Plant functional ecology

Full professor
Department of biological sciences - University of Montreal

Adjunct professor
University of West Autralia | UWA - Perth, Australia


We seek to understand which plants grow where, and why. We study plant traits to understand how vegetation adapts to environmental changes. We develop approaches for remotely sensing plant biodiversity to support conservation.

Keywords: Plant functional ecology • Plant community and terrestrial ecosystem ecology • Spectranomics • Remote sensing of plant biodiversity • Plant-soil interactions


Canada Research Chair in Plant Functional Biodiversity

CABO Project - Canadian Airborne Biodiversity Observatory


Research team and collaborators
Jérémy Goimard, DevOps
Guillaume Larocque, programmor
Carole Sinou, data manager

Lab coordinator
Sabrina Demers-Thibeault

Postdoctoral fellows
Alexis Carteron
Johanna Jantzen
Anna Katharina Schweiger
Shan Kothari

Ph.D. students
Xavier Guilbeault-Mayers
Vlad Parasquive, co-supervision with Jacques Brisson

M.Sc. students
Léo Benoit-Charest
Antoine Caron-Guay
Myriam Cloutier
Alice Gravel
Maria Juliana Pardo Losada
Charles Picard-Krashevski
Ariane Roberge


BIO-1803: Écologie et Environnement
BIO-3753: Stage d’écologie végétale

  • Birnbaum, C., A. Bissett, F.P. Teste et E. Laliberté. 2018. Symbiotic N2-fixer community composition, but not diversity, shifts in nodules of a single host legume across a 2-million-year dune chronosequence. Microbial Ecology, 1-12.
  • Turner, B.L., P.E. Hayes et E. Laliberté. 2018. A climosequence of chronosequences in southwestern Australia. European Journal of Soil Science, 69 (1): 69-85.
  • Laliberté, E., P. Kardol, R.K. Didham, F.P. Teste, B.L. Turner et D.A. Wardle. 2017. Soil fertility shapes belowground food webs across a regional climate gradient. Ecology Letters, 20: 1273-1284.
  • Png, G.K., B.L. Turner, F.E. Albornoz, P.E. Hayes, H. Lambers et E. Laliberté. 2017. Greater root phosphatase activity in nitrogen-fixing rhizobial but not actinorhizal plants with declining phosphorus availability. Journal of Ecology: doi:10.1111/1365-2745.12758.
  • Teste, F.P., P. Kardol, B.L. Turner, D.A. Wardle, G. Zemunik, M. Renton et E. Laliberté. 2017. Plant-soil feedback and the maintenance of diversity in Mediterranean-climate shrublands. Science, 355 (6321): 173-176.
  • Roy-Bolduc, A., E. Laliberté, S. Boudreau et M. Hijri. 2016. Strong linkage between plant and soil fungal communities along a successional coastal dune system. FEMS microbiology ecology, 92 (10): fiw156.
  • Albornoz, F.E., F.P. Teste, H. Lambers, M. Bunce, D.C. Murray, N.E. White et E. Laliberté. 2016. Changes in ectomycorrhizal fungal community composition and declining diversity along a 2-million-year soil chronosequence. Molecular Ecology, 25 (19): 4919-4929.
  • Albornoz, F.E., T.I. Burgess, H. Lambers, H. Etchells et E. Laliberté. 2016. Native soilborne pathogens equalize differences in competitive ability between plants of contrasting nutrient-acquisition strategies. Journal of Ecology, 105 (2): 549-557.
  • Albornoz, F.E., H. Lambers, B.L. Turner, F.P. Teste, É. Laliberté. 2016. Shifts in symbiotic associations in plants capable of forming multiple root symbioses across a long-term soil chronosequence. Ecology and Evolution, 6 (8): 2368-2377.
  • Laliberté, E. 2016. Below-ground frontiers in trait-based plant ecology. New Phytologist, 213 (4): 1597-1603. Langlois, A. et S. Pellerin. 2016. Recovery of the endangered false hop sedge: A ten-year study. Global Ecology and Conservation, 7: 214-224.
  • Teste, F.P., E. Laliberté, H. Lambers, Y. Auer, S. Kramer et E. Kandeler. 2016. Mycorrhizal fungal biomass and scavenging declines in phosphorus-impoverished soils during ecosystem retrogression. Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 92 : 119-132.
  • Zemunik, G., B.L. Turner, H. Lambers et E. Laliberté. 2016. Increasing plant species diversity and extreme species turnover accompany declining soil fertility along a long-term chronosequence in a biodiversity hotspot. Journal of Ecology, 104 : 792-805.
  • Krüger, M., F.P. Teste, E. Laliberté, H. Lambers, M. Coghlan, G. Zemunik et M. Bunce. 2015. The rise and fall of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal diversity during ecosystem retrogression. Molecular ecology, 24 : 4912-4930.
  • Roy-Bolduc, A., E. Laliberté et M. Hijri. 2015. High richness of ectomycorrhizal fungi and low host specificity in a coastal sand dune ecosystem revealed by network analysis. Ecology and Evolution, 6 (1) : 349-362.
  • Laliberté, E., Lambers, H., Burgess, T. I. and S. J. Wright. 2015. Phosphorus limitation, soil-borne pathogens and the coexistence of plant species in hyperdiverse forests and shrublands. New Phytologist 206: 507-521 (Invited Tansley Review)
  • Hayes, P., B.L. Turner, H. Lambers et E. Laliberté. 2014. Foliar nutrient concentrations and resorption efficiency in plants of contrasting nutrientacquisition strategies along a 2-million-year dune chronosequence. Journal of Ecology, 102 (2): 396–410.
  • Laliberté, E., Zemunik, G. and B.L. Turner. 2014. Environmental filtering explains variation in plant diversity along resource gradients. Science 345: 1602-1605
  • Lambers, H., P.E. Hayes, E. Laliberté, R.S. Oliveira et B.L. Turner. 2014. Leaf manganese accumulation and phosphorus-acquisition efficiency. Trends in Plant Science, 20: 83-90.
  • Rader, R.I., I. Bartomeus, J.M. Tylianakis et E. Laliberté. 2014. The winners and losers of land-use intensification: pollinator community disassembly is non-random and alters functional diversity. Diversity and Distributions, 20 (8): 908–917.
  • Ramalho, C., E. Laliberté, P. Poot et R.J. Hobbs. 2014. Complex effects of fragmentation on remnant woodland plant communities of a rapidly urbanizing biodiversity hotspot. Ecology, 95 (90): 2466-2478.
  • Turner, B.L. et E. Laliberté. 2014. Soil development and nutrient availability along a 2-million-year coastal dune chronosequence under species-rich mediterranean shrubland in southwestern australia. Ecosystems, 18: 287-309.
  • Zemunik, G., B.L. Turner, H. Lambers et E. Laliberté. 2015. Diversity of plant nutrient-acquisition strategies increases during long-term ecosystem development. Nature Plants, 1 (5): 1-4.
  • Laliberté, E., Grace, J. B., Huston, M. A., Lambers, H., Teste, F. P., Turner, B. L. and D. A. Wardle. 2013. How does pedogenesis drive plant diversity? Trends in Ecology and Evolution 6: 331-340
  • Laliberté, E. et P. Legendre. 2010. A distance-based framework for measuring functional diversity from multiple traits. Ecology 91: 299-305
  • Laliberté, E., Wells J., DeClerck F., Metcalfe D.J., Catterall C.P., Queiroz C., Aubin I., Bonser S.P., Ding Y., Fraterrigo J.M., McNamara S., Morgan J.W., Sanchez-Merlos D, Vesk P.A. and Mayfield M.M. 2010. Land use intensification reduces functional redundancy and response diversity in plant communities. Ecology Letters 13: 76-86