Michaël Belluau

Postdoc
Les traits prédicteurs de la distribution des espèces herbacées le long des gradients de disponibilité d'eau
Université de Sherbrooke

Doctorat
Les traits prédicteurs de la distribution des espèces herbacées le long des gradients de disponibilité d'eau
Université de Sherbrooke

Directeur: Bill Shipley
Codirecteur: CoDirecteurInconnu

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Vegetation ecologist by training, my personal and research interests revolve around better understanding plant relationship with biodiversity and environmental changes in order to implement better conservation and restoration policies. I have a strong academic background in ecosystems functioning, functional ecology and plant architecture. During my MSc, I studied the response of multiple Arabidopsis thaliana ecotypes and accessions to high temperature and drought. Pursuing and expanding this line of enquiry, my PhD project focused on the morpho-anatomical and physiological functional traits of drought tolerance of herbaceous species that can predict species occurrence along a soil water availability gradient. It allowed me to explore environmental filtering processes and more precisely, the role of species hydrological niche in the assemblage of plant communities. During this period, I used various ecological and statistical tools, supervised and trained students and interns, in addition to general lab management responsibilities (lab meeting, scientific discussions). During my studies, I had the opportunity to be part of several projects involving different laboratories and disciplines, which has allowed me to develop an interdisciplinary skillset. As manager of an invasive plant database, I learned to work efficiently with a wide variety of plant conservation stakeholders. Earlier, I was also involved in several forestry projects including the implementation of plant architectural study protocol which gave me solid experimental design skills and graphic design experience. My Ph.D., added to these projects, reinforced my resourcefulness and skillset as well as my teamwork and have given me solid communication, inside and outside of scientific settings, from large international conferences, to small training courses.

While my research has focused on functional and comparative ecology as well as plant eco-physiology, I am now particularly interested to reinforce and extend my conceptual framework to include a wider phylogenetic and taxonomic diversity. My research goals and professional experience are strongly aligned with the goals of the MITACS Elevate fellowships, with a heavy emphasis on transdisciplinarity and technical expertise. As an early career scientist seeking to bridge the gap between theory and practice, this program will prove invaluable in linking the latest scientific advances to concerted conservation decisions. Moreover, I am highly motivated to build on my basic knowledge of GIS software to develop the expertise necessary for this project as well as to broaden my skillset, which will ensure high quality data analysis, and will produce tangible deliverables (e.g. land cover maps) that will be used to ease management and conservation decisions by our partner Hydro-Québec.

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