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 highlighted the importance of individual variation, phenotypic complexity and the scale dependence of patterns and processes in trait-based ecology.
I am currently an Assistant Professor in the department of Biology at the University of Waterloo.
I conducted postdoctoral research at the University of Sherbrooke with Dr Mark Vellend and at the CEFE (CNRS) with Dr Cyrille Violle, where I examine 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. I obtained my MSc from McGill University in 2009, where I examined variation in leaf traits across biological scales in tropical rainforests.
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 UW Biology department, LinkedIn , Google Scholar, Research Gate, Twitter @MessierEcology and orcid.org/0000-0003-1637-6793.