Eric Searle

Biodiversity effects on forest ecosystem function at local and landscape scales
Université du Québec à Montréal
Directeur: Alain Paquette


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  • 2019 Ph.D., Forest Science, Lakehead University, Thunder Bay ON Dissertation 
  • 2015 M.Sc., Forest Science, Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, ON Thesis 
  • 2013 B.Sc., Biology, McGill University, Montreal, QC

Current Areas of Research and Research Interests

  • Statistical ecology
  • Large-scale modelling
  • Forest mensuration
  • Climate change effects on forest ecosystem functioning
  • Forest diversity effects on forest ecosystem functions
  • Successional trajectories within forest communities
  • Forest carbon storage and sequestration


  1. Brecka, A.F.J., Boulanger, Y., Searle, E.B., Taylor, A.R., Price, D.T., Zhu, Y., Shahi, C., Chen, H.Y.H. (2020). Sustainability of Canada’s forestry sector may be compromised by impending climate change. Forest Ecology and Management. Accepted.
  2. Yu, Z., Chen, H.Y.H, Searle, E.B., Sardans, J., Ciais, P., Peñuelas, J., Huang, Z. (2020). Whole soil acidification and base cation reduction across subtropical China. Geoderma, Volume 361.
  3. Searle, E.B, & Chen, H.Y.H. (2020). Complementarity effects are strengthened by competition intensity and global environmental change in the central boreal forests of Canada. Ecology letters, 23, 79-87.
  4. Chen, X., Chen, H.Y.H., Chen, C.; Ma, Z.; Searle, E.B.; Yu, Z.; Huang, Z. (2020). Effects of plant diversity on soil carbon in diverse ecosystems: a global meta-analysis. Biological reviews, 95: 167-183.
  5. Hisano, M., Chen, H.Y.H., Searle, E.B., & Reich, P.B. (2019). Species-rich boreal forests grew more and suffered less mortality than species-poor forests under the environmental change of the past half-century. Ecology letters, 22, 999-1008.
  6. Searle, E. B., & Chen, H. Y. H. (2018). Temporal declines in tree longevity associated with faster lifetime growth rates in boreal forests. Environmental Research Letters, 13(12), 125003.
  7. Kumar, P., Shahi, C., Searle, E.B. & Chen, H.Y.H. (2018). Dynamics of understorey biomass, production and turnover associated with long-term overstorey succession in boreal forest of Canada Forest Ecology and Management, 427, 152-16.
  8. Hisano, M., Searle, E.B. & Chen, H.Y.H. (2018). Biodiversity as a solution to mitigate climate change impacts on the functioning of forest ecosystems. Biological reviews of the Cambridge Philosophical Society, 93, 439-456.
  9. Sun, X., Shen, Y., Schuster, M.J., Searle, E.B., Chen, J.H., Yang, G.W. & Zhang, Y.J. (2018). Initial responses of grass litter tissue chemistry and N:P stoichiometry to varied N and P input rates and ratios in Inner Mongolia. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, 252, 114-125.
  10. Yu, Z., Wang, M., Huang, Z., Lin, T.C., Vadeboncoeur, M.A., Searle, E.B. & Chen, H.Y.H. (2018). Temporal changes in soil C‐N‐P stoichiometry over the past 60 years across subtropical China. Global Change Biology, 24, 1308-1320.
  11. Gao, B., Taylor, A. R., Searle, E. B., Kumar, P., Ma, Z., Hume, A. M., & Chen, H. Y. H. (2017). Carbon storage declines in old boreal forests irrespective of succession pathway. Ecosystems, 1-15.
  12. Searle, E.B. & Chen, H.Y.H. (2017). Climate change-associated trends in biomass dynamics are consistent across soil drainage classes in western boreal forests of Canada. Forest Ecosystems, 4, 18. Editor’s Highlight.
  13. Searle, E.B. & Chen, H.Y.H. (2017). Tree size thresholds produce biased estimates of forest biomass dynamics. Forest Ecology and Management, 400, 468-474.
  14. Searle, E.B. & Chen, H.Y.H. (2017). Persistent and pervasive compositional shifts of western boreal forest plots in Canada. Global Change Biology, 23, 857-866.
  15. Liang, J., Crowther, T.W., Picard, N., Wiser, S., Zhou, M., Alberti, G., Schulze, E.D., McGuire, A.D., Bozzato, F., Pretzsch, H., de-Miguel, S., Paquette, A., Herault, B., Scherer-Lorenzen, M., Barrett, C.B., Glick, H.B., Hengeveld, G.M., Nabuurs, G.J., Pfautsch, S., Viana, H., Vibrans, A.C., Ammer, C., Schall, P., Verbyla, D., Tchebakova, N., Fischer, M., Watson, J.V., Chen, H.Y., Lei, X., Schelhaas, M.J., Lu, H., Gianelle, D., Parfenova, E.I., Salas, C., Lee, E., Lee, B., Kim, H.S., Bruelheide, H., Coomes, D.A., Piotto, D., Sunderland, T., Schmid, B., Gourlet-Fleury, S., Sonke, B., Tavani, R., Zhu, J., Brandl, S., Vayreda, J., Kitahara, F., Searle, E.B., Neldner, V.J., Ngugi, M.R., Baraloto, C., Frizzera, L., Balazy, R., Oleksyn, J., Zawila-Niedzwiecki, T., Bouriaud, O., Bussotti, F., Finer, L., Jaroszewicz, B., Jucker, T., Valladares, F., Jagodzinski, A.M., Peri, P.L., Gonmadje, C., Marthy, W., O'Brien, T., Martin, E.H., Marshall, A.R., Rovero, F., Bitariho, R., Niklaus, P.A., Alvarez-Loayza, P., Chamuya, N., Valencia, R., Mortier, F., Wortel, V., Engone-Obiang, N.L., Ferreira, L.V., Odeke, D.E., Vasquez, R.M., Lewis, S.L. & Reich, P.B. (2016). Positive biodiversity-productivity relationship predominant in global forests. Science, 354.
  16. Chen, H.Y.H., Luo, Y., Reich, P.B., Searle, E.B. & Biswas, S.R. (2016). Climate change-associated trends in net biomass change are age dependent in western boreal forests of Canada. Ecology letters, 19, 1150-1158.
  17. Sun, X., Kang, H., Chen, H.Y.H., Du, B., Yin, S., Zhou, X., Searle, E.B. & Liu, C. (2016). Phenotypic plasticity controls regional-scale variation in Quercus variabilis leaf δ13C. Trees, 30, 1445-1453.
  18. Huang, J., Yu, H., Lin, H., Zhang, Y., Searle, E.B. & Yuan, Z. (2015). Phosphorus amendment mitigates nitrogen addition-induced phosphorus limitation in two plant species in a desert steppe, China. Plant Soil, 399, 221-232

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