The Bell Lab
Department of Biology

Current Research Program
Major research themes


Plant species diversity

McGill has a research station in old-growth forest only 40 km from Montreal.  I have conducted large-scale surveys and experiments there to investigate how species diversity is affected by environmental heterogeneity.

  • Bell G.  2003.  The interpretation of biological surveys. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B 270: 2531 - 2542
  • Belotte D., Curien J.-B., Maclean C. & Bell G. 2003. An experimental test of local adaptation in soil bacteria. Evolution 57:  27-36.
  • Leckie S., Velland M., Bell G., Waterway M.J. & Lechowicz M.J. 2000. The seed bank in an old-growth temperate forest. Canadian Journal of Botany 78: 181-192.
  • Bell,G., Lechowicz M.J. & M. Waterway. 2000. Environmental heterogeneity and species diversity of forest sedges. Journal of Ecology 88: 67-87.
  • Richard, M., Bell, G. & T. Bernhardt. 2000.Environmental heterogeneity and the spatial structure of fern species diversity in one hectare of old-growth forest. Ecography 23: 231-245.

Carex prasina

Distribution of Carex communis at Mont St-Hilaire.