Etienne Laliberté

Associate Professor,
Université de Montréal

Département de sciences biologiques
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  • PhD (Ecology), University of Canterbury - 2011
  • MSc (Ecology), Université de Montréal -2006
  • BSc (Botanical Sciences), McGill University-2001


My research program involves interactions between plants and abiotic and biotic properties of soil in order to better understand: 1) The influence of soil fertility on plant biodiversity; 2) The development of terrestrial ecosystems, including the primary succession; 3) Functional traits on plants which explain the distribution of species along edaphic gradients This research helps improve management of natural ecosystems and optimize restoration strategies of degraded ecological ecosystems.

Prizes and honours

  • 2016 W. S. Cooper Award, Ecological Society of America
  • 2015 UWA Early-Career Best Publication Award, The University of Western Australia
  • 2014 UWA Oustanding Young Investigator Award, The University of Western Australia
  • 2013 UWA Research Collaboration Award, The University of Western Australia
  • 2012-2015 ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA)
  • 2012 UWA Research Development Award, The University of Western Australia
  • 2011 UWA High Achieving Young Scientist Award, The University of Western Australia
  • 2011-2014 UWA Research Fellowship, The University of Western Australia

QCBS students

Vlad Parasquive

(Start: 2018, End: 2021)
Other QCBS (co-)supervisor: Jacques Brisson
The dynamic of mycorrhizal communities impacts the establishment of trees in herbaceous vegetation

Florence Blanchard

(Start: 2019, End: 2021)
Other QCBS (co-)supervisor: Anne Bruneau
Phylogenetic structure of leaf spectra and traits among temperate tree species

Maria Juliana Pardo

(Start: 2019, End: 2021)
Foliar spectral variation of tropical trees in response to soil fertility

Alexis Carteron

(Start: 2016, End: 2021)
Other QCBS (co-)supervisor: Mark Vellend
Comprendre les dynamiques des communautés végétales : Perspectives souterraines et spatio-temporelles de l’évolution de la distribution des érablières au Québec

Previous students (since 2009)

Xavier Guilbeault-Mayers

(Start: 2016, End: 2020)
Studying plant belowground functional diversity along fertility gradients to predict changes in plant biodiversity

Alizée Girard

(Start: 2018, End: 2020)
Titre : Influence de la déposition atmosphérique d'azote sur les traits fonctionnels foliaires et les propriétés spectrales d’espèces végétales de tourbières ombrotrophes

Examples of species studied



67- Foliar sampling with an unmanned aerial system (UAS) reveals spectral and functional trait differences within tree crowns
Schweiger A K , Lussier Desbiens A , Charron G , La Vigne H , Laliberté E ,
2020 Canadian Journal of Forest Research (Date Added: 2020-10-12)

66- Plants sustain the terrestrial silicon cycle during ecosystem retrogression
de Tombeur F , Turner B L , Laliberté E , Lambers H , Mahy G , Faucon M , Zemunik G , Cornelis J ,
2020 Science (New York, N.Y.) (Date Added: 2020-09-14)

65- Foliar spectra and traits of bog plants across nitrogen deposition gradients
Girard A , Schweiger A K , Carteron A , Kalacska M , Laliberté E ,
2020 Remote Sensing (Date Added: 2020-09-03)

64- Temperate Forests Dominated by Arbuscular or Ectomycorrhizal Fungi Are Characterized by Strong Shifts from Saprotrophic to Mycorrhizal Fungi with Increasing Soil Depth
Carteron A , Beigas M , Joly S , Turner B L , Laliberté E ,
2020 Microbial Ecology (Date Added: 2020-06-27)

63- Greater root phosphatase activity of tropical trees at low phosphorus despite strong variation among species
Guilbeault‐Mayers X , Turner B L , Laliberté E ,
2020 Ecology (Date Added: 2020-05-30)

62- Silicon Dynamics During 2 Million Years of Soil Development in a Coastal Dune Chronosequence Under a Mediterranean Climate
de Tombeur F , Turner B L , Laliberté E , Lambers H , Cornelis J ,
2020 Ecosystems (Date Added: 2020-03-06)

61- Soil abiotic and biotic properties constrain the establishment of a dominant temperate tree into boreal forests
Carteron A , Parasquive V , Blanchard F , Guilbeault‐Mayers X , Turner B L , Vellend M , Laliberté E ,
2020 Journal of Ecology (Date Added: 2020-01-25)

60- Partitioning plant spectral diversity into alpha and beta components
Laliberté E , Schweiger A K , Legendre P ,
2019 Ecology Letters (Date Added: 2019-12-07)

59- Contrasting patterns of plant and microbial diversity during long-term ecosystem development
Turner B L , Zemunik G , Laliberté E , Drake J J , Jones F A , Saltonstall K ,
2019 Journal of Ecology (Date Added: 2019-02-07)

58- Plasticity in root symbioses following shifts in soil nutrient availability during long-term ecosystem development
Teste F P , Laliberté E ,
2018 Journal of Ecology (Date Added: 2019-01-11)

57- Biotic and abiotic plant–soil feedback depends on nitrogen-acquisition strategy and shifts during long-term ecosystem development
Png G K , Lambers H , Kardol P , Turner B L , Wardle D A , Laliberté E ,
2018 Journal of Ecology (Date Added: 2018-09-10)

56- Symbiotic N2-Fixer Community Composition, but Not Diversity, Shifts in Nodules of a Single Host Legume Across a 2-Million-Year Dune Chronosequence
Birnbaum C , Bissett A , Teste F P , Laliberté E ,
2018 Microbial Ecology (Date Added: 2018-04-25)

55- Phosphorus- and nitrogen-acquisition strategies in two Bossiaea species (Fabaceae) along retrogressive soil chronosequences in south-western Australia
Abrahão A , Ryan M H , Laliberté E , Oliveira R S , Lambers H ,
2018 Physiologia Plantarum (Date Added: 2018-04-04)

54- Effects of fragmentation on the plant functional composition and diversity of remnant woodlands in a young and rapidly expanding city
Ramalho C E , Laliberté E , Poot P , Hobbs R ,
2018 Journal of Vegetation Science (Date Added: 2018-03-20)

53- A climosequence of chronosequences in southwestern Australia
Turner B L , Hayes P E , Laliberté E ,
2018 European Journal of Soil Science (Date Added: 2018-02-01)

52- High abundance of non-mycorrhizal plant species in severely phosphorus-impoverished Brazilian campos rupestres
Zemunik G , Lambers H , Turner B L , Laliberté E , Oliveira R S ,
2017 Plant and Soil (Date Added: 2017-12-06)

51- How belowground interactions contribute to the coexistence of mycorrhizal and non-mycorrhizal species in severely phosphorus-impoverished hyperdiverse ecosystems
Lambers H , Albornoz F , Kotula L , Laliberté E , Ranathunge K , Teste F P , Zemunik G ,
2017 Plant and Soil (Date Added: 2017-10-16)

50- Soil fertility shapes belowground food webs across a regional climate gradient
Laliberté E , Kardol P , Didham R K , Teste F P , Turner B L , Wardle D A ,
2017 Ecology Letters (Date Added: 2017-09-30)

49- Greater root phosphatase activity in nitrogen-fixing rhizobial but not actinorhizal plants with declining phosphorus availability
Png G K , Turner B L , Albornoz F E , Hayes P E , Lambers H , Laliberté E ,
2017 Journal of Ecology (Date Added: 2017-04-15)

48- Plant-soil feedback and the maintenance of diversity in Mediterranean-climate shrublands
Teste F P , Kardol P , Turner B L , Wardle D A , Zemunik G , Renton M , Laliberté E ,
2017 Science (Date Added: 2017-02-15)

47- Strong linkage between plant and soil fungal communities along a successional coastal dune system
Roy-Bolduc, A, Laliberte, E, Boudreau, S, Hijri, M
2016 FEMS Microbiology Ecology (Date Added: 2016-11-28)

46- Changes in ectomycorrhizal fungal community composition and declining diversity along a 2-million-year soil chronosequence
Albornoz, FE, Teste, FP, Lambers, H, Bunce, M, Murray, DC, White, NE, Laliberte, E
2016 Molecular Ecology (Date Added: 2016-11-28)

45- Below-ground frontiers in trait-based plant ecology
Laliberte, E
2016 The New Phytologist (Date Added: 2016-11-28)

44- Native soilborne pathogens equalize differences in competitive ability between plants of contrasting nutrient-acquisition strategies
Albornoz, FE, Burgess, TI, Lambers, H, Etchells, H, Laliberté, E, Power, A
2016 Journal of Ecology (Date Added: 2016-08-08)

43- Increasing plant species diversity and extreme species turnover accompany declining soil fertility along a long-term chronosequence in a biodiversity hotspot
Zemunik, G, Turner, BL, Lambers, H, Laliberté, E, Dyer, A
2016 Journal of Ecology (Date Added: 2016-05-10)

42- Shifts in symbiotic associations in plants capable of forming multiple root symbioses across a long-term soil chronosequence
Albornoz, FE, Lambers, H, Turner, BL, Teste, FP, Laliberte, E
2016 Ecology and Evolution (Date Added: 2016-05-10)

41- Reinforcing loose foundation stones in trait-based plant ecology
Shipley, B, De Bello, F, Cornelissen, JHC, Laliberte, E, Laughlin, DC, Reich, PB
2016 Oecologia (Date Added: 2016-02-26)

40- High richness of ectomycorrhizal fungi and low host specificity in a coastal sand dune ecosystem revealed by network analysis
Roy-Bolduc, A, Laliberte, E, Hijri, M
2016 Ecology and Evolution (Date Added: 2016-02-08)

39- Mycorrhizal fungal biomass and scavenging declines in phosphorus-impoverished soils during ecosystem retrogression
Teste, FP, Laliberté, E, Lambers, H, Auer, Y, Kramer, S, Kandeler, E
2016 Soil Biology and Biochemistry (Date Added: 2015-11-16)

38- Metabolic adaptations of the non-mycotrophic Proteaceae to soils with low phosphorus availability
Lambers, H
2015 Annual Plant Reviews: Phosphorus Metabolism in Plants (Date Added: 2017-07-31)

37- The rise and fall of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal diversity during ecosystem retrogression
Kruger, M, Teste, FP, Laliberte, E, Lambers, H, Coghlan, M, Zemunik, G, Bunce, M
2015 Molecular Ecology (Date Added: 2015-11-16)

36- Diversity of plant nutrient-acquisition strategies increases during long-term ecosystem development
Zemunik, G, Turner, BL, Lambers, H, Laliberté, E
2015 Nature Plants (Date Added: 2015-05-06)

34- Phosphorus limitation, soil-borne pathogens and the coexistence of plant species in hyperdiverse forests and shrublands
Laliberté, E, Lambers, H, Burgess, TI, Wright, SJ
2015 New Phytologist (Date Added: 2015-04-08)

33- Leaf manganese accumulation and phosphorus-acquisition efficiency
Lambers, H, Hayes, PE, Laliberté, E, Oliveira, RS, Turner, BL
2015 Trends in Plant Science (Date Added: 2015-04-08)

32-Biogeography of kwongan: origins, diversity, endemism and vegetation patterns
Mucina, L
2014 Plant Life on the Sandplains in Southwest Australia, A Global Biodiversity Hotspot ( Date Added: 2017-07-31)

31-Plant mineral nutrition
Lambers, H
2014 Plant Life on the Sandplains in Southwest Australia, A Global Biodiversity Hotspot ( Date Added: 2017-07-31)

30- Environmental filtering explains variation in plant diversity along resource gradients
Laliberté, E, Zemimik, G, Turner, BL
2014 Science (Date Added: 2015-04-08)

29- The winners and losers of land use intensification: Pollinator community disassembly is non-random and alters functional diversity
Rader, R, Bartomeus, I, Tylianakis, JM, Laliberté, E
2014 Diversity and Distributions (Date Added: 2015-04-08)

27- Complex effects of fragmentation on remnant woodland plant communities of a rapidly urbanizing biodiversity hotspot
Ramalho, CE, Laliberté, E, Poot, P, Hobbs, RJ
2014 Ecology (Date Added: 2015-04-08)

26- Low levels of ribosomal RNA partly account for the very high photosynthetic phosphorus-use efficiency of Proteaceae species
Sulpice, R, Ishihara, H, Schlereth, A, Cawthray, GR, Encke, B, Giavalisco, P, Ivakov, A, Arrivault, S, Jost, R, Krohn, N, Kuo, J, Laliberté, E, Pearse, SJ, Raven, JA, Scheible, W-R, Teste, F, Veneklaas, EJ, Stitt, M, Lambers, H
2014 Plant, Cell and Environment (Date Added: 2015-04-08)

25- Phosphorus nutrition of phosphorus-sensitive Australian native plants: threats to plant communities in a global biodiversity hotspot
Lambers, H, Ahmedi, I, Berkowitz, O, Dunne, C, Finnegan, PM, Hardy, GESJ, Jost, R, Laliberte, E, Pearse, SJ, Teste, FP
2013 Conservation Physiology (Date Added: 2015-05-06)

24- Contrasting effects of productivity and disturbance on plant functional diversity at local and metacommunity scales
Laliberté, E, Norton, DA, Scott, D
2013 Journal of Vegetation Science (Date Added: 2015-04-08)

23- Biotic plant-soil feedbacks across temporal scales
Kardol, P, De Deyn, GB, Laliberté, E, Mariotte, P, Hawkes, CV
2013 Journal of Ecology (Date Added: 2015-04-08)

22- Primed for change: Developing ecological restoration for the 21st century
Shackelford, N, Hobbs, RJ, Burgar, JM, Erickson, TE, Fontaine, JB, Laliberté, E, Ramalho, CE, Perring, MP, Standish, RJ
2013 Restoration Ecology (Date Added: 2015-04-08)

21- Nutrient limitation along the jurien bay dune chronosequence: Response to uren & parsons (2013)
Laliberté, E, Turner, BL, Zemunik, G, Wyrwoll, K-H, Pearse, SJ, Lambers, H
2013 Journal of Ecology (Date Added: 2015-04-08)

20- How does pedogenesis drive plant diversity?
Laliberté, E, Grace, JB, Huston, MA, Lambers, H, Teste, FP, Turner, BL, Wardle, DA
2013 Trends in Ecology and Evolution (Date Added: 2015-04-08)

19- A long-term experimental test of the dynamic equilibrium model of species diversity
Laliberté, E, Lambers, H, Norton, DA, Tylianakis, JM, Huston, MA
2013 Oecologia (Date Added: 2015-04-08)

18- Phosphorus-mobilization ecosystem engineering: the roles of cluster roots and carboxylate exudation in young P-limited ecosystems.
Lambers, H, Bishop, JG, Hopper, SD, Laliberté, E, Zúñiga-Feest, A
2012 Annals of botany (Date Added: 2015-04-08)

17- Cascading effects of long-term land-use changes on plant traits and ecosystem functioning
Laliberté, E, Tylianakis, JM
2012 Ecology (Date Added: 2015-04-08)

16- Proteaceae from severely phosphorus-impoverished soils extensively replace phospholipids with galactolipids and sulfolipids during leaf development to achieve a high photosynthetic phosphorus-use-efficiency
Lambers, H, Cawthray, GR, Giavalisco, P, Kuo, J, Laliberté, E, Pearse, SJ, Scheible, W-R, Stitt, M, Teste, F, Turner, BL
2012 New Phytologist (Date Added: 2015-04-08)

15- Experimental assessment of nutrient limitation along a 2-million-year dune chronosequence in the south-western Australia biodiversity hotspot
Laliberté, E, Turner, BL, Costes, T, Pearse, SJ, Wyrwoll, K-H, Zemunik, G, Lambers, H
2012 Journal of Ecology (Date Added: 2015-04-08)

14- Estimating Litter Decomposition Rate in Single-Pool Models Using Nonlinear Beta Regression
Laliberté, E, Adair, EC, Hobbie, SE
2012 PLoS ONE (Date Added: 2015-04-08)

13- Which plant traits determine abundance under long-term shifts in soil resource availability and grazing intensity?
Laliberté, E, Shipley, B, Norton, DA, Scott, D
2012 Journal of Ecology (Date Added: 2012-04-27)

12- Phosphorus nutrition of proteaceae in severely phosphorus-impoverished soils: Are there lessons to be learned for future crops?
Lambers, H, Finnegan, PM, Laliberté, E, Pearse, SJ, Ryan, MH, Shane, MW, Veneklaas, EJ
2011 Plant Physiology (Date Added: 2015-04-08)

11- Climatic constraints on trait-based forest assembly
Laughlin, DC, Fulé, PZ, Huffman, DW, Crouse, J, Laliberté, E
2011 Journal of Ecology (Date Added: 2015-04-08)

10- Conservation of species interaction networks
Tylianakis, JM, Laliberté, E, Nielsen, A, Bascompte, J
2010 Biological Conservation (Date Added: 2015-04-08)

9- Land-use intensification reduces functional redundancy and response diversity in plant communities
Laliberté, E, Wells, JA, Declerck, F, Metcalfe, DJ, Catterall, CP, Queiroz, C, Aubin, I, Bonser, SP, Ding, Y, Fraterrigo, JM, McNamara, S, Morgan, JW, Merlos, DS, Vesk, PA, Mayfield, MM
2010 Ecology Letters (Date Added: 2015-04-08)

8- Deforestation homogenizes tropical parasitoid-host networks
Laliberté, E, Tylianakis, JM
2010 Ecology (Date Added: 2015-04-08)

7- Comparison of two sampling methods for quantifying changes in vegetation composition under rangeland development
Laliberté, E, Norton, DA, Tylianakis, JM, Scott, D
2010 Rangeland Ecology and Management (Date Added: 2015-04-08)

6- A distance-based framework for measuring functional diversity from multiple traits
Laliberte, E, Legendre, P
2010 Ecology (Date Added: 2011-04-14)

5- Assessing the scale-specific importance of niches and other spatial processes on beta diversity: A case study from a temperate forest
Laliberté, E, Paquette, A, Legendre, P, Bouchard, A
2009 Oecologia (Date Added: 2011-08-11)

4- Spatiotemporal patterns in seedling emergence and early growth of two oak species direct-seeded on abandoned pastureland
Laliberté, E, Cogliastro, A, Bouchard, A
2008 Annals of Forest Science (Date Added: 2015-04-08)

3- Optimizing hardwood reforestation in old fields: The effects of treeshelters and environmental factors on tree seedling growth and physiology
Laliberté, E, Bouchard, A, Cogliastro, A
2008 Restoration Ecology (Date Added: 2015-04-08)

2- Analyzing or explaining beta diversity? Comment
Legendre, P, Borcard, D, Peres-Neto, PR
2008 Ecology (Date Added: 2011-08-11)

1- Lac Croche understory vegetation data set (1998-2006): Ecological Archives E088-197
Paquette, A, Laliberté, E, Bouchard, A, De Blois, S, Legendre, P, Brisson, J
2007 Ecology (Date Added: 2011-04-20)