Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Toronto
Marie-Josée Fortin is recognized internationally for her research in spatial ecology and conservation. Her research focuses on developing spatially-explicitly models the effects of global changes (climate and land-use changes) on species spatial distribution. Her research endeavors are therefore at the interface of several disciplines (spatial ecology, conservation, network theory, forest ecology, disturbance ecology, community ecology, landscape genetics, spatial epidemiology, geography, spatial statistics, spatially-explicit modeling) where the most current ecological challenging problems lie. She made numerous contributions in the field of spatial ecology (over 160 peer-reviewed papers). She authored an acclaimed book (first and second edition) on spatial analysis in ecology (Fortin & Dale 2005, Dale & Fortin 2014; Spatial Analysis: A Guide for Ecologists. Cambridge University Press). She is the recipient of: the 2001 Women in Geomatics Mentor Award from Networks of Centres of Excellence of Canada – GEOIDE and the Ontario Premier’s Research Excellence Award (2002-2007). From 2012 to 2015, she was a Special Visiting Researcher Fellow funded by the Science Without Borders – CNPq program (Manaus, Brazil). In 2013, she was awarded the Distinguished Landscape Ecologist Award from the US-IALE (US Regional Association of the International Association for Landscape Ecology). In 2014, she was acclaimed as one of the 2014 Highly Cited Researchers from Thomson Reuters. And in 2015, she was awarded the Outstanding Scientific Achievements Award from the International Association for Landscape Ecology (IALE).