Lab group

Diego Podadera
Postdoctoral Fellow
PhD Ecology (2020, UNICAMP, Brazil)
MSc Forest Science (2013, UNESP, Brazil)
I am interested in plant ecology in a broad way, especially community ecology. I am particularly interested in identifying patterns, understanding processes and mechanisms that can somehow be used to develop, improve or evaluate the practices of restoration ecology or productive systems such as consortia of forest species and agroforestry. I have experience in ecological anatomy, ecophysiology of drought resistance of plants, restoration ecology and effect of plants on ecosystem dynamics and functioning. Currently, I am working with the interactions between tree host species and spruce budworm assessing temporal and spatial patterns aiming to assist forest protection programs during outbreaks


Sara Yumi Sassamoto Kurokawa

PhD student
MSc Agronomy-Plant Protection (2020, São Paulo State University, Brazil)
My research interest is related to plant biology and tree physiology. I work with sugar maple trees, assessing sap flow and maple syrup production, and their potential changes under climate warming. My aim is describing the phenology of sap production at the Northern boundary of sugar maple range, quantify the relationships with climate, and build forecasting models of changes in maple syrup production based on regional warming scenarios

Claudio Mura
PhD student
MSc Forest Science (2020, University of Padova, Italy)
I have broad research interests ranging from plant physiology to forest ecology and stand dynamics. I’m currently working on sugar maple, analyzing intra-species variations in phenology and frost resistance through common garden observations and frost damage experiments. The final goal is to quantify the adaptive potential of different provenances for assisted migration projects

Valentina Buttò
PhD student
Master in Forest Sciences, Università di Padova, Italy
My research concerns the study of the factors involved in tree-ring formation in the boreal forest and how their variations affect the final tree-ring features. Based on different modeling approaches, I assess the influence of temporal dynamics on cell traits to test how much developmental and environmental factors affect the process of tree-ring formation. My expertise spreads from wood anatomy data extraction and manipulation, to data analysis and code vectorization for the analysis of big datasets. I am moderator of Utilisat’Rs, a technical assistance and knowledge-sharing weekly group for the use of the statistical software R

Roberto Silvestro
PhD student
MSc in Forestry and Environmental Sciences (2019, Università di Napoli « Federico II », Italy)
My research interest is at the frontier between biological and environmental sciences. I study the relationships among different scales and processes in forest ecosystems to support a better understanding of past and future forest communities’ dynamics and their roles in driving ecosystem functioning in the context of a changing climate. My research ranges between the forest dynamics related to carbon cycle to the modelling of the response of boreal forest community to multiple environmental factors, specifically, those affecting the process of tree-ring formation.

Gian Lima
Undergraduate student in Statistics
Universidade Federal do Paraná, Brazil
I use my expertise in big data, modelling, and machine learning for assessing tree phenology of maple under climate change. I work with remote-sensing vegetation indices to predict the timings and duration of bud break across Canada and US. This technique helps to upscale observations from the tree to the landscape, reconstruct or predict leafing in maple, and understand the dynamics of the growth processes at wide geographical scales.

Denise Alano Bonacini
Research Assistant
Undergraduate student in Biology
Université du Québec à Chicoutimi
I am interested in the future of forest ecology in the context of a changing world, and more specifically in the adaptation of plants to the climate changes. I use a variety of field and laboratory skills to work with the lab group on a wide range of projects that treat the adaptations to climate change of sugar maple trees in Quebec.

François Gionest
Research assistant
MSc in Ressources Renouvelables (1999, Université du Québec à Chicoutimi)
I am involved in planning and building permanent plots, experimental designs in the field, data collection from remote stands, installation, programming, and maintenance of weather stations and automatic sensors for ecophysiological investigations. I have a licence as a pilot of drones.

Old members

Benjamin Marquis

Pratiksha Jain

Siddhartha Khare

Ping Ren