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Holt BG, Fritz SA, Lessard JP, Marx FG, Rahbek C. Tackling the marine speciation paradox: a case study with marine mammals.

Arrowsmith J*, Nagaraju NK, Larivée M, Turgeon J, Lessard JP. Environmental filtering along an acidity gradient shapes the structure of odonate assemblages.

Beaudrot, L., Acevedo, M., Lessard, J.P., Zvoleff, A., Jansen, P.A., Fletcher, C., Larney, E., O’Brien, T., Rovero, F., Sheil, D., Andelman, S. and J. Ahumada. (In prep). ​Rapid elevational shifts in tropical forest mammals: Simultaneous effects of temperature change and ecological similarity.

Chick LD, Lessard JP, Dunn RR, Sanders NJ. The geography of ecology: the interplay between biotic and abiotic factors on species distributions and diversity.

Wang Y, Hebert K, Lessard JP, Millien V. Nestedness and trait-based analyses support the role of selective extinction as a key determinant of assemblage structure in insular mammals




Holt BG, CostGEB covera GC, Penone C, Lessard JP, Brooks TM, Davidson AD, Hedges BS, Radeloff VC, Rahbek C, Rondinini C, Graham CH. (in press) Environmental variation is a major predictor of global trait turnover in mammals. Journal of Biogeography

Mazel F, Wüest RO, Lessard JP, Renaud J, Ficetola GF, Lavergne S, Thuiller W. (2017). Global patterns of β-diversity along the phylogenetic timescale: the role of climate and plate tectonics. Global Ecology and Biogeography doi:10.1111/geb.12632.

Daru BH, Holt BG, Lessard JP, Yessoufou K, Davies TJ. (in press) Phylogenetic regionalization of marine plants reveals close evolutionary affinities among disjunct temperate assemblages. Biological Conservation doi:10.1016/j.biocon.2016.08.022.

Gibb H, Dunn RR, Sanders NJ, Grossman BF, Photakis M, Abril S, Agosti D, Andersen AN, Angulo E, Armbrecht I, Arnan X, Baccaro FB, Bishop TR, Boulay R, Brühl C, Castracani C, Cerda X, Del Toro I, Delsinne T, Diaz M, Donoso DA, Ellison AM, Enriquez ML, Fayle TM, Feener DH, Fisher BL, Fisher RN, Fitzpatrick MC, Gómez C, Gotelli NJ, Gove A, Grasso DA, Groc S, Guenard B, Gunawardene N, Heterick B, Hoffmann B, Janda M, Jenkins C, Kaspari M, Klimes P, Lach L, Laeger T, Lattke J, Leponce M, Lessard J-P, Longino J, Lucky A, Luke SH, Majer J, McGlynn TP, Menke S, Mezger D, Mori A, Moses J, Munyai TC, Pacheco R, Paknia O, Pearce-Duvet J, Pfeiffer M, Philpott SM, Resasco J, Retana J, Silva RR, Sorger MD, Souza J, Suarez A, Tista M, Vasconcelos HL, Vonshak M, Weiser MD, Yates M and Parr CL. (2017) A global database of ant species abundances. Ecology  doi:10.1002/ecy.1682




Lessard JP, Weinstein B, Borregaard MK, Marske KA, Rojas, D, McGuire JA, Parra JL, Rahbek C, Graham CH. (2016) Process-based species pools reveal the hidden signature of biotic interactions amid the influence of temperature filtering. The American Naturalist 187: 75-88. [PDF]



Davidai N, Westbrook J, Lessard JP, Hallam T, McCracken G. (2015) The importance of natural habitats to Brazilian free-tailed bats in intensive agricultural landscapes in the Winter Garden Region of Texas, United States. Biological Conservation 190:107-114 [PDF]

Gibb H, Sanders NJ, Dunn RR, Photakis M, Abril S, Andersen AN, Angulo E, Armbrecht I, Arnan X,  Baccaro FB, Boulay R, Castracani C, Del Toro I, Delsinne T, Diaz M, Donoso DA, Enríquez ML, Fayle TM, Feener Jr. DH, Fitzpatrick MC, Gómez C, Grasso DA, Groc S, Heterick B, Hoffmann BD, Lach L, Lattke J, Leponce M, Lessard JP, Longino J, Lucky A, Majer J, Menke SB, Mezger D, Mori A, Paknia O, Pearce-Duvet J, Pfeiffer M, Philpott S, de Souza JLP, Tista M, Vonshak M, Parr CL. (2015) Climate regulates the effects of disturbance on ant assemblage structure. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 282: 20150418 [PDF]

Jønsson KA, Lessard JP, Ricklefs RR. (2015) The evolution of morphological diversity in continental assemblages of passerine birds. Evolution 69: 879-889 [PDF]

Blonder B, Nogués-Bravo D, Borregaard MK, Donoghue J, Jørgensen PM, Kraft NJB, Lessard JP, Morueta-Holme N, Sandel B, Svenning JC, Violle C, Rahbek C, Enquist BJ. (2015) Linking environmental filtering and disequilibrium to biogeography with a community climate framework. Ecology 96:972-985 [PDF]

Wells K, O’Hara R, Morand S, Lessard JP, Ribas A. (2015) The importance of spill-over effects and parasite geography for global patterns of host-parasite associations. Diversity and Distributions 21:477-486. [PDF]



Bewick SB, Stuble KL, Lessard JP, Dunn RR, Adler FR, Sanders NJ. (2014) Predicting future coexistence in a North American ant community. Ecology and Evolution 4:1804-1819 [PDF]

Fowler D**, Lessard JP, Sanders NJ. (2014) Niche filtering rather than partitioning shapes the structure of temperate forest ant communities. Journal of Animal Ecology 83:943-952 [PDF]

Fabre PH, Moltensen M, Fjeldså J, Irestedt M, Lessard JP and Jønsson KA. (2014) Multiple waves of colonization by monarch flycatchers across the Indo-Pacific and their implications for coexistence and speciation. Journal of Biogeography 41:274-286 [PDF]



Carstensen DW, Lessard JP, Borregaard MK, Holt BG, Rahbek C. (2013) Introducing the biogeographic species pool. Ecography 36:1310-1318 [PDF]

Stuble KC, Chick LD, Rodriguez-Cabal MA, Lessard JP, Sanders NJ. (2013) Fire ants are drivers of biodiversity loss: a reply to King and Tschinkel. Ecological Entomology 38:540-542 [PDF]

Xu X, Wang Z, Rahbek C, Lessard JP, Fang J. (2013) Evolutionary history influences the effects of water-energy dynamics on oak diversity in Asia. Journal of Biogeography 40:2146-2155 [PDF]

Dawson MN, Algar AC, Antonelli A, Dávalos LM, Davis E, Early R, Guisan A, Jansson R, Lessard JP, Marske KA, McGuire JL, Stigall AL, Swenson NG, Zimmermann NE, Gavin DG. (2013) An horizon scan of biogeography. Frontiers of Biogeography 5:130-157 [PDF]

Holt BG*, Lessard JP*, Borregaard MK, Fritz SA, Araújo MB, Dimitrov DD, Fabre PH, Graham CH, Graves GR, Jønsson KA, Nogués-Bravo D, Wang Z, Whittaker RJ, Fjeldså J, Rahbek C. (2013) Response to comment on “An update of Wallace’s zoogeographic regions of the world”. Science 341: 343 [PDF]TREE OFC 25(3).indd

Holt BG*, Lessard JP*, Borregaard MK, Fritz SA, Araújo MB, Dimitrov DD, Fabre PH, Graham CH, Graves GR, Jønsson KA, Nogués-Bravo D, Wang Z, Whittaker RJ, Fjeldså J, Rahbek C. (2013) An update of Wallace’s zoogeographic regions of the world. Science 339:74-78 (*equal contribution)  [PDF]  [SOM]  [MAPS]



Lessard JP, Belmaker J, Myers JA, Chase JM, Rahbek C. (2012) Inferring local ecological processes amid species-pool influences. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 27: 600-607 [PDF]  [COVER]

Lessard JP, Borregaard MK, Fordyce JA, Rahbek C, Weiser MD, Dunn RR, Sanders NJ. (2012) Strong influence of regional species pools on continent-wide structuring of local communities. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 279: 266-274 [PDF]

Lessard JP*, Reynolds WN*, Bunn WA, Genung MA, Cregger MA, Felker-Quinn E, Barrios-Garcia MN, Stevenson ML, Lawton RM, Brown CB, Patrick M, Rock JH, Jenkins MA, Bailey JK, Schweitzer JA. (2012) Equivalence in the strength of deer herbivory on above and below ground communities. Basic and Applied Ecology 13:59-66 (*equal contribution) [PDF]



Lessard JP, Sackett TE, Reynolds WN, Fowler DA, Sanders NJ. (2011) Determinants of the detrital arthropod community structure: the effects of temperature, resources, and environmental gradients. Oikos 120: 333-343 [PDF]

Jenkins CN, Sanders NJ, Andersen AN, Arnan X, Brühl CA, Cerda X, Ellison AM, Fisher BL, Fitzpatrick MC, Gotelli NJ, Gove AD, Guénard B, Lattke JE, Lessard JP, McGlynn TP, Menke SB, Parr CL, Philpott SM, Vasconcelos HL, Weiser MD, Dunn RR. (2011) Global diversity in light of climate change: the case of ants. Diversity and Distributions 17: 652-662 [PDF]



Weiser MD, Sanders NJ, Agosti D, Ellison AM, Fisher BL, Gibb H, Gotelli NJ, Gove AD, Guenard B, Janda M, Kaspari M, Lessard JP, Longino JT, Majer JD, Menke SB, McGlynn TP, Parr CL, Philpott SM, Retana J, Suarez A, Vasconcelos HL, Yanoviak SP, Dunn RR. (2010) Canopy and litter ant assemblages share similar climate–species density relationships. Biology Letters 6: 769-772 [PDF]

Genung MA, Lessard JP, Brown CB, Bunn WA, Cregger MA, Reynolds WN, Felker-Quinn E, Stevenson ML, Hartley AS, Crutsinger GM, Schweitzer JA, Bailey JK. (2010) Non-additive effects of genotypic diversity increase floral abundance and abundance of floral visitors. PLoS ONE 5: e8711 [PDF]



Lessard JP, Fordyce JA, Gotelli NJ, Sanders NJ. (2009) Invasive ants alter the phylogenetic structure of native communities. Ecology 90: 2664-2669 [PDF]

Lessard JP, Dunn RR, Sanders NJ. (2009) Temperature-mediated coexistence in temperate forest ant communities. Insectes Sociaux 56: 149-156 [PDF]

Dunn RR, Agosti D, Andersen AN, Bruhl CA, Cerda X, Ellison AM, Fisher BL, Fitzpatrick MC, Gibb H, Gotelli NJ, Gove AD, Guenard B, Janda M, Kaspari M, Laurent EJ, Lessard JP, Longino JT, Majer JD, Menke SB, McGlynn TP, Parr CL, Philpott SM, Pfeiffer M, Retana J, Suarez AV, Vasconcelos HL, Weiser MD, Sanders NJ. (2009) Climatic drivers of hemispheric asymmetry in global patterns of ant species richness. Ecology Letters 12: 324-333 [PDF]


pre – 2009

Sanders NJ, Lessard JP, Dunn RR, Fitzpatrick MC. (2007) Temperature, but not productivity or geometry, predicts elevational diversity gradients in ants across spatial grains. Global Ecology and Biogeography 16: 640-649 [PDF]

Lessard JP, Dunn RR, Parker CR, Sanders NJ. (2007) Rarity and diversity in forest ant assemblages of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Southeastern Naturalist (special issue) 1: 215-228 [PDF]

Davidson DW, Lessard JP, Bernau CR, Cook SC. (2007) Tropical ant mosaic in a primary Bornean Rain Forest. Biotropica 39: 468-475 [PDF]

Dunn RR, Sanders NJ, Fitzpatrick MC, Laurent E, Lessard JP et al. (2007) Global ant biodiversity and biogeography – a new database and its possibilities. Myrmecological News 10: 77-83 [PDF]

Lessard JP, Buddle CM. (2005) The effects of urbanization on ant assemblages associated with the Molson Nature Reserve, Quebec. Canadian Entomologist 137: 215-225 [PDF]


Book Review

Lessard JP. (2010) Ant ecology at large. Ecology 91: 3428–3429 [PDF]