Dr. Mark Lesser
Assistant Professor of Environmental Science (Ecology)
My broad research interests lie in understanding controls on species’ distributions. I am particularly interested in the factors that dictate range-limits and migration patterns of tree species. My research program asks:
- What are the climatic factors controlling a species’ range?
- What other extrinsic factors, both abiotic (e.g. nutrient and moisture limitations) and biotic (e.g. competition, herbivory), interact with climate to allow species to successfully colonize and inhabit an area?
- How do intrinsic factors such as population dynamics, dispersal capability, and genetic variability also act on controlling species’ distributions?
- Ph.D., Ecology University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming
- Masters of Science, Forestry Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Ontario
- Honours Bachelor of Science, Forestry Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Ontario
- Bachelor of Arts, History University of King’s College (Dalhousie), Halifax, Nova Scotia
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