Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA)
Raoul-Marie Couture is an aquatic biogeochemist studying coupled elementary cycles in lakes, waterlogged soils and freshwater sediment, with a focus on such systems within the boreal zone. He holds a BSc in Chemistry (2004) from Laval University and a PhD in Aquatic Geochemistry (2010) from the University of Quebec, Canada. Since March 2017, he is the head of the section for Catchment Processes at the Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA). Concurrent with his position at NIVA, which he joined in 2013, he is appointed as a Research Associate Professor in the Earth and Environmental Sciences department at the University of Waterloo, Canada. Funded by the Research Council of Norway, Nordforsk and Water-JPIprojects, his research aims to understand how the
biogeochemical cycling of key elements responds to human activities and climatic factors, with the overarching goal of improving water quality. To achieve his research goals, he combines field work, instrumental analysis and process-oriented computer modelling. His publications have touched on the modelling of biogeochemical processes controlling seasonal anoxia and algae blooms in lakes, the speciation and fate of contaminant metals and metalloids, and the modelling of sediment-water interactions during early diagenesis.