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Prof. Pierre Legendre


Works at ― Professor of quantitative ecology at Université de Montréal, Canada

Teaches – Advances in Spatial Analysis of Multivariate Ecological Data: Theory and in Practice (MVSP)

Pierre Legendre is an ecologist interested in the spatial and temporal structure of communities (beta diversity). He has been teaching biostatistics and numerical ecology at Université de Montréal for more than 30 years. He is the author of the highly cited manual “Numerical ecology”; the third English edition appeared in June 2012. He is also the author of more than 290 refereed research papers and book chapters.

Numerical ecology is the field of quantitative ecology devoted to the numerical analysis of ecological data sets. Community ecologists, whose data are multivariate by nature (many species, many environmental variables), are the primary users of these methods.

Besides his regular teaching at Université de Montréal, Pierre Legendre has given 66 short courses in 38 universities and scientific institutes around the world. He received several honours, including the President’s Award of the Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution in 2013. He was listed as a Highly Cited Researcher in Environment/Ecology in all lists published up to now by the Institute of Scientific Information (ISI) and Thomson Reuters in 2001, 2014 and 2015. His h-index on Google Scholar is 83 (57648 citations, including 14324 citations of his books). He is also the author of programs and R packages widely used by community ecologists and phylogeneticists, and coauthor (with D. Borcard and F. Gillet) of the book “Numerical ecology with R” (English edition published in 2011, Chinese edition in 2014).

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