Research interests

Plant-soil interactions, plant species coexistence, plant functional ecology, plant-environment interactions, nutrient acquisition, long-term ecosystem development, succession

Academic positions

2016-...    Professeur agrégé (Associate Professor), Département de sciences biologiques, UdeM, Canada

2014-2016    Professeur adjoint (Assistant Professor), Département de sciences biologiques, UdeM, Canada

2014    Associate Professor, School of Plant Biology, UWA, Australia

2010-2014    Assistant Professor, School of Plant Biology, UWA, Australia

Adjunct position

2015-...    Adjunct Senior Lecturer, School of Plant Biology, UWA, Australia


2007-2011    PhD (Ecology), University of Canterbury, New Zealand

2004-2006    M.Sc. (Ecology), Université de Montréal, Canada

1998-2002     B.Sc. (Botany), McGill University, Canada

Editorial work

2016-...    Associate Editor, Journal of Ecology

2014-...    Section Editor, Plant and Soil

2011-2014   Consulting Editor, Plant and Soil

Fellowships, scholarships and awards

2016              Tansley MedalNew Phytologist Trust

2014              UWA Vice Chancellor's Early Career Best Publication Award, The University of Western Australia

2014              UWA Oustanding Young Investigator Award, The University of Western Australia

2013              UWA Research Collaboration Award, The University of Western Australia

2012-2015    ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA)

2012              UWA Research Development Award, The University of Western Australia

2011              UWA High Achieving Young Scientist Award, The University of Western Australia

2011-2014    UWA Research Fellowship, The University of Western Australia

2010              Graham Whyte Forestry Prize, University of Canterbury

2008-2011    New Zealand International Doctoral Research Scholarship

2007-2010   University of Canterbury International PhD Scholarship

2007-2010   FQRNT PhD Research Scholarship

2007-2010   NSERC PhD Postgraduate Scholarship (declined)

2006           M.Sc. Thesis Bursary, Université de Montréal

2006           Jacques Rousseau Bursary, IRBV

2001           Jardine Bursary, McGill University

Competitive research grants

2016                       UWA Research Collaboration Award (PI): Poor dirt, rich vegetation: why?

2015-2018              ARC Linkage Project (PI): Functional approach to restoration of species-rich scrublands

2015-2017              FRQNT Nouveau Chercheur (sole CI): Mycorhizes et décomposition

2014-2019              NSERC Discovery grant (sole CI): Getting to the roots of trait-based plant ecology

2013-2016              Hermon Slade Foundation (lead CI): Native Phytophthora in kwongan: friends or foes?

2013-2016              ARC Discovery Project (lead CI): Plant-soil feedback and plant biodiversity maintenance

2012-2015              ARC DECRA (sole CI): Plant species diversity along fertility gradients

2013                         UWA Research Collaboration Award: Soil development along chronosequences

2012                         UWA Research Development Award: Predicting plant biodiversity

2011-2012               UWA Research Fellowship


  • Acta Oecologica
  • Annals of Botany
  • Applied Vegetation Science
  • Austral Ecology
  • Biodiversity and Conservation
  • Community Ecology
  • Ecography
  • Ecology
  • Ecology Letters
  • Ecoscience
  • Functional Ecology
  • Global Change Biology
  • Global Ecology and Biogeography
  • Journal of Applied Ecology
  • Journal of Ecology
  • Journal of Vegetation Science
  • Methods in Ecology and Evolution
  • Nature Ecology & Evolution
  • New Phytologist
  • New Zealand Journal of Ecology
  • Oecologia
  • Oikos
  • Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics
  • Plant and Soil
  • PNAS
  • Science