Bérenger Bourgeois

Université Laval
Postdoctoral fellow candidate

Supervisor: Monique Poulin
Anne Vanasse, Université Laval
Start: 2018-08-30
End: 2021-08-31
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Biodiversity-based solutions for sustainable floodplain farming
Conceiving a sustainable and multifunctional agriculture able to conciliate food production with biodiversity conservation and ecosystem service provision is a salient challenge. This is especially critical in cultivated floodplains where intensive agriculture practices often directly lead to aquatic biodiversity loss and water quality degradation, as observed in the Lake Saint-Pierre, Quebec (46°12′15″N, 72°49′56″W). Launched in 2018 by the Government of Quebec, the Lake Saint-Pierre Strategic Cluster is a research initiative gathering thirty research scientists for developing crops and agricultural practices adapted to regular flooding and likely to restore the Lake Saint-Pierre ecological integrity. For this, field experiments establishing agroecological practices in the littoral zone will be combined to biodiversity and ecosystem monitoring. As a scientific coordinator and post-doc fellow, I contribute to research design, management and communication.


farmland biodiversity, ecosystem services, sustainable floodplain farming, multifunctional agriculture


1- Invasive tree cover covaries with environmental factors to explain the functional composition of riparian plant communities
Henry, A. L., E. González, B. Bourgeois, A. A. Sher
2021 Oecologia

2- Functional biogeography of weeds reveals how anthropogenic management blurs trait–climate relationships
Bourgeois, Bérenger, François Munoz, Sabrina Gaba, Pierre Denelle, Guillaume Fried, Jonathan Storkey, Cyrille Violle,
2021 Journal of Vegetation Science

3- Do ecological specialization and functional traits explain the abundance–frequency relationship? Arable weeds as a case study
Fried, Guillaume, Laura Armengot, Jonathan Storkey, Bérenger Bourgeois, Sabrina Gaba, Cyrille Violle, François Munoz
2020 Journal of Biogeography

4- Establishing a moss cover inhibits the germination of Typha latifolia, an invasive species, in restored peatlands
Bourgeois, Bérenger, Sandrine Hugron, Monique Poulin
2012 Aquatic Botany

5- Effects of competition, shade and soil conditions on the recolonization of three forest herbs in tree-planted riparian zones
Bourgeois, Bérenger, Anne Vanasse, Monique Poulin,
2016 Applied Vegetation Science

6- Establishment success of trees planted in riparian buffer zones along an agricultural intensification gradient
Bourgeois, B., A. Vanasse, D. Rivest, M. Poulin
2016 Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment

7- Trade-Offs in Seed Dispersal Strategies Across Riparian Trees: The How Matters as Much as the When
González, E., B. Bourgeois, A. Masip, A. A. Sher
2015 River Research and Applications

8- Spatial processes structuring riparian plant communities in agroecosystems: implications for restoration
Bourgeois, Bérenger, Eduardo González, Anne Vanasse, Isabelle Aubin, Monique Poulin
2016 Ecological Applications

9- Threshold dynamics in plant succession after tree planting in agricultural riparian zones
Bourgeois, Bérenger, Anne Vanasse, Eduardo González, Roxane Andersen, Monique Poulin
2016 Journal of Applied Ecology

10- Integrative conservation of riparian zones
González, Eduardo, María R. Felipe-Lucia, Bérenger Bourgeois, Bruno Boz, Christer Nilsson, Grant Palmer, Anna A. Sher
2016 Biological Conservation

11- Divergence between riparian seed banks and standing vegetation increases along successional trajectories
Bourgeois, Bérenger, Céline Boutin, Anne Vanasse, Monique Poulin
2017 Journal of Vegetation Science

12- Vegetation Response to Control of Invasive Tamarix in Southwestern US Rivers: A Collaborative Study Including 416 Sites
González, Eduardo, Anna A Sher, Robert M Anderson, Robin F Bay, Daniel W Bean, Gabriel J Bissonnete, Bérenger Bourgeois, David J Cooper, Kara Dohrenwend, Kim D Eichhorst, Hisham El Waer, Deborah K Kennard, Rebecca Harms-Weissinger, Annie L Henry, Lori J Makarick, Steven M Ostoja, Lindsay V Reynolds, W Wright Robinson, Patrick B Shafroth
2017 Ecological Applications

13- Macroecological and macroevolutionary patterns emerge in the universe of GNU/Linux operating systems
Keil, Petr, A. A. M. MacDonald, Kelly S. Ramirez, Joanne M. Bennett, Gabriel E. García-Peña, Benjamin Yguel, Bérenger Bourgeois, Carsten Meyer
2018 Ecography

14- Spatial modeling improves understanding patterns of invasive species defoliation by a biocontrol herbivore
Henry, Annie L., Eduardo González, W. Wright Robinson, Bérenger Bourgeois, Anna A. Sher
2018 Biological Invasions

15- Response of plant diversity to moss, Carex or Scirpus revegetation strategies of wet depressions in restored fens
Bourgeois, Bérenger, Line Rochefort, Vicky Bérubé, Monique Poulin
2018 Aquatic Botany

16- Seed storage behaviour of eight peatland pool specialists: Implications for restoration
Bourgeois, Bérenger, Marc-André Lemay, Tommy Landry, Line Rochefort, Monique Poulin
2019 Aquatic Botany

17- What makes a weed a weed? A large-scale evaluation of arable weeds through a functional lens
Bourgeois, Bérenger, François Munoz, Guillaume Fried, Lucie Mahaut, Laura Armengot, Pierre Denelle, Jonathan Storkey, Sabrina Gaba, Cyrille Violle
2019 American Journal of Botany

18- Pulses of seed release in riparian Salicaceae coincide with high atmospheric temperature
Bourgeois, Bérenger, Eduardo González
2019 River Research and Applications

19- Ecological Specialization and Rarity of Arable Weeds: Insights from a Comprehensive Survey in France
Munoz, François, Guillaume Fried, Laura Armengot, Bérenger Bourgeois, Vincent Bretagnolle, Joël Chadoeuf, Lucie Mahaut, Christine Plumejeaud, Jonathan Storkey, Cyrille Violle, Sabrina Gaba
2020 Plants

20- Weed diversity is driven by complex interplay between multi-scale dispersal and local filtering
Bourgeois, Bérenger, Sabrina Gaba, Christine Plumejeaud, Vincent Bretagnolle
2020 Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences

21- The Human Element of Restoration Success: Manager Characteristics Affect Vegetation Recovery Following Invasive Tamarix Control
Sher, Anna A., Lisa Clark, Annie L. Henry, Alexander R. B. Goetz, Eduardo González, Anit Tyagi, Isabelle Simpson, Bérenger Bourgeois
2020 Wetlands

22- Native plant turnover and limited exotic spread explain swamp biotic differentiation with urbanization
Paquin, Léo Janne, Bérenger Bourgeois, Stéphanie Pellerin, Didier Alard, Monique Poulin
2020 Applied Vegetation Science

23- Correction to ‘Weed diversity is driven by complex interplay between multi-scale dispersal and local filtering’
Bourgeois, Bérenger, Sabrina Gaba, Christine Plumejeaud, Vincent Bretagnolle
2020 Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences

24- Growth Response of Cuttings to Drought and Intermittent Flooding for Three Salix Species and Implications for Riverbank Soil Bioengineering
Keita, Naren, Bérenger Bourgeois, André Evette, Maxime Tisserant, Eduardo González, Vincent Breton, Charles Goulet, Monique Poulin
2021 Environmental Management

25- Controlling erosion while fostering plant biodiversity: A comparison of riverbank stabilization techniques
Tisserant, Maxime, Bérenger Bourgeois, Eduardo González, André Evette, Monique Poulin
2021 Ecological Engineering

26- Interactive effects between cover crop management and the environment modulate benefits to cash crop yields: a meta-analysis
Bourgeois, Bérenger, Anais Charles, Laura L. Van Eerd, Nicolas Tremblay, Derek H. Lynch, Gaétan Bourgeois, Maxime Bastien, Valérie Bélanger, Christine Landry, Anne Vanasse
2022 Canadian Journal of Plant Science