Global Change Ecology

We study how global change drivers such as climate change, habitat modification and biological invasions affect the biological diversity of plant, animals and microbes, as well as the functioning of ecosystems


Relevant references:

Eckert IMK*, De Bellis T, Muñoz G*, Kembel SW, Lessard JP, Nuñez MA. (2023) A single range-expanding species reshapes alpine ecosystems and their belowground diversity. Oikos e10114

Vega SA*, Vázquez-Rivera H, Normandin E, Fournier V, Lessard JP. (2023) Large remaining forest habitat patches help preserve wild bee diversity in cultivated blueberry bush. Diversity 15(3):405

Ibarra-Isassi J*, Handa IT, Arenas-Clavijo A, Escobar-Ramirez S, Armbrecht I, Lessard JP. (2021) Shade-growing practices lessen the impact of coffee plantations on multiple dimensions of ant diversity. Journal of Applied Ecology 58: 919– 930. 

Lessard JP. (2019) Ant community response to disturbance: a global synthesis. Journal of Animal Ecology 88:346-349.

De Bellis T, Kembel SW, Lessard JP. (2019) Shared mycorrhizae but distinct communities of root-associated microbes on co-occurring native and invasive maples. PeerJ 30(7):e7295

Beaudrot L, Acevedo M, Lessard J.P., Sheil D, Larney E, Wright P, and J. Ahumada. (2018) Distributional shifts shifts in a biodiversity hotspot. Biological Conservation 228: 252-258.

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.

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.

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.

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

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