Thompson Rivers University

Lauchlan Fraser

Name: Dr. Lauchlan Fraser
Position: Professor and NSERC IRC
Phone: 250-377-6135


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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).


Koerner SE et al. 2018. Change in dominance determines herbivore effects on plant biodiversity. Nature Ecology and Evolution. Doi:10.1038/s41559-018-0696-y.

Arduini C, Fraser L, Flynn T, Van Loon L, Banerjee N. 2018. Evaluation of the use of wetlands in arsenic sequestration of mine-influenced effluent using synchrotron XRF and XANES spectroscopy. Microscopy and Microanalysis 24 (Suppl 2). Doi:10.1017/S1431927618014800.

Garris H, Baldwin S, Taylor J, Gurr D, Denesiuk D, Van Hamme J, Fraser LH. 2018. Short-term microbial effects of a large-scale mine-tailing storage facility collapse on the local natural environment. PLOS ONE DOI: .

Antonelli PM, Fraser LH, Gardner WC, Broersma K, Karakatsoulis J. 2018. Long term carbon sequestration potential of biosolids-amended copper and molybdenum mine tailings following mine site reclamation. Ecological Engineering 117: 38-49.

Henry HAL, Abedi M, Alados CL, Beard KH, Fraser LH, Jentsch A, Kreyling J, Kulmatiski A, Lamb EG, Sun W, Vankoughnett MR, Venn S, Werner C, Beil I, Blindow I, Dahlke S, Dubbert M, Effinger A, Garris HW, Gartzia M, Gebauer T, Arfin Khan MAS, Malyshev AV, Nock C, Paulson JP, Pueyo Y, Stover HJ, Yang X. 2018. Increased soil frost versus summer drought as drivers of plant biomass reponses to reduced precipitation: results from a globally-coordinated field experiment. Ecosystems.

Harrower WL, Srivastava DS, McCallum C, Fraser LH, Turkington R. 2017. Temperate grassland songbird species accumulate incrementally along a gradient of primary productivity. PLOS ONE DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0186809.

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.

Employment History

2018-present Professor and Senior NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Ecosystem Reclamation, Thompson Rivers University.

2009-2018 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


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