Béatrix Beisner

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Béatrix Beisner

Département des sciences biologiques

Poste : Professeure

Courriel : beisner.beatrix@uqam.ca

Téléphone : (514) 987-3000 poste 8400

Local : SB-2970

Domaines d'expertise

  • Écologie aquatique
  • Écologie des communautés et populations
  • Biodiversité
  • Lacs/limnologie


  • Français
  • Anglais
Informations générales

Cheminement académique

Ph.D.Community Ecology
University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada, 1995-2000

University of Calgary, AB, Canada, 1992-1994

B.Sc.Honours with Distinction Biology/Ecology
University of Guelph, ON, Canada, 1988-1992

Liens d’intérêt

Unités de recherche

  • Groupe de recherche interuniversitaire en limnologie et en environnement aquatique (GRIL)

Affiliations externes principales

  • Ecological Society of America
  • American Society of Limnology and Oceanography
  • Canadian Society of Ecology and Evolution/Société canadienne de l'écologie et de l'évolution
  • Society of Canadian Limnology/Société canadienne de limnologie
Enseignement et supervision

Nock, C., Vogt, R., Beisner, B.E. Functional traits. eLS: Wiley-Blackwell electronic Library of Science.
Notes: Sous presse

Benoît, P.-O., Beisner, B.E., Solomon, C. Growth rate and abundance of common fishes is negatively related to dissolved organic carbon concentration in lakes. Canadian journal of fisheries and aquatic sciences.
Notes: Sous presse

Hébert, M.P., Beisner, B.E. et Maranger, R. (2016). A compilation of quantitative functional traits for marine and freshwater crustacean zooplankton. Ecology.
Notes: Sous presse

Hébert, M.P., Beisner, B.E. et Maranger, R. (2015). A meta-analysis of zooplankton functional traits influencing ecosystem function. Ecology.

Winegardner, A.K., Beisner, B.E., Legendre, P. et Gregory-Eaves, I. (2015). Are the landscape-level drivers of water column and surface sediment diatoms different? Freshwater Biology, 60(2), 267–281. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/fwb.12478.

Mimouni, E.A., Pinel-Alloul, B. et Beisner, B.E. (2015). Assessing aquatic biodiversity of zooplankton communities. Urban Ecosystems, 18(4), 1353–1372. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11252-015-0457-5.

Pomerleau, C., Sastri, A. et Beisner, B.E. (2015). Evaluation of functional trait diversity for marine zooplankton communities in the Northeast subarctic Pacific Ocean. Journal of Plankton Research, 37(4), 712–726. http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/plankt/fbv045.

Pannard, A., Planas, D. et Beisner, B.E. (2015). Macrozooplankton and the persistence of the deep chlorophyll maximum in a stratified lake. Freshwater Biology, 60(8), 1717–1733. http://dx.doi.org/doi:10.1111/fwb.12604.

Thibodeau, G., Walsh, D. et Beisner, B.E. (2015). Rapid eco-evolutionary responses in perturbed phytoplankton communities. Proceedings – Royal Society. Biological Sciences, 282(1814). http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2015.1215.

Thompson, P., Beisner, B.E. et Gonzalez, A. (2015). Warming induces synchrony and destabilizes experimental pond zooplankton metacommunities. Oikos, 124(9), 1171–1180. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/oik.01945.

Sastri, A.R., Gauthier, J., Juneau, P. et Beisner, B.E. (2014). Biomass and productivity responses of zooplankton communities to experimental thermocline deepening. Limnology and Oceanography, 59(1), 1–16. http://dx.doi.org/10.4319/lo.2014.59.1.0001.

Berggren, M., Ziegler, S.E., St-Gelais, N.F., Beisner, B.E. et del Giorgio, P.A. (2014). Contrasting patterns of allochthony among three major groups of crustacean zooplankton in boreal and temperate lakes. Ecology, 95(7), 1947–1959. http://dx.doi.org/10.1890/13-0615.1.

Ouellet Jobin, V. et Beisner, B.E. (2014). Deep chlorophyll maxima, spatial overlap and diversity in phytoplankton exposed to experimentally altered thermal stratification. Journal of Plankton Research, 36(4), 933–942. http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/plankt/fbu036.

Perron, T., Chételat, J., Gunn, J., Beisner, B.E. et Amyot, M. (2014). Effect of experimental deepening of the thermocline and oxycline on methylmercury accumulation in a Canadian Shield Lake. Environmental Science and Technology, 48(5), 2626–2634. http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/es404839t.

Monchamp, M.-È., Pick, F.R., Beisner, B.E. et Maranger, R. (2014). Nitrogen Forms Influence Microcystin Concentration and Composition via Changes in Cyanobacterial Community Structure. PLoS ONE, 9(1), 1–10. http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0085573.

Vasseur, D.A., Fox, J.W., Gonzalez, A., et al. (2014). Synchronous dynamics of zooplankton competitors prevail in temperate lake ecosystems. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B : Biological Sciences, 281(1788). http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2014.0633.

Gauthier, J., Prairie, Y.T. et Beisner, B.E. (2014). Thermocline deepening and mixing alter zooplankton phenology, biomass and body size in a whole-lake experiment. Freshwater Biology, 59(5), 998–1011. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/fwb.12322.

Sastri, A.R., Juneau, P. et Beisner, B.E. (2013). Evaluation of chitobiase-based estimates of biomass and production rates for developing freshwater crustacean zooplankton communities. Journal of Plankton Research, 35(2), 407–420. http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/plankt/fbs104.

Jokela, A., Arnott, S.E. et Beisner, B.E. (2013). Influence of light on the foraging impact of an introduced predatory cladoceran, Bythotrephes longimanus. Freshwater Biology, 58(9), 1946–1957. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/fwb.12182.

Beisner, B.E. et Longhi, M.L. (2013). Spatial overlap in lake phytoplankton : relations with environmental factors and consequences for diversity. Limnology and Oceanography, 58(4), 1419–1430. Récupéré de http://www.aslo.org/lo/pdf/vol_58/issue_4/1419.pdf.

Vogt, R.J., Peres-Neto, P.R. et Beisner, B.E. (2013). Using functional traits to investigate the determinants of crustacean zooplankton community structure. Oikos, 122(12), 1700–1709. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1600-0706.2013.00039.x.

Beisner, B.E. (2012). A plankton research gem : the probable closure of the Experimental Lakes Area, Canada. Journal of Plankton Research, 34(10), 849–852. http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/plankt/fbs052.

Beisner, B.E. (2012). Alternative stable states. Nature Education Knowledge, 3(10), 33. Récupéré de http://www.nature.com/scitable/knowledge/library/alternative-stable-states-78274277.

Beisner, B.E. (2012). The shifting states of resilience : Easier to define than to measure. Ideas in Ecology and Evolution, 5, 57–62. http://dx.doi.org/10.4033/iee.2012.5.13.c.

Vogt, R.J. et Beisner, B.E. (2011). Assessing the impact of dispersal on zooplankton community structure. Journal of Plankton Research, 33(11), 1757–1761. http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/plankt/fbr061.

Beisner, B.E. et Prairie, Y.T. (2011). Compte rendu du livre de W. K. Dodds et M. R. Whiles, Freshwater ecology : concepts and environmental applications of limnology. Limnology and Oceanography : Bulletin, 20(1), 16–18. Récupéré de http://www.aslo.org/bulletin/11_v20_i1.pdf.
Notes: Dodds, W. K.; Whiles, M. R. (2010). Freshwater ecology : concepts and environmental applications of limnology (2nd ed.). Burlington (Massachusetts) : Academic Press.

Strecker, A.L., Beisner, B.E., Arnott, S.E., et al. (2011). Direct and indirect effects of an invasive planktonic predator on pelagic food webs. Limnology and Oceanography, 56(1), 179–192. http://dx.doi.org/10.4319/lo.2011.56.1.0179.

Cantin, A., Beisner, B.E., Gunn, J.M., Prairie, Y.T. et Winter, J.G. (2011). Effects of thermocline deepening on lake plankton communities. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, 68(2), 260–276. http://dx.doi.org/10.1139/F10-138.

Gonzalez, A. et Beisner, B.E. (2011). Homage to G. Evelyn Hutchinson. Conservation Biology, 25(6), 1253–1254. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1523-1739.2011.01736.x.
Notes: Book Reviews

Sastri, A.R., Beisner, B.E. et Juneau, P. (2011). In vivo determination of Daphnia feeding rates using PAM fluorometry. Journal of Plankton Research, 33(9), 1455–1459. http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/plankt/fbr035.

Gregory-Eaves, I. et Beisner, B.E. (2011). Palaeolimnological insights for biodiversity science : an emerging field. Freshwater Biology, 56(12), 2653–2661. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2427.2011.02677.x.

Jokela, A., Arnott, S.E. et Beisner, B.E. (2011). Patterns of Bythotrephes longimanus distribution relative to native macroinvertebrates and zooplankton prey. Biological Invasions, 13(11), 2573–2594. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10530-011-0072-1.

Pannard, A., Beisner, B.E., Bird, D.F., Braun, J., Planas, D. et Bormans, M. (2011). Recurrent internal waves in a small lake : Potential ecological consequences for metalimnetic phytoplankton populations. Limnology and Oceanography : Fluids and Environments, 1, 91–109. http://dx.doi.org/10.1215/21573698-1303296.

Vogt, R.J., Beisner, B.E. et Prairie, Y.T. (2010). Functional diversity is positively associated with biomass production in lake diatom communities. Freshwater Biology, 55(8), 1636–1646. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2427.2010.02397.x.

Lévesque, S., Beisner, B.E. et Peres-Neto, P.R. (2010). Meso-scale distributions of lake zooplankton reveal spatially and temporally varying trophic cascades. Journal of Plankton Research, 32(10), 1369–1384. http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/plankt/fbq064.

Longhi, M.L. et Beisner, B.E. (2010). Patterns of taxonomic and functional diversity in lake phytoplankton. Freshwater Biology, 55(6), 1349–1366. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2427.2009.02359.x.

Maezo, M.J., Fournier, H. et Beisner, B.E. (2010). Potential and realized interactions between two aquatic invasive species : Eurasian watermilfoil (Myriophyllum spicatum) and rusty crayfish (Orconectes rusticus). Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, 67(4), 684–700. http://dx.doi.org/10.1139/F10-016.

Longhi, M.L. et Beisner, B.E. (2009). Environmental factors controlling the vertical distribution of phytoplankton in lakes. Journal of Plankton Research, 31(10), 1195–1207. http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/plankt/fbp065.

Romanuk, T.N., Beisner, B.E., Hayward, A., Jackson, L.J., Post, J.R. et McCauley, E. (2009). Processes governing riverine fish species richness are scale-independent. Community Ecology, 10(1), 17–24. http://dx.doi.org/10.1556/ComEc.10.2009.1.3.

Beisner, B.E. et Peres-Neto, P.R. (2009). Seasonal trophic dynamics affect zooplankton community variability. Freshwater Biology, 54(11), 2351–2363. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2427.2009.02266.x.

Beisner, B.E. (2007). Compte rendu du livre de W. Lampert et U. Sommer, Limnoecology. Limnology and Oceanography : Bulletin, 16(4), 76–78. Récupéré de http://aslo.org/bulletin/07_v16_i4.pdf.
Notes: Lampert, W.; Sommer, U. (2007). Limnoecology (2nd ed.). Oxford : Oxford University Press.

Barnett, A.J., Finlay, K. et Beisner, B.E. (2007). Functional diversity of crustacean zooplankton communities : towards a trait-based classification. Freshwater Biology, 52(5), 796–813. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2427.2007.01733.x.

Hovius, J.T., Beisner, B.E., McCann, K.S. et Yan, N.D. (2007). Indirect food web effects of Bythotrephes invasion : responses by the rotifer Conochilus in Harp Lake, Canada. Biological Invasions, 9(3), 233–243. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10530-006-9028-2.

Finlay, K., Beisner, B.E., Patoine, A. et Pinel-Alloul, B. (2007). Regional ecosystem variability drives the relative importance of bottom-up and top-down factors for zooplankton size spectra. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, 64(3), 516–529. http://dx.doi.org/10.1139/f07-028.

Finlay, K., Beisner, B.E. et Barnett, A.J.D. (2007). The use of the Laser Optical Plankton Counter to measure zooplankton size, abundance, and biomass in small freshwater lakes. Limnology and Oceanography : Methods, 5, 41–49. Récupéré de http://www.aslo.org/lomethods/free/2007/0041.pdf.

Barnett, A. et Beisner, B.E. (2007). Zooplankton Biodiversity and Lake Trophic State : Explanations Invoking Resource Abundance and Distribution. Ecology, 88(7), 1675–1686. http://dx.doi.org/10.1890/06-1056.1.

Beisner, B.E., Hovius, J., Hayward, A., Kolasa, J. et Romanuk, T.N. (2006). Environmental productivity and biodiversity effects on invertebrate community invasibility. Biological Invasions, 8(4), 655–664. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10530-005-2061-8.

Hovius, J.T., Beisner, B.E. et McCann, K.S. (2006). Epilimnetic rotifer community responses to Bythotrephes longimanus invasion in Canadian Shield lakes. Limnology and Oceanography, 51(2), 1004–1012. Récupéré de http://www.aslo.org/lo/toc/vol_51/issue_2/1004.pdf.

Romanuk, T.N., Beisner, B.E., Martinez, N.D. et Kolasa, J. (2006). Non-omnivorous generality promotes population stability. Biology Letters, 2(3), 374–377. http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rsbl.2006.0464.

Beisner, B.E., Peres-Neto, P.R., Lindström, E.S., Barnett, A. et Longhi, M.L. (2006). The role of environmental and spatial processes in structuring lake communities from bacteria to fish. Ecology, 87(12), 2985–2991. http://dx.doi.org/10.1890/0012-9658(2006)87[2985:TROEAS]2.0.CO;2.

Beisner, B.E. (2005). Polis, G.A., M.E. Power, and G.R. Huxel, editors. 2004. Food Webs at the Landscape Level. Ecology and Society, 10(1), 1–2. Récupéré de http://www.ecologyandsociety.org/vol10/iss1/art5/.
Notes: Compte rendu de Polis, G.A. ; Power, M.E. ; Huxel, G.R. (2004). Food webs at the landscape level. Chicago : University of Chicago Press

Beisner, B.E., Haydon, D.T. et Cuddington, K. (2003). Alternative stable states in ecology. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 1(7), 376–382. http://dx.doi.org/10.1890/1540-9295(2003)001[0376:ASSIE]2.0.CO;2.

Peterson, G.D., Beard Jr., T.D., Beisner, B.E., et al. (2003). Assessing future ecosystem services : a case study of the Northern Highlands Lake District, Wisconsin. Ecology and Society, 7(3), 1–24. Récupéré de http://www.ecologyandsociety.org/vol7/iss3/art1/print.pdf.
Notes: Anciennement : Conservation Ecology

Beisner, B.E., Ives, A.R. et Carpenter, S.R. (2003). The effects of an exotic fish invasion on the prey communities of two lakes. Journal of Animal Ecology, 72(2), 331–342. http://dx.doi.org/10.1046/j.1365-2656.2003.00699.x.

Beisner, B.E., Dent, C.L. et Carpenter, S.R. (2003). Variability of lakes on the landscape : roles of phosphorus, food webs, and dissolved organic carbon. Ecology, 84(6), 1563–1575. http://dx.doi.org/10.1890/0012-9658(2003)084[1563:VOLOTL]2.0.CO;2.

Freund, J.A., Schimansky-Geier, L., Beisner, B.E., et al. (2002). Behavioral stochastic resonance : how the noise from a Daphnia swarm enhances individual prey capture by juvenile paddlefish. Journal of Theoretical Biology, 214(1), 71–83. http://dx.doi.org/10.1006/jtbi.2001.2445.

Beisner, B.E. (2002). Compte rendu du livre de R. H. Gardner, W. M. Kemp, V. S. Kennedy et J. E. Petersen (dir.), Scaling relations in experimental ecology. Ecology and Society, 6(1), 8. Récupéré de http://www.ecologyandsociety.org/vol6/iss1/art8/.
Notes: Anciennement : Conservation Ecology. Gardner, R. H., Kemp, W. M., Kennedy, V. S., Petersen, J. E. (2001). Scaling relations in experimental ecology. New York : Columbia University Press.

Freund, J.A., Kienert, J., Schimansky-Geier, L., et al. (2001). Behavioral stochastic resonance : how a noisy army betrays its outpost. Physics Review E, 63(3). http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevE.63.031910.
Notes: No. 031910

Beisner, B.E. (2001). Herbivory in variable environments : an experimental test of the effects of vertical mixing and Daphnia on phytoplankton community structure. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, 58(7), 1371–1379. http://dx.doi.org/10.1139/cjfas-58-7-1371.

Beisner, B.E. (2001). Plankton community structure in fluctuating environments and the role of productivity. Oikos, 95(3), 496–510. http://dx.doi.org/10.1034/j.1600-0706.2001.950315.x.

Anderies, J.M. et Beisner, B.E. (2000). Fluctuating environments and phytoplankton community structure : a stochastic model. The American Naturalist, 155(4), 556–569. http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/303336.

Beisner, B.E. et Myers, J.H. (1999). Population density and transmission of virus in experimental populations of the western tent caterpillar (Lepidoptera: Lasiocampidae). Environmental Entomology, 28(6), 1107–1113. http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ee/28.6.1107.

Beisner, B.E., McCauley, E. et Wrona, F.J. (1997). Predator–prey instability : individual-level mechanisms for population-level results. Functional Ecology, 11(1), 112–120. http://dx.doi.org/10.1046/j.1365-2435.1997.00062.x.

Beisner, B.E., McCauley, E. et Wrona, F.J. (1997). The influence of temperature and food chain length on plankton predator–prey dynamics. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, 54(3), 586–595. http://dx.doi.org/10.1139/f96-312.

Beisner, B.E., McCauley, E. et Wrona, F.J. (1996). Temperature-mediated dynamics of planktonic food chains : the effect of an invertebrate carnivore. Freshwater Biology, 35(2), 219–232. http://dx.doi.org/10.1046/j.1365-2427.1996.00492.x.

Reader, R.J., Wilson, S.D., Belcher, J.W., et al. (1994). Plant Competition in Relation to Neighbor Biomass : An Intercontinental Study with POA Pratensis. Ecology, 75(6), 1753–1760. http://dx.doi.org/10.2307/1939634.

Reader, R.J. et Beisner, B.E. (1991). Species-dependent Effects of Seed Predation and Ground Cover on Seedling Emergence of Old-field Forbs. American Midland Naturalist, 126(2), 279–286. http://dx.doi.org/10.2307/2426103.

Lévesque, S. et Beisner, B.E. (2008). Assessing the horizontal spatio-temporal structure of lake zooplankton : new perspective using variography. Dans J. Jones (dir.). 30th Congress of the International Association of Theoretical and Applied Limnology, Montreal, Canad (p. 279–282).
Notes: Volume 30, partie 2

Beisner, B.E., Haydon, D. et Cuddington, K.L. (2008). Ecological models : hysteresis. Dans S.E. Jorgensen et B.D. Fath (dir.). Encyclopedia of Ecology (p. 1930–1935) (Vol 3). Oxford : Elsevier.

Beisner, B.E. et Romanuk, T.N. (2006). Diversity, productivity and invasibility relationships in rock pool food webs. Dans P.C. de Ruiter, V. Wolters et J.C. Moore (dir.). Dynamic food webs : multispecies assemblages, ecosystem development, and environmental change. Elsevier Science.

Sabo, J.L., Beisner, B.E., Berlow, E.L., et al. (2006). Population dynamics and food web structure – Predicting measurable food web properties with minimal detail and resolution. Dans P.C. de Ruiter, V. Wolters et J.C. Moore (dir.). Dynamic food webs : multispecies assemblages, ecosystem development, and environmental change. Elsevier Science.

Beisner, B.E., Messier, C. et Giraldeau, L.-A. (2013). Nature all around us : a guide to urban ecology. Chicago : University of Chicago Press.

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Messier, C., Giraldeau, L.-A. et Beisner, B.E. (2006). L'écologie en ville : 25 leçons d'écologie de terrain. Montréal : Fides.

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Cuddington, K.L. et Beisner, B.E. (2005). Ecological paradigms lost : routes to theory change. San Diego : Elsevier Academic Press.

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  • Directrice du GRIL - Groupe de recherche interuniversitaire en limnologie et en environnement aquatique (regroupement stratégique FRQNT)
  • Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award, Fondation Humboldt (Allemagne, 2017-2018)
  • ASLO Sustaining Fellow (Association for the Sciences of Limnology & Oceanography)
Services à la collectivité

Service dans la communauté:

2013- : Projet de recherche: Dynamique écologique dans les ruisseaux de Laval : évaluer les impacts de l'urbanisation pour mieux prévenir la dégradation; en collaboration avec le Conseil régional en environnement (CRE) de Laval

Service dans la communauté scientifique:

Co-Chair of the 2016 ASLO (Assoc. for the Science of Limnology and Oceanography) meeting, Santa Fe, NM.(2014-2016)
College of Representative member (UQAM) for the Canadian Institute of Ecology and Evolution (CIEE-ICEE)(2013- )
Executive Member of the Local organizing committee of the 2014 CSEE/CSZ/SCL meeting (2011-2014)
Member of International Scientific Committee of the MESOAQUA Final Symposium, Heraklion, Greece (2011-2012)
Editorial Board Member, Freshwater Biology (2011- )
Associate Editor, Journal of Plankton Research (2010-2014)
Subject Editor, Oikos (2007-2010)
Chair of the Lindeman Award Committee, ASLO (2008-2011)
Chair of the Early Career Committee, ASLO (2009-2010)
Member-at-Large, ASLO (2007-2010)
Governing council member of the Canadian Society of Ecology and Evolution (CSEE)(2006-2010)
Secretary of the Canadian Chapter of the Ecological Society of America (ESA)(2005-2007)
Local organizing committee member for the congress of the Society of International Limnology (SIL), Montréal, QC (2005-2007)

Intérêts de recherche

Département des sciences biologiques

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