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Clement P. Bataille
Assistant Professor
University of Ottawa
Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Advanced Research Complex (ARC)

Room 419

25 Templeton St. Ottawa, ON, K1N 6N5 
Office: (613) 562-5800 ext. 6736


March 01, 2018

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Dr. Clement Bataille (SAiVE lab) at the University of Ottawa is seeking a motivated graduate student to join his research group beginning in the Summer/Fall 2019 to develop models of isotope variations in river, tap waters and human tissues across Canada for applications in hydrology, ecology, archeology and forensic sciences.

The student will join ongoing, collaborative research projects investigating the cycling of hydrogen, sulfur and strontium isotopes from geological, hydrological and atmospheric sources to biological systems. The work will use databases, GIS and statistical methods to develop and test models predicting isotope variations in waters, humans and migratory animals. Outcomes from this work will have wide-reaching relevance to the fields of hydrology, ecology, archeology and forensic sciences. In addition to modeling activities, the successful candidate will gain some laboratory experience in isotope geochemistry and will conduct fieldwork to collect water samples across Canada. Potential collaborators include researchers at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, the University of Utah, as well as professionals at Public Safety Canada and the Canadian Armed Forces. 

The student will earn a MSc/Ph.D. in Geology and Environmental Sciences at the University of Ottawa (Ottawa, ON, Canada). Support will be provided via teaching assistantships, research assistantships, and tuition waivers, and the student will be encouraged to pursue independent grants.

The University of Ottawa is the largest bilingual university in North America and one of the top universities in Canada. Ottawa, the capital of Canada, is a dynamic, diverse and multicultural city surrounded by green spaces. The University of Ottawa, is located in the heart of the downtown and offers a unique opportunity to obtain both quality training in one of the best universities in Canada while developing a professional network with local, national and international partners.

Applicants must have a BSc or MS degree in geology, geography, or a related discipline with experience in geology, geochemistry or geomatics. Experience with spatial modeling and GIS is required. Knowledge of R, Phyton or other programming languages is preferred. Excellent verbal and written English communication skills are essential and French fluency is a plus. Interested individuals should contact Clement Bataille (cbataill@uottawa.ca). Please include a cover letter, your CV, list of references, and unofficial transcripts in a single pdf. Cover letter should be no more than a single page and should summarize your interest in this project, your future goals, and your relevant background. 

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a suitable candidate is identified.

December 07, 2018

First SAiVE Christmas party!

Nice Christmas party at Clement's house! Lots of fun and a great team-building event. Looking forward to the next one.

December 01, 2018

New grant CSSP-TI

Clement Bataille received a large grant by Canada Safety and Security Program to work on developing new isoscapes for forensic applications in Canada!

New SAiVE members coming soon.

November 29, 2018

Julian Kang at GSC Ottawa

Julian started using the GSC facility! This is a partnership between GSC and SAiVE lab to develop new Li isotope column chemistry! 

November 15, 2018

Megan Reich goes to the Entomological Society of America Conference

Biostats workshop and update about last migratory butterfly research!

November 01, 2018

New paper in Science about early human dispersal in the Americas!

Our paper in Science about human migration to colonize the Americas after the Last Glacial Maximum is receiving a huge amount of press.


October 31, 2018

SAiVE new member!

Callum Blaney has just received an UROP award to work in the SAiVE laboratory. He will work on measuring seasonal oxygen and hydrogen isotope variations in several tributaries of the Yukon River.

Welcome Callum!

October 31, 2018

New grant Seed Funding Opportunity

Clement Bataille received his first grant by the University of Ottawa to continue his work on Painted Ladies. 

September 24, 2018

SAIVE 1st group meeting

First SAiVE group meeting 2018 at the University of Ottawa! Excited to hear about everybody's research objectives and plan!

September 01, 2018

Painted ladies rock! New paper in Biology letters!

Hydrogen isotopes show that painted lady butterfly do a round-trip migration across the Sahara across several generations.

September 30, 2018

New paper in GSA Bulletin on climate controls of fluvial system in West Texas during the Paleogene

After one year of sitting in review our paper in GSAB was finally accepted. The Tornillo Group definitely shows some interesting allogenic climate controls! More work to come.

May 09, 2018

Lab news summer 2018

Clement P. Bataille will be traveling to North Carolina to finish some work related to his postdoctoral fellowship with Xiao-Ming Liu. He will also be traveling to Boston for the Goldschmidt conference in August.


Anaelle Fauberteau is finishing her MSc research project. We will be interviewed by radio Canada for the TV show Enquete to explain our advances in the strontium isotope geolocation tool.


Megan Reich will be driving throughout the eastern USA collecting Milkweeds for her MSc project.

Myunghak Kang will join the SAiVE lab in September working on isotope tracers in hydrology.

Victoria Lee will be working during the Summer on her honor research and the geochemistry of river water across the Peel River.

Samantha Zabudsky will start her honor project in the Fall.

September 27, 2017

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The project will involve a combination of experimental, analytical and numerical work to develop a novel isotopic tool to constrain the birthplaces of origin of  monarchs that overwinter in Mexico. Monarch numbers have decreased rapidly in the last few decades, and the outcomes of this project will help develop new management strategies to protect habitats and conserve the species.


Location: The home department for the selected student will be the department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Ottawa but the student will be co-advised by Tyler Flockhart (UMCES).

Field research will involve collecting plants and soils across the United States and Canada (Summer) and managing a team of volunteers.


Qualifications: Successful applicants will have a strong interest in and knowledge of ecology, conservation, geology, and geochemistry. Applicants must have an undergraduate degree in science with excellent academic standing and a valid driver license. Experience in field sampling, geology, clean laboratory isotope geochemistry and proficiency in GIS methods (ArcGIS, or R) will be an advantage. Domestic (Canadian) applicants and/or students eligible for international tuition waiver at University of Ottawa are preferred.

Contact information: Interested individuals should contact Clement Bataille (cbataill@uottawa.ca) & Tyler Flockhart (tyler.flockhart@umces.edu). Please include your CV, list of references, and unofficial transcripts in a single pdf. Applications sent by November 15th will be given full consideration.

The University of Ottawa encourages applications from all qualified individuals including members of visible minorities, native peoples, and people with disabilities. Preference will be given to Canadian citizens, permanent residents of Canada and/or students from francophone universities.

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Our Research Vision...

...to build on multidisciplinary collaborative approaches, advances in isotope geochemistry and geoinformatics, and open-access databases to better understand past and present biogeochemical processes as part of the integrated Earth system...




... to understand and predict the processes that contribute to isotope variability in the environment and to use this knowledge for geolocation and natural science applications...

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