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Global change biology and conservation biogeography lab

The research in the lab seeks to understand why species occur where they do, and what makes them vulnerable to global change. We apply biogeographical principles to understand biological responses to novel environments, from shifts in population performance to species distributions and community organization.

To answer these questions, we combine both ecological and evolutionary theories to study the processes shaping species niches, the fluctuations in geographical range limits through space and time and the (re)assembly of communities. We are also interested in the application of this knowledge to inform conservation and management to better anticipate biodiversity responses in a rapidly changing world.

We study freshwater ecosystems – which are sadly among the most threatened ecosystems on Earth – with a special emphasis on freshwater fishes. However, our research interests are diverse and span well beyond streams and rivers!

Interested in global change biology and conservation biogeography? We are always looking for motivated and enthusiastic graduate students (MS and PhD) to join us! Prospective students are encouraged to contact Lise Comte ( to discuss possible projects.

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