Book chapters

3. Lambers, H., Clode, P., Hawkins, H.J., Laliberté, E., Oliveira, R.S., Reddell, P., Shane, M.W., Stitt, M. and P. Weston. 2015. Metabolic adaptations of the non-mycotrophic Proteaceae to soils with low phosphorus availability. In Phosphorus Metabolism in Plants in the Post-Genomic Era: From Gene to Ecosystems. Editors: W.C. Plaxton and H. Lambers. Wiley, Chichester, UK. p. 289-336 [pdf]

2. Lambers, H., Shane, M.W., Laliberté, E., Swarts, N.D., Teste, F.P. and G. Zemunik. 2014. Plant mineral nutrition. In Plant Life on the Sandplains in Southwest Australia, A Global Biodiversity Hotspot. Editor: H. Lambers. UWA Publishing, Crawley, Australia. p. 101-127 [pdf]

1. Mucina, L., Laliberté, E., Thiele, K.R., Dodson, J.R. and J. Harvey. 2014. Biogeography of kwongan: origins, diversity, endemism and vegetation patterns. In Plant Life on the Sandplains in Southwest Australia, A Global Biodiversity Hotspot. Editor: H. Lambers. UWA Publishing, Crawley, Australia. p. 35-79 [pdf]

Peer-reviewed publications

2018 & in press

54. Png, G. K., Lambers, H., Kardol, P., Turner, B. L., Wardle, D.A. and Laliberté, E. 2018. Biotic and abiotic plant-soil feedback depends on nitrogen-acquisition strategy and shifts during long-term ecosystem development. Journal of Ecology (in press).

53. Birnbaum, C., Bissett, A., Teste, F.P. and E. Laliberté. 2018. Symbiotic N2-fixer community composition, but not diversity, shifts in nodules of a single host legume across a 2-million-year dune chronosequence. Microbial Ecology (in press).

52. Abrahão, A., Ryan, M. H., Laliberté, E., Oliveira, R. S., and H. Lambers. Phosphorus- and nitrogen-acquisition strategies in two Bossiaea species (Fabaceae) along retrogressive chronosequences in south-western Australia. Physiologia Plantarum (in press).

51. Ramalho, C. E., Laliberté, E., Poot, P. and R. Hobbs. 2018. Effects of fragmentation on the plant functional composition and diversity of remnant woodlands in a young and rapidly expanding city. Journal of Vegetation Science (in press).

50. Turner, B.L., Hayes, P. E., and E. Laliberté. 2018. A climosequence of chronosequences in southwestwern Australia. European Journal of Soil Science 69:68-85. [web] [pdf]

49. Zemunik, G., Lambers, H., Turner, B.L., Laliberté, E. and R. S. Oliveira. 2018. High abundance of non-mycorrhizal plant species in severely phosphorus-impoverished Brazilian campos rupestres. Plant and Soil (in press).


48. Lambers, H., Albornoz, F.E., Kotula, L., Laliberté, E., Ranathunge, K., Teste, F.P., and G. Zemunik. 2017. How belowground interactions contribute to the coexistence of mycorrhizal and non-mycorrhizal species in severely phosphorus-impoverished hyperdiverse ecosystems. Plant and Soil (in press).

47. Laliberté, E., Kardol, P., Didham, R. K., Teste, F. P., Turner, B. L., and D. A. Wardle. 2017. Soil fertility shapes belowground food webs across a regional climate gradient. Ecology Letters (in press).

46. Png, G. K., Turner, B. L., Albornoz, F. E., Hayes, P. E., Lambers, H. and Laliberté, E. 2017. Greater root phosphatase activity in nitrogen-fixing rhizobial but not actinorhizal plants with declining phosphorus availability. Journal of Ecology (in press) [web] [pdf]

45. Teste, F. P., Kardol, P., Turner, B. L., Wardle, D. A., Zemunik, G., Renton, M. and Laliberté, E. 2017. Plant-soil feedback and the maintenance of diversity in Mediterranean-climate shrublands. Science 355: 173-176 [web] [pdf]

Perspective by Win van der Putten [web] [pdf]

Press release / Communiqué de presse

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44. Laliberté, E. 2017. Belowground frontiers in trait-based plant ecology. New Phytologist 213: 1597-1603 [web] [pdf]

Invited Tansley Insight

2016 Tansley Medal

Presentation & profile, interview

43. Albornoz, F.E., Lambers, H., Burgess, T.I. and E. Laliberté. 2017. Native soil-borne pathogens equalise differences in competitive ability between plants of contrasting nutrient-acquisition strategies. Journal of Ecology 105: 549-557 [web] [pdf]


42. Roy-Bolduc, A., Laliberté, E., Boudreau, S. and M. Hijri. 2016. Strong linkage between plant and soil fungal communities along a successional coastal dune system. FEMS Microbiology Ecology 92:fiw56 [web] [pdf]

41. Albornoz, F.E., Teste, F. P., Lambers, Bunce, M., Murray, D. C,, White, N. E. and E. Laliberté. 2016. Changes in ectomycorrhizal fungal community composition and declining diversity along a 2-million year soil chronosequence. Molecular Ecology 25: 4919-4929 [web] [pdf]

40. Albornoz, F.E., Lambers, H., Turner, B.L., Teste, F.P. and E. Laliberté. 2016. Shifts in symbiotic associations in plants capable of forming multiple symbioses across a long-term soil chronosequence. Ecology and Evolution 6: 2368-2377 [web] [pdf]

39. Zemunik, G., Lambers, H., Turner, B.L. and E. Laliberté. 2016. Increasing plant species diversity and extreme species turnover accompany declining soil fertility along a long-term dune chronosequence in a biodiversity hotspot. Journal of Ecology 104: 792-805 [web] [pdf]

38. Shipley, B., de Bello, F., Cornelissen, J.H.C., B. Laliberté, E., Laughlin, D.C. and P.B. Reich. 2016. Reinforcing foundation stones in trait-based plant ecology. Oecologia 180: 923-931 [web] [pdf]

37. Teste, F.P., Laliberté, E., Lambers, H., Kramer, S., Auer, Y. and E. Kandeler. 2016. Mycorrhizal fungal productivity and scavenging declines in phosphorus-impoverished soils during ecosystem retrogression. Soil Biology & Biochemistry 92: 119-132 [web] [pdf]


36. Roy-Bolduc, A., Laliberté, E. and M. Hijri. High richness of ectomycorrhizal fungi and low host specificity in a coastal sand dune ecosystem revealed by network analysis. Ecology and Evolution 6: 349-362 [web] [pdf]

35. Krüger, M., Teste, F.P., Laliberté, E., Lambers, H., Coghlan, M., Zemunik, G., and M. Bunce. 2015. The rise and fall of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal diversity during ecosystem retrogression. Molecular Ecology 24: 4912-4930 [web] [pdf]

34. Zemunik, G., Lambers, H., Turner, B. L. and Laliberté, E. 2015. Diversity of plant nutrient-acquisition strategies increases during long-term ecosystem development. Nature Plants [web] [pdf supplement].

UWA press release

UdeM press release (french version here)

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33. Laliberté, E., Lambers, H., Burgess, T. I. and S. J. Wright. 2015. Phosphorus limitation, soil-borne pathogens and the coexistence of plant species in hyperdiverse forests and shrublands. New Phytologist 206: 507-521 [web] [pdf]

Invited Tansley Review

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32. Lambers, H., Hayes, P.E., Laliberté, E., Oliveira, R.S. and B.L. Turner. 2015. Leaf manganese accumulation and phosphorus-acquisition efficiency. Trends in Plant Science 20: 83-90 [web] [pdf]

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31. Turner, B.L. and E. Laliberté. 2015. Soil development and nutrient availability along a two million year coastal dune chronosequence under species-rich Mediterranean shrubland in southwestern Australia. Ecosystems 18: 287-309 [web] [pdf]


30. Laliberté, E., Zemunik, G. and B.L. Turner. 2014. Environmental filtering explains variation in plant diversity along resource gradients. Science 345: 1602-1605 [abstract] [full-text] [pdf]

2016 W.S. Cooper Award, Ecological Society of America

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STRI press release

29. Rader, R., Bartomeus, I., Tylianakis, J. M and E. Laliberté. 2014. The winners and losers of land-use intensification: pollinator community disassembly is non-random and alters functional diversity. Diversity and Distributions 20: 908-917 [web] [pdf]

28. Ramalho, C., Laliberté, E., Poot, P. and R. J. Hobbs. 2014. Complex effects of fragmentation on remnant woodland plant communities of a rapidly urbanizing biodiversity hotspot. Ecology 95: 2466-2478 [web] [pdf]

27. Sulpice, R., Ishihara, H., Schlereth, A., Cawthray, G.R., Encke, B., Giavalisco, P., Ivakov, A., Jost, R., Krohn, N., Kuo, J., Laliberté, E., Pearse, S.J., Raven, J.A., Scheible, W.R., Teste, F.P., Veneklaas, E.J., Stitt, M. and H. Lambers. 2014. Low levels of ribosomal RNA partly account for the very high photosynthetic phosphorus-use efficiency of Proteaceae species. Plant, Cell and Environment 37: 1276-1298 [pdf] [web]

See commentary [pdf]

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26. Hayes, P., Turner, B.L., Lambers, H. and E. Laliberté. 2014 . Foliar nutrient concentrations and resorption efficiency in plants of contrasting nutrient-acquisition strategies along a 2-million-year dune chronosequence. Journal of Ecology 102: 396-410 [pdf] [web]

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25. Laliberté, E., Turner, B.L., Zemunik, G., Wyrwoll, K.-H., Pearse, S.J. and H. Lambers. 2013. Nutrient limitation along the Jurien Bay dune chronosequence: response to Uren & Parsons (2013). Journal of Ecology 101: 1088-1092 [pdf] [web]

Original article

Comment by Uren and Parsons

24. Lambers, H., Ahmedi, I., Berkowitz, O., Dunne, C., Finnegan, P. M., Hardy, G. E., Jost, R., Laliberté, E., Pearse, S. J., and F. P. Teste. 2013. Phosphorus nutrition of phosphorus-sensitive Australian native plants: threats to plant communities in a global biodiversity hotspot. Conservation Physiology 1: cot010 [pdf] [web]

Invited review in this new journal

23. Laliberté, E., Grace, J. B., Huston, M. A., Lambers, H., Teste, F. P., Turner, B. L. and D. A. Wardle. 2013. How does pedogenesis drive plant diversity? Trends in Ecology and Evolution 6: 331-340 [pdf] [web]

22. Shakelford, N., Hobbs, R. J., Burgar, J. M., Erickson, T. E., Fontaine, J. B., Laliberté, E., Ramalho, C. E., Perring, M. P. and R. J. Standish. 2013. Primed for change: developing ecological restoration for the 21st century. Restoration Ecology 21: 297-304 [pdf] [web]

21. Kardol, P., De Deyn, G. B., Laliberté, E., Mariotte, P. and C. V. Hawkes. 2013. Biotic plant-soil feedback across temporal scales. Journal of Ecology 101: 309-315 [pdf] [web]

Invited article for a special feature on plant-soil feedback.

20. Laliberté, E., D. A. Norton and D. Scott. 2013. Contrasting effects of productivity and disturbance on plant functional diversity at local and metacommunity scales. Journal of Vegetation Science 24: 834-842 [pdf] [web]

Invited article for a special feature on plant functional diversity.

19. Laliberté, E., H. Lambers, D. A. Norton, J. M. Tylianakis and M. A. Huston. 2013. A long-term experimental test of the dynamic equilibrium model of species diversity. Oecologia 171: 439-448 [pdf] [web]


18. Laliberté, E*., Adair, E. C.*, Hobbie, S. 2012. Estimating litter decomposition rate in single-pool models using nonlinear beta regression. PLoS ONE 7:e45140 [pdf] [web] *Equal contribution.

17. Lambers, H., Cawthray, G. R., Giavalisco, P., Kuo, J., Laliberté, E., Pearse, S. J., Scheible, W. R., Stitt, M., Teste, F., and Turner, B. L. 2012. Proteaceae from severely phosphorus-impoverished soils extensively replace phospholipids by galactolipids and sulfolipids during leaf development to achieve a high photosynthetic phosphorus-use efficiency. New Phytologist 196: 1098-1108 [pdf] [web]

16. Lambers, H., Bishop, J.G., Hopper, S.D., Laliberté, E. and A. Zúñiga-Fest. 2012. Phosphorus-mobilisation ecosystem engineering: the roles of cluster roots and carboxylate exudation in young P-limited ecosystems. Annals of Botany 110: 329-348 [pdf] [web]

Invited review for a special issue on root biology.

15. Laliberté, E., Turner, B.L., Costes, T., Pearse, S.J., Wyrwoll, K.-H., Zemunik, G., and H. Lambers. 2012. Experimental assessment of nutrient limitation along a 2-million year dune chronosequence in the south-western Australia biodiversity hotspot. Journal of Ecology 100: 631-642 [pdf] [web].

14. Laliberté, E., Shipley, B., Norton, D. A., and D. Scott. 2012. Which plant traits determine abundance under long-term shifts in soil resource availability and grazing intensity? Journal of Ecology 100: 662-677 [pdf] [web]

13. Laliberté, E. and J. M. Tylianakis. 2012. Cascading effects of long-term land-use changes on plant traits and ecosystem functioning. Ecology 93: 145-155 [pdf] [web]


12. Laughlin, D. C., Fulé, P. Z., Huffman, D. W., Crouse, J., and E. Laliberté. 2011. Climatic constraints on trait-based forest assembly. Journal of Ecology 99: 1489-1499. [pdf] [web]

11. Lambers, H., Finnegan, P. M., Laliberté, E., Pearse, S. J., Ryan, M. H., Shane, M. W., and E. J. Veneklaas. 2011. Phosphorus nutrition of Proteaceae in severely phosphorus-impoverished soils: are there lessons to be learned for future crops? Plant Physiology 156:1058-1066. [pdf] [web]

Invited “Update” for a special issue on phosphorus nutrition.


10. Laliberté, E., Norton, D. A., Tylianakis, J. M., and D. Scott. 2010. Comparison of two sampling methods for quantifying changes in vegetation community structure under rangeland development. Rangeland Ecology & Management 63: 537-545 [pdf] [Endnote] [BibTeX] [web]

9. Tylianakis, J. M., Laliberté, E., Nielsen, A., and J. Bascompte. 2010. Conservation of species interaction networks. Biological Conservation 143: 2270-2279 [pdf] [Endnote] [BibTeX] [web]

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8. Laliberté, E*. and J. M. Tylianakis*. 2010. Deforestation homogenizes tropical parasitoid-host networks. Ecology 91: 1740-1747 [pdf] [Endnote] [BibTeX] [web] *Equal contribution.

Highligted in EcoTone, ESA’s blog.

7. Laliberté, E., and P. Legendre. 2010. A distance-based framework for measuring functional diversity from multiple traits. Ecology 91: 299-305 [PDF] [Endnote] [BibTeX] [web] [CRAN – FD package] [R-Forge – FD package]

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6. Laliberté, E., Wells J., DeClerck F., Metcalfe D.J., Catterall C.P., Queiroz C., Aubin I., Bonser S.P., Ding Y., Fraterrigo J.M., McNamara S., Morgan J.W., Sanchez-Merlos D, Vesk P.A. and Mayfield M.M. 2010. Land use intensification reduces functional redundancy and response diversity in plant communities. Ecology Letters 13: 76-86 [pdf] [Endnote] [BibTeX] [web]

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5. Laliberté. E., Paquette, A., Legendre, P. and A. Bouchard. 2009. Assessing the scale-specific importance of niches and other spatial processes on beta diversity: a case study from a temperate forest. Oecologia 159: 377-388 [pdf] [Endnote] [BibTeX] [web]


4. Laliberté, E. 2008. Analyzing or explaining beta diversity? Comment. Ecology 89: 3232-3237 [pdf] [Endnote] [BibTeX] [web]

The whole “Analyzing beta diversity” discussion can be downloaded: [pdf] [Endnote] [BibTeX]

3. Laliberté, E., Cogliastro, A. and A. Bouchard. 2008. Spatiotemporal patterns in seedling emergence and early growth of two oak species direct-seeded on abandoned pastureland. Annals of Forest Science 65: e407 [pdf] [Endnote] [BibTeX] [web]

2. Laliberté, E., Bouchard, A. and A. Cogliastro. 2008. Optimizing hardwood reforestation in old-fields: the effects of treeshelters and environmental factors on tree seedling growth and physiology. Restoration Ecology 16: 270-280 [pdf] [Endnote] [BibTeX] [web]


1. Paquette, A., Laliberté, E., Bouchard, A., de Blois, S., P. Legendre, and J. Brisson. 2007. Lac Croche understory vegetation data set (1998-2006) Ecology 88: 3209 [pdf] [Endnote] [BibTeX] [web]


Laliberté, E. 2011. Land-use Intensification in grazing systems: plant trait responses and feedbacks to ecosystem functioning and resilience. PhD thesis, School of Forestry, University of Canterbury. 258 pp. [PDF]

Laliberté, E. 2006. Optimiser l’établissement d’arbres feuillus (Acer saccharinum, Fraxinus pennsylvanica et Quercus macrocarpa) par la “facilitation artificielle”. MSc thesis, Institut de recherche en biologie végétale (IRBV), Département de sciences biologiques, Université de Montréal. 61 pp. [PDF]

Reports & other publications

Laliberté, E., Norton, D. A., and D. Scott. 2008. Impacts of rangeland development on plant functional diversity, ecosystem processes and services, and resilience. Global Land Project (GLP) Newsletter #4 (October) [PDF]

Laliberté, E., Cogliatro, A. and A. Bouchard. 2006. Projet pilote de restauration de paysages forestiers au parc national des îles-de-Boucherville: Rapport final 2004-2005. Institut de recherche en biologie végétale (IRBV), Montréal, QC. [PDF]

Laliberté. E. and G. Boudreau. 2003. Couleurs automnales dans l’arboretum. Quatre-Temps 27(3): 4-7.

Laliberté, E. 2001. The arctic-alpine flora of Sleeping Giant Provincial Park. Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (OMNR). Thunder Bay, ON.

Laliberté, E. 2001. Checklist of the vascular plants of Sleeping Giant Provincial Park. Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (OMNR). Thunder Bay, ON.