Yves Prairie is a full professor of biology at the Université du Québec à Montréal. A founding member of the GRIL research center (a multi-university research centre in limnology since the early 1990s), he was its director for 9 years. His main research focus is on all aspects of carbon cycling in both lakes and reservoirs. He initiated and co-led the NCEAS working group on the role of lakes and reservoirs in the global carbon budget. He holds a UNESCO Chair in Global Environmental Change and was 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.