Liette Vasseur

Professor, Biological Sciences; UNESCO Chair in Community Sustainability: from local to global; Member of the Brock Environmental Sustainability Research Centre

Office: Mackenzie Chown F 228
905 688 5550 x4023
lvasseur@brocku.ca

Dr. Vasseur is a full professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Brock University where she is also a member of the Women and Gender Studies program and the Environmental Sustainability Research Centre, one of the five transdisciplinary spaces at the university. Since 2014, she holds the UNESCO Chair on Community Sustainability: from Local to Global at Brock. She currently leads the thematic group on Climate Change Adaptation of the Commission for Ecosystem Management (CEM) of the International Union for Conservation of Nature and since September 2016, Vice-Chair North America at the CEM. Her research program is highly interdisciplinary and links issues such as community-based ecosystem management, climate change adaptation and resilience and sustainable agriculture and rural communities. In Canada it includes impacts of extreme events on meadow ecosystems, use of new technologies in sustainable agriculture, and ecosystem/landscape sustainable development and resilience in Niagara rural communities.

Dr. Vasseur’s community-research work on climate change adaptation with the City of Greater Sudbury led her to receive in 2011 the Latornell Pioneers Award from Conservation Ontario. She was part of the codirection committee of a large project on Coastal Communities Challenges in the face of Climate Change, funded by the Social and Humanities Research Council of Canada, which looked at resilience and ecosystem-based adaptations in ten coastal communities of Atlantic Canada.  She has produced over hundred publications and more than 200 presentations as a researcher.

Dr. Vasseur’s work focuses not only on Canada but also internationally such as in China, where she is a Minjiang Scholar at Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University. She is also involved in Ecuador on climate change adaptation and resilience (Paramos) as well as sustainable agriculture development (San Juan) in Ecuador with ESPOCH in Riobamba. Previously she has worked in Burkina Faso on community-based conservation management.

Other activities

  • Expert Reviewer. First draft of Chapter 2: Americas Assessment for Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). June-July 2016.
  • Mid-Sized City Academic Collaborative with Evergreen Brick Works, Toronto. August 2016—
  • Vice-Chair (North America and Caribbean) of the Commission for Ecosystem Management of the International Union for Conservation of Nature and lead of the thematic group on Ecosystem Governance
  • Member of the Science and Stewardship committee of the Niagara Land Trust. March 2012—
  • Associate Editor, Botany; Associate Editor in Chief, Journal of Biosafety
  • As the topic of women has also been a point of focus in her international research, she is involved in some women organizations. She is currently the President of the Canadian Coalition of Women in Engineering, Science, Trades and Technology (CCWESTT) and the President-Elect of the International Network of Women Engineers and Scientists (INWES).

I hold a BSc in Ecology from the Université de Sherbrooke, a MSc in Biology at Univ. du Québec à Montréal, and a Ph.D. in Biology at Queen’s University and PDF at McGill.

Zhao, Q., D. Ma, L. Vasseur, and M. You. Segmental duplications in Lepidoptera genomes reveal species-specific adaptive evolution. BMC Evolutionary Biology 17:169.

Vasseur, L., D, Horning, M. Thornbush, E. Cohen-Shacham, A. Andrade, E. Barrow, S. Edwards, P. Wit, and M. Jones. Complex problems and unchallenged solutions: bringing ecosystem governance to the forefront of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Ambio doi:10.1007/s13280-017-0918-6

Chen, W., L. Vasseur, M. You, J. Li, C. Wang, R. Meng, G.M. Gurr. 2017. Parasitoids manipulate zombie caterpillar feeding behaviour to reduce risk of intra-guild predation. Scientific Reports 7: 42636 doi:10.1038/srep42636.

Xia, X., D. Zheng, H. Zhong, B. Qin, G.M. Gurr, L. Vasseur, J. Lin, Y. Wang, F. Song, Y. Li, H. Lin and Mi. You. Metagenomic sequencing of diamondback moth gut microbiome unveils key holobiont adaptations for herbivory. Frontiers in Microbiology (26 April 2017) doi.org/10.3389/fmicb.2017.00663.

Vasseur, L. 2017. Chapter 7. Diversifying the garden: a way to ensure food security and women empowerment. In Fletcher, A.J. and W. Kubik (Eds). Women in Agriculture Worldwide: Key Issues and Practical Approaches. Gower Publishing, Surrey, UK. Published July 13, 2016: 103-115.

Chen, Y., L. Vasseur and M. You. 2017. Potential distribution of the invasive loblolly pine mealybug, Oracella acuta (Hemiptera: Pseudococidae), in Asia under future climate change scenarios. Climatic Change 141: 719-732.

Shi, L., L. Vasseur, H. Huang, Z. Zeng, G. Hu, X. Liu and M. You. 2017. Adult leafhoppers Empoasca onukii Matsuda change behaviors under varying light conditions. PlosONE 12(1): e0168439. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0168439

Lin, J.,  X. Xia, J. Shen, Y. Li, H. Lin, S. Tang, L. Vasseur and M. You. Expression profiling of the immune genes in response to microorganism infections in the Plutella xylostella midgut. Insect Science (accepted September 28, 2016).

Lin, M., L. Vasseur, G. Yang, G. Gurr and M. You. 2016. Wetting properties changing with insect development: behavioural and morphological differences between nymphs and adults of Empoasca onukii Matsuda. Scientific Reports 6: 37026 | DOI: 10.1038/srep37026

Qi, W., X. Ma, W. He, W. Chen, M. Zou, G.M. Gurr, L. Vasseur and M. You. 2016. Characterization and expression profiling of ATP-binding cassette transporter genes in the diamondback moth, Plutella xylostella (L.). BMC Genomics 17:760. DOI 10.1186/s12864-016-3096-1

Vasseur, L. 2016. Looking at ecosystem governance as a way to achieve environmental sustainability and tackling “wicked” problems. In Sreekumari Kurissery, Rosario Turvey, I. Florin Pendea (Eds.). Environmental Sustainability. Wiley Publisher: 114-125.

Plante, S., Vasseur L. and C. Da Cunha. 2016. Chapter 4. Adaptation to climate change and Participatory Action Research (PAR): lessons from municipalities in Quebec, Canada. In Jörg Knieling (Ed.). Climate Adaptation Governance. Theory, Concepts and Praxis in Cities and Regions. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim: 69-88 (published May 20, 2016).

Vasseur, L. and M. You. 2016. Facing climate change through sustainable agriculture: Can results from China be transferred to Africa? In Bryant, C. M. Adama Sarr and K. Delusca (Eds.). Agricultural Adaptation to Climate Change. Springer: 167-184.