Our research is focused on the causes and consequences of biodiversity change. Important human causes include habitat loss and fragmentation from land cover change, climate change, and pollution. We also study how populations evolve rapidly in response to these human drivers of environmental change. We quantify how changes in biodiversity impact ecosystem processes and the costs and benefits that arise to human society.
We translate our research into knowledge for conservation and policy. We are particularly focused on the restoration of ecological connectivity in human-dominated landscapes. We are applying this to the design of ecosystem networks for cities, like Montreal.
We are also supporting collaboration and training in biodiversity science via the Quebec Centre for Biodiversity Science, a large research network of 120 researchers and ~500 graduate students, we founded in 2009.
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