PhD (UBC), MSc (Queen's U), BEd (Queen's U), BSc Honours (Queen's U)
Research areas: Community ecology, seedbanks, invasive species, meta-analysis, social ecology, theory development.
I am an integrative scientist with expertise in community theory, sociology, and quantitative methods. Empirical research involves biogeographical comparisons of many forms of community dynamics (plants, animals, & people). Research within the lab is primarily focused now on positive interactions between plants and animals in deserts.
Braun, J. and C.J. Lortie. 2018. Finding the bees knees: a conceptual framework and systematic review of the mechanisms of pollinator-mediated facilitation. Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics: in press.
Langley, A. S. Chapman, M. Avolio, W. Bowman, D. Johnson, K. La Pierre, K. Wilcox, B. Foster, M. Hovenden, A. Knapp, S. Koerner, C.J. Lortie, P. Megonigal, P. Netwon, P. Reich, M. Smith, B. Suttle, and D. Tilman. 2018. Ambient changes exceed treatment effects on plant species abundance in global change experiments. Global Change Biology: in press. DOI: 10.1111/gcb.14442.
Lortie, C.J., A. Filazzola, R. Kelsey, A. Hart, and S. Butterfield. 2018. Better late than never: a synthesis of strategic retirement and restoration of agricultural land for endangered species in the San Joaquin Desert of California. Ecosphere 9: e02367. DOI: 10.1002/ecs2.2367
Westphal, M., T. Noble, S. Butterfield, and C.J. Lortie. 2018. A test of desert shrub facilitation via radiotelemetric monitoring of a diurnal lizard. Ecology and Evolution: in press.
Dangles, O., M. Herrera, C. Carpio, and C.J. Lortie. 2018. Facilitation costs and benefits function simultaneously on stress gradients for animals. Proceedings of The Royal Society B 285. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2018.0983.
Lortie, C.J. E. Gruber, A. Filazzola, T. Noble, and M. Westphal. 2018. The Groot Effect: plant facilitation and desert shrub regrowth following extensive damage. Ecology and Evolution 8: 706-715. DOI: 10.1002/ece3.3671
Filazzola, A., A. Liczner, M. Westphal, and C.J. Lortie. 2017. The effect of consumer pressure and abiotic stress on positive plant interactions are mediated by extreme climatic events. New Phytologist. DOI: 10.1111/nph.14778
Miguel, M., C.J. Lortie, R. Callaway, and J. Hierro. 2017. Increased competition does not come at the expense of decreased colonization in seed morphs with increased size and dispersal. American Journal of Botany 104: 1323-1333.
Irimina, R., D. Montesinos, O. Eren, C.J. Lortie, K. French, L. Cavieres, G. Sotes, J. Hierro, A. Jorge, and J. Loureiro. 2017. Extensive analysis of native and non-native Centaurea solstitialis L. populations across the world shows no traces of polyploidization. PeerJ: e3531. DOI: 10.7717/peerj.3531
Filazzola, A., D. Sotomayor, and C.J. Lortie. 2017. Modelling the niche space of desert annuals needs to include positive interactions. Oikos. DOI: 10.1111/oik.04688
Filazzola, A., M. Westphal, M. Powers, A. Liczner, B. Johnson, C.J. Lortie. 2017. Non-trophic interactions in deserts: facilitation, interference, and an endangered lizard species. Basic and Applied Ecology. DOI: 10.1016/j.baae.2017.01.002