Laura J. Raymond-Léonard

Laura J. Raymond-Léonard
Université du Québec à Montréal | UQAM · Department of Biological Sciences

MSc en Biologie


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I'm a PhD student with interests in soil ecology and mechanisms underlying invertebrate community assembly (e.g. trophic interactions), more particularly in the context of novel ecosystems (e.g. non-native species, cities)... And I admit it, I do like to work on springtails a lot !
Additional affiliations
September 2017 - July 2020
Université du Québec à Montréal
  • Professor
January 2021 - January 2025
January 2015 - September 2017
September 2011 - August 2013


Publications (5)
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Soil life supports the functioning and biodiversity of terrestrial ecosystems. Springtails (Collembola) are among the most abundant soil animals regulating soil fertility and flow of energy through above- and belowground food webs. However, the global distribution of springtail diversity and density, and how these relate to energy fluxes remains un...
Understanding the importance of dead wood-associated biodiversity and related ecological functions has become increasingly important in forest ecosystem management. Yet, studies on dead wood diversity frequently focus on conspicuous organisms such as birds or saproxylic beetles, and are rarely deployed across significant climatic gradients. Here, w...
The use of functional traits in arthropod ecology has gained in popularity and could be a valuable tool to predict consumer-resource interactions among soil invertebrates. Currently, Collembola feeding strategies are categorized very broadly with either piercing-sucking or chewing mouthparts, despite the diversity of resources they consume. This st...
With ongoing global change, shifts in the ranges of non-native species and resulting novel communities can modify biotic interactions and ecosystem processes. We hypothesized that traits and not biogeographic origin of novel plant communities will determine community structure of organisms that depend on plants for habitat or as a food resource. We...


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Projects (2)
More than just a collection of data, the Canadian Trait Network is primarily a network of researchers from government and academia as well as biodiversity specialists. Through the different activities organized by the work groups and its members, the network serves as a platform of collaboration among researchers. The network facilitates research related to plant, animal, and community ecology by promoting data exchange and fostering connections within the scientific community. Training and education are also important goals: the network provides training and guidance to graduate students interested in using the functional trait approach in their projects. Members also contribute to an international traits summer graduate school. The Canadian Trait Network brings together three disciplinary working groups, each working on research questions related to traits. Plants: Traits of Plants in Canada (TOPIC) Insects: Canadian Repository of Invertebrate Traits and Trait-Like Ecological Records (CRITTER) Working group on traits of non-vascular plants TOPIC and CRITTER provide to the scientific community access to their databases. Each one contains two modules: one aggregating data from the scientific literature and another of datasets of empirical measurements taken in the field, lab or greenhouse. Please visit
Global synthesis in the field of soil biodiversity is requested currently by both scientific community and authorities. Moving in this direction is necessary to bring more attention to Collembola and other soil animal groups which will foster recognition of the field and provide support for contemporary and future generations of soil zoologists. Initiative is run by many people working on voluntary basis. The RG participants are not extensive, the full list of collaborators is >130 people. Main goals of the project are: - Describe collembolan communities around the globe. - Test, how Collembola diversity and abundance is affected by climate and vegetation across ecoregions - Recognise problems in compatibility of existing data and identify gaps of knowledge - Show a rigor evidence that Collembola are the most abundant “insects” on Earth :)