I am a plant functional ecologist interested in the causes and consequences of trait variation and integration across biological scales (from within individuals to among communities). My research uses empirical data to uncover general principles governing patterns of phenotypic diversity.
I am broadly interested in questions at the intersection of the topics of plant physiology, scaling, ecology and evolution. One of my pet interests is to tests implicit and explicit assumptions of the trait-based approach. My research has led me to conclude that considering individual variation, phenotypic complexity and the scale dependence of patterns and processes is key to moving trait-based ecology forward.
I am currently a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Sherbrooke with Dr Mark Vellend and at the CEFE (CNRS) with Dr Cyrille Violle, where I examine how functional diversity has changed in response to global change in temperate forests, and whether traits can predict species response to warming.
I completed my PhD in December 2015 at the University of Arizona with Drs Brian Enquist, Brian McGill and Martin Lechowicz, where I explored the limits of a trait-based approach to ecology, specifically with respect phenotypic complexity and scaling.
For more about my research, visit my Research page to learn about my past and current projects or my Publications page to see my papers. You can also find me on LinkedIn , Google Scholar, Research Gate, Twitter @MessierEcology or orcid.org/0000-0003-1637-6793.