Portrait of Étienne Laliberté

Étienne Laliberté

Associate Academic Member
Full Professor, Université de Montréal, Department of Biological Sciences


Etienne Laliberté is a full professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Université de Montréal, a member of the Institut de recherche en biologie végétale (IRBV), and the Canada Research Chair in Plant Functional Biodiversity. He also heads the Canadian Airborne Biodiversity Observatory (CABO).

Laliberté’s current research focuses on the development of new approaches for vegetation monitoring (plant biodiversity and carbon) based on high-resolution remote sensing using drones and computer vision. He is particularly interested in applications of this technology that can help mitigate biodiversity loss and climate change, and that can have a rapid and widespread impact

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Foliar spectra accurately distinguish most temperate tree species and show strong phylogenetic signal
Florence Blanchard
Anne Bruneau
Coordination among leaf and fine root traits across a strong natural soil fertility gradient
Xavier Guilbeault-Mayers
Hans Lambers
Root phosphatase activity is coordinated with the root conservation gradient across a phosphorus gradient in a lowland tropical forest
Xavier Guilbeault-Mayers
Soil phosphorus (P) is a growth-limiting nutrient in tropical ecosystems, driving diverse P-acquisition strategies among plants. Particularl… (see more)y, mining for inorganic P through phosphomonoesterase (PME) activity is essential, given the substantial proportion of organic P in soils. Yet the relationship between PME activity and other P-acquisition root traits remains unclear. We measured root PME activity and commonly-measured root traits, including root diameter, specific root length (SRL), root tissue density (RTD), and nitrogen concentration ([N]) in 18 co-occurring trees across soils with varying P availability to better understand trees response to P supply. Root [N] and RTD were inversely related, and that axis was related to soil P supply. Indeed, both traits correlated positively and negatively to PME activity, which responded strongly to P supply. Conversely, root diameter was inversely related to SRL, but this axis was not related to P supply. Suggesting that limiting similarity influenced variation along the diameter-SRL axis, explaining high local trait diversity. Meanwhile, environmental filtering tended to impact trait values along the root [N]-RTD axis. Overall, P availability indicator traits like PME activity and root hairs only tended to be associated with these axes, highlighting limitations of these axes in describing convergent adaptations at local sites.
Study Beekeeping potential data and development of a decision support system involving a web mapping platform
Philippe Doyon
Mickaël Germain
Guy Armel Fotso Kamga
Yacine Bouroubi
Madeleine Chagnon
The role of a decision support system is to gather, synthesize and present information in order to make informed decisions. In this project,… (see more) a mapping platform and a decision support system are proposed to present beekeeping data in Quebec. A complete review of the data and factors influencing honey production must first be carried out. The decision support system will be designed according to the nature of the data and access to available technologies. Continuous and real-time data management must be configured to make data interoperable. Multi-dimensional data loading tools will need to be configured to display data and analyses in a dashboard. Beekeepers will be able to optimize or move their hives according to their interpretation of the results displayed in the decision support system.