Julian won a university-wide teaching excellence award for his contribution as a teaching assistant at Université de Montréal. Congratulations Julian!
Patricia’s paper on simulating the effects of different initial levels of genetic diversity on the probability of plantation success has been accepted in Ecological Modelling. Congratulations Patricia!
Sujii PS, Nagaib ME, Zucchic MI, Brancaliond PHS, James PMA. 2019. A genetic approach for simulating persistence of reintroduced tree species populations in forest restoration areas. Ecological Modeling. (in press)
Amanda and Jennifer presented at the US-IALE 2019 meeting in Fort Collins., CO
Julian’s first paper has been accepted CJFR as part of the TRIANet Special Issue. Congratulations Julian!
Another paper in the TRIANet special issue (Burns et al) on pine beetle genomics describing spatial variation in the lodgepole pine jack pine hybrid zone. Congratulations Ian!
As part of my sabbatical adventure, I have the fantastic opportunity to work with researchers at the CREAF in Barcelona. I recently presented some of my work on the mountain pine beetle outbreak done in collaboration with the NSERC-funded Strategic Network TRIA-Net.
You can find a pdf of my presentation here. Questions and comments are welcome!
Patrick gave a presentation on mountain pine beetle spatial genetics and genomics at Concordia University today. Many thanks to Pedro Peres-Neto for the invitation!
A pdf of the presentation can be found here.
Phase II of the Spruce Budworm Early Intervention Strategy project was funded by the federal government! This means we will be looking for new graduate students to join our team in the near future.
PROTECTING JOBS IN EASTERN CANADA’S FORESTRY SECTOR
The sustainable management of our natural resources leads to long term economic opportunity. Research on the spruce budworm, one of the most damaging pests to spruce trees in Canada, has identified ways to protect forests against its cyclical outbreaks. This is critical to support the forest industry and, in turn, jobs in parts of the country—such as Atlantic Canada—where the forestry sector is an important part of the economy. Through Budget 2018, the Government proposes to take action alongside Atlantic provinces and the forest industry, by making available up to $74.75 million over five years, starting in 2018–19, based on a 60:40 federal to provincial and industry cost sharing basis, to prevent the spread of spruce budworm. Federal contributions will come from Natural Resources Canada. This will allow government, academia, industry and other stakeholders to continue to work together to protect our forests and support the economy.
It's been a while since there has been an update - so here is a summary of the what has been going on in the James lab for the past few months!
- Jade Canape joins the team as resident lab wizard and DNA wrangler. Welcome Jade!
- Jeremy travelled to Quebec City for bioinformatics training at IBIS!
- Patrick gave an invited talk at McGill
- Jennifer, Julian, and Jeremy presented their projects at the 2017 QCBS Symposium!
- Patrick starts his sabbatical year!
- Patrick gave invited talks at the University of Toronto at Mississauga and Trent University / OMNRF!
- Patrick spent two weeks with Marie-Josee Fortin at the University of Toronto working on spatial statistics questions
- Jennifer Sauri won best student poster at the UdeM Forum Environnement 2018!
- Jeremy and Marion presented their projects at the Spruce Budworm Early Intervention Science Workshop in Fredericton, NB.
- Julian was awarded a bourse de la réussite étudiante!
- Paul Mayrand (former Msc student) was nominated for the Governor General’s gold medal for this thesis!
- Dominique Caron presented his project on modelling the spatial scale of mountain pine beetle genetic connectivity at the Annual Symposium du Département de Sciences Biologiques
- Dominique was also accepted as a stagiaire at Ouranos for the summer!
- Diana has finished her stage with us and has returned to Brazil! Until next time Daiana!
The week of November 6th, Patrick was in Banff, Alberta at the amazing Banff Centre for Arts & Creativity meeting with forest fire managers, ecologists, and statisticians to discuss challenges and opportunities in forest fire management science. The -20 deg. C weather was very apropos for discussion of forest fire.
Julian Wittische recently took part in a data challenge and summer school on software and statistical methods for population genetics, in Aussois, France. Participants analyzed simulated and empirical datasets with the objective of finding adaptive loci using the different state-of-the-art software introduced by the authors of the packages themselves.
Julian teamed up with Florian Privé (@privefl - https://twitter.com/privefl) and they made it to the data challenge podium as the top student team! A well-organized, challenging and instructive summer school!
Warmer weather is here and the budworm are doing ... budworm things. In an effort to continue monitoring the spatial and temporal connectivity of geographically separate, yet synchronous, patches of SBW defoliation, we are collecting late instar larvae and pupae from multiple site across Quebec. These larvae will be reared to adult moths and then genotyped.
Beautiful day on the north face of Mt. Royal for a picnic with the lab.
A. Marcer, D. S. Vidigal, P. M. A. James, M.-J. Fortin, B. Méndez- Vigo, H. W. M. Hilhorst, L. Bentsink, C. Alonso-Blanco, F. X. Picó. 2017. Temperature fine-tunes Mediterranean Arabidopsis thaliana life-cycle phenology geographically. Plant Biology
Check out the full paper here!
Patrick and Louis-Etienne, in collaboration with Mike Wotton and Dave Martell at the University of Toronto, and Rich Fleming at the CFS in Sault Ste. Marie have finally published our paper on how historical spruce budworm defoliation affects the risk of fire ignition. And the result? Defoliation can both increase and decrease ignition risk, depending on seasonal timing, time since defoliation, and ecoregion. You can check it out here.
Jennifer Suari has joined the lab as a new MSc student co-supervised between Patrick and Lillian Perez in the Department of Geography. Jennifer will work on developing an individual-based simulation model of spruce budworm - black spruce phenology to investigate the risk of budworm range expansion in response to climate change. Welcome Jennifer!
Insectivorous birds as indicators of future defoliation by the spruce budworm
We are seeking a post-doctoral research associate with strong analytical skills to participate in a project involving complex spatio-temporal analyses. The desired candidate should have a recent PhD in ecology with a strong quantitative component. Desired skills include: management of large, complex spatio-temporal data bases, GIS, scientific programming (e.g., R), and results-driven statistical modelling. Field experience in forest ecology would be an asset.
A competitive salary will be offered, commensurate with experience.
Supervision : the project is codirected by Marc-André Villard (UQAR), Dan Kneeshaw (UQÀM), Patrick James (U. de Montréal), Jean-François Poulin (WSP Canada), and Louis de Grandpré (Ressources naturelles Canada – Québec), with the collaboration of Udaya Vepakomma (FPInnovations).
Home institution: UQÀM. Please send a CV and a cover letter to email@example.com by 31 October 2016
Les oiseaux insectivores en tant qu’indicateurs de défoliation future par la tordeuse des bourgeons de l’épinette
Nous sommes à la recherche d’une candidate ou d’un candidat ayant de fortes aptitudes pour l’analyse de données écologiques spatiotemporelles complexes. La personne recherchée devra détenir un doctorat en écologie avec une solide composante biostatistique. Les aptitudes recherchées incluent la gestion de bases de données spatio-temporelles complexes, l’utilisation de SIG, la programmation scientifique (p. ex. : R), ainsi que la modélisation statistique fondée sur les résultats. Une connaissance de terrain en écologie forestière serait un atout.
Un salaire compétitif sera offert à la personne retenue, en tenant compte de son expérience.
Supervision : le projet est codirigé par Marc-André Villard (UQAR), Dan Kneeshaw (UQÀM), Patrick James (U. de Montréal), Jean-François Poulin (WSP Canada) et Louis de Grandpré (Ressources naturelles Canada – Québec), avec la collaboration d’Udaya Vepakomma (FPInnovations).
Lieu de travail : UQÀM. Veuillez faire parvenir un CV ainsi qu’une lettre de présentation à
firstname.lastname@example.org d’ici au 31 octobre 2016.