The following is a selection of recent publications (past 5 years) and the corresponding PDF's, please contact me in the event that an article of interest cannot be accessed.

  1. Vasseur, L., H. VanVolkenburg, I. Vandeplas, K. Touré, S. Sanfo and F.L. Baldé. 2021. The Effects of Pandemics on the Vulnerability of Food Security in West Africa—A Scoping Review. Sustainability 2021, 13, 12888.

  2. Ke, F., L. Vasseur, H. Yi, L. Yang, B. Wang and M. Kang. Gene flow, linked selection, and divergent sorting of ancient polymorphism shape genomic divergence landscape in a group of edaphic specialists. Molecular Ecology 31: 104-118. DOI: 10.1111/mec.16226

  3. Pozsgai, G., G.L. Lövei1, L. Vasseur, G. Gurr, P. Batáry, J. Korponai, N.A. Littlewood, J. Liu, A. Móra, J. Obrycki, O. Reynolds, J.A. Stockan, H. VanVolkenburg, J. Zhang, W. Zhou and M. You. 2021. Irreproducibility in searches of scientific literature: a comparative analysis. Ecology and Evolution. DOI:

  4. Gauthier, S., B. May and L. Vasseur. 2021. Ecosystem-based Adaptation to Protect Avian Species in Coastal Communities in the Greater Niagara Region, Canada. Climate 9, 91.

  5. Zhang, X., S. Chen, L. Shi, D. Gong, S. Zhang, D. Zhan, L. Vasseur, Y. Wang, J. Yu, X. Xu, R. Qi, W. Wang, Y. Ma, P. Wang, N. Ye, D. Ma, Q. Zhao, X. Ma, X. Kong, J. Lin, L. Wei, Y. Ma, R. Li, G. Hu, H. He, L. Zhang, H. Wang, R. Ming, H. Tang and M. You. 2021. Haplotype-resolved genome assembly provides insights into evolutionary history of the tea plant Camellia sinensis. Nature Genetics

  6. Caspell, M. and L. Vasseur. 2021. Evaluating and visualizing drivers of coastline change: A Lake Ontario case study. ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information. Special issue Geomatic Applications to Coastal Research. 10: 375.

  7. Izurieta, G, A. Torres, J. Patiño, C. Vasco, L. Vasseur, H. Reyes and B. Torres. 2021. Exploring community and key stakeholders’ perception of scientific tourism as a strategy to achieve SDGs in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Tourism Management Perspectives 39: 100830.

  8. Vasseur, L. 2021. How Ecosystem-Based Adaptation to Climate Change Can Help Coastal Communities through a Participatory Approach. Sustainability 13, 2344.

  9. Shi, L., H. He, G. Yang, H. Huang, L. Vasseur* and M. You*. 2021. Are yellow sticky cards and light traps effective on tea green leafhoppers and their predators in Chinese tea plantations? Insects 12, 14.

  10. DeCock-Caspell, M. and L. Vasseur. 2021. Responding to natural disasters with disaster risk reduction and management. Facets 6: 240–251. DOI: 10.1139/facets-2020-0032 (featured article).

  11. Vasseur, L. 2021. Enjeux d’éducation aux changements climatiques auprès des communautés. Éducation relative à l'environnement: Regards, recherches, réflexions 15:2. DOI : 10.4000/ere.5908 (republished: Volume 16 - 2 | 2021, URL : ; DOI :

  12. Baker, J., D. Dupont and L. Vasseur. 2021. Exploring Canadian Ramsar sites Ecosystem and Sustainability. Wetlands 41: article 6.

  13. 13.  Yang, F., H. Sohaib, A. Saqib, J. Chen; Q. Ruan, L. Vasseur, W. He and M. You. 2020. DNA sequencing and metabolic profiling reveal the roles of gut microbiota and metabolites in Plutella xylostella host adaptation. International Journal of Molecular Sciences 21, 6283; doi:10.3390/ijms21176283

  14. 14.  Chen W., L. Vasseur, S. Zhang, H. Zhang, J. Mao, T. Liu, X. Zhou, X. Wang, M. You and G.M. Gurr. 2020. Mechanism and consequences for avoidance of superparasitism in the solitary parasitoidCotesia vestalis. Scientific Reports 10:11463.

  15. Andrade, A., C. Zambrana-Torrelio, L. Vasseur, C. Nelson, S. Carver and I. Convery. 2020. Rewilding  for Human Health: Exploring the connections between zoonotic diseases, human health and well-being, ecosystem degradation and biodiversity loss. Ecologist – News.

  16. Liu, Z., S. Fu, X. Ma, S.W. Baxter, L. Vasseur, L. Xiong, Y. Huang, G. Yang, S. You and M. You. 2020. Novel mechanism of resistance to Bacillus thuringiensis toxin Cry1Ac in Plutella xylostella involving two ATP-binding cassette transporter genes. Plos Pathogens 16(8): e1008697. ppat.1008697

  17. Zou, M., Q. Wang, L. Chu, L. Vasseur, Y. Zhai, Y. Qin, W. He, Y. Gang, Y. Zhou, L. Peng and M. You. 2020. CRISPR/Cas9-induced vitellogenin knockout lead to incomplete embryonic development in Plutella xylostella. Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 123 (August 2020): 10340.

  18. Brown, L. and L. Vasseur. 2020. An analysis of aquatic invasive species management in the Niagara region of Ontario, Canada: Establishment of a database to improve knowledge sharing. Management of Biological Invasions 11(3): 588-606.

  19. VanVolkenburg, H, F. Guinel and L. Vasseur. 2020. Impacts of smooth pigweed (Amaranthus hybridus) on cover crops in Southern Ontario. Agronomy 10: 529. doi:10.3390/agronomy10040529

  20. You*, M., F. Ke, S. You, Z. Wu, Q. Liu, W. He, L. Vasseur*, G.M. Gurr*, S.W. Baxter, H. Cerda, G. Yang, L. Peng, M. Xie, L. Cai, C.J. Douglas, M.B. Isman, M.S. Goettel, Q. Song, Q. Fan, G. Wang-Pruski, D.C. Lees, Y. Jin, Z. Yue*, J. Bai, T. Liu, Y. Zheng, Z. Zeng, S. Lin, Y. Wang, Q. Zhao, X. Xia, W. Chen, L. Chen, M. Zou, J. Liao, Q. Gao, X. Fang, Y. Yin, H. Yang, J. Wang, L. Han, Y. Lu and M. Zhuang (* corresponding authors). 2020. Variation among 532 genomes unveils the origin and evolutionary history of a global herbivore. Nature Communications

  21. He, H., L. Shi, G. Yang, M. You and L. Vasseur. 2020. Ecological Risk Assessment of Soil Heavy Metals and Pesticide Residues in Tea Plantations. Agriculture 10, 47; doi:10.3390/agriculture10020047.

  22. Chen, W., Y. Dong, H.S.A. Saqib, L. Vasseur, W. Zhou, L. Zheng, Y. Lai, X. Ma, L. Lin, X. Xu, W. He and M. You. 2020. Functional analysis of duplicated glucosinolate sulfatases in the development and host adaptation of Plutella xylostella based on a CRISPR/Cas9 system. Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 119: 103316.

  23. Peng, L., Q. Wang, M. Zou, Z. Liu, Y. Qin, L. Vasseur, L. Chu, Y. Zhai, W. He, G. Yang and M. You. 2020. CRISPR/Cas9-mediated vitellogenin receptor knockout reveals its reproductive functions in Plutellaxylostella. Frontiers Physiology 10:1585. doi: 10.3389/fphys.2019.01585

  24. 24.  Hameed, S.M., X. Jing, W. Chen, J. Chen, L. Vasseur, G. Wang-Pruski and G. Yang. 2019. Function and characterization of the Argonaute2 gene in the RNA interference pathway in the diamondback moth. Arch Biochem Mol Biol 2019; 10 (4): 035-051.

  25. Zhang, L., X. Jing, W. Chen, Y. Wang, J. Lin, L. Zheng, Y. Dong, L. Zhou, F. Li, F. Yang, L. Peng, L. Vasseur, W. He and M. You.  2019. Host plant-derived miRNAs potentially modulate the development of a cosmopolitan insect pest, Plutella xylostella. Biomolecules 9, 602; doi:10.3390/biom9100602.

  26. Daigle, C. and L. Vasseur. 2019. Is It Time to Shift Our Environmental Thinking? A Perspective on Barriers and Opportunities to Change. Sustainability 11, 5010. Doi:10.3390/su11185010.

  27. Peng, L., L. Wang, M. Zou, L. Vasseur, Q. Wang, L. Chu, Y. Qin, Y. Zhai and M. You. 2019. Identification of Halloween genes in Plutella xylostella and their functional analysis using RNA interference. Frontiers Physiology 10, 1120. Doi: 10.3389/fphys.2019.01120

  28. Zhang, L., X. Jing, W. Chen, J. Bai, L. Vasseur, W. He, M. You. 2019. Selection of reference genes for expression analysis of plant-derived microRNAs in Plutella xylostella using qRT-PCR and ddPCR. PlosOne14(8): e0220475.

  29. Ke, F., S. You, S. Huang, W. Chen, T. Liu, W. He, D. Xie, Q. Li, X. Lin, L. Vasseur, G.M. Gurr, and M. You. 2019. Herbivore range expansion triggers adaptation in a newly-associated third trophic level species and shared microbial symbionts. Scientific Reports 9:10314 10.1038/s41598-019-46742-3.

  30. Chen, W., W. He, Y. Dong, L. Lin, X. Ma, H.S.A. Saqib, X. Xu, L. Zhang, X. Jing, L. Peng, Y. Wang, L. Vasseur, W. He and M. You. 2019. Implication for DNA methylation involved in the host transfer of diamondback moth, Plutella xylostella (L.). Archives of Insect Biochemistry and Physiology. e21600: 1-14.

  31. Zhao, Q. W. Zhong, D. Ma, W. He, Y. Li, L. Vasseur and M. You. 2019. Genome-wide profiling of the alternative splicing provides insights into development and sex determination in Plutella xylostella. BMC Genomics 20:463.

  32. Wyckhuys, K.A.G., G. Pozsgai, G.L. Lovei, L. Vasseur, G.M. Gurr, O.L. Reynolds and M. Goettel. 2019. Culturomics Global Disparity in Public Awareness of the Biological Control Potential of Invertebrates. The Science of the Total Environment 660: 799-806.

  33. Torres, B., L. Vasseur, R. López, P. Lozano, Y. García, Y. Arteaga, C. Bravo, C. Barba and Antón García. 2019. Structure and above ground biomass along an elevation gradient: a case study in an Evergreen Andean Amazon Forests of Napo, Ecuador. Agroforestry Systems.

  34. Wyckhuys, K.A.G., A.C. Hughes, C. Buamas, A.C.  Johnson, L. Vasseur, L. Reymondin, J.P. Deguine, and D. Sheil. 2019. Biological control protects tropical forests. Communications Biology 2 : article 10 (2019).

  35. Vasseur, L. 2018. Learning the role of biodiversity monitoring in a biosphere reserve. International Journal of UNESCO Biosphere Reserves 2 (1) (published April 2018): 18-21.

  36. Hameed, M.S., Z. Wang, L. Vasseur and G. Yang. Molecular Cloning and functional analysis of Argonaute-3 in diamondback moth (Plutella xylostella). International Journal of Molecular Sciences 19: 1249; doi:10.3390/ijms19041249.

  37. Vasseur, L., R. Labbe and M. Goettel. Use of biological control against arthropod pests in Canadian greenhouse crop production. Journal of Biosafety 27: 1-15.

  38. You, Y., M. Xie, L. Vasseur and M. You. Selecting and Validating Reference Genes for Quantitative Real-time PCR in Plutella xylostella (L.). Genome 61: 349-358.

  39. Xia, X., B. Sun, G. Gurr, L. Vasseur, M. Xue and M. You. 2018. Gut microbiota mediating insecticide resistance of Plutella xylostella. Frontiers in Microbiology 9: article 25.

  40. Lin, J., X. Xia, X. Yu, J. Shen, Y. Li, H. Lin, S. Tang, L. Vasseur and M. You. 2018. Gene expression profiling provides insights into the immune mechanism of Plutella xylostella midgut to microbial infection. GENE 647: 21-30.

  41. Zhao, Q., D. Ma, Y. Huang, W. He, Y. Li, L. Vasseur and M. You. 2017. Genome-wide investigation of transcription factors provides insights into transcriptional regulation in Plutella xylostella. Molecular Genetics and Genomics 293(2), 435-449.

  42. Wang, D., L. Li, L. Vasseur, Y. Li and G. Yang.  2017. De novo transcriptome sequencing of Isaria cateniannulataand comparative analysis of gene expression in response to heat and cold stresses. PlosONE 12 (10): e0186040. 

  43. Peng, L., Y. Yang, M. Zou, L. Wang, W. He, Y. Wang, Q. Wang, L. Vasseur and M. You. 2017. Transcriptome profiling of the ovary reveals genes involved in oogenesis in the diamondback moth, Plutella xylostella(Lepidoptera: Plutellidae). GENE 637: 90-99.

  44. Huang, Y., B. Zeng, Y. Wang, X. Xu, Q. Meng, Y-P. Huang, L. Vasseur and M. You. 2017. Functional characterization of Pol III U6 promoters for gene knockdown and knockout in Plutella xylostella. Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 89:71-78.

  45. Vasseur, L., M. Thornbush and S. Plante. 2017. Climatic and Environmental Changes Affecting Communities in Atlantic Canada. Sustainability 9:1293. doi:10.3390/su9081293.

  46. Zhao, Q., D. Ma, L. Vasseur, and M. You. 2017. Segmental duplications in Lepidoptera genomes reveal species-specific adaptive evolution. BMC Evolutionary Biology 17: 161. doi: 10.1186/s12862-017-1007-y.

  47. Vasseur, L., D, Horning, M. Thornbush, E. Cohen-Shacham, A. Andrade, E. Barrow, S. Edwards, P. Wit, and M. Jones. 2017. Complex problems and unchallenged solutions: bringing ecosystem governance to the forefront of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Ambio doi:10.1007/s13280-017-0918-6.

  48. Chen, W., L. Vasseur, M. You, J. Li, C. Wang, R. Meng, G.M. Gurr. 2017. Parasitoids manipulate zombie caterpillar feeding behaviour to reduce risk of intra-guild predation. Scientific Reports 7: 42636. doi:10.1038/srep42636. 

  49. Jia, X., X. Ye, J. Chen, X. Lin, L. Vasseur and M. You. 2017. Purification and biochemical characteristics of a cyclodextrin glycosyltransferase from Geobacillus thermoglucosidansCHB1. Starch. doi: 10.1002/star.201700016.

  50. Xia, X., D. Zheng, H. Zhong, B. Qin, G.M. Gurr, L. Vasseur, J. Lin, Y. Wang, F. Song, Y. Li, H. Lin and Mi. You. 2017. Metagenomic sequencing of diamondback moth gut microbiome unveils key holobiont adaptations for herbivory. Frontiers in Microbiology (26 April 2017). 

  51. Chen, Y., L. Vasseur and M. You. 2017. Potential distribution of the invasive loblolly pine mealybug, Oracella acuta(Hemiptera: Pseudococidae), in Asia under future climate change scenarios. Climatic Change 141: 719-732. 

  52. Shi, L., L. Vasseur, H. Huang, Z. Zeng, G. Hu, X. Liu and M. You. 2017. Adult leafhoppers Empoasca onukii(Matsuda) change behaviors under varying light conditions. PlosONE 12(1): e0168439. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0168439.

  53. Lin, M., L. Vasseur, G. Yang, G. Gurr and M. You. 2016. Avoidance, escape and microstructural adaptations of the tea green leafhopper to water droplets. Scientific Reports 6: 37026. doi: 10.1038/srep37026.

  54. Qi, W., X. Ma, W. He, W. Chen, M. Zou, G.M. Gurr, L. Vasseur and M. You. 2016. Characterization and expression profiling of ATP-binding cassette transporter genes in the diamondback moth, Plutella xylostella(L.). BMC Genomics 17:760. doi 10.1186/s12864-016-3096-1.

  55. Gallant, D., L. Léger, D. Berteaux, N. Lecomte and L. Vasseur. 2016. Linking time budgets to habitat quality suggests that beavers are energy maximizers. Can. J. Zool. 94: 671-676.

  56. Baird, J., R. Plummer, R. Bullock, D. Dupont, T. Heinmiller, M. Jollineau, W. Kubik, S. Renzetti, and L. Vasseur. (alphabetical order except for first three) 2016. Contemporary water governance: navigating crisis response and institutional constraints through pragmatism. Water 8: 224. doi:10.3390/w8060224.

  57. Baird, J., A. Dzyundzyak, R. Plummer, R. Bullock, D. Dupont, M. Jollineau, W. Kubik, G. Pickering, and L. Vasseur. 2016. Ecosystem Perceptions in Flood Prone Areas: A Typology and its Relationship to Preferences for Governance. Water 8: 191. doi:10.3390/w8050191.

  58. Lin, S., L. Vasseur and M. You. 2016. Seasonal variability in spider communities in traditional and transgenic rice fields. Environmental Entomology 45: 1-10. doi:

  59. Newman, K., M. You and L. Vasseur. 2016. Diamondback Moth (Lepidoptera: Plutellidae) exhibits oviposition and larval feeding preferences among crops, wild plants, and ornamentals as host plants. Journal of Economic Entomology 109(2): 644-648. doi: 10.1093/jee/tow002.

  60. Guang, Y., Y. Zhang, G. Gurr, L. Vasseur and M. You. 2016. Electroantennogram and behavioral responses of Cotesia plutellaetoplant volatiles. Insect Science 23(2): 245–252.

  61. Ke, F., S. You, W. He, T. Liu, L .Vasseur, C. Douglas and M. You. 2015. Genetic differentiation analysis of the Plutella xylostellapopulations across the Taiwan Strait based on identification of microsatellite markers. Ecology and Evolution 5(24): 5880-5891. doi: 10.1002/ece3.1850.

  62. Lin, H., X. Xia, L. Yu, L. Vasseur, G.M. Gurr, F. Yao, G. Yang and M. You. 2015. Genome-wide identification and expression profiling of serine proteases and homologs in the diamondback moth, Plutella xylostella (L.). BMC Genomics 16:1054-1065. doi 10.1186/s12864-015-2243-4.

  63. Vasseur, L., M. Thornbush and S. Plante. 2015. Gender-Based Experiences and Perceptions after the 2010 Winter Storms in Atlantic Canada. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 12: 12518-12529.

  64. Peng, L., M. Zou, N. Ren, M. Xie, L. Vasseur, Y. Yang, W. He, G. Yang, G.M. Gurr, Y. Hou, Y. Huang, S. You and M. You. 2015. Age-stage-specific life tables reveal inbreeding effects on the population fitness in insects. Scientific Reports 5:12749. doi: 10.1038/srep12749.

  65. Xia, X., L. Yu, M. Xue, X. Yu, L. Vasseur, G.M. Gurr, S.W. Baxter, H. Lin, J. Lin and M. You. 2015. Genome-wide characterization and expression profiling of immune genes in the diamondback moth, Plutella xylostella(L.). Scientific Reports 5:09877. doi: 10.1038/srep09877. 

  66. Yu, L., W. Tang, W. He, X. Ma, L. Vasseur, S.W. Baxter, G. Yang, S. Huang, F. Song, X. Cheng and M. You. 2015. Characterization and expression of the cytochrome P450 gene family in diamondback moth, Plutella xylostella(L.). Scientific Reports. doi: 10. 1038/ srep08952.

  67. Shi, L., Z. Zeng, H. Huang, Y. Zhou, L. Vasseur, and M. You. 2015. Identification of Empoasca onukii(Hemiptera: Cicadellidae) and monitoring of its populations in the tea plantations of South China. J. Economic Entomol. 108(3): 1025-1033. doi: 10.1093/jee/tov054.

  68. You, Y., M. Xie, N. Ren, X. Cheng, J. Li, X. Ma, M. Zou, L. Vasseur, G.M. Gurr, S.W. Baxter, M.S. Goettel and M. You. 2015. Characterization and expression profiling of the glutathione S-transferases in the diamondback moth, Plutella xylostella(L.). BMC Genomics. doi: 10.1186/s12864-015-1343-5.