Community Ecology & Biogeography


(JP’s CV)

I am an ecologist with broad interests, but focusing on elucidating the ecological and evolutionary forces that shape the structure of natural communities. Generally speaking, my research asks: which species are in any given place, how many and why? I received my PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Tennessee in 2010, where I worked on the community ecology of ants with Nate Sanders. I then went on to work as a postdoctoral fellow with Carsten Rahbek at the Center for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate, based at the University of Copenhagen.  I am now a postdoctoral fellow at the Quebec Center for Biodiversity Science, based at McGill University, where my work focuses on assembly dynamics of tree communities. I conduct much of my current work at the Gault Nature Reserve and in close collaboration with Mark Vellend and Jonathan Davies. In August 2014, I will be an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology at Concordia University, Montreal, where our lab will do research in community ecology and biogeography.


*** A model to predict future coexistence of ant communities amid climate change: check out paper by Bewick et al.

*** New paper on ant niches, evolution and resource use with undergraduate student David Fowler as first author

*** Blog post (en français) on our Wallace paper published on the NICHE (Network in Canadian History & Environment) website

*** Nice article on Wallace: Father of Biogeography published today in french newspaper Le Monde

Jean-Philippe Lessard
QCBS Postdoctoral Fellow