Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies is pleased to congratulate Dr. Jean-Philippe Lessard, an ecologist and postdoctoral fellow at the Quebec Centre for Biodiversity Science at McGill University, who has been selected as the April 2013 winner of an Étudiants-chercheurs étoiles award, from the Fonds Nature et Technologies of the Government of Quebec. Dr. Lessard has also been featured in the "Academic Minute" podcast for his work building a new map of the world’s zoogeographic regions.
Dr. Lessard's award winning publication "An update of Wallace’s zoogeographic regions of the world"(published in Science, April 2013), reexamines Alfred Russel Wallaces's map of global biodiversity which aims to solve the mysteries of the origins and preservation of biodiversity.
His accomplishments include discussing a DNA-based approach to identifying the most “evolutionarily unique” regions of the world and was featured in the "Academic Minute" WAMC Northeast public radio podcast.
Dr. Lessard began his scientific training working on the ecology of insects and earned his Ph.D. at the University of Tennessee. His research seeks to explain the interaction between ecological and evolutionary forces in an effort to produce and maintain biological diversity.
We wish him all the best with his future research.