Dr. Emma Ladouceur


Research Interests


My interests include vegetation, regeneration and seed germination ecology, trophic interactions, and systematic decision-making applied to the most pressing questions surrounding biodiversity change, ecological restoration, conservation biology and ecosystem function. In the Biodiversity Synthesis and Physiological Diversity groups, we explicitly investigate the entire set of community assembly processes that might affect the functioning of ecosystems. We build on recent analytical advances and tools to synthesize how changes in species richness and composition driven by environmental change affect ecosystem function, to help develop the next generation of ecosystem-biodiversity interaction studies.


I am now co-leading the Global Restore Project (GRP). We are compiling community vegetation monitoring data from existing ecological restoration studies from around the world. We aim to bring together restoration researchers to pool knowledge for a better understanding of restoration through synthesis. We invite you to reach out and join us.


Find more at my personal research website.


Short CV


2022 - Onwards – Postdoc, Biodiversity Synthesis & Physiological Diversity groups, iDiv

2020 - 2022 – Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow, iDiv

2018 - 2020 - Postdoc, Biodiversity Synthesis & Physiological Diversity groups, iDiv

2014 – 2017 - PhD, University of Pavia, Italy

2014 – 2017 - Marie Curie Early-Stage Researcher, The Native Seed Science Technology & Conservation (NASSTEC) Initial Training Network (ITN), Museo delle Scienze (MUSE), Trento, Italy

2013 – 2014 - Research manager, Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Firn Research Group, Brisbane, Australia

2012 – 2013 - Research officer, Centre for Mined Land Rehabilitation (CMLR), University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia

2011 – 2012 – M.Sc. in Conservation Biology, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, Mayfield Lab

2009 – 2011 - Junior Planner, Environmental Planning, City of Toronto

2003 – 2007 - Bachelor of Urban & Regional Planning, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada



Winkler, Daniel E., Garbowski, Magda, Kožić, Kevin, Ladouceur, Emma, Larson, Julie, Martin, Sarah, Rosche, Christoph, Roscher, Christiane, Slate, Mandy L., Korell, Lotte

(2024): Facilitating comparable research in seedling functional ecology. Methods in Ecology and Evolution

Soman, Saneesh Cherapurath, Anjaneyulu, Paradesi, Kumar, Midigesi Anil, Sharma, Himani, Rao, Boyina Ravi Prasad, Ladouceur, Emma, Knight, Tiffany M.

(2023): Enhancing ecosystem services through collaborative grass removal and fire exclusion in the Eastern Ghats. Biotropica

Hallett, Lauren M., Aoyama, Lina, Barabás, György, Gilbert, Benjamin, Larios, Loralee, Shackelford, Nancy, Werner, Chhaya M., Godoy, Oscar, Ladouceur, Emma R., Lucero, Jacob E., Weiss-Lehman, Christopher P., Chase, Jonathan M., Chu, Chengjin, Harpole, W. Stanley, Mayfield, Margaret M., Faist, Akasha M., Shoemaker, Lauren G.

(2023): Restoration ecology through the lens of coexistence theory. Trends in Ecology & Evolution

Ladouceur, E., Isbell, F., Clark, A. T., Harpole, W. S., Reich, P. B., Tilman, G. D., Chase, J. M.

(2023): The recovery of plant community composition following passive restoration across spatial scales. Journal of Ecology

Aoyama, L., Shoemaker, L. G., Gilbert, B., Collinge, S. K., Faist, A. M., Shackelford, N., Temperton, V. M., Barabás, G., Larios, L., Ladouceur, E., Godoy, O., Bowler, C.Hallett, L. M. 

(2022): Application of modern coexistence theory to rare plant restoration provides early indication of restoration trajectories. Ecological Applications

Spake, R., Barajas-Barbosa, M. P., Blowes, S. A., Bowler, D. E., Callaghan, C. T., Garbowski, M., Jurburg, S. D., Klink, R. v., Korell, L., Ladouceur, E., Rozzi, R., Viana, D. S., Xu, W.-B., Chase, J. M.

(2022): Detecting Thresholds of Ecological Change in the Anthropocene. Annual Review of Environment and Resources

Weiss-Lehman, C. P., Werner, C. M., Bowler, C. H., Hallett, Lauren M., Mayfield, M. M., Godoy, O., Aoyama, L., Barabás, G., Chu, C., Ladouceur, E., Larios, L. and Shoemaker, Lauren G.

(2022): Disentangling key species interactions in diverse and heterogeneous communities: A Bayesian sparse modelling approach. Ecology Letters

Ladouceur, Emma, Shackelford, Nancy, Bouazza, Karma, Brudvig, Lars, Bucharova, Anna, Conradi, Timo, Erickson, Todd E., Garbowski, Magda, Garvy, Kelly, Harpole, W. Stanley, Jones, Holly P., Knight, Tiffany, Nsikani, Mlungele M., Paterno, Gustavo, Suding, Katharine, Temperton, Vicky M., Török, Péter, Winkler, Daniel E., Chase, Jonathan M.

(2022): Knowledge sharing for shared success in the decade on ecosystem restoration. Ecological Solutions and Evidence

Ladouceur, E., Blowes, S. A., Chase, J. M., Clark, A. T., Garbowski, M., Alberti, J., Arnillas, C. A., Bakker, J. D., Barrio, I. C., Bharath, S., Borer, E. T., Brudvig, L. A., Cadotte, M. W., Chen, Q., Collins, S. L., Dickman, C. R., Donohue, I., Du, G., Ebeling, A., Eisenhauer, N., Fay, P. A., Hagenah, N., Hautier, Y., Jentsch, A., Jónsdóttir, I. S., Komatsu, K., MacDougall, A., Martina, J. P., Moore, J. L., Morgan, J. W., Peri, P. L., Power, Sally A., Ren, Z., Risch, A. C., Roscher, C., Schuchardt, Max A., Seabloom, E. W., Stevens, C. J., Veen, G. F., Virtanen, R., Wardle, G. M., Wilfahrt, P. A., Harpole, W. S.

(2022): Linking changes in species composition and biomass in a globally distributed grassland experiment. Ecology Letters

Muehleisen, A. J., Watkins, C. R. E., Altmire, G. R., Shaw, E. A., Case, M. F., Aoyama, L., Brambila, A., Reed, P. B., LaForgia, M., Borer, E. T., Seabloom, E. W., Bakker, J. D., Amillas, C. A., Biederman, L., Chen, Q., Cleland, E. E., Fay, P. A., Hagenah, N., Harpole, S., Hautier, Y., Henning, J. A., Knops, J. M. H., Komatsu, K. J., Ladouceur, E., MacDougall, A., McCulley, R. L., Moore, J. L., Ohlert, T., Power, S. A., Stevens, C. J., Wilfahrt, P., Hallett, L. M.

(2022): Nutrient addition drives declines in grassland species richness primarily via enhanced species loss. Journal of Ecology

Segar, J., Callaghan, C. T., Ladouceur, E., Meya, J. N., Pereira, H. M., Perino, A. and Staude, I. R.

(2022): Urban conservation gardening in the decade of restoration. Nature Sustainability

E. Ladouceur, J. McGowan, P. Huber, H. Possingham, D. Scridel, R. van Klink, P. Poschlod, J. H. C. Cornelissen, C. Bonomi, B. Jiménez-Alfaro

(2021): An objective-based prioritization approach to support trophic complexity through ecological restoration species mixes. Journal of Applied Ecology

M. S. Crawford, K. E. Barry, A. T. Clark, C. E. Farrior, J. Hines, E. Ladouceur, J. W. Lichstein, I. Maréchaux, F. May, A. S. Mori, B. Reineking, L. A. Turnbull, C. Wirth, N. Rüger

(2021): The function-dominance correlation drives the direction and strength of biodiversity–ecosystem functioning relationships. Ecology Letters

Chase, J. M., Jeliazkov, A., Ladouceur, E., Viana, D. S.

(2020): Biodiversity conservation through the lens of metacommunity ecology.

Ladouceur, E., Shackelford, N.

(2020): The power of data synthesis to shape the future of the restoration community and capacity. Restoration Ecology

Ladouceur, E., Stanley Harpole, W., Blowes, S. A., Roscher, C., Auge, H., Seabloom, E. W., Chase, J. M.

(2020): Reducing dispersal limitation via seed addition increases species richness but not above-ground biomass. Ecology Letters

Firn, J., McGree, J. M., Harvey, E., Flores-Moreno, H., Schütz, M., Buckley, Y. M., Borer, E. T., Seabloom, E. W., La Pierre, K. J., MacDougall, A. M., Prober, S. M., Stevens, C. J., Sullivan, L. L., Porter, E., Ladouceur, E., Allen, C., Moromizato, K. H., Morgan, J. W., Harpole, W. S., Hautier, Y., Eisenhauer, N., ..., Roscher, C., et al.

(2019): Leaf nutrients, not specific leaf area, are consistent indicators of elevated nutrient inputs. Nature Ecology & Evolution

Ladouceur, E., C. Bonomi, H. Bruelheide et al.

(2019): The functional trait spectrum of European temperate grasslands. Journal of Vegetation Science
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