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Welcome to the SAiVE Laboratory

The SAiVE Laboratory, Spatio-temporal Analytics of isotopes Variations in the Environment, was created by Clement P. Bataille in 2017. We are an interdisciplinary group hosted in the department of Earth and Environmental Sciences and in the department of Biology at the University of Ottawa.
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Growing up in a little village of southern France, close to the famous wine region of Bordeaux, I was drawn from an early age to consider the interactions of the geosphere and of the biosphere at large spatial scales. At the core of the wine making country is the notion of terroir, a land with unique geological, pedological, geographical, and climatic conditions that gives specific characteristics to the growing agricultural products. My childhood trained me to think about the natural world as a system with interconnected spheres. But it is not until I discovered isotope science, and the advances in geospatial and data science, that I understood how deep and broad I could investigate these interconnections.
Our group applies isotope and data science to solve problems ranging from understanding the habitability of the Earth across billions of years to tracking the migration of butterflies across Africa.
Clement P. Bataille
SAiVE Science
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Geospatial and Data Science

SAiVE objectives
Our planet is facing a global environmental crisis threatening natural resources and sustainable development. Isotopes are ubiquitous markers of provenance and/or natural processes routinely used across many scientific disciplines for environmental sustainability. The field of isotope geochemistry has grown exponentially over the last decades, millions of isotopic data were generated from all sort of substrates across the world.  The community is working on developing Isobank ,a global isotope database, to unlock the potential of isotope science to the broader scientific community. 

My research uses isotope science across scales and data science to pioneer and deploy isotope solutions for environmental sustainability. Over the last 10 years, I have pioneered 1) isotope geolocation tools for wildlife conservation and biosecurity applications and 2) isotope tracers for watershed sustainability and carbon sequestration applications.
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