Étienne Léveillé-Bourret

Assistant Professor,
Université de Montréal

Département des Sciences Biologiques
E-mail: etienne.leveille-bourret@umontreal.ca
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  • (2018-2020) Post-doctorate, Comparative plant genomics, University of Zurich
  • (2014-2018) Doctorate, Ph.D. in Biology, Plant systematics, University of Ottawa
  • (2010-2012) Bachelor's Honours, B.Sc. en sciences biologiques, Sciences biologiques, Université de Montréal


Research in the lab focuses on the discovery and classification of plant biodiversity of temperate, boreal and arctic-alpine areas. Studies have tackled subjects going from new species description to biogeography, phylogenomics and co-evolution between plants and fungal parasites. Most projects focus on Cyperaceae (sedges, >5600 species), one of the largest plant families in northern areas. However, we occasionally work on other plant families.

QCBS students

Maurane Bourgouin

(Start: 2022)
Predictive mapping of bryophyte diversity associated with mature forests using LiDAR-derived indices in a strongly managed landscape

Étienne Lacroix-Carignan

(Start: 2021)
Systématique des Carex de la sous-section Lupulinae
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Marc-Aurèle Vallée

(Start: 2023)
The use of spectrometry as an identification tool in hawthorns

Simon Pesant

(Start: 2023)
Floristic diversity and status of rare species in the freshwater estuary of the Saint-Laurent river

Thomas Villeneuve

(Start: 2024)
Taxonomy of Victorin's water-hemlock

Examples of species studied

Claviceps zizaniae
Najas gracillima


22- Comparative Genomics Elucidates the Origin of a Supergene Controlling Floral Heteromorphism
Journal Article
2022 Molecular Biology and Evolution (Date Added: 2022-09-07)

20- A framework infrageneric classification of Carex (Cyperaceae) and its organizing principles
Journal Article
2021 Journal of Systematics and Evolution (Date Added: 2022-09-07)

19- Carex ×payettei, a new hybrid of Carex sect. Racemosae described from subarctic Quebec, Canada (Cyperaceae)
Journal Article
Cayouette, J, Léveillé-Bourret,
2021 Phytotaxa (Date Added: 2021-06-29)

18- A new classification of Cyperaceae (Poales) supported by phylogenomic data
Journal Article
Larridon, I
2021 Journal of Systematics and Evolution (Date Added: 2021-06-29)

17- Cryptic diversity and significant cophylogenetic signal detected by DNA barcoding the rust fungi (Pucciniaceae) of Cyperaceae-Juncaceae
Journal Article
2021 Journal of Systematics and Evolution (Date Added: 2021-06-29)

15- Greater pollination generalization is not associated with reduced constraints on corolla shape in Antillean plants
Journal Article
Joly, S, Lambert, F, Alexandre, H, Clavel, J, Léveillé-Bourret, , Clark, JL
2018 Evolution (Date Added: 2018-01-21)

14- Le statut de la naïade grêle (Najas gracillima, Najadaceae) au Québec
Journal Article
Léveillé-Bourret É , Garon-Labrecque M , Thomson E R ,
2017 Le Naturaliste canadien (Date Added: 2021-06-29)

13- Additions to the boreal flora of the Northwest Territories with a preliminary vascular flora of Scotty creek
Journal Article
Garon-Labrecque, M-, Léveillé-Bourret, , Higgins, K, Sonnentag, O
2016 Canadian Field-Naturalist (Date Added: 2021-05-18)

12- Rhodoscirpus (Cyperaceae: Scirpeae), a new South American sedge genus supported by molecular, morphological, anatomical and embryological data
Journal Article
Léveillé-Bourret, , Donadío, S, Gilmour, CN, Starr, JR
2015 Taxon (Date Added: 2021-05-18)

11- Testing hybridization hypotheses with morphometry: The case of eastern american arctic species of potentilla sect. Niveae (Rosaceae)
Journal Article
Léveillé-Bourret, , Bailleul, SM, Cayouette, J, Joly, S
Systematic Botany (Date Added: 2021-05-18)

10- RAD sequencing resolves the phylogeny, taxonomy and biogeography of Trichophoreae despite a recent rapid radiation (Cyperaceae)
Journal Article
Léveillé-Bourret, , Chen, B-H, Garon-Labrecque, M-, Ford, BA, Starr, JR
Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution (Date Added: 2021-05-18)

9- Molecular and morphological data reveal three new tribes within the Scirpo-Caricoid Clade (Cyperoideae, Cyperaceae)
Journal Article
Léveillé-Bourret, , Starr, JR
Taxon (Date Added: 2021-05-18)

8- Why are there so many sedges? Sumatroscirpeae, a missing piece in the evolutionary puzzle of the giant genus Carex (Cyperaceae)
Journal Article
Léveillé-Bourret, , Starr, JR, Ford, BA
Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution (Date Added: 2021-05-18)

7- Searching for the sister to sedges (Carex): Resolving relationships in the Cariceae-Dulichieae-Scirpeae clade (Cyperaceae)
Journal Article
Léveillé-Bourret, E, Gilmour, CN, Starr, JR, Naczi, RFC, Spalink, D, Sytsma, KJ
Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society (Date Added: 2021-05-18)

6- A tale of worldwide success: Behind the scenes of Carex (Cyperaceae) biogeography and diversification
Journal Article
Martín-Bravo, S, Jiménez-Mejías, P, Villaverde, T, Escudero, M, Hahn, M, Spalink, D, Roalson, EH, Hipp, AL, Benítez-Benítez, C, P Bruederle, L, Fitzek, E, A Ford, B, A Ford, K, Garner, M, Gebauer, S, H Hoffmann, M, Jin, X-F, Larridon, I, Léveillé-Bourret, , Lu, Y-F, Luceño, M, Maguilla, E, Márquez-Corro, JI, Míguez, M, Naczi, R, A Reznicek, A, R Starr, J, the Global Carex Group,
Journal of Systematics and Evolution (Date Added: 2021-05-18)

5- Targeted sequencing supports morphology and embryo features in resolving the classification of Cyperaceae tribe Fuireneae s.l
Journal Article
Starr, JR, Jiménez-Mejías, P, Zuntini, AR, Léveillé-Bourret, , Semmouri, I, Muasya, M, Baker, WJ, Brewer, GE, Epitawalage, N, Fairlie, I, Forest, F, Sabino Kikuchi, IAB, Pokorny, L, Larridon, I
Journal of Systematics and Evolution (Date Added: 2021-05-18)

4- The rediscovery of the rare Vietnamese endemic Eriophorum scabriculme redefines generic limits in the Scirpo-Caricoid Clade (Cyperaceae)
Journal Article
Starr, JR, Léveillé-Bourret, E, Vũ, AT, Nguyên, TKT, Ford, BA
PeerJ (Date Added: 2021-05-18)

3- Phylogeny and Systematics of Cyperaceae, the Evolution and Importance of Embryo Morphology
Journal Article
Semmouri, I, Bauters, K, Léveillé-Bourret, , Starr, JR, Goetghebeur, P, Larridon, I
Botanical Review (Date Added: 2021-05-18)

2- Resolving Rapid Radiations within Angiosperm Families Using Anchored Phylogenomics
Journal Article
Léveillé-Bourret, E, Starr, JR, Ford, BA, Moriarty Lemmon, E, Lemmon, AR
Systematic Biology (Date Added: 2021-05-18)

1- Claviceps zizaniae
Journal Article
Liu, M, Léveillé-Bourret, , Shoukouhi, P, Sproule, A, Overy, DP
Canadian Journal of Plant Pathology (Date Added: 2021-05-18)