., Bergeron, N. et Bérubé, F., M-A Pouliot and P. Johnston, 2004 . Interactive effects of substrate sand and silt contents, redd-scale hydraulic gradients and intersticial velocities on egg to emergent survival of Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar). Can J. Fish. Aquat. Sci .: 61(12): 2271-2277

ball6.gif (146 bytes) Coulombe-Pontbriand, M and M. Lapointe. 2004. Landscape controls on boulder-rich, winter habitat availability and their effects on Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) parr abundance in two fifth-order mountain streams Can J. Fish. Aquat. Sci, 61:648-658

ball6.gif (146 bytes) Coulombe-Pontbriand, M and M. Lapointe. 2004. Geomorphic controls, riffle substrate quality and spawning site selection in two semi-alluvial salmon rivers in the Gaspé Peninsula, Canada . Rivers Research and Applications , 20: 577-590

ball6.gif (146 bytes) Talbot, T et M. Lapointe, 2002. The modes of response of a gravel bed river to meander straightening : the case of the Sainte-Marguerite River . Water Resources Research ; Vol 38 (no 6) pp 9-1 to 9-7

ball6.gif (146 bytes) Talbot, T et M. Lapointe, 2002. Numerical modeling of a gravel bed river's response to meander straightening: the coupling between the evolutions of the bed pavement and long profile. Water Resources Research Vol 38 (no 6) pp. 10-1 to 10-10

ball6.gif (146 bytes) Eaton, B. et M. Lapointe. 2002. Effects of large floods on sediment transport and reach morphology in the cobble-bed Sainte-Marguerite River . Geomorphology, 40 : 291-309

ball6.gif (146 bytes) Guay, J.C., Boisclair, D., Rioux, D., Leclerc, M., Lapointe, M. and Legendre, P., 2000. Development and validation of numerical habitat models for juveniles of atlantic salmon (S almo salar). Can J. Fish Aquat. Sci . 57 : 2065-2075.

ball6.gif (146 bytes) Lapointe, M., Eaton, B., Driscoll, S. and Latulippe C. , 2000. Modeling the probability of salmonid egg pocket scour due to floods. Can J. Fish Aquat. Sci ., vol 57, pp 1120-1130

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