Dominique Lapointe

AlumniPost Doctoral Fellows - Alumni  (2013-2015)

Project: ‘Hot fish’: Protecting human food security and biodiversity in face of climate change impacts on inland fisheries.

I am primarily studying the physiological responses of fish facing changes in their environment. I am also interested in examining the ecological repercussions of these responses.

The ‘Hot fish’ project aims to provide information on the vulnerability of key tropical freshwater fishes to climate change using respirometry, as well as to improve the capacity of local communities to conduct research projects. The project addresses a time sensitive conservation problem, and will contribute to the protection of culturally and socio-economically important fish species in tropical regions.


2016- Present Research Scientist, St. Lawrence River Institute.

2013 – 2016 Postdoctoral Researcher, Carleton University, Ottawa, ON

2010 – 13 Postdoctoral Research Associate, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, The College of William & Mary, Gloucester Point, VA, USA

2010 Research associate, INRS – Centre Eau Terre Environnement, Quebec City, Canada

2004 – 10 Ph.D. in water sciences, INRS – Centre Eau Terre Environnement, Quebec City, QC   

2002 – 04 M.Sc. in biology, Université Laval, Quebec City, QC

2001 – 02 Research assistant, Université Laval, Quebec City, QC

1998 – 01 B.Sc. in biology, Université Laval, Quebec City, QC

Lab Publications (4)

  • Lawrence, M. J., E.J. Eliason, A.J. Zolderdo, D. Lapointe, C. Best, K.M. Gilmour and S.J. Cooke. 2019. Cortisol modulates metabolism and energy mobilization in wild-caught pumpkinseed (Lepomis gibbosus). Fish Physiology and Biochemistry. 45:1813-1828.

  • Lapointe D., M.S. Cooperman, L.J. Chapman, T.D. Clark, A.L. Val, M.S. Ferreira, J. Balirwa, D. Mbabazi, M. Mwanja, L. Chhom, L. Hannah, L. Kaufman, A.P. Farrell and S.J. Cooke. 2018. Predicted impacts of climate warming on aerobic performance and upper thermal tolerance of six tropical freshwater fishes spanning three continents. Conservation Physiology. 6(1):coy056.

  • Szekeres, P., E.J. Eliason, D. Lapointe, M.R. Donaldson, J.W. Brownscombe and S.J. Cooke. 2016. On the neglected cold side of climate change and its implications for fish. Climate Research. 69:239-245.

  • Coristine, L.E., C.M. Robillard, J.T. Kerr, C.M. O’Connor, D. Lapointe and S.J. Cooke. 2014. A conceptual framework for the emerging discipline of conservation physiology. Conservation Physiology. 2(1):cou033.

Other Publications

Lapointe, D., Vogelbein, W.K., Fabrizio, M.C., Gauthier, D.T., Brill, R.W. 2014. Temperature, hypoxia, and mycobacteriosis: effects on adult striped bass Morone saxatilis metabolic performance. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms. 108:113-127.

Lapointe, D., Pierron, F., & Couture, P. 2011. Individual and combined effects of heat stress and aqueous or dietary copper exposure in fathead minnows (Pimephales promelas). Aquatic Toxicology. 104: 80-85.

Greco, L., Pellerin, J., Capri, E., Garnerot, F., Louis, S., Fournier, M., Sacchi, A., Fusi, M., Lapointe, D., & Couture, P. 2011. Physiological effects of temperature and a herbicide mixture on the soft-shell clam Mya arenaria (Mollusca, Bivalvia). Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. 30(1): 132-141.

Lapointe, D., & Couture, P. 2010. Accumulation and effects of nickel and thallium in early life stages of fathead minnows (Pimephales promelas). Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety. 73: 572-578.

Lapointe, D., Gentès, S., Ponton, D., Hare, L. & Couture, P. 2009. The influence of prey type on nickel and thallium assimilation, subcellular distribution and effects in juvenile fathead minnows (Pimephales promelas). Environmental Science and Technology. 43(22): 8665-8670.

Lapointe, D. & Couture, P. 2009. Influence of exposure route on the accumulation and subcellular distribution of nickel and thallium in fathead minnows (Pimephales promelas). Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology. 57: 571-580.

Sylvestre, E.-L., Lapointe, D., Guderley, H. & Dutil, J.D. 2007. Thermal sensitivity of metabolic rates and swimming performance in two latitudinally separated populations of cod, Gadus morhua L. Journal of comparative Physiology B. 177: 447-460.

Lapointe, D., Guderley, H. & Dutil, J.D. 2006. Changes in the condition factor have an impact on metabolic rate and swimming performance relationships in Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua L). Physiological and Biochemical Zoology. 79(1): 109-119.

Guderley, H., Lapointe, D., Bédard, M. & Dutil, J.D. 2003. Metabolic priorities during starvation: enzyme sparing in liver and white muscle of Atlantic cod, Gadus morhua L. Comparative physiology and biochemistry A. 135: 347-356.