Experimental Plant Ecology

Two of the most pressing challenges facing ecologists are forecasting the spread of non-native species and predicting the response of native species to global climate change. To tackle these challenges, research in our group aims to decipher the ecological and evolutionary forces that shape plant species’ distributions and community structure. In particular, we combine field experiments with ecological modelling to study how altered biotic interactions influence species’ range dynamics under changing climate. We also study global patterns and processes in plant invasions along elevation gradients to better understand the dynamics and impacts of biological invasions.

Recent Publications

  • Species' Distributions as a Coexistence Problem: A Response to Godsoe et al.
    Alexander, Jake M.; Diez, Jeffrey M.; Usinowicz, Jacob; Hart, Simon P.
    TRENDS IN ECOLOGY & EVOLUTION, 33 (3):144-145; https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tree.2018.01.001 MAR 2018
  • Lags in the response of mountain plant communities to climate change
    Jake M. Alexander, Loïc Chalmandrier, Jonathan Lenoir, Treena I. Burgess, Franz Essl, Sylvia Haider, Christoph Kueffer, Keith McDougall, Ann Milbau, Martin A. Nuñez, Aníbal Pauchard, Wolfgang Rabitsch, Lisa J. Rew, Nathan J. Sanders, Loïc Pellissier
    Global Change Biology https://doi.org/10.1111/gcb.13976 FEB 2018
  • Mountain roads shift native and non-native plant species' ranges
    Lembrechts, Jonas J.; Alexander, Jake M.; Cavieres, Lohengrin A.; et al.
    ECOGRAPHY, 40 (3): 353-364, https://doi.org/10.1111/ecog.02200 MAR 2017
  • Invasions and extinctions through the looking glass of evolutionary ecology
    Colautti, Robert I.; Alexander, Jake M.; Dlugosch, Katrina M.; et al.
    PHILOSOPHICAL TRANSACTIONS OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY B-BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES, 372 (1712): JAN 19 2017
    Document Type: Review (Details)
  • When Climate Reshuffles Competitors: A Call for Experimental Macroecology
    Alexander, Jake M.; Diez, Jeffrey M.; Hart, Simon P.; et al.
    TRENDS IN ECOLOGY & EVOLUTION 31 (11): 831-841 NOV 2016
    Document Type: Article (Details)
  • Plant invasions into mountains and alpine ecosystems: current status and future challenges
    Alexander, Jake M.; Lembrechts, Jonas J.; Cavieres, Lohengrin A.; et al.
    ALPINE BOTANY  126(2): 89-103 https://doi.org/10.1007/s00035-016-0172-8  OCT 2016
  • Experiments link competition and climate change responses
    Alexander, Jake M.
    JOURNAL OF VEGETATION SCIENCE, 27 (2): 217-218 MAR 2016
    Document Type: Editorial Material (Details)
  • Range limits and population dynamics of non-native plants spreading along elevation gradients
    Seipel, Tim; Alexander, Jake M.; Edwards, Peter J.; et al.
    PERSPECTIVES IN PLANT ECOLOGY EVOLUTION AND SYSTEMATICS, 20: 46-55 JUN 2016
    Document Type: Article (Details)
JakeAlexander Uni Lausanne

Prof. Dr. Jake Alexander
University of Lausanne
Department of Ecology and Evolution
1015 Lausanne

Tel. +41 (0)21 692 42 63

Research topics

  • Plant population and community responses to climate change
  • Ecology and evolution of plant invasions
  • Adaptation/rapid evolution along environmental gradients

Interdisciplinary

  • Merging experimental ecology and ecological modelling
  • Research at ecology-evolutionary interface
  • Co-chair of the Mountain Invasion Research Network (MIREN), www.mountaininvasions.org