Sofia van Moorsel

McGill University
Postdoctoral fellow candidate

Supervisor: Andrew Gonzalez
Owen Petchey, University of Zurich
Start: 2018-03-01
End: 2020-08-31
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Community stability in aquatic mesocosms
I study how evolution modifies stability of aquatic (meta)communities using a Large Experimental Array of Ponds (LEAP) at McGills Gault Nature Reserve in Mont St.- Hilaire. In these ponds we will assemble a food web consisting of natural lake water communities and a predatory invasive shrimp species (H. anomala). We will track these communities over this summer and evaluate the impact of environmental stress (acidification and natural heat shocks) on community stability and community evolutionary rescue.


evolutionary rescue, community stability, Daphnia, LEAP, Aquatic Ecosystems, biodiversity, Biodiversity and ecosystem functioning


1- Selection in response to community diversity alters plant performance and functional traits
van Moorsel, Sofia J., Marc W. Schmid, Terhi Hahl, Debra Zuppinger-Dingley, Bernhard Schmid
2018 Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics

2- Sofia J. van Moorsel
van Moorsel, Sofia J.
2018 New Phytologist

3- Community evolution increases plant productivity at low diversity
van Moorsel, Sofia J., Terhi Hahl, Cameron Wagg, Gerlinde B. De Deyn, Dan F. B. Flynn, Debra Zuppinger-Dingley, Bernhard Schmid,
2018 Ecology Letters

4- Antagonistic interactions between filamentous heterotrophs and the cyanobacterium Nostoc muscorum
Svercel, Miroslav, Bianca Saladin, Sofia J van Moorsel, Sarah Wolf, Homayoun C Bagheri
2011 BMC Research Notes

5- Genomics meets remote sensing in global change studies: monitoring and predicting phenology, evolution and biodiversity
Yamasaki, Eri, Florian Altermatt, Jeannine Cavender-Bares, Meredith C Schuman, Debra Zuppinger-Dingley, Irene Garonna, Fabian D Schneider, Carla Guillén-Escribà, Sofia J van Moorsel, Terhi Hahl, Bernhard Schmid, Gabriela Schaepman-Strub, Michael E Schaepman, Kentaro K Shimizu
2017 Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability