Dr. Matthias Oursin, PDF

Matthias joined the Swamp laboratory in 2023 to contribute to the bioavailability project. The main objective is to assess the presence of heavy metals in the Athabasca River, which are likely to end up in the digestive systems of fish.

After graduating from the École d’Ingénieur Supérieure de Chimie de Lille, he went on to complete a Master’s degree in Denmark, specializing in the environment. He later pursued a doctorate at the University of Strasbourg in France. His thesis focused on the long-term impacts of acid rain on forest health, with particular focus on the forests from the French Vosges Mountains.

His academic career then led to a first post-doctoral contract at the Institut Agronomique Néo-Calédonien, in New Caledonia, where he studied the impact of nickel- and chromium-rich compost on tree growth.

Outside of his professional commitments, Matthias spends his free time exploring the secrets of the world around us. Whether it is the depths of the Pacific during scuba dives or the snow-capped peaks of the Rockies during the ski season, he loves discovering the diversity of the planet.