Chair, Global Environmental Changes, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
Yves Prairie is a full professor of biology at the University of Quebec at Montreal (UQAM). A founding member of the GRIL research center (an multi-university research centre in limnology since the early 1990s), he was its director for nine years.
His main research focus is on all aspects of carbon cycling. He initiated and co-led the NCEAS working group on the role of lakes in the global carbon budget. He holds a UNESCO chair in Global Environmental Change and currently is the president of the International Society of Limnology (SIL).
His research interests combine carbon and nutrient biogeochemistry, statistical modelling of ecosystem processes, and physical limnology.