Danielle Fortin
Danielle Fortin
Director, Environmental Science program
Full Professor

MSc, Université Laval (1987)
PhD, INRS-Eau (1992)

ARC 413
(613) 562-5800 ext. 6423

Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences


Dr. Fortin is interested in geomicrobiology, more specifically with the interactions between minerals/metals and bacteria in natural environments. Her research ranges from understanding the formation of biogenic minerals on bacteria and viruses, to the role of microorganisms in Biogeochemical metal cycling in extreme environments, including deep-sea vents and mine tailings.

Selected publications

  • Chi Fru, E., Ivarsson, M., Kilias, S.P., Bengtson, S., Belivanova, V., Marone, F., Fortin, D., Broman, C. and Stampanoni, M. Fossilized iron bacteria reveal pathway to biological origin of banded iron formation. Nature Communications, 4, 2050 | DOI: 10.1038/ncomms3050, 2013
  • Gault, A.G., Ibrahim, A., Langley, S., Renaud, R., Takahashi, Y., Boothman, C., Lloyd, J.R., Clark, I.D., Ferris, F.G. and Fortin, D. Seasonal changes in the mineralogy, geochemistry and microbial community of bacteriogenic iron oxides (BIOS) deposited in a circumneutral wetland. Geomicrobiol. J., 29, 161-172, 2012
  • Meier, J., Piva, A. and Fortin, D. Enrichment of sulfate-reducing bacteria and resulting mineral formation in media mimicking pore water metal ion concentrations and pH conditions of acidic pit lakes. FEMS Microb. Ecology, 79, 69-84, 2012
  • Kennedy, C.B., Gault, A.G., Clark, I.D., Fortin, D. and Ferris, F.G. Retention of Iodide by Bacteriogenic Iron Oxides. Geomicrobiology J., 28, 387-395, 2011
  • Avramescu, M.L., Yumvihoze, E., Hintelmann, H., Ridal, J., Fortin, D. and Lean, D.R.S. Biogeochemical factors influencing net mercury methylation in contaminated freshwater sediments from the St-Lawrence River in Cornwall, Ontario, Canada. Science of the Total Environment, 409, 968-978, 2011

Research interests

  • Geomicrobiology
  • Mine tailings
  • Biogenic minerals
  • Biosignatures
  • Sulfate-reducing bacteria
  • Iron-reducing bacteria