Dominique St. Hilaire

Instructor and Research Scientist

School of Ocean Technology
Fisheries and Marine Institute
Memorial University of Newfoundland
P.O. Box 4920
St. John's, NL
Canada A1C 5R3

Tel: (709) 778-0648
Fax: (709) 778-0794


Ph.D. Coastal geomorphology, Memorial University (2011)
B.Sc. Geography, Université Laval (2005)

Teaching Interests

  • Climatology
  • Marine Geology
  • Coastal Geomorphology
  • Applications of Underwater Acoustics
  • Field Deployment and Data Acquisition in Ocean Mapping

Research Interests

Dr. St-Hilaire’s research interests reside in understanding the morphodynamic response of coasts to changes in environmental variables such as storms, sea ice and sediment supply. Another important aspect of her research pertains to the impact of changing relative sea level on coastal dynamics. One original approach used by Dr. St-Hilaire is to extend her coastal surveys to the onshore and offshore zones adjoining the land-ocean interface. Using land-based mapping techniques, remote imagery and ocean mapping technologies, she is able to better understand coastal processes over a wide range of temporal and spatial scales.


St-Hilaire-Gravel, D., Forbes, D.L., Bell, T. 2015. Evolution and morphodynamics of a prograded beach-ridge foreland, northern Baffin Island, Canadian Arctic Archipelago. Geografiska Annaler: Series A, Physical Geography xx, 1–21. DOI:10.1111/geoa.12103.

Overduin, P.P., Strzelecki, M.C., Grigoriev, M.N., Couture, N., Lantuit, H., St-Hilaire-Gravel, D., Günther, F. and Wetterich, S. 2014. Coastal changes in the Arctic. In Martini, I. P.&Wanless, H. R. (eds) Sedimentary Coastal Zones from High to Low Latitudes: Similarities and Differences. Geological Society, London, Special Publications388, doi 10.1144/SP388.13.

St-Hilaire-Gravel, D., Forbes, D.L., Bell, T. 2012. Multi-temporal analysis of a gravel-dominated coastline in the central Canadian Arctic Archipelago. Journal of Coastal Research 28 (2), 421-441.

St-Hilaire-Gravel, D., Bell, T., and D.L. Forbes. 2010. Morphology and sedimentology of raised gravel beaches as proxy indicators of past sea-ice intensity, Canadian Arctic Archipelago. Arctic 63 (2), 213-226.

Ford, J., Bell, T., and St-Hilaire-Gravel, D. 2010. Vulnerability of community infrastructure to climate change in Nunavut: A case study from Arctic Bay. In: Hovelsrud, G.K. and Smit, B. (Eds.), CAVIAR – Community Adaptation and Vulnerability in Arctic Regions. Springer, 107-130.


Department of Geography

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