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Jean-Philippe Lessard, PhD

Associate Professor, Biology

Concordia University Research Chair (2017-2022)

Office: L-SP 437-09 
Richard J. Renaud Science Complex,
7141 Sherbrooke W.
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 5184
Website(s): Visit our lab website

Teaching activities


BIOL 353  Communities and Ecosystems
BIOL 451  Field Ecology

Selected publications

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

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

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 

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

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

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

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

Holt B, 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

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

Lessard JP, Borregard 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

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

Lessard JP, Fordyce JM, Gotelli NJ, Sanders NJ. (2009) Invasive ants alter the phylogenetic structure of native communities.

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