Ducks Unlimited Canada
Institute for Wetland & Waterfowl Research
PO Box 1160
Stonewall, Manitoba, Canada
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Lauren Bortolotti, Ph.D.

Research Scientist

Quantifying the ecological goods and services wetlands provide to society.

Lauren Bortolotti defended her PhD dissertation titled “Biological communities and ecosystem function in restored and natural prairie wetlands” at the University of Alberta in September 2016. She conducted much of her graduate work on Ducks Unlimited Canada projects and her research aligns with IWWR’s ongoing work to quantify the ecological goods and services wetlands provide to society. Lauren’s experience is well-rounded; she also has co-authored peer-reviewed scientific articles with a focus on avian ecology. During her doctoral program Lauren earned one of IWWR’s prestigious Bonnycastle Fellowships, and was featured in a video produced for the launch of the Rescue Our Wetlands campaign.


  • Ph.D., Ecology, University of Alberta
  • B.Sc., Biology, University of Saskatchewan

Lauren’s Publications (organized by year)

Bortolotti, L.E. 2017. Book review: Foundations of restoration ecology, second edition. Limnology and Oceanography Bulletin 26:60.

Guy-Haim, T., H. Alexander, T.W. Bell, R.L. Bier, L.E. Bortolotti, C. Briseño-Avena, X. Dong, A.M. Flanagan, J. Grosse, L. Grossmann, S. Hasnain, R. Hovel, C.A. Johnston, D.R. Miller, M. Muscarella, A.E. Noto, A.J. Reisinger, H.J. Smith, and K. Stamieszkin. 2017. What are the type, direction and strength of species, community, and ecosystem responses to warming in aquatic mesocosm studies and their dependency on experimental characteristics? A systematic review protocol. Environmental Evidence 6:6.

Harriman, V.B., R.D. Dawson, L.E. Bortolotti, and R.G. Clark. 2017. Seasonal patterns in reproductive success of temperate-breeding birds: Experimental tests of the date and quality hypotheses. Ecology and Evolution 7:2122-2132.

Kelly, P.T., T. Bell, A.J. Reisinger, T.L. Spanbauer, L.E. Bortolotti, J.A. Brentrup, C. Briseño-Avena, X. Dong, A.M. Flanagan, E.M. Follett, J. Grosse, T. Guy-Haim, M.A. Holgerson, R.A. Hovel, J.Y. Luo, N.C. Millette, A. Mine, M.E. Muscarella, S.K. Oliver, and H.J. Smith. 2017. Ecological dissertations in the aquatics sciences: An effective networking and professional development opportunity for early career aquatic scientists. Limnology and Oceanography Bulletin 26:25-30.

Bortolotti, L.E. 2016. Biological communities and ecosystem function in restored and natural prairie wetlands. Dissertation, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Bortolotti, L.E., V.L. St. Louis, R.D. Vinebrooke, and A.P. Wolfe. 2016. Net ecosystem production and carbon fluxes in three prairie wetlands. Ecosystems 19:411-425.

Bortolotti, L.E., R.D. Vinebrooke, and V.L. St. Louis. 2016. Prairie wetland communities recover at different rates following hydrological restoration. Freshwater Biology 61:1874-1890.

Bortolotti, L.E., R.G. Clark, L.I. Wassenaar. 2013. Hydrogen isotope variability in prairie wetland systems: Implications for studies of migratory connectivity. Ecological Applications 23:110-121.

Bortolotti, L.E., V.B. Harriman, R.G. Clark, and R.D. Dawson. 2011. Can changes in provisioning by parent birds account for seasonally declining patterns of offspring recruitment. Canadian Journal of Zoology 89:921-928.

Jovani, R., J. Blas, L.E. Bortolotti, and G.R. Bortolotti. 2010. Fault bars and the risk of feather damage in cranes. Journal of Zoology 281:94-98.

Hanton, S.L., L.E. Bortolotti, L. Renna, G. Stefano, and F. Brandizzi. 2005. Crossing the divide- Transport between the endoplasmic reticulum and golgi apparatus in plants. Traffic 6:267-277.

Hanton, S.L., L. Renna, L.E. Bortolotti, L. Chatre, G. Stefano, and F. Brandizzi. 2005. Diacidic motifs influence the export of transmembrane proteins from the endoplasmic reticulum in plant cells. Plant Cell 17:3081-3093.

Renna, L., S.L. Hanton, G. Stefano, L. Bortolotti, V. Misra, and F. Brandizzi. 2005. Identification and characterization of AtCASP, a plant transmembrane Golgi matrix protein. Plant Molecular Biology 58:109-122.