Current Members of the Lab


Jean-Philippe Lessard
Concordia University Research Chair (2017-2022)
Concordia University Research Fellow (2016-2017)
Assistant Professor (2014-present) – Concordia University

Associate Editor: Journal of Animal Ecology



Tonia De Bellis

Tonia De Bellis (Visiting Researcher, FRQNT grant for CEGEP teachers)
Professor (2005 – present) – Dawson College
PhD (2002 – 2007) – Concordia University

Tonia is leading a project exploring mutualistic interactions between plants and mycorrhizal fungi in the context of biological invasions



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Javier Ibarra-Isassi (NSERC CREATE Scholarship; co-supervised by Tanya Handa)
PhD (2016-present) – Concordia University
MSc (2014-2016) – Universidade Estadual de Campinas
BSc Honours(2007-2012) – Universidad de El Salvador

Javier is interested in how the functional structure of ant communities varies across environmental gradients and how ant functional diversity can structure arthropod communities and influence ecosystem processes




Frédérique La Richelière (co-supervised by Ehab Abouheif)
MSc (2016-present) – Concordia University
BSc (2013-2016) – McGill University

Frédérique is investigating the evolutionary and ecological trends that lead to caste development in ant species on a global scale.




Gabriel Muñoz
PhD (2018-present) – Concordia University
MSc (2015-2017) – Universiteit van Amsterdam
BSc (2008-2013) – Universidad San Francisco de Quito



Isaac Eckert

Isaac Eckert (co-supervised by Martin Nuñez)
MSc (2018-present) – Concordia University
BSc (2013-2017) – McGill University

Isaac’s project aims to understand the effects of the Lodgepole pine invasion on microbial communities of alpine ecosystems in Patagonia, Argentina



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Victor Renaud (FRQNT Scholarship, co-supervised by Anouk Simard)
MSc (2018-present) – Concordia University
BSc (2015-2018) – Université Laval

Victor’s project aims to use large spatial scale data on the community composition of insects to develop indicators of climate change. This project is part of a collaboration with the Ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs, Québec


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Kelly MacDonald (CUSR Award)
BSc Honours (2018-present) – Concordia University

Kelly studies the effects of fish predation on the community structure and size distribution of dragonfly larvae. Her favourite odonate larva is Aeshna canadensis!



Serena Mohammed

BSc Honours (2018-present) – Concordia University

Serena’s project aims to determine whether the presence of fish in a lake influences interactions between odonates and their parasitic mites


Lab Alumni

François Brassard
MSc (2016-2018) – Concordia University
François worked on caste-specific determinants of morphological variation along abiotic gradients in North American ants

Sarah Ouimette (NSERC PGS M, co-supervised by Piero Calosi)
Msc (2016-2018) – Concordia University
Sarah worked on life-stage related differences in thermal tolerance of odonates and how they relate to their geographic distributions

Sergio Vega (MITACS Scholarship)
MSc (2016-2018) – Concordia University
Sergio’s research aimed to determine how land use affects native bee communities in Quebec blueberry fields

Katherine Hébert (NSERC PGS M, co-supervised by Virginie Millien)
MSc (2015 – 2017) – Concordia University
BSc Honours (2012 – 2015) – Concordia University
Katherine investigated the mechanisms underlying the assembly of insular mammal communities across the globe. She is now doing a PhD with Dominique Gravel at University of Sherbrooke.

Daniella LoScerbo (NSERC USRA)
BSc Honours (2016-2017) – Concordia University
Daniella studied the effects of mite parasitism on odonate community structure

Julie Arrowsmith
MSc (2014 – 2016) – Concordia University
Julie worked on the maintenance of regional diversity in Odonates. Specifically, she is interested in how habitat associations might mediate the relative importance of stochastic and deterministic processes in driving among-community variation in species composition.

Sean-Anthony Di Paolo 
BSc (2012 – 2016) – Concordia University
Sean asked whether spatial variation in the community structure of odonate adults can be predicted by that of larvae

Victoria Pompa
BSc Honours (2012 – 2016) – Concordia University
Victoria was interested in comparing the functional diversity of endomycorrhizal fungi on native and invasive Maple trees.