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Joseph Bennett

Associate Professor

Degrees:B.Sc., M.Sc. (Queen’s), Ph.D. (British Columbia)
Phone:613-520-2600 x 3124
Office:Office: 4441 Herzberg Building
Lab: 4690 CTTC Building
Website:Visit my lab website

Current Research

My research touches on a variety of themes including conservation prioritization, invasion ecology, biogeography and spatial statistics. I have a particular interest in practical questions regarding invasive species control and management to protect threatened species. My work in these areas aims to provide conservation agencies with useful tools that allow them to achieve better results within their limited budgets. I also look at theoretical questions regarding coexistence in fluctuating environments, methods for quantifying biodiversity, and the determinants of community assembly. My study systems include polar regions, temperate grasslands and lakes, and tropical forests.

Recent research questions include the following:

  • What lessons can be shared between Arctic and Antarctic scientists to enhance environmental conservation?
  • What benefits do conservation programs for charismatic ‘flagship’ species have for other species, and can we increase these benefits?
  • What are the determinants of invasive species abundance in fragmented grasslands?
  • Can we make sampling programs for environmental assessment more efficient?
  • What are the best ways of numerically comparing biodiversity patterns among regions?

Selected Publications

Hill, C. J., Schuster, R., and Bennett, J. R. Indigenous involvement in the Canadian species at risk recovery process. (accepted). Environmental Science and Policy: 94, 220-226.

Bennett, J. R., Maxwell, S. L., Martin, A. E., Chadès, I., Fahrig, L. and Gilbert, B. 2018. When to monitor and when to act: value of information theory for multiple management units and limited budgets. Journal of Applied Ecology, 55: 2102–2113.

Coutts, S. R., Helmstedt, K. J., and Bennett, J. R. 2018. Invasion lags and the stories we tell ourselves: our inability to infer pattern from process. Diversity and Distributions 24: 244-251.

Bower, S. D., Brownscombe, J. W., Birnie-Gauvin, K., Ford, M. I., Moraga, A. D., Pusiak, R. J. P., Turenne, E. D., Zolderdo, A.J., Cooke, S. J. and Bennett, J. R. 2018. Making tough choices: Picking the appropriate conservation decision-making tool. Conservation Letters. DOI: 10.1111/conl.12418.

Bennett, J. R., Maloney, R., Steeves, T., Seddon, P., and Possingham, H. P. 2017. Spending limited resources on de-extinction could lead to net biodiversity loss. Nature Ecology and Evolution. DOI: 10.1038/s41559-016-0053.

Bennett, J. R., Rühland, K. M. and Smol, J. P. 2017. No magic number: determining cost-effective sample size and enumeration effort for diatom-based environmental assessment analyses. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 74: 208–215.

Bennett, J. R.*, and Gilbert, B.* 2016. Contrasting beta diversity among regions: how do classical and multivariate approaches compare? Global Ecology and Biogeography. 25: 368-377. (*Authors contributed equally.)