- 2013 – Ph.D. in Water Sciences, INRS Eau Terre Environnement, Québec, Canada.
- 2006 – Masters in Water Sciences, INRS Eau Terre Environnement, Québec, Canada.
- 2003 – Specialized degree in Wildlife & Habitats Management, UQAR, Rimouski, Canada.
- 2002 – Bachelor in Biological sciences -Ecology and Environment, Montréal University, Montréal, Canada
Val works on understanding how different environmental variables, such as water temperature and flow, affect the habitat and physiology of key fish species. She aims to understand how aquatic ecosystems are changing to inform on restoration strategies and aquatic resources management, especially in the context of human-impacted systems and climate change. She is now focussing on diadromous fish, their interactions, and how the changes in marine and freshwater ecosystems affect their productivity.