Concordia University

Carly Ziter, PhD

Assistant Professor, Biology

Office: L-SP 445-03 
Richard J. Renaud Science Complex,
7141 Sherbrooke W.
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 3267
Website(s): Visit our lab website

Teaching activities

BIOL 226 Ecology & Biodiversity

Research activities

More than half the world’s people (and 80% of Canadians) live in cities, and conversion to urban land is among the most irreversible and fastest growing forms of global change. This era of unprecedented urban growth has changed ecosystem structure, function, and biodiversity, and consequently the ecosystem services - or natural benefits - that our health and wellbeing depend on. Our research vision is to conduct solutions oriented science to enhance biodiversity conservation and ecosystem service provision in urban and urbanizing landscapes. 

Our recent work has used fieldwork, advanced sensor data, and synthesis approaches to ask how landscape structure, land-use history, and biodiversity interact to impact multiple ecosystem services. While research in the lab is strongly grounded in landscape and ecosystem ecology, we recognize that addressing complex ecological problems is inherently interdisciplinary. We strive to develop research partnerships both within and outside the university, and value community engagement as integral to our work.

Select Publications

Full list of publications:

Ziter, C.,and Turner, M.G. 2018. Current and historical land use influence soil-based ecosystem services in an urban landscape. Ecological Applications 28: 643-654

Ziter, C., Graves, R.A., and Turner, M.G. 2017. How do land-use legacies affect ecosystem services in United States cultural landscapes? Landscape Ecology 32: 2205-2218

Rose, K.C., Graves, R.A., Hansen, W.D., Harvey, B.J., Qiu, J., Wood, S.A., Ziter, C., and Turner, M.G. 2017. Historical foundations and future directions in macrosystems ecology. Ecology Letters 20: 147-157

Ziter, C.2016. The biodiversity-ecosystem service relationship in urban areas: A quantitative review. Oikos 125: 761-768 

Mitchell, M.G.E, Bennett, E.M., Gonzalez, A., Lechowicz, M., Rhemtulla, J., Cardille, J., Vanderheyden, K., Poirier-Ghys, G., Renard, D., Delmotte, S., Albert, C., Rayfield, B., Dumitru, M., Huang, H.-H., Larouche, M., Liss, K., Maguire, D., Martins, K., Terrado, M., Ziter, C., Taliana, L., Dancose, K. 2015. Montérégie Connection: linking landscapes, biodiversity, and ecosystem services to improve decision making. Ecology & Society 20(4):15

Ziter, C., Bennett, E., and Gonzalez, A. 2014. Temperate forest fragments maintain aboveground carbon stocks out to the forest edge despite changes in community composition. Oecologia 176: 893-902 

Ziter, C., Bennett, E., and Gonzalez, A. 2013. Functional diversity and management mediate aboveground carbon stocks in small forest fragments. Ecosphere 4: art85. 

Liss, K*, Mitchell, M.G.E.*, MacDonald, G.K., Mahajan, S., Méthot, J., Jacob, A.L., Maguire, D., Metson, G.,Ziter, C., Dancose, K., Martins, K., Terrado Casanovas, M., and Bennett, E.M. 2013. Variability in ecosystem service measurement: a case study of pollination service studies. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment11:414–422

Ziter, C., and MacDougall, A.S. 2013. Nutrients and defoliation increase soil carbon inputs in grassland. Ecology 94:106-116. 

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