Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Lauchlan Fraser

Lauchlan Fraser

Lauchlan Fraser

Name: Dr. Lauchlan Fraser
Position: Professor
Affiliation: Biological Sciences
Phone: 377-6135


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Playing guitar

Research Interests

Ecosystem reclamation
Climate change
Range management


B.Sc. (UBC)
M.Sc. (UBC)
Ph.D. (U of Sheffield).


Richardson, H.J., Hill, D.J., Denesiuk, D.R., Fraser, L.H. 2017. A comparison of geographic datasets and field measurements to model soil carbon using random forests and stepwise regressions (British Columbia, Canada). GIScience Remote Sensing 54: 573-591. DOI: 10.1080/15481603.2017.1302181.

Harrison, R.B., Jones, W.M., Clark, D., Heise, B.A., and Fraser, L.H. 2017. Livestock grazing in intermountain depressional wetlands: effects on breeding waterfowl. Wetlands Ecology and Management 25: 471-484. DOI: 10.1007/s11273-017-9529-z.

Potvin C et al. (60 authors including Fraser LH) 2017. Stimulating a Canadian narrative for climate. FACETS 2: 131-149. DOI: 10.1139/facets-2016-0029.

Knapp AK, Avolio ML, Beier C, Carroll CJW, Collins SL, Dukes JS, Fraser LH, Griffin-Nolan RJ, Hoover DL, Loik ME, Phillips RP, Post AK, Sala OE, Slette IJ, Yahdjian L, Smith MD. 2017. Pushing precipitation to the extremes in distributed experiments: recommendations for simulating wet and dry years. Global Change Biology 23: 1774-1782. DOI: 10.1111/gcb.13504.

Densmore-McCulloch JA, Thompson DL, Fraser LH. 2016. Short-term effects of changing precipitation patterns on shrub-steppe grasslands: seasonal watering is more important than frequency of watering events. PLOS ONE DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0168663.

Hudson LN, Newbold T, Contu S, Hill SLL, Lysenko I, De Palma A, Phillips HRP et al. (including Fraser LH) 2016. The database of the PREDICTS 1 (Projecting Responses of Ecological Diversity In Changing Terrestrial Systems) Project. Ecology and Evolution DOI: 10.1002/ece3.2579.

Fraser, L.H., Cahill, J., and Lortie, C. 2016. Roy Turkington and his legacy to plant ecology. Plant Ecology 217: 1291-1295.

Fraser, L.H. , Carlyle, C.N., and Garris, H.W. 2016. Predicting plant trait similarity along environmental gradients. Plant Ecology 217: 1297-1306.

DeSandoli, L., Turkington, R., Fraser, L.H. 2016. Restoration of slash pile burn scars to prevent establishment and propagation of non-native plants. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 46: 1042-1050.

Kreuter, U.P., Iwaasa, A.D., Theodori, G.L., Ansley, J., Jackson, R.B., Fraser, L.H., Naeth, M.A., McGillivray, S., Moya, E.G. 2016. State of knowledge about energy development impacts on North American rangelands: An integrative approach. Journal of Environmental Management 180: 1-9.

Veresoglou, S., Rillig, M., Fraser, L.H., and Halley, J. 2016. The influence of net primary production on species-area relationships of grassland plants. New Phytologist 211: 382-385.

Pither J., Fraser, L.H., Jentsch A., Sternberg, M., Zobel, et al. 2016. Reply to Comment on Worldwide evidence of a unimodal relationship between productivity and plant species richness. Science 351: 457.

Garris, H.W., Baldwin, S.A., Van Hamme, J.D., Gardner, W.C., and Fraser, L.H. 2016. Genomics to assist mine reclamation: a review. Restoration Ecology 24: 165-173.

Fraser, L.H., Partel, M., Pither, J., Jentsch A., Sternberg, M., Zobel, M. 2015. Reply to Comment on Worldwide evidence of a unimodal relationship between productivity and plant species richness. Science 350: 1177.

Fraser, L.H., Pither J., Jentsch A., Sternberg, M., Zobel, M., et al. 2015. Worldwide evidence of a unimodal relationship between productivity and plant species richness. Science 349: 302-305.

Fraser, L.H., W. Harrower, Garris, H., P. Hebert, R. Howie, A. Moody, D. Polster, O. Schmitz, A.R.E. Sinclair, B. Starzomski, T. Sullivan, R. Turkington, and D. Wilson. 2015. A call for applying trophic structure in ecological restoration. Restoration Ecology 23: 503-507.

Employment History

2009- present Professor and Canada Research Chair in Community and Ecosystem Ecology, Thompson Rivers University.
2004-2009 Associate Professor and CRC, Thompson Rivers University.

2004 Associate Professor, University of Akron, Department of Biology.

1999-2004 Assistant Professor, University of Akron, Department of Biology.

1998-1999 Lecturer, Carleton University, Department of Biology.

1996-1999 Post-Doctoral Research Associate, University of Ottawa.

Courses Taught

Graduate Courses Taught:
Environmental Science I: History, Philosophy and Concepts

Undergraduate Courses Taught:
Research Design, Analysis, and Reporting

Professional Affiliations

Research Associate, UBC Botany
Associate Editor Applied Vegetation Science
Associate Editor Plant Ecology