Full Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Science
Office: 613-562-5800 ext. 6423
Work E-mail: dfortin@uOttawa.ca
Danielle Fortin has been a professor in the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Ottawa since 1997. Dr. Fortin did her graduate studies in Québec City where she obtained her BSc and MSc degrees at Laval University and her PhD in aqueous geochemistry at INRS-ETE (Université du Québec). Prior to joining the University of Ottawa, Dr. Fortin was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Microbiology at the University of Guelph and in the Department of Geology at the University of Toronto. Her field of research is environmental geomicrobiology, which is an interdisciplinary research discipline combining geochemistry, mineralogy and microbiology. Dr. Fortin is an associate editor of Applied Geochemistry and Geochemical Journal and has co-edited several special issues on bacteria–mineral interactions in various peer-reviewed journals. She is also a regular panel member of the NASA exobiology program.
Her ongoing research focuses on the microbial diversity of various groups of bacteria present in extreme environments (mine tailings, deep-sea vents, cold environments, etc.) and on the role of bacteria in the formation of biogenic nano-minerals. She is also interested in using biogenic minerals as potential biosignatures for the search for past and present life on Earth and other planetary bodies.
Type of Student Support She Seeks
Potential graduate students should have a background in earth and environmental sciences and a good knowledge of microbiology and aqueous chemistry.
Research Question Examples a Student She Supervises Could Work On
- Can biogenic iron-rich minerals persist in the environment under reducing conditions?
- Do biogenic iron-rich minerals transform to more stable mineral phases upon ageing?
- What are the physical and chemical processes involved in the nucleation and precipitation of biogenic iron-rich minerals?
- Does pH and dissolved oxygen gradients affect the formation of biogenic minerals and how?