PhD (UBC), MSc (Queen's U), BEd (Queen's U), BSc Honours (Queen's U)
Research website: www.ecoblender.org
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.
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
Fraser, L, J. Cahill, and C.J. Lortie. 2016. Roy Turkington and his legacy to the science of plant ecology. Plant Ecology 217: 1291-1295. DOI 10.1007/s11258-016-0661-2
Noble, T., C.J. Lortie, M. Westphal, and S. Butterfield. 2016. A trail camera imagery dataset of contrasting shrub and open microsites within the Carrizo Plain National Monument, San Luis Obispo County, California. GigaScience 5: 40. DOI 10.1186/s13742-016-0145-2
Lortie, C.J., A. Filazzola, C. Welham, and R. Turkington. 2016. A cost-benefit model for plant-plant interactions: a density series tool to detect facilitation. Plant Ecology 217: 1315-1329. DOI: 10.1007/s11258-016-0604-y
Ruttan, A., A. Filazzola, and C.J. Lortie. 2016. Shrub-annual facilitation complexes mediate insect community structure in arid environments. Journal of Arid Environments 134: 1-9. DOI: dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jaridenv.2016.06.009
Lortie, C.J., A. Filazzola, and D. Sotomayor. 2016. Functional assessment of animal interactions with shrub- facilitation complexes: a formal synthesis and conceptual framework. Functional Ecology 30: 41-51
Bråthen, K.A., and C. Lortie. 2016. A portfolio effect of a benefactor trait: shrub canopy height increases species richness in stressful and competitive environments. Functional Ecology 30: 61-69.
Lortie, C.J., and D. Bonte. 2016. Zen and the art of ecological synthesis. Oikos 125. 285-287
Liczner, A., D. Sotomayor, A. Filazzola, and C.J. Lortie. 2016. Germination response of desert annuals to shrub facilitation is species specific but not ecotypic. Journal of Plant Ecology. DOI:10.1093/jpe/rtw030