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Emilie Isasa

Postdoctoral Fellow

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Email: emilie.isasa@utoronto.ca
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Emilie is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Toronto Mississauga. She now joins  Ensminger’s lab and is a member of the FastPheno project which try to combine the next generation of high-throughput drone-based phenotyping platforms, and plant ecophysiological and genomics approaches to understand forest dynamics and tree resilience to climate change impacts.

Emilie completed her doctorate in Plant Ecophysiology at the Julius-von-Sachs-Institute for Biosciences at Würzburg University in Germany. Her doctoral research focused on investigating the relationship between wood properties, drought-induced embolism, and environmental preferences in a wide range of temperate diffuse-porous broadleaved trees. She obtained her Master’s degree in Tropical Forest Ecology from the EcoFoG group at the Université des Antilles et de la Guyane in French Guiana. Her Master’s thesis explored the effects of rainfall and drought on plant hydraulic plasticity, in collaboration with the California State University in Los Angeles, USA.

Outside of her research, Emilie is a passionate traveller who seeks out new adventures and cultural experiences. She also finds inspiration through her passion for photography.


PhD (Plant Ecophysiology) – Julius-von-Sachs-Institute for Biosciences, Würzburg, Germany (2019-2023).

Msc (Tropical Plant Ecology, Evolution) – Université des Antilles et de la Guyane – California State University in Los Angeles, USA (2016-2018)

Bsc (Biological Science) Bordeaux University (2012-2016)

Journal Publications

Emilie Isasa, Roman Link, Steven Jansen, Fon Robinson Tezeh, Lucian Kaack, Juliano Sarmento Cabral, Bernhard Schuldt. Addressing controversies in the xylem embolism resistance – vessel diameter relationship. New Phytologist, 2023  
Sharath S. Paligi, Roman M. Link, Emilie Isasa, Paulo Bittencourt, Juliano Sarmento Cabral, Steven Jansen, Rafael S. Oliveira, Luciano Pereira, Bernhard Schuldt. Accuracy of the pneumatic method for estimating xylem vulnerability to embolism in temperate diffuse-porous tree species. Submitted–Plant Biology, 2023.  
Yonten Dorji, Emilie Isasa, Juliano Sarmento Cabral, Bernhard Schuldt, Peter Annighöfer, Dominik Seidel. Insights into the relationship between xylem safety and tree structural complexity from Terrestrial Laser Scanning and fractal analysis. Preprint–Trees, 2023.  
Lucian Kaack, Matthias Weber, Emilie Isasa, Zohreh Karimi, Shan Li, Luciano Pereira, Christophe L. Trabi, Ya Zhang, H.Jochen Schen, Bernhard Schuldt, Volker Schmidt , Steven Jansen. Pore constrictions in intervessel pit membranes provide a mechanistic explanation for xylem embolism resistance in angiosperms. New Phytologist,2021.  
Yonten Dorji, Bernhard Schuldt, Liane Neudam, Rinzin Dorji, Kali Middleby, Emilie Isasa, Klaus Körber, Christian Ammer, Peter Annighöfer, Dominik Seidel. Three-dimensional quantification of tree architecture from mobile laser scanning and geometry analysis. Trees, 2021

Conference Proceedings

 “Relationships between drought-related traits and environmental preferences across four families of temperate trees”. International Symposium of the Canadian Society of Plant Biologists, Quebec City, Canada 2023. Lightning Talk.    “Addressing controversies in safety – vessel diameter relationship”. 5TH International Symposium “XIM5”, Würzburg, Germany 2022. Lightning Talk + Management, organization of the conference.  
 “Addressing controversies in safety – vessel diameter relationship”. International Symposium “Ecology across Borders”, BES, SFE, Liverpool, UK 2021. Lightning Talk (Online)  
 “Addressing controversies in safety – vessel diameter relationship”. International Symposium “Youth Forum for Wood Anatomy”, Chengdu, China 2021. Oral presentation (Online).