Researcher Profile

Associate Professor Etienne Laliberte

Etienne Laliberte
Etienne Laliberte
Research Expertise:
  • Controls over plant species composition and diversity
  • Species co-existence
  • Beta diversity
  • Plant functional ecology
  • Biodiversity and ecosystem functioning
  • Land-use change
  • Community assembly


BSc McG., MSc Montr., PhD Cant.


I completed a BSc in Botany (1998-2002) at McGill University (Canada). I then worked for two years at the Montréal Botanical Garden, where I was in charge of educational activities. In 2004, I went back to school and completed a MSc in Ecology (2004-2006) at Université de Montréal (Canada). My MSc research explored different scenarios for forest restoration on abandoned agricultural land. Following completion of my MSc, I moved to New Zealand to complete a PhD in Ecology (2007-2010) at the University of Canterbury. My PhD research focused on the links between land-use change, plant functional diversity, and ecosystem functioning in grasslands. I joined the School of Plant Biology as Assistant Professor in October 2010, and was awarded a three-year UWA Research Fellowship in 2011. In 2012, I was awarded a three-year ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA).

Roles, responsibilities and expertise

My main role/responsibility is to conduct research and supervise postgraduate students. I also contribute to undergraduate teaching in PLNT3306: Australian Vegetation, ENVT3363: Ecological Processes, and coordinate BIOL4403: Plant Ecophysiology.

I have broad interests in plant community ecology, but particular areas of expertise include: controls over plant diversity, trait-based approaches, functional diversity metrics, and statistical/spatial modelling.

Future Research

South-western Australia is one of the world's 25 global biodiversity hotspots. A central theme of my current research is to explore mechanisms that promote species coexistence in megadiverse plant communities, including the role of plant-soil feedback.

Funding Received

- 2013-2016: Hermon Slade Foundation Project. $89,000.
- 2013-2016: ARC Discovery Project. $390,000.
- 2013: UWA Research Collaboration Award. $19,528.
- 2012-2015: ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA). $375,000.
- 2012: UWA Research Development Award. $29,933.
- 2011-2014: UWA Research Fellowship. $250,000.


Ecological Society of America

Current Projects

- Hermon Slade Project 2013-2016: Native Phytophthora species in megadiverse kwongan shrublands: friends or foes?
-ARC DP 2013-2016: The role of plant-soil feedback in biodiversity maintenance along fertility gradients: from patterns to
- ARC DECRA 2012-2015: Understanding the origin and maintenance of megadiverse plant communities
- UWA RDA 2012: Predicting plant community composition in a megadiverse botanical region

Industrial Relevance

Restoration Ecology


PLNT3306: Australian Vegetation (4 lectures on alpha/beta/functional diversity and sampling + labs)

BIOL4403: Plant Ecophysiology (postgraduate field course). Unit coordinator.

ENVT3363: Ecological Processes (1 lecture)

ID: 195804

Most frequent journals
  • Journal of Ecology

    ISSNs: 0022-0477, 1365-2745

    Scopus rating (2016): CiteScore 6.09 SJR 3.736 SNIP 2.051

    Journal: ERA2015

  • Ecology

    ISSNs: 0012-9658, 1939-9170

    Scopus rating (2016): CiteScore 4.8 SJR 3.255 SNIP 1.76

    Journal: ERA2015

  • New Phytologist

    ISSNs: 0028-646X, 1469-8137

    Wiley-Blackwell Munksgaard

    Scopus rating (2016): CiteScore 6.72 SJR 3.573 SNIP 2.049

    Journal: ERA2015

  • Restoration Ecology

    ISSNs: 1061-2971, 1526-100X

    Scopus rating (2016): CiteScore 2.16 SJR 0.975 SNIP 0.991

    Journal: ERA2015

  • Science

    ISSNs: 0036-8075, 0096-3771, 1095-9203

    Scopus rating (2016): CiteScore 14.39 SJR 13.535 SNIP 7.688

    Journal: ERA2015

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