Jacqueline Oehri

McGill University
Postdoctoral fellow candidate

Supervisor: Brian Leung
Andrew Gonzalez
Start: 2021-09-01
End: 2023-08-31
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Linking multispecies connectivity modelling and ecosystem services in the context of landscape urbanization
In light of the ongoing biodiversity crisis and increasingly fragmented urbanized landscapes, facilitating ecological connectivity of species habitats is crucial for effective conservation management. Past approaches of ecological connectivity are manifold and often inconsistent regarding inferred management guidelines. Furthermore, they typically lack an adequate incorporation of species interactions, which can have important consequences for the movement and persistence of a multitude of species in the ecological network. Therefore, in our project, we develop a methodological framework where we integrate multiple species interactions to assess and evaluate “multi-species connectivity” in urban and peri-urban landscapes. Specifically, we will identify key-indicators of ecological networks allowing the consistent and robust assessment of multi-species connectivity and evaluate recent changes thereof across Canada and further regions. Finally, we will implement our method into a replicable workflow that considers connectivity as well as other ecosystem services and that can be applied across spatial scales and landscape contexts. This project is set up in close collaboration with the environmental research firm Habitat (habitat-nature.com) and co-supervised by Dr. Brian Leung (McGill University) and Dr. Andrew Gonzalez (McGill University, co-founder of Habitat). With this work we aim to support the design of effective conservation networks that sustain biodiversity across local, regional and national scales.


biodiversity conservation management, multi species connectivity, habitat network design, community distribution modeling, prediction and evaluation, modelling of species interaction networks


1- Biodiversity promotes primary productivity and growing season lengthening at the landscape scale
Oehri, Jacqueline, Bernhard Schmid, Gabriela Schaepman-Strub, Pascal A. Niklaus
2017 Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

2- Terrestrial land-cover type richness is positively linked to landscape-level functioning
Oehri, Jacqueline, Bernhard Schmid, Gabriela Schaepman-Strub, Pascal A. Niklaus
2020 Nature Communications

3- Local and landscape-level diversity effects on forest functioning
Jacqueline Oehri, Marvin Bürgin, Bernhard Schmid, Pascal A. Niklaus

4- Design of the tundra rainfall experiment (TRainEx) to simulate future summer precipitation scenarios
Grysko, Raleigh, Elena Plekhanova, Jacqueline Oehri, Sergey V. Karsanaev, Trofim C. Maximov, Gabriela Schaepman-Strub
2021 MethodsX

5- TWISTED DWARF1 Mediates the Action of Auxin Transport Inhibitors on Actin Cytoskeleton Dynamics
Zhu, Jinsheng, Aurelien Bailly, Marta Zwiewka, Valpuri Sovero, Martin Di Donato, Pei Ge, Jacqueline Oehri, Bibek Aryal, Pengchao Hao, Miriam Linnert, Noelia Inés Burgardt, Christian Lücke, Matthias Weiwad, Max Michel, Oliver H. Weiergräber, Stephan Pollmann, Elisa Azzarello, Stefano Mancuso, Noel Ferro, Yoichiro Fukao, Céline Hoffmann, Roland Wedlich-Söldner, Jiří Friml, Clément Thomas, Markus Geisler
2016 The Plant Cell