Welcome to Fortin's LE Lab

Fortin's LE Lab focuses on conservation biology issues. We investigate how ecological processes and environmental factors affect species persistence, species dispersal and species range dynamics.

Our research is at the interface of several disciplines (spatial ecology, conservation, forest ecology, disturbance ecology, community ecology, landscape genetics, spatial epidemiology, spatial statistics, spatially-explicit modeling, and network theory) where the most important challenging problems lie.

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LE Lab


  • Emily Darling started July 1st, 2016 her NSERC Banting fellowship in Marty Krkosek and Marie-Josee Fortin labs.
  • Marie-Josee was a plenary speaker at the International Statistical Ecology Conference (Seattle, 2016)
  • Cassidy D'Aloia, Ilona Naujokaitis-Lewis, and Marie-Josee Fortin funded CIEE working group on Protected Areas will be held May 30 to June 1, 2016 at UofT.
  • Congratulations to Julia Linke for her new position as Science Coordinator of ABBY-NET.
  • Congratulations to Georgina O'Farrill for her position as Senior Project Coordinator at the Commission for Environmental Cooperation.

New/2016 papers -- Congratulations to:

  • Kate Kirby for D-Place database and paper in Plos ONE.
  • Georgina O'Farrill for her paper in Biological Conservation.
  • Chris Edge for his paper in Oikos.
  • Colin Daniel for his paper in Methods in Ecology & Evolution. ---> Media coverage:
  • Luke Frishkoff for his paper in Ecology Letters.
  • Carina Firkowski for her paper in Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution.
  • Ilona Naujokaitis-Lewis for her paper in Global Change Biology.

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