Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Lauchlan Fraser

Lauchlan Fraser

Lauchlan Fraser

Name: Dr. Lauchlan Fraser
Position: Professor and Tier II CRC
Affiliation: Biological Sciences
Phone: 377-6135


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Climbing (at least in my mind)
Playing guitar

Research Interests

Plant ecology
Plant-trait environment linkages
Plant diversity and competition
Food web theory
Restoration and conservation
Climate Change
Soil carbon sequestration
cattle effects on depressional wetlands


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


Fraser, L.H. and Hockin, A.D. 2013. Litter decomposition rates of two grass species along a semi-arid grassland-forest ecocline. Journal of Arid Environments 88: 125-129.

Patrick, L.B., Kershner, M.W. and Fraser, L.H. 2012. Epigeal spider responses to fertilization and plant litter: testing biodiversity theory at the ground level. Journal of Arachnology 40: 309-324.

Fraser, L.H. Henry, H.A.L., Carlyle, C.N., White, S.R., Beierkuhnlein, C., Cahill, J.F., Casper, B.B., Cleland, E., Collins, S.L., Dukes, J.S., Knapp, A.K., Lind, E., Long, R., Luo, Y. Reich, P.B., Smith, M.D., Sternberg, M. and Turkington, R. In Press. Coordinated Distributed Experiments: an emerging tool for testing global hypotheses in ecology and environmental science. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment.

Folkard, P, Fraser, L.H., Carlyle, C.N., and Tucker, R.E. In Press. Forage production potential in a ponderosa pine stand: effects of tree spacing on understory plants after 45 years. British Columbia Journal of Ecosystems and Management.

Schmidt, A.C., Fraser, L.H., Carlyle, C.N. and Bassett, E.R.L. 2012. Does cattle grazing affect ant abundance and diversity in temperate grasslands? Rangeland Ecology and Management 65: 292-298.

White, S.R., Carlyle, C.N., Fraser, L.H., Cahill Jr., J.F. 2012. Climate change experiments in temperate grasslands: synthesis and future directions. Biology Letters 8: 484-487.

Carlyle, C.N., Fraser, L.H., Turkington, R. 2011. Tracking soil temperature and moisture in a multi-factor climate experiment in temperate grassland: do climate manipulation methods produce their intended effects? Ecosystems 14: 489-502.

Fraser, L.H. and Carlyle, C.N. 2011. Is size of spotted knapweed (Centaurea stoebe L.) patch related to the effect on soil and vegetation properties? Plant Ecology 212: 975-983.

Jones, W.M., Fraser, L.H., Curtis, P.J. 2011. Plant community functional shifts in response to livestock grazing in intermountain depressional wetlands in British Columbia, Canada. Biological Conservation 144: 511-517.

Carlyle, C.N., Fraser, L.H., Turkington, R. 2010. Using three pairs of competitive indices to test for changes in plant competition along a resource and disturbance gradient. Journal of Vegetation Science 21: 1025-1034.

Carlyle, C.N., Fraser, L.H., Haddow, C.M., Bings, B.A. and Harrower, W. 2010. The use of digital photos to assess visual cover for wildlife in rangelands. Journal of Environmental Management 91: 1366-1370.

Keddy, P., Fraser, L.H., Solomeshch, A.I., Junk, W.J., Campbell, D., Arroyo, T.K., and Alho, C.J.R. 2009. Wet and wonderful: The world???s largest wetlands are conservation priorities. Bioscience 59: 39-51.

Fraser L.H., Greenall A., Carlyle C.N., Turkington R., Ross Friedman C. 2009. Adaptive phenotypic plasticity of Pseudoroegneria spicata: response of stomatal density, leaf area and biomass to changes in water supply and increased temperature. Annals of Botany 103: 769-775.

Patrick, L.B., Fraser, L.H. and Kershner, M.W. 2008. ???Brown??? world invertebrates contradict ???green??? world biodiversity theory. Research Letters in Ecology vol. 2008, Article ID 694638, 4 pages, 2008. doi:10.1155/2008/694638.

Fraser, L.H. and Madson, E.B. 2008. The interacting effects of herbivore exclosures and seed addition in a wet meadow. Oikos 117: 1057-1063.

Patrick, L.B., Fraser, L.H. and Kershner, M. 2008. Large-scale manipulation of plant litter and fertilizer in a managed successional temperate grassland. Plant Ecology 197: 183-195.

Fraser, L.H. and Miletti, T. 2008. Effect of minor water depth treatments on competitive effect and response of eight wetland plants. Plant Ecology 195: 33-43.

Landis, F.C. and Fraser, L.H. 2008. A new model of carbon and phosphorus transfers in arbuscular mycorrhizae. New Phytologist 177(2): 466-479.

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:
Research Methods, Preparation, and Presentation
Advanced Topics in Evolution and Ecology

Undergraduate Courses Taught:
Research Design, Analysis, and Reporting

Professional Affiliations

Research Associate, UBC Botany

Associate Editor Applied Vegetation Science

Associate Editor Plant Ecology