Laurent Fontaine


I have joined the section for Aquatic Biology and Toxicology as a PhD student under the supervision of Alexander Eiler. I have a background in biology from Université Laval (Canada) and as an exchange student at UiO. I have been focused on microbial ecology and biogeochemistry during my master studies where I studied bacteria and ectomycorrhizal fungi involved in mineral weathering and their role in plant nutrition in boreal forests. These microorganisms form a tripartite association with trees where the plant host provides sugars to the fungal partner acting as a nutrient transporter between the tree and mycelium-associated mineral-weathering bacteria.

I will be working on environmental genomics of northern lakes in the context of climate change, with particular attention on increased input of terrestrial dissolved organic matter. The structure and functions of freshwater bacterial communities will be coupled to water quality properties and gas fluxes in a model meant to predict ecosystem processes such as greenhouse gas emissions.


Fontaine, L., Thiffault, N., Paré, D., Fortin, J.-A., & Piché, Y. (2016). Phosphate-solubilizing bacteria isolated from ectomycorrhizal mycelium of Picea glauca are highly efficient at fluorapatite weathering. Botany, 94(12), 1183–1193.

Tags: Microbial ecology, Bioinformatics


  • Valiente Parra, Nicolas; Eiler, Alexander; Allesson, Lina; Andersen, Tom; Clayer, Francois & Crapart, Camille Marie [Show all 13 contributors for this article] (2022). Catchment properties as predictors of greenhouse gas concentrations across a gradient of boreal lakes. Frontiers in Environmental Science. ISSN 2296-665X. 10. doi: 10.3389/fenvs.2022.880619. Full text in Research Archive
  • Fontaine, Laurent; Khomich, Maryia; Andersen, Tom; Hessen, Dag Olav; Rasconi, Serena & Davey, Marie Louise [Show all 7 contributors for this article] (2021). Multiple thresholds and trajectories of microbial biodiversity predicted across browning gradients by neural networks and decision tree learning. ISME Communications. ISSN 2730-6151. 1. doi: 10.1038/s43705-021-00038-8.
  • Juottonen, Heli; Fontaine, Laurent; Wurzbacher, Christian; Drakare, Stina; Peura, Sari & Eiler, Alexander (2020). Archaea in boreal Swedish lakes are diverse, dominated by Woesearchaeota and follow deterministic community assembly. Environmental Microbiology. ISSN 1462-2912. 22(8), p. 3158–3171. doi: 10.1111/1462-2920.15058. Full text in Research Archive

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