Patrick M.A. James

Adjunct Professor,
Université de Montréal

Département de sciences biologiques
Patrick M. A. James
Professeur Adjoint
Département de sciences biologiques
Université de Montréal
C.P. 6128, succursale Centre-ville
Montréal, QC H3C 3J7
Tel: +1 (514) 343-6864
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  • Bachelor of Science :Ecology and Evolution, 2002, Université de Toronto, Canada
  • Doctor of Philosophy: Forest Ecology, 2009, Université de Toronto, Canada
  • Post-doctoral training: Landscape Genetics, 2011, U. de l'Alberta

Research in our lab examines the role of spatial heterogeneity on spatial processes with particular emphasis on forest disturbance dynamics. Spatial heterogeneity generally refers to the composition and configuration of forest stands or regions that are composed of groups of trees of different ages or species. Forest disturbances such as fire, insect outbreaks, and logging (i.e., forest management) create distinct spatial patterns in forest ecosystems that either alone, or in combination, can have significant economic and ecological consequences. Within a landscape ecology framework and using tools such as spatial statistical analysis, simulation models, and landscape genetics, we investigate the role of spatial heterogeneity on broad-scale forest dynamics and their consequences for conservation.

QCBS students
Colin Garroway, Postdoctoral fellow
(Start: 2015)

Thesis title: Improving models of spruce budworm outbreak risk using landscape genomics
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Ronan Marrec, Postdoctoral fellow
(Start: 2015)

Thesis title: Determining processes which drive the metacommunity structure of spruce budworm’s (Choristoneura fumiferana) associated parasitoids
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Louis-Etienne Robert, Postdoctoral fellow
(Start: 2014)
Thesis title: Fire-spruce budworm interactions in the boreal forest
Simon Legault, Ph.D.
(Start: 2013)
Thesis title: Dynamique spatiale et dispersion relative de deux guêpes parasitoïdes attaquant la tordeuse des bourgeons de l’épinette
(Start: 2014, End: 2018)

Thesis title: Defining the role of biological interactions and abiotic landscape features in shaping spatial genetic variation in MPB, fungi and pine
Paul Mayrand, M.Sc.
(Start: 2014, End: 2016)
Other (co-)supervisor: Élise Filotas
Thesis title: Modelling the development of spatial genetic structure in response to landscape heterogeneity in the mountain pine beetle outbreak system (Dendroctonus ponderosae)
Olivier Pontbriand-Paré, M.Sc.
(Start: 2014)

Other (co-)supervisor: Véronique Martel, CFL
Thesis title: Influence of landscape structure on eastern spruce budworm [Choristoneura fumiferana] associated parasitoids communities in Québec
Patricia Sujii, Ph.D.
(Start: 2014, End: 2015)

Other (co-)supervisor: Maria Imaculada Zucchi, Unicamp
Thesis title: A genetic approach for simulating persistence of reintroduced tree species populations in tropical forest restoration plantings
BIO3811 - Modélisation écologique (Winter / Hiver)
BIO6720 - Seminar in Landscape Ecology (Winter / Hiver)

19- Landscape connectivity and insect herbivory: A framework for understanding tradeoffs among ecosystem services
Maguire, D.Y., James, P.M.A., Buddle, C.M., Bennett, E.M.
2015 Global Ecology and Conservation (Date Added: 2015-08-26)

18- Life-stage differences in spatial genetic structure in an irruptive forest insect: implications for dispersal and spatial synchrony
James, Patrick M. A., Cooke, Barry, Brunet, Bryan M. T., Lumley, Lisa M., Sperling, Felix A. H., Fortin, Marie-Josée, Quinn, Vanessa S., Sturtevant, Brian R.
2015 Molecular Ecology (Date Added: 2015-05-07)

17- Exploring the impact of climate variability during the Last Glacial Maximum on the pattern of human occupation of Iberia
Burke, Ariane, Levavasseur, Guillaume, James, Patrick M.A., Guiducci, Dario, Izquierdo, Manuel Arturo, Bourgeon, Lauriane, Kageyama, Masa, Ramstein, Gilles, Vrac, Mathieu
2014 Journal of Human Evolution (Date Added: 2015-05-07)

16- Forest recovery patterns in response to divergent disturbance regimes in the Border Lakes region of Minnesota (USA) and Ontario (Canada)
Sturtevant, Brian R., Miranda, Brian R., Wolter, Peter T., James, Patrick M.A., Fortin, Marie-Josée, Townsend, Philip A.
2014 Forest Ecology and Management (Date Added: 2014-01-06)

15-Archaeological Survey in Eastern Guadalajara Province, Spain: Initial Results
Burke, A, Maillo Fernandez, J, Fuertes Prieto, N, Bisson, M, James, PMA, Levavasseur, Guillaume
2013 Canadian Journal of Archaeology ( Date Added: 2015-05-07)

14- Characterizing the physical and genetic structure of the lodgepole pine × jack pine hybrid zone: mosaic structure and differential introgression
Cullingham, Catherine I., James, Patrick M. A., Cooke, Janice E. K., Coltman, David W.
2012 Evolutionary Applications (Date Added: 2012-09-27)

13-Ecosystems and Spatial Patterns
James, PMA, Fortin, M-J
2012 Encyclopedia of sustainability science and technology ( Date Added: 2012-09-27)

12- Assessing Knowledge Ambiguity in the Creation of a Model Based on Expert Knowledge and Comparison with the Results of a Landscape Succession Model in Central Labrador
Doyon, Frédérik, Sturtevant, Brian R., Papaik, Michael J., Fall, Andrew, Miranda, Brian, Kneeshaw, Daniel D., Messier, Christian, Fortin, Marie-Josée, James, Patrick M. A.
2012 Expert Knowledge and Its Application in Landscape Ecology (Date Added: 2012-09-27)

11- Spatial statistics, spatial regression, and graph theory in ecology
Fortin, M.-J., James, P.M.A., MacKenzie, A., Melles, S.J., Rayfield, B.
2012 Spatial Statistics (Date Added: 2012-09-26)

10- Spatial genetic structure of the mountain pine beetle (Dendroctonus ponderosae) outbreak in western Canada: Historical patterns and contemporary dispersal
Gayathri Samarasekera, G.D.N., Bartell, N.V., Lindgren, B.S., Cooke, J.E.K., Davis, C.S., James, P.M.A., Coltman, D.W., Mock, K.E., Murray, B.W.
2012 Molecular Ecology (Date Added: 2012-09-26)

9- Spatial genetic structure of a symbiotic beetle-fungal system: Toward multi-taxa integrated landscape genetics
James, P.M.A., Coltman, D.W., Murray, B.W., Hamelin, R.C., Sperling, F.A.H.
2011 PLoS ONE (Date Added: 2012-09-26)

8- Spatial Community Structure of Mountain Pine Beetle Fungal Symbionts Across a Latitudinal Gradient
Roe, A.D., James, P.M.A., Rice, A.V., Cooke, J.E.K., Sperling, F.A.H.
2011 Microbial Ecology (Date Added: 2012-09-26)

7- Modelling Spatial Interactions Among Fire, Spruce Budworm, and Logging in the Boreal Forest
James, P.M.A., Fortin, M.-J., Sturtevant, B.R., Fall, A., Kneeshaw, D.
2011 Ecosystems (Date Added: 2012-09-26)

6- Utility of computer simulations in landscape genetics
Epperson, B.K., McRae, B.H., Scribner, K., Cushman, S.A., Rosenberg, M.S., Fortin, M.-J., James, P.M.A., Murphy, M., Manel, S., Legendre, P., Dale, M.R.T.
2010 Molecular Ecology (Date Added: 2012-09-26)

4- Considering spatial and temporal scale in landscape-genetic studies of gene flow
Anderson, C.D., Epperson, B.K., Fortin, M.-J., Holderegger, R., James, P.M.A., Rosenberg, M.S., Scribner, K.T., Spear, S.
2010 Molecular Ecology (Date Added: 2012-09-26)

3- Comparing static versus dynamic protected areas in the Québec boreal forest
Rayfield, B., James, P.M.A., Fall, A., Fortin, M.-J.
2008 Biological Conservation (Date Added: 2012-09-26)

2- The effects of spatial legacies following shifting management practices and fire on boreal forest age structure
James, P.M.A., Fortin, M.-J., Fall, A., Kneeshaw, D., Messier, C.
2007 Ecosystems (Date Added: 2012-09-26)

1- Reserve network design combining spatial graph theory and species' spatial requirements
James, P., Rayfield, B., Fortin, M.-J., Fall, A., Farley, G.
2005 Geomatica (Date Added: 2012-09-26)

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