Species traits : a functional approach to biodiversity, from organisms to ecosystems

Participants au cours en 2016

Next formation

Contact : alison.munson@sbf.ulaval.ca


In 2018, we are presenting the 7th edition of the graduate thematic course, this year sponsored principally by the following centres : the Centre for Forest Research (CFR: http://www.cef-cfr.ca), the Quebec Centre for Biodiversity Science (CSBQ ), and the Hydro-Quebec Institute in Environment, Development and Society (IEDS ), based at Université Laval and by the Universidad del Rosario, Bogota, Colombia (host: Juan Posada)

Participants au cours en 2015

The course is offered for credit for MSc and PhD students: Sujets spéciaux en écologie fonctionnelle FOR - 7034 (3 credits, summer course at Université Laval) and students from other universities in Quebec can register through the system of exchange of credits among Quebec universities  (CRÉPUQ) . Those students registered for credit will have the price of the course reduced by half.

Registration and Practical Information

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  1. Presentation of concepts and theory related to functional plant traits
  2. Analysis of traits at organismal, community and ecosystem levels (including relationship to ecosystem function and ecological services)
  3. Examples of use for land use change, climate change, plant-microbe interactions
  4. Measures of traits in the field in teams, analysis and presentation of data
  5. Presentation of available data banks and their correct use

Participants au cours en 2013


Professors confirmed to date for 2018 include Francesco de Bello, Eric Garnier, Alison Munson, Juan Posada and Bill Shipley.

Course content

A detailed program will be available for the end of March, however, the objectives and many of the topics covered are detailed here. The course includes measurement of traits in the field in teams (supervised by professors), followed by analyses, interpretation and presentation of collected data to the group at the end of the week. Registered students will also present their research topic to the group for discussion.

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Participants au cours en 2012


Required reading list

Participants au cours en 2011

Reference book

  • Garnier, E, Navas M-L and Grigulis, K. (in press). Plant Functional Diversity - Organismic traits, community structure, ecosystem properties. Oxford University Press.
  • Garnier, E and Navas M-L. 2013. Diversité fonctionnelle des plantes: Traits des organisms, structure des communautés, propriétés des écosystèmes. De boeck. 353 p.
  • Grime, J.P. (2001) Plant Strategies, Vegetation Processes, and Ecosystem Properties, 2nd Edition edn. John Wiley & Sons, Chichester.

Standard protocols

Other priority readings

And more if you have extra time…

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