Pedro Peres-Neto

Associate professor Dept. of Biological Sciences, UQÀM (2010-present)


514-987-3000 ext. 4235


  1. Canada Research Chair in Spatial Modelling and Biodiversity  (2010- )

  2. Associate professor at the Dept. of Biological Sciences, Université du Québec à Montréal, UQÀM (2010- )

  3. Assistant professor at the Dept. of Biological Sciences, Université du Québec à Montréal, UQÀM (2006-2010)

  4. Assistant professor at the Dept. of Biology, University of Regina (2005-2006)

  5. Postdoctoral fellow, Université de Montréal (2003-2004)

  6. Postdoctoral fellow, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivière (2002-2003)

  7. PhD in zoology, University of Toronto (2002)

  8. M.Sc. in ecology, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (1995)

  9. B.Sc. in biology, Santa Ursula University (Rio de Janeiro, Brésil, 1990).

  10. Editorial Board:

                Ecography (Associate Editor)
                Methods in Ecology and Evolution (Associate Editor)

                Oecologia (Associate Editor)
                Oecologia australis (Associate Editor)


        My research lies at the interface of community and quantitative ecology, incorporating principles from a diverse suite of areas including landscape ecology, modelling, ecomorphology and evolution. The main goal is to determine how different factors such as species level-traits (e.g., morphology, dispersal capacity, life history, phenotypic integration), habitat choice, landscape structure and species interactions contribute to how regional pools of potential colonizer species are sorted into local communities. This is done by combining observational studies, experimental approaches, data synthesis and quantitative frameworks to understand the relative roles of these factors in structuring metacommunities, mainly involving aquatic assemblages.


Seiferling, I.S., Proulx, R., Peres-Neto, P.R., Fahrig, L. and Messier, C. 2011. Measuring protected-area isolation and correlations of isolation with land-use intensity and protection status. Conservation Biology (in press). (pdf)

Makarenkov, V., Xie, J., Boc, A., Peres-Neto, P., Lapointe, F.-J., and Legendre, P. 2010. Weighted bootstrapping: a correction method for assessing the robustness of phylogenetic trees. BMC Evolutionary Biology 10: 250. (pdf)

Lévesque, S., Beisner, B.E., Peres-Neto, P.R. 2010. Meso-scale distributions of lake zooplankton reveal spatially and temporally varying trophic cascades. Journal of Plankton research 10: 1369-1384. (pdf)

Maisonhaute, J.-E., Peres-Neto, P.R. and Lucas, E. 2010 Influence of agronomic practices, local environment and landscape structure on predatory beetle. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment  139: 500 - 507. (pdf)

Leibold, M.A., Economo, E.P. and Peres-Neto, P.R. 2010. Metacommunity Phylogenetics: Separating the Roles of Environmental Filters and Historical Biogeography. Ecology Letters 13: 1290-1299. (pdf)

Peres-Neto, P.R. and Cumming, G.S. 2010. A multi-scale framework for the analysis of fish metacommunities. Gido, G.B. and D.A. Jackson (eds.) Community Ecology of Stream Fishes: Concepts, Approaches, and Techniques, American Fisheries Society Symposium. (pdf)

Jacobson, B. and Peres-Neto, P.R. 2010. Quantifying and disentangling dispersal in metacommunities: How close have we come? How far is there to go? Landscape Ecology 25: 494-507. (pdf)

Peres-Neto, P.R. and Legendre, P. 2010. Estimating and controlling for spatial autocorrelation in the study of ecological communities. Global Ecology and Biogeography 19: 174-184. (pdf)

Azeria, T. Fortin, D., Hébert, C. and Peres-Neto P.R. 2009. Using null model analysis of species co-occurrences to classify assemblages: an aid in explaining biodiversity patterns and selection of indicator species. Diversity and Distributions 15:958-971. (pdf)

Beisner, B.E. and Peres-Neto, P.R. 2009. Seasonal trophic dynamics affect zooplankton community variability. Freshwater Biology 24: 2351-2363. (pdf)

Legendre, P., Borcard, P., and Peres-Neto, P.R. 2008. Analyzing or explaining beta diversity? Comment. Ecology 89: 3238–3244.

Pham, S.V., Leavitt, P.R. McGowan, S., and Peres-Neto, P.R. 2008. Spatial variability of climate and land-use effects on lakes of the northern Great Plains. Limnology and Oceanography, 53: 728–742. (pdf)

Dormann, C.F., McPherson, J.M., Araújo, M.B., Bivand, R., Bolliger, J., Carl, G., Davies, R., Hirzel,

A., Jetz, W., Kissling, W.D., Kühn, I., Ohlemüller, R., Peres-Neto, P.R., Reineking, B., Schröder, B. Schurr, F.M. & Wilson, R. 2007. Incorporating spatial autocorrelation in the analysis of ecological species distribution data: a user’s guide. Ecography 30: 609-628. (pdf)

Beisner, B.E., Peres-Neto, P.R., Lindstrom, E., Barnett, A., and Longhi, M.L. 2006. The role of dispersal in structuring lake communities from bacteria to fish. Ecology 87:2895-2991. (pdf)

Peres-Neto, P.R., P. Legendre, S. Dray, and D. Borcard. 2006. Variation partitioning of species data matrices: estimation and comparison of fractions. Ecology 87:2614–2625. (pdf)

Griffith, D.A., and P.R. Peres-Neto. 2006. Spatial modelling in ecology: the flexibility of eigenfunction spatial analyses in exploiting relative location information. Ecology 87:2603–2613. (pdf)

Peres-Neto, P.R. 2006. A unified strategy for estimating and controlling spatial, temporal and phylogenetic autocorrelation in ecological models. Oecologia Brasiliensis 10: 105-119. (pdf)

Dray, S., P. Legendre, and P.R. Peres-Neto. 2006. Spatial modelling: a comprehensive framework for principal coordinate analysis of neighbor matrices (PCNM). Ecological Modelling 196:483-493. (pdf)

Legendre, P., D. Borcard, and P.R. Peres-Neto. 2005. Analyzing beta diversity: partitioning the spatial variation of community composition data. Ecological Monographs 75:435-450. (pdf)

Peres-Neto, P.R., D.A. Jackson, and K.M. Somers. 2005. How many principal components? Stopping rules for determining the number of non-trivial axes revisited. Computational Statistics and Data Analysis 49:974-997. (pdf)

Peres-Neto, P.R. 2004. Patterns in the co-occurrence of stream fish metacommunties: the role of site suitability, morphology and phylogeny versus species interactions. Oecologia 140:352-360. (pdf)

Peres-Neto, P.R., and P. Magnan. 2004. The influence of swimming demand on phenotypic plasticity and morphological integration: a comparison of two polymorphic charr species. Oecologia 140:36-45. (pdf)

Peres-Neto, P.R., D.A. Jackson, and K.M. Somers. 2003. Giving meaningful interpretation to ordination axes: assessing loading significance in principal component analysis. Ecology 84: 2347-2363. (pdf)

Olden, J.D., D.A. Jackson, and P.R. Peres-Neto. 2002. Predictive models for fish species distributions: A note on proper validation and chance predictions. Transactions of the North American Fisheries Society 131:329-336. (pdf)

Wilkinson, M., P.R. Peres-Neto, P. Foster, and C. Mocriff. 2002. Type I error rates of the parsimony PTP test. Systematic Biology 51:524-527. (pdf)

Maggiore, V., W. Chao, P.R. Peres-Neto, and A.R. McIntosh. 2002. An empirical comparison of SPM preprocessing parameters in the analysis of fMRI data. Neuroimage 17:19-28. (pdf)

Peres-Neto, P.R., J.D. Olden, and D.A. Jackson. 2001. Environmentally constrained null models: site suitability as occupancy criterion. Oikos 93:110-120. (pdf)

Peres-Neto, P.R., and J.D. Olden. 2001. Assessing the robustness of randomization tests: examples from behavioural studies. Animal Behaviour 61:79-86. (pdf)

Peres-Neto, P.R., and D.A. Jackson. 2001. How well do multivariate data sets match? The robustness and flexibility of a Procrustean superimposition approach over the Mantel test. Oecologia 129:169-178. (pdf)

Jackson, D.A., P.R. Peres-Neto, and J.D. Olden. 2001. What controls who is where in freshwater fish communities – the roles of biotic, abiotic and spatial factors? Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 58:157-170. (pdf)

Olden, J.D., D.A. Jackson, and P.R. Peres-Neto. 2001. Spatial isolation and fish communities in drainage lakes. Oecologia 127:572-585. (pdf)

Peres-Neto, P.R., and D.A. Jackson. 2001. The importance of scaling of multivariate analysis in ecological studies. Écoscience 8:522-526. (pdf)

Peres-Neto, P.R., and F. Marques. 2000. When are random data not random, or is the PTP test useful? Cladistics 16:420-424. (pdf)

Peres-Neto, P.R. 1999. How many statistical tests are too many? The problem of conducting multiple inferences revisited. Marine Ecology Progress Series 176:303-306. (pdf)

Updated: Nov 1, 2010