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In review

Sinno S*, MacInnis G, Lessard JP, Ziter C. Variation in flower morphology associated with higher bee diversity in urban green spaces.

Schmidt C, Mäkinen J, Lessard JP, Garroway C. Natural selection is less efficient at species range edges.

Muñoz G*, Kissling WD, Lessard JP. Distinct functional responses of consumers and their producers to climate drive mutualistic  network asymmetry



Schmidt C, Mäkinen J, Lessard JP, Garroway C. Natural selection is less efficient at species range edges. [ARTICLE]



Chaikin S, Riva F, Marshall K, Lessard JP, Belmaker, J. Marine fishes experiencing high-velocity range shifts may not be climate change ‘winners’. Nature Ecology & Evolution 8: 936-946 [ABSTRACT] [PDF] [BLOG] [COMMENT]

Savary P*, Lessard JP, Peres-Neto PR. (2024) Heterogeneous dispersal networks to improve biodiversity science. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 39(3): 229-238 [ABSTRACT]

Eckert I*, De Bellis T, Muñoz G*, Kembel SW, Lessard JP, Nuñez MA. (2024) A single range-expanding species reshapes alpine ecosystems and their belowground diversity. Oikos e10114 [ARTICLE] *Editor’s Choice*



Usui T, Lerner D, Eckert I*, Angert AL, Garroway CJ, Hargreaves A, Lancaster LT, Lessard JP, Riva F, Schmidt C, van der Burg K, Marshall K. (2023) The evolution of plasticity at geographic range edges. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 38(9): 831-842 [ABSTRACT]

Lessard, J.-P., Sobral, M., Schleuning, M. and Rodriguez-Cabal, M.A. (2023), Editorial. Ecological Monographs e1573. [ARTICLE]

Ibarra-Isassi J*, Handa IT, Lessard JP. (2023) Community-wide trait adaptation, but not plasticity, explain ant community structure in extreme environments. Functional Ecology 37: 139–149. [ABSTRACT]

Gibb H, Bishop TR, Leahy L, Parr CL, Lessard JP, Sanders NJ, Shik JZ, Ibarra-Isassi J, Narendra A, Dunn RR, Wright IJ. (2023) Ecological strategies of pl(ant)s: toward a world-wide worker economic spectrum for ants. Functional Ecology 37: 13–25[ARTICLE]

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 [ARTICLE]



Schmidt C, Muñoz G*, Lancaster LT, Lessard JP, Marske KA, Marshall KE, Garroway CJ. (2022) Population demography maintains biogeographic boundaries. Ecology Letters 25: 19051913 [ABSTRACT]

Marjakangas EL, Muñoz G*, Turney S*, Albrecht J, Neuschulz EL, Schleuning M, Lessard JP. (2022) Trait-based inference of ecological network assembly: a conceptual framework and methodological toolbox. Ecological Monographs 92(2): e1502 [ABSTRACT]

La Richelière F*, Muñoz G*, Guénard B, Dunn RR, Economo E, Powell S, Sanders NJ, Weiser MD, Abouheif E, Lessard JP. (2022) Warm regions of the world are hotspots of superorganism complexity. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 289: 20211899 [ABSTRACT]

Camacho LF, Lessard JP, Avilés L. (2022) Partner supply and demand mediate elevational gradients in the outcome of ant-hemipteran mutualistic associations. Journal of Biogeography 49:1967–1977.  [ARTICLE]

Perez A, Chick L, Menke S, Lessard JP, Sanders NJ, Del Toro I, Sundebo N, Diamond S. (2022) Urbanization dampens the latitude-diversity cline in ants. Insect Conservation and Diversity 15( 6), 763–771. [ABSTRACT]

Wellenreuther M,  Dudaniec RY, Neu A,  Lessard JP,  Bridle J,  Carbonell JA,  Diamond SE,  Marshall KE, Parmesan C,  Singer MC, Swaegers J,  Thomas CD,  Lancaster LT. (2022) The importance of eco-evolutionary dynamics for predicting and mitigating insect range shifts. Current Opinion in Insect Science 52: 100939 [ABSTRACT]

Despland E, Lessard JP. (2022) Social predation by ants as a source of mortality for an arboreal gregarious forest pest. Basic and Applied Ecology [ARTICLE]

Lessard JP, Inouye B. (2022). Editorial. Ecological Monographs: e1540 [ARTICLE]



Hebert K*, Millien V, Lessard JP. (2021) Source pool diversity and proximity shape the compositional uniqueness of insular mammal assemblages worldwide. Journal of Biogeography 48: 23372349 [ARTICLE]

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. [ABSTRACT]

Balzani P, Vizzini S, Frizzi F, Masoni A, Lessard JP, Bernasconi C,  Francoeur A, Ibarra-Isassi J*, Brassard F*, Cherix D, Santini G. (2021) Plasticity in the trophic niche of an invasive ant explains establishment success and long-term coexistence. Oikos 130: 691696. [ARTICLE]





LoScerbo D*, Farrell MJ, Arrowsmith J, Mlynarek J, Lessard JP. (2020) Phylogenetically conserved host traits and local abiotic conditions jointly drive the geography of parasite intensity. Functional Ecology 34:2477–2487.  [ABSTRACT]

Brassard F*, Francoeur A, Lessard JP. (2020) Temperature drives caste-specific morphological clines in ants. Journal of Animal Ecology 8925172530[ABSTRACT]

Lessard JP, Stuble KL, Sanders NJ. (2020) Do dominant ants affect secondary productivity, behavior, and diversity in a guild of woodland ants? Diversity 12, 460. [ARTICLE]

Chick LD, Lessard JP, Dunn RR, Sanders NJ. (2020) The coupled influence of thermal physiology and biotic interactions on the distribution and density of ant species along an elevational gradient. Diversity 12, 456. [ARTICLE]

Holt BG, Fritz SA, Marx FG, Lessard JP, Rahbek C. (2020) Evolutionary diversification in the marine realm: a global case study with marine mammals. Frontiers of Biogeography 12.3, e45184e. [ARTICLE]



Lessard JP. (2019) Ant community response to disturbance: a global synthesis. Journal of Animal Ecology 88:346349. [ARTICLE] *top downloaded article in 2018-2019

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. (2019) ​Local temperature and ecological similarity drive distributional dynamics of tropical mammals worldwide. Global Ecology and Biogeography 28: 976–991. [ABSTRACT]

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. [ARTICLE]



Arrowsmith J*, Nagaraju NK, Larivée M, Turgeon J, Lessard JP. (2018) Environmental filtering along an acidity gradient shapes the structure of odonate assemblages. Ecosphere 9(12): e02473. [ARTICLE]

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: 252258. [ABSTRACT]

Holt BG, Costa GC, Penone C, Lessard JP, Brooks TM, Davidson AD, Hedges BS, Radeloff VC, Rahbek C, Rondinini C, Graham CH. (2018) Environmental variation is a major predictor of global trait turnover in mammals. Journal of Biogeography 45: 225237. [ABSTRACT]




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 26: 12111221. [ABSTRACT]

Daru BH, Holt BG, Lessard JP, Yessoufou K, Davies TJ. (2017) Phylogenetic regionalization of marine plants reveals close evolutionary affinities among disjunct temperate assemblages. Biological Conservation 213: 351356. [ABSTRACT]





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: 7588. [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]

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.  [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.TREE OFC 25(3).indd  [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]

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]



Marjakangas, E.- L., G. Muñoz, S. Turney, J. Albrecht, E. L. Neuschulz, M. Schleuning, and J.- P. Lessard. 2022. Trait- based Inference of Ecological Network Assembly: A Conceptual Framework and Methodological Toolbox. Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America 103 (2), 1-6. [PDF]



Data Papers

Favret C, Moisan-De Serres J, Larrivée M, Lessard JP. (2020) The Odonata of Quebec: Specimen data from seven collections. Biodiversity Data Journal 8: e49450 [ARTICLE]

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 98: 883-884 [ARTICLE]

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]


Book Reviews

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