Élise Filotas

Adjunct Professor,

Département de science et technologie
E-mail: elise.filotas@teluq.ca
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  • Ph.D. Geography, 2009 (Université de Montréal)
  • M.Sc. Physics, 2002 (McGill University)
  • B.Sc. Mathematics-Physics, 2000 (Université de Montréal)


I am interested in applying concepts and models from complex systems science to study forest ecosystems at multiple scales. My interdisciplinary research activities are focused on developing quantitative, theoretical and applied modelling and analysis tools in the study of two main themes:

The dynamics of ecological communities in forest landscapes. How do inter- and intraspecific interactions between individuals, and their dispersal ability influence the dynamics of their population at different temporal and spatial scales?

The interplay between forest management and forest function. How do interactions between ecological processes and management affect the dynamics and function of forest ecosystems?

QCBS students

Siddhartha Khare

Postdoctoral fellow
(Start: 2020)
Other QCBS (co-)supervisor: Andrew Gonzalez
Impact of humans on the scaling of the biodiversity – ecosystem functioning relationship
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Pierce McNie

Other (co-)supervisor: Daniel Kneeshaw, UQAM
(Start: 2017)
Metacommunity Dynamics of the Spruce Budworm in Novel Habitats

Animesh Ghose

(Start: 2021, End: 2023)
Other QCBS (co-)supervisor: Andrew Gonzalez
Impact of humans on the scaling of the biodiversity ecosystem functioning relationship

Previous students (since 2009)

Clément Hardy

(Start: 2018, End: 2021)
Comparison of the effects of even and uneven-aged forest management methods at large temporal and spatial scales.
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21- A LANDIS-II extension for simulating forest road networks
Journal Article
Hardy C , Messier C , Valeria O , Filotas E ,
2023 Canadian Journal of Forest Research (Date Added: 2023-08-10)

20- Biodiversity as insurance: from concept to measurement and application
Journal Article
Loreau M , Barbier M , Filotas E , Gravel D , Isbell F , Miller S J , Montoya J M , Wang S , Aussenac R , Germain R , Thompson P L , Gonzalez A , Dee L E ,
2021 Biological Reviews (Date Added: 2021-06-07)

18- Evaluating forest resilience to global threats using functional response traits and network properties
Journal Article
Aquilué N , Filotas ,
2020 Ecological Applications (Date Added: 2020-04-01)

17- Scaling-up biodiversity-ecosystem functioning research
Journal Article
Gonzalez A , Germain R M , Srivastava D S , Filotas E , Dee L E , Gravel D , Thompson P L , Isbell F , Wang S , Kéfi S , Montoya J , Zelnik Y R , Loreau M ,
2020 Ecology Letters (Date Added: 2020-02-10)

15- Disentangling the effect of drought on stand mortality and productivity in northern temperate and boreal forests
Journal Article
Laginha Pinto Correia D , Bouchard M , Filotas ,
2018 Journal of Applied Ecology (Date Added: 2019-01-03)

14- Response diversity, functional redundancy and post-logging productivity in northern temperate and boreal forests
Journal Article
Correia, DLP, Raulier, F, Bouchard, M, Filotas, E
2018 Ecological Applications : a Publication of the Ecological Society of America (Date Added: 2018-05-14)

13- Stand height and cover type complement forest age structure as a biodiversity indicator in boreal and northern temperate forest management
Journal Article
Laginha Pinto Correia, D, Raulier, F, Filotas, , Bouchard, M
2017 Ecological Indicators (Date Added: 2017-09-22)

12- Epidemiological landscape models reproduce cyclic insect outbreaks
Journal Article
Nenzén, HK, Filotas, E, Peres-Neto, P, Gravel, D
2017 Ecological Complexity (Date Added: 2017-05-19)

11- Trade-offs between timber production, carbon stocking and habitat quality when managing woodlots for multiple ecosystem services
Journal Article
Carpentier, S, Filotas, E, Handa, IT, Messier, C
2017 Environmental Conservation (Date Added: 2016-12-05)

10- Dealing with Non-linearity and Uncertainty in Forest Management
Journal Article
Messier, C, Puettmann, K, Filotas, E, Coates, D
2016 Current Forestry Reports (Date Added: 2018-05-14)

9-Faciliter l'intégration des principes d'aménagement multiservice des programmes de certification
Tittler, R, James, P, Filotas, E
2016 ( Date Added: 2018-05-14)

8- Evaluating resilience of tree communities in fragmented landscapes: Linking functional response diversity with landscape connectivity
Journal Article
Craven, D, Filotas, E, Angers, VA, Messier, C
2016 Diversity and Distributions (Date Added: 2017-09-22)

7- From Management to Stewardship: Viewing Forests As Complex Adaptive Systems in an Uncertain World
Journal Article
Messier, C, Puettmann, K, Chazdon, R, Andersson, KP, Angers, VA, Brotons, L, Filotas, E, Tittler, R, Parrott, L, Levin, SA
2015 Conservation Letters (Date Added: 2017-09-22)

6- Maximizing Conservation and Production with Intensive Forest Management: It’s All About Location
Journal Article
Tittler, R, Filotas, , Kroese, J, Messier, C
2015 Environmental Management (Date Added: 2017-09-22)

5- Viewing forests through the lens of complex systems science
Journal Article
Filotas, E, Parrott, L, Burton, PJ, Chazdon, RL, Coates, KD, Coll, L, Haeussler, S, Martin, K, Nocentini, S, Puettmann, KJ, Putz, FE, Simard, SW, Messier, C
2014 Ecosphere (Date Added: 2017-09-22)

4- Positive interactions and the emergence of community structure in metacommunities
Journal Article
Filotas, E, Grant, M, Parrott, L, Rikvold Per Arne, PA
2010 Journal of Theoretical Biology (Date Added: 2017-09-22)

3- The effect of positive interactions on community structure in a multi-species metacommunity model along an environmental gradient
Journal Article
Filotas, E, Grant, M, Parrott, L, Rikvold, PA
2010 Ecological Modelling (Date Added: 2017-09-22)

2- Critical slowing down as an indicator of transitions in two-species models
Journal Article
Chisholm, RA, Filotas, E
2009 Journal of Theoretical Biology (Date Added: 2017-09-22)

1- Community-driven dispersal in an individual-based predator-prey model
Journal Article
Filotas, E, Grant, M, Parrott, L, Rikvold, PA
2008 Ecological Complexity (Date Added: 2017-09-22)