Samuel joined NSERC PermafrostNet in 2022 as a postdoctoral fellow affiliated with the University of Montreal. He continued the work initiated by Dr. Michel Paquette in Theme 1 on the Permafrost Information Network of Ground Observations (PINGO) and on the evaluation of the Ground Ice Map of Canada (GIMC).
Samuel is currently a postdoctoral fellow at Laval University in Québec city (Canada). He is a permafrost geomorphologist whose broad research interests examine the effects of climate change on permafrost stability and the impacts of permafrost thawing and ground ice melting on periglacial landscapes.
Samuel received his Ph.D. from Laval University in 2020 under the supervision of Dr. Michel Allard. His thesis investigated the impact of climate warming on the morphology and activity of ice wedges in the Narsajuaq River Valley (Nunavik) using an integrated approach (modelling, remote sensing, laboratory analyses) centered around fieldwork. He then went on to obtain a specialisation in cryostratigraphy by doing a postdoctoral fellowship with Dr. Daniel Fortier at the University of Montreal. He investigated the long-term stabilisation processes of thermo-erosion gullies on Bylot Island (Nunavut) and the performance of a geotechnical method to mitigate permafrost warming on a road embankment near Beaver Creek (Yukon). For his current position at Laval University, Samuel is pursuing an additional specialization looking at the role of ground ice in the development and stabilization processes of thermokarst lakes and drained basins in Old Crow Flats (Yukon).