Etienne Laliberté
Professeur agrégé / Associate professor
Centre sur la biodiversité
Institut de recherche en biologie végétale
Département de sciences biologiques
Université de Montréal, Canada



We study plant functional traits to understand and predict changes in vegetation following environmental changes. We focus on soil resource availability as a driving environmental variable and on plant traits governing nutrient acquisition and use. We are particularly interested in ecological interactions among soils, plants and their root-associated microbes and their consequences on plant biodiversity and ecosystem functioning.


Recent news

  • Pathogens, ectomycorrhizas and plant competition Felipe Albornoz, a recent PhD graduate in our lab, has published a video blog post on here explaining the results of his recent study in Journal of Ecology. Worth watching ...
    Posted Nov 11, 2016, 12:10 PM by Etienne Laliberté
  • PhD funded position in mycorrhizal ecology A funded PhD position in mycorrhizal ecology is availaible in our group. Please see attached PDF and this link for more details!
    Posted Nov 3, 2016, 1:10 PM by Etienne Laliberté
  • Belowground frontiers in trait-based plant ecology New Tansley Insight short review published today on how to better integrate root and mycorrhizal fungal traits into trait-based plant functional ecology!See publications page for a PDF.
    Posted Oct 14, 2016, 11:24 AM by Etienne Laliberté
  • 'Jack-of-all-trades' plants Plant species show a remarkable diversity of belowground strategies to acquire nutrients: different types of mycorrhizal associations, symbioses with nitrogen-fixing bacteria, and many more. While most plant species use ...
    Posted Mar 30, 2016, 1:52 PM by Etienne Laliberté
  • Mycorrhizal fungi struggle when soil P is extremely low Mycorrhizal fungi are root symbionts of plants, and their main benefit to plants is thought to enhance the acquisition of soil phosophorus. However, when soils become extremely old and phosphorus ...
    Posted Dec 22, 2015, 7:29 AM by Etienne Laliberté
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