Master's Project

Concordia University, Montreal QC

Supervised by Dr. J.P. Lessard (Concordia University)
Co-Supervised by Dr. Martin Nuñez (CONICET/ Universidad Nacional del Comahue)

What structures novel ecosystems?

Novel ecosystems are an inevitable byproducts of modern human activity. Collectively, humans are reshaping and redefining the distributions of countless species around the world. In doing so, we are creating non-historical combinations and compositions of species inhabiting what ecologists are calling "novel ecosystems". These novel ecosystems differ from traditional ones in many ways, including how the species within them interact with one another to structure the biological community. Studying what structures novel ecosystems helps us better understand how to preserve historical ecosystem function and services, and provides insight into fundamental ecological questions and concepts.

Pinus contorta (Lodgepole Pine), a North American species native to the rocky mountains has been introduced all over the world, including here just outside of Queenstown, South Island, New Zealand.