Prof. Marc Cadotte was trained as a community ecologist, first as an MSc student under Jonathan Lovett-Doust at the University of Windsor in Canada, examining the effects of forest fragmentation on forest structure in Madagascar coastal rain forests, then as a PhD student with Jim Drake at the University of Tennessee combining ecological theory with experiments (PhD 2006). He was postdoctoral research fellow at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis in Santa Barbara, California, USA, where he examined the role of evolutionary relationships among species in influencing the health and functioning of ecosystems. He is currently a Professor of biological sciences at the University of Toronto-Scarborough where he also held the term-limited endowed TD Professor of Urban Forest Conservation and Biology chair (2013-2019).
He researches the links between biodiversity and ecosystem function, how to predict and control invasive species, and how environmental change influences the delivery of ecosystem services. He has published more than 150 articles and has pioneered biodiversity measures that quantify species differences. Along with Jonathan Davies, Prof. Cadotte is the author of the recently published book: Phylogenies in Ecology, published by Princeton University Press. Prof. Cadotte has accrued over 12,000 citations and has an H-index of 53 (according to Google Scholar), and is listed on Web of Science’s top 1% most cited scientists in environmental science since 2017.
He was the Executive Editor of the Journal of Applied Ecology and is now leading a new initiative with the British Ecological Society to help bridge the research-implementation gap. For this, he is the Chair of Applied Ecology Resources (AER) which serves as a platform bringing together different sources of information, from peer-reviewed research articles, to case studies, to research summaries, to data and to grey literature reports, all of which have value for designing management and policy. He is also the Editor-in-chief of Ecological Solutions and Evidence, a new open access journal that sits within AER.