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Thompson Rivers University

Lauchlan Fraser

Dr. Lauchlan Fraser

NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Ecosystem Reclamation
Department of Natural Resource Science

Fraser Lab

Dr. Fraser's expertise is in community and ecosystem ecology, focusing on ecosystem reclamation, biodiversity, range management, climate change, and food web theory. Lauch is the Associate Editor of two academic journals (Applied Vegetation Science and Plant Ecology), and chair of HerbDivNet, an international network of over 60 scientists united to explore the drivers controlling herbaceous plant diversity.

Expertise and research

  • Grassland and wetland ecosystems
  • Ecosystem reclamation
  • Biodiversity
  • Climate change
  • Range management
  • Food web theory

Education and credentials

  • B.Sc., Biology, University of British Columbia
  • M.Sc., Plant Ecology, University of British Columbia
  • Ph.D., Plant Ecology, University of Sheffield


  • 2018 - Present | Thompson Rivers University
    Professor and Senior NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Ecosystem Reclamation
  • 2009 - 2018 | Thompson Rivers University
    Professor and Canada Research Chair in Community and Ecosystem Ecology
  • 2004 - 2009 | Thompson Rivers University
    Associate Professor and CRC
  • 2004 | University of Akron
    Associate Professor, Department of Biology
  • 1999 - 2004 | University of Akron
    Assistant Professor, Department of Biology
  • 1998 - 1999 | Carleton University
    Lecturer, Department of Biology
  • 1996 - 1999 | University of Ottawa
    Post-Doctoral Research Associate

Academic publications

Maestre, F. T., Le Bagousse-Pinguit, Y., Delgado-Baquerizo, M., Eldridge, D. J., Saiz, H., Berdugo, M., Gozalo, B., …, Fraser, L. H., …, Stephens, C. R. A., …, Gross, N. 2022. Grazing and ecosystem service delivery in global drylands. Science, 378(6622), 915-920.

Wang, Y., Cadotte, M. W., Chen, Y., Fraser, L. H., Zhang, Y., Huang, F., Luo, S., Shi, N., & Loreau, M. (2019). Global evidence of positive biodiversity effects on spatial ecosystem stability in natural grasslands. Nature Communications, 10(1), 3207.

Henry, H. A. L., Abedi, M., Alados, C. L., Beard, K. H., Fraser, L. H., Jentsch, A., Kreyling, J., Kulmatiski, A., Lamb, E. G., Sun, W., Vankoughnett, M. R., Venn, S., Werner, C., Beil, I., Blindow, I., Dahlke, S., Dubbert, M., Effinger, A., Garris, H. W., … Yang, X. (2018). Increased soil frost versus summer drought as drivers of plant biomass responses to reduced precipitation: results from a globally coordinated field experiment. Ecosystems, 21(7), 1432–1444.

Koerner, S. E., Smith, M. D., Burkepile, D. E., Hanan, N. P., Avolio, M. L., Collins, S. L., Knapp, A. K., Lemoine, N. P., Forrestel, E. J., Eby, S., Thompson, D. I., Aguado-Santacruz, G. A., Anderson, J. P., Anderson, T. M., Angassa, A., Bagchi, S., Bakker, E. S., …, Fraser, L. H., … Zelikova, T. J. (2018). Change in dominance determines herbivore effects on plant biodiversity. Nature Ecology & Evolution, 2(12), 1925–1932.


  • 2022 Life Sciences BC
    Genome BC for Scientific Excellence
  • 2022 President's Distinguished Scholar Award
    Thompson Rivers University


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