Claude Lavoie is a professional biologist. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Montreal (1988), a Master’s (1990) and a PhD (1994) in Biology from Laval University. He also had a postdoctoral visit at Laval University (1994-1995) and at the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research at the University of Colorado (1995-1996). He is the department head of the École supérieure d’aménagement du territoire et de développement régional (Graduate School of Regional Planning and Development) at Laval University, where he has also been teaching since 1996. He is an expert on matters relating to the planning of national parks. He has also conducted research in plant ecology in several national parks in Quebec, and has organized three seminars on scientific research in the parks.
He is also an expert in ecology and managing invasive plants, particularly in wetlands and along roadsides, for which he leads the research in PHRAGMITES, a multi-university research group on Phragmites invasion. He is also working on the impact of climate on the spread of harmful species and the development of tools to aid in the decision process regarding invasive plants.