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Jean Beaulieu

Research Scientist
Natural Resources Canada
Laurentian Forestry Centre
1055 du P.E.P.S.
P.O. Box 10380 Succ Sainte-Foy
Quebec, QC, G1V 4C7

Phone : (418) 648-5823
Fax : (418) 648-5849
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Research Interests

Jean Beaulieu is a forest geneticist who conducts research activities related to quantitative genetics, population genetics and forest genomics. In quantitative genetics, his main interests are on the estimation on genetic control of wood properties of spruces and their interrelationships to help tree breeders devise best breeding strategies. In population genetics, his research aims at understanding how the actual population structure was shaped by historical events and delineating guidelines for the conservation of genetic resources. Concerning his research activities in forest genomics, they aim at developing marker-assisted selection for wood traits in order to facilitate use of these traits as selection criteria in tree breeding programs.


  • Koubaa, A., S.Y. Zhang, N. Isabel, J. Beaulieu, M. Bernier-Cardou, and J. Bousquet. 2000. Correlations between juvenile-mature wood density and growth in black spruce.  Wood and Fiber Sci. 32: 61-71.
  • Morin, R., J. Beaulieu, M. Deslauriers, G. Daoust, and J. Bousquet. 2000. Low genetic diversity at allozyme loci in Juglans cinerea. Can. J. Bot. 78 : 1238-1243.
  • Senneville, S., J. Beaulieu, G. Daoust, M. Deslauriers, and J. Bousquet. 2001.   Evidence for low genetic diversity and metapopulation structure in canada yew (taxus canadensis): considerations for conservation. Can. J. For. Res. 31: 110-116.
  • Hernández, R., C. Bustos, Y. Fortin, and J. Beaulieu. 2001. Wood machining properties of white spruce from plantation forests. For. Prod. J. 51: 82-88.
  • Beaulieu, J., A. Rainville, G. Daoust, et J. Bousquet. 2001. La diversité génétique des espèces arborescentes de la forêt boréale. Le naturaliste canadien 125: 193-202.
  • Jaramillo-Correa, J.P., J. Beaulieu and J. Bousquet. 2001. Contrasting evolutionary forces driving population structure at ESTPs, allozymes and quantitative traits in white spruce. Mol. Ecol. 10: 2729-2740.
  • Fournier, D., D. Perry, J. Beaulieu, J. Bousquet  and N. Isabel. 2002. Optimizing expressed sequence tag markers polymorphisms by single-strand conformation polymorphism in spruces. Forest Genetic 9: 11-17.
  • Beaulieu, J., B. Girard and Y. Fortin. 2002. Effect of drying treatments on warping of 36-year-old white spruce seed sources tested in a provenance trial. Ann. For. Sci. 59: 503-509.
  • Beaulieu, J., B. Girard and Y. Fortin. 2003. Study of geographical variation in kiln drying behavior of plantation-grown white spruce. Wood Fiber Sci. 35: 56-67.
  • Jaramillo-Correa, J.P., J. Bousquet, J. Beaulieu, N. Isabel, M. Perron and M. Bouillé. 2003. Cross-species amplification of mitochondrial DNA sequence-tagged-site markers in Gymnosperms: the nature of polymorphism and variation within and among species in Picea. Theor. Appl. Genet. 106: 1353-1367.
  • Cloutier, D., D. Rioux, J. Beaulieu and D. Schoen. 2003. Somatic stability of microsatellite loci in eastern white pine, Pinus strobus L. Heredity. 90: 247-252.
  • Yu, Q., Y. Dian-Qing, S.Y. Zhang, J. Beaulieu and I. Duchesne. 2003. Genetic variation in decay resistance and its correlation to wood density and growth in white spruce (Picea glauca [Moench] Voss). Can. J. For. Res. 33: 2177-2183.
  • Beaulieu, J. 2003. Genetic variation in tracheid length and relationships with growth and wood traits in Eastern White Spruce (Picea glauca).Wood Fib. Sci. 35(4): 609-616.
  • Beaulieu, J., M. Perron and J. Bousquet. 2004. Multivariate patterns of adaptive genetic variation and seed source transfer in black spruce. Can. J. For. Res. 34(3): 531-545.
  • Zhang, S.Y., Q. Yu and J. Beaulieu. 2004. Genetic variation in veneer quality and its correlation to growth in white spruce. Can. J. For. Res. 34: 1311-1318.
  • Jaramillo Correa, J.P., J. Beaulieu and J. Bousquet. 2004. Variation in mitochondrial DNA reveals multiple distant glacial refugia in black spruce (Picea mariana), a transcontinental North American conifer. Mol. Ecol. 13: 2735-2747.
  • Andalo, C., J. Beaulieu and J. Bousquet. 2005. The impact of climate change on growth of local white spruce populations in Québec, Canada. For. Ecol. Manage. 205 : 169-182.
  • Koubaa, A., N. Isabel, S.Y. Zhang, J. Beaulieu and J. Bousquet, J. 2005. Transition from juvenile to mature wood in Picea mariana (Mill.) B.S.P. Wood and Fiber Sci. 37(3): 445-455.
  • Beaulieu, J. and A. Rainville. 2005. Adaptation to climate change : Genetic variation is both a short- and a long-term solution. For. Chron. 81(5): 704-709.
  • Godbout, J., J.P. Jaramillo-Correa, J. Beaulieu and J. Bousquet. 2005. A mitochondrial DNA minisatellite reveals the postglacial history of jack pine (Pinus banksiana), a broad-range North American conifer. Mol. Ecol. 14: 3497-3512.
  • Jaramillo-Correa, J.P., J. Beaulieu, F.T. Ledig and J. Bousquet. 2006. Postglacial history, population structure and considerations for the conservation of a threatened Mexican-endemic conifer inferred with mitochondrial and chloroplast DNA markers. Mol. Ecol. accepted
  • Beaulieu, J., S.Y. Zhang, Q. Yu and A. Rainville. 2006. Comparison between genetic and environmental influences on lumber bending properties in young white spruce. Wood and Fiber Sci. accepted