Michaël Belluau

Université du Québec à Montréal

Effects of tree functional diversity and identity on the biodiversity - ecosystem functioning relationship
Université du Québec à Montréal

Directeur: Christian Messier
Codirecteur: Alain Paquette

Scientific coordinator
IDENT (International Diversity Experiment Network with Trees / facebook )

Functional traits predicting herbaceous species distribution along a water availability gradient
Université de Sherbrooke

Directeur: Bill Shipley

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  • Postdocs, 2018-... (UQAM)
  • Ph.D. in Biology / Ecology, 2017 (Université de Sherbrooke)
  • M.Sc. in Biology / Ecology (Ecosystem functioning) , 2009 (Université de Montpellier)

Postdoctoral student and coordinator of “The International Diversity Experiment Network with Trees” (IDENT), my research focus on the relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem functioning, in relation to species functional traits, their geographical provenance and their responses to climate changes.

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 and Ph.D., I studied the response of multiple species morpho-anatomical and physiological functional traits to drought tolerance. 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).


Peer-reviewed articles

Belluau, M., Paquette, A., Gravel, D., Reich, P. B., Stefanski, A., & Messier, C. (2021) Exotics are more complementary over time in tree biodiversity– ecosystem functioning experiments. Functional Ecology, 00, 1–12. https://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2435.13900

Belluau, M, Vitali, V, Parker, WC, Paquette, A, Messier, C. (2021) Overyielding in young tree communities does not support the stress‐gradient hypothesis and is favoured by functional diversity and higher water availability. J Ecol., 00: 1– 14. https://doi.org/10.1111/1365‐2745.13602

Paquette A, Sousa-Silva R, Maure F, Cameron E, Belluau M, Messier C. (2021) Praise for diversity: A functional approach to reduce risks in urban forests, Urban For. Urban Green., 62, 127157. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ufug.2021.127157

Kattge, J, Bönisch, G, Díaz, S, et al. (2020). TRY plant trait database – enhanced coverage and open access. Glob Change Biol. ; 26: 119– 188. (Scopus  | Scholar )

Belluau M, Shipley B. (2018). Linking hard and soft traits: Physiology, morphology and anatomy interact to determine habitat affinities to soil water availability in herbaceous dicots. PLoS ONE, 13(3). (Scopus  | Scholar )

Shipley B, Belluau M, Kühn I, Soudzilovskaia N, Bahn M, Peñuelas J, Kattge J, Sack L, CavenderBares J, Ozinga WA, Blonder B, van Bodegom PM, Manning P, Hickler T, Sosinski E, De Patta Pillar V, Alegre P, Onipchenko V. (2017). Predicting habitat affinities of plant species using commonly measured functional traits. Journal of Vegetation Science, 28, 1082-1095. (Scopus  | Scholar )

Belluau M, Shipley B. (2017). Predicting habitat affinities of herbaceous dicots to soil wetness based on physiological traits of drought tolerance. Annals of Botany. 119(6) :1073-1084. (Scopus  | Scholar )

Vile D, Pervent M, Belluau M, Vasseur F, Bresson J, Muller B, Granier C, Simonneau T. (2011). Arabidopsis growth under prolonged high temperature and water deficit: independent or interactive effects? Plant Cell and Environment 35(4) : 702-718. (Scopus  | Scholar )

Ph.D. Thesis

Belluau M. (2017). Traits fonctionnels, tolérances et distributions des espèces herbacées sur un gradient de disponibilité en eau : une approche prédictive par modèle d'équation structurale. Ph.D. Thesis, Université de Sherbrooke. (Savoirs UdeS )

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