Dr. Daniel Fortier

Dr. Daniel Fortier

Biography

Daniel Fortier is an Associate Professor at Université de Montréal and the director of Geocryolab, with 20 years of experience in cold region geomorphology, geotechnical engineering, and permafrost science. His research monitors the dynamics of permafrost biogeosystems along a 4000-km latitudinal, and 5500- km longitudinal transect across North America. He studies the impact of loess sedimentation on the development, during the Pleistocene, of thick and extensive syngenetic eolian-derived permafrost deposits (yedoma) in non-glaciated regions of Alaska and Yukon (Beringia). In the eastern Arctic, he studies the impact of loess sedimentation on the aggradation of ground ice and the dynamics of syngenetic Holocene ice-wedge polygons and tundra ecosystems functions. His expertise in remote sensing and photogrammetry, permafrost coring, geophysical investigation of permafrost and physical characterization of sediments in the laboratory will be used in the current proposed project to characterize permafrost conditions impacted by eolian sedimentation at the landscape scale.