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Jalene LaMontagne

  • Associate Professor, Ecology
  • ​PhD ​​
  • Biological Sciences
  • (773) 325-7272
  • ​McGowan North, Room 116       

Classes Taught
  • General Biology II (Bio 192)
  • Ecology (Bio 215)
  • Research Methods and Applied Biostatistics (Bio 306/406)
  • Population Ecology (Bio 332/432)
  • Research in Field Biology (Bio 389/489)
Research Interests

LaMontagne is a quantitative biologist and population ecologist, and her research program primarily focuses on variation in resource availability over space and time and how it affects the performance of individuals and gives rise to population-level patterns. Her research has three main components: 1) Mast seeding is the synchronous production of highly variable seed crops by a population of plants. There are a variety of hypotheses as to why this phenomenon occurs, from evolutionary responses to satiate seed predators, or increase pollination efficiency; or it could be produced as a result of resource-matching. LaMontagne’s research examines the synchrony of mast seeding patterns across multiple spatial scales, from individuals to large regions, with white spruce (Picea glauca) being the primary study species. 2) Urban ecology focusing on habitat availability and use along a gradient of urbanization. 3) Examining how variation in food availability and population structure affects individual growth, reproduction, and survival, and population-level dynamics, using a model system of Daphnia pulex.

Select Publications

Wang, Y, J. Zhang, J.M. LaMontagne, F. Lin, B. Li, J. Ye, and Z. Hao. 2017. Variation and synchrony of tree species mast seeding in an old-growth temperate forest. Journal of Vegetation Science 28: 413–423.
Anderson, E.C., and J.M. LaMontagne. 2016. Nest selection by Red-headed Woodpeckers across three spatial scales in an urban environment. Urban Ecosystems 19: 297-314.​

Krebs, C.J.,  J.M. LaMontagne , A.J. Kenney, and S. Boutin. 2012. Climatic determinants of white spruce cone crops in the boreal forest of the southwestern Yukon. Botany 90: 113-119.

Professional Activities
  • Judge for graduate student presentation awards - Canadian Society for Ecology & Evolution
Professional Society Memberships
  • Ecological Society of America
  • Canadian Society for Ecology & Evolution