Peer reviewed articles (view on Scholar):

  1. Marcisz K., Vannière B., Blarquez O. & the GPWG2. 2018. Taking Fire Science and Practice to the Next Level: Report from the PAGES Global Paleofire Working Group Workshop 2017 in Montreal, Canada – Paleofire Knowledge for Current and Future Ecosystem Management. Open Quaternary, 4(1), 7.
  2. Hennebelle A., Grondin P., Aleman J. C., Ali A. A., Bergeron Y., Borcard D. and Blarquez O. 2018. Using paleoecology to improve reference conditions for ecosystem-based management in western spruce-moss subdomain of Québec. Forest Ecology and Management, 430, 157–165. 
  3. Molinari C., Lehsten V., Blarquez O., Carcaillet C., Davis B. A. S., Kaplan J. O., Clear J., Bradshaw R. H. W. 2018. The climate, the fuel and the land use: long-term regional variability of biomass burning in boreal forests. Global Change Biology, 1–18. 
  4. Rémy C. C., Fouquemberg C., Asselin H., Andrieux B., Magnan G., Brossier B., Grondin P., Bergeron Y., Talon B., Girardin M. P., Blarquez O., Bajolle L., Ali A. A. 2018. Guidelines for the use and interpretation of palaeofire reconstructions based on various archives and proxies. Quaternary Science Reviews 193: 312-322. 
  5. Aleman J. C., Hennebelle A., Vannière B., Blarquez O. and the Global Paleofire Working Group. 2018. Sparking New Opportunities for Charcoal-Based Fire History Reconstructions. Fire 1(1): 7. doi:10.3390/fire1010007 
  6. Blarquez O., Talbot J., Paillard J., Lapointe-Elmrabti L., Pelletier N., Gates St-Pierre C. 2018. Late Holocene influence of societies on the fire regime in southern Québec temperate forests. Quaternary Science Reviews 180: 63–74. doi:10.1016/j.quascirev.2017.11.022  
  7. Carcaillet C. and Blarquez O. 2017. Fire ecology of a tree glacial refugium on a nunatak with a view on Alpine glaciers. New Phytologist 216: 1281–1290 DOI:10.1111/nph.14721  
  8. López-Sáez J., Vargas G., Ruiz-Fernández J., Blarquez O., Alba-Sánchez F., Oliva M., Pérez-Díaz S., Robles-López S., and Abel-Schaad D. 2017. Paleofire dynamics in central spain during the late Holocene: the role of climatic and anthropogenic forcing. Land Degradation & Development. DOI:10.1002/ldr.2751 
  9. Hawthorne D., Courtney Mustaphi C. J., Aleman J. C., Blarquez O., Colombaroli D., Daniau A.-L., Marlon J. R., Power M., Vannière B., Han Y., Hantson S., Kehrwald N., Magi B., Yue X., Carcaillet C., Marchant R., Ogunkoya A., Githumbi E. N. and Muriuki R. M. 2017. Global Modern Charcoal Dataset (GMCD): A tool for exploring proxy-fire linkages and spatial patterns of biomass burning.  Quaternary International. doi:
  10. Rémy C., Hély C., Blarquez O., Magnan G., Bergeron Y., Lavoie M., and Ali A. 2017. Different regional climatic drivers of holocene large wildfires in boreal forests of northeastern america. Environmental Research Letters 12: 035005 DOI:10.1088/1748-9326/aa5aff 
  11. Aleman, J. C., Blarquez O., Gourlet-Fleury S., Bremond L., and Favier C. 2017. Tree cover in central africa: determinants and sensitivity under contrasted scenarios of global change. Scientific Reports, 7:41393 EP DOI:10.1038/srep41393 
  12. Aleman J. C., Blarquez O., Staver A. C. 2016. Land-use change outweighs projected effects of changing rainfall on tree cover in sub-Saharan Africa. Global Change Biology 22: 3013–3025 DOI: 10.1111/gcb.13299 
  13. Abbott, B. W., Jones, J. B., Schuur, E. A. G., III, F. S. C., Bowden, W. B., Bret-Harte, M. S., Epstein, H. E., Flannigan, M. D., Harms, T. K., Hollingsworth, T. N., Mack, M. C., McGuire, A. D., Natali, S. M., Rocha, A. V., Tank, S. E., Turetsky, M. R., Vonk, J. E., Wickland, K. P., Aiken, G. R., Alexander, H. D., Amon, R. M. W., Benscoter, B. W., Bergeron, Y., Bishop, K., Blarquez, O., Bond-Lamberty, B., Breen, A. L., Buffam, I., Cai, Y., Carcaillet, C., Carey, S. K., Chen, J. M., Chen, H. Y. H., Christensen, T. R., Cooper, L. W., Cornelissen, J. H. C., de Groot, W. J., DeLuca, T. H., Dorrepaal, E., Fetcher, N., Finlay, J. C., Forbes, B. C., French, N. H. F., Gauthier, S., Girardin, M. P., Goetz, S. J., Goldammer, J. G., Gough, L., Grogan, P., Guo, L., Higuera, P. E., Hinzman, L., Hu, F. S., Hugelius, G., Jafarov, E. E., Jandt, R., Johnstone, J. F., Karlsson, J., Kasischke, E. S., Kattner, G., Kelly, R., Keuper, F., Kling, G. W., Kortelainen, P., Kouki, J., Kuhry, P., Laudon, H., Laurion, I., Macdonald, R. W., Mann, P. J., Martikainen, P. J., McClelland, J. W., Molau, U., Oberbauer, S. F., Olefeldt, D., Paré, D., Parisien, M.-A., Payette, S., Peng, C., Pokrovsky, O. S., Rastetter, E. B., Raymond, P. A., Raynolds, M. K., Rein, G., Reynolds, J. F., Robard, M., Rogers, B. M., Schädel, C., Schaefer, K., Schmidt, I. K., Shvidenko, A., Sky, J., Spencer, R. G. M., Starr, G., Striegl, R. G., Teisserenc, R., Tranvik, L. J., Virtanen, T., Welker, J. M., and Zimov, S. 2016. Biomass offsets little or none of permafrost carbon release from soils, streams, and wildfire: an expert assessment. Environmental Research Letters, 11(3):034014. DOI:10.1088/1748-9326/11/3/034014
  14. Blarquez O. and J. C. Aleman. 2016. Tree biomass reconstruction shows no lag in post-glacial afforestation of eastern Canada. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 46: 485–498. DOI: 10.1139/cjfr-2015-0201
  15. Vannière B., Blarquez O., Rius D., Doyen E., Brücher T., Colombaroli D., Connor S., Feurdean A., Hickler T., Lemmen C., Leys B., Massa C., Olofsson J. 2016. 7000-year human legacy of elevation-dependent European fire regimes. Quaternary Science Reviews 132: 206-212.  DOI: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2015.11.012. 
  16. Marlon J. R., Kelly R., Daniau A.-L., Vannière B., Power M. J., Bartlein P., Higuera P., Blarquez O., Brewer S., Brücher T., Feurdean A., Gil Romera G., Iglesias V., Maezumi S. Y., Magi B., Courtney Mustaphi C. J., Zhihai T. 2015. Reconstructions of biomass burning from sediment charcoal records to improve data-model comparisons. Biogeosciences 13: 3225-3244. DOI:10.5194/bgd-12-18571-2015
  17. Blarquez O., Ali A. A., Girardin M. P., Grondin P., Fréchette B., Bergeron Y., Hély C. 2015. Regional paleofire regimes affected by non-uniform climate, vegetation and human drivers. Scientific Reports 5: 13356 DOI:10.1038/srep13356  
  18. Battipaglia G., Büntgen U., McCloskey  Shane P. J., Blarquez O., Denis N., Paradis L., Brossier B., Fournier T., Carcaillet C. 2014. Long-term effects of climate and land-use change on larch budmoth outbreaks in the French Alps. Climate Research 62: 1-14. DOI: 10.3354/cr01251
  19. Blarquez, O., B. Vannière, J. R. Marlon, A. -L. Daniau, M. J.Power, S. Brewer, and P. J. Bartlein. 2014. paleofire: an R package to analyse sedimentary charcoal records from the Global Charcoal Database to reconstruct past biomass burning. Computers and Geosciences 72: 255-261. DOI: 10.1016/j.cageo.2014.07.020. 
  20. *Blarquez O., *Carcaillet C., Frejaville T. and Bergeron Y. 2014. Disentangling the trajectories of alpha, beta and gamma plant diversity of North American boreal ecoregions since 15,500 years. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 2: 6. DOI:10.3389/fevo.2014.00006#sthash.wCl5WXEI.dpuf. 
  21. Oris F., Asselin H., Finsinger W., Hély-Alleaume C., Blarquez O., Ferland M.-E, Bergeron Y., and Ali A. In press. Long-term fire history in northern Quebec: implications for the northern limit of commercial forests. Journal of Applied Ecology 51: 675-683. DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.12240 
  22. Leys B., Carcaillet C., Blarquez O., Lami A., Musazzi S. and Trevisan R. 2014. Resistance of mixed subalpine forest to fire frequency changes: The ecological function of dwarf pine (Pinus mugo ssp. mugo). Quaternary Science Reviews 90: 60-68. DOI: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2014.02.023  
  23. Aleman J. C., Blarquez O., Bentaleb I., Bonté P., Brossier B., Carcaillet C., Gond V., Gourlet-Fleury V., Kpolita A., Lefèvre I., Oslisly R., Power M. J., Yongo O., Bremond L. and C. Favier. 2013. Tracking land-cover changes with sedimentary charcoal in the Afrotropics. The Holocene 23: 1853-1862. DOI: 10.1177/0959683613508159 
  24. Blarquez O., M. P. Girardin, B. Leys, A. A. Ali, J. C. Aleman, Y. Bergeron and C. Carcaillet. 2013. Paleofire reconstruction based on an ensemble-member strategy applied to sedimentary charcoal. Geophysical Research Letters 40: 2667–2672 DOI: 10.1002/grl.50504
  25. Girardin M. P., A. A. Ali, C. Carcaillet, O. Blarquez, C. Hély, A. Terrier, A. Genries and Y. Bergeron. 2013. Vegetation limits the impact of a warm climate on boreal wildfires.
    New Phytologist 199: 1001-10111 DOI: 10.1111/nph.12322  
  26. Blarquez O., Finsinger W. and C. Carcaillet. 2013. Assessing Paleo-Biodiversity Using Low Proxy Influx. PLoS ONE 8(4): e65852 DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0065852
  27. Oris, F., M. Lamentowicz, A. Genries, B. Mourier, O. Blarquez, A. Ali, L. Bremond, and C. Carcaillet. 2013. Holocene changes in climate and land use drove shifts in the diversity of testate amoebae in a subalpine pond. Journal of Paleolimnology 49: 633-646 DOI: 10.1007/s10933-013-9680-3
  28. Senici, D., A. Lucas, H. Y. H. Chen, Y. Bergeron, A. Larouche, B. Brossier, O. Blarquez, and A. A. Ali. 2013. Multi-millennial fire frequency and tree abundance differ between xeric and mesic boreal forests in central Canada. Journal of Ecology 101: 356-367 DOI: 10.1111/1365-2745.12047
  29. *Ali, A. A., *Blarquez O., Girardin M. P., Hély C., Tinquaut F., El Guellab A., Valsecchi V., Terrier A., Bremond L., Genries A., Gauthier S., and Y. Bergeron. 2012. Control of the multi-millennial wildfire size in boreal North America by spring climatic conditions. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 109: 20966-20970 doi:10.1073/pnas.1203467109
  30. Daniau A.-L., P.J. Bartlein, S.P. Harrison, I.C. Prentice, S. Brewer, P. Friedlingstein, T.I. Harrison-Prentice, J. Inoue, K. Izumi, J.R. Marlon, S. Mooney, M.J. Power, J. Stevenson, W. Tinner, M. Andrič, J. Atanassova, H. Behling, M. Black, O. Blarquez, K. J. Brown, C. Carcaillet, E.A. Colhoun, D. Colombaroli, B. A. S. Davis, D. D’Costa, J. Dodson, L.
    Dupont, Z. Eshetu, D. G. Gavin, A. Genries, S. Haberle, D. J. Hallett, S. P. Horn, G. Hope, T. G. Kassa, F. Katamura, L.M. Kennedy, P. Kershaw, S. Krivonogov, C. Long, D. Magri, E. Marinova, G. M. McKenzie, P. I. Moreno, P. Moss, F. H. Neumann, E. Norström, C. Paitre, D. Rius, N. Roberts, G.S. Robinson, N. Sasaki, L. Scott, H. Takahara, V. Terwilliger, F. Thevenon, R. B. Turner, V. G. Valsecchi, B. Vannière, M. Walsh, N. Williams, Y. Zhang. 2012. Predictability of biomass burning in response to climate changes. Global Biogeochemical Cycles. 26: GB4007. doi:10.1029/2011GB004249 
  31. Fauvart N., Ali A. A., Terral J-F., Roiron P., Blarquez O. and Carcaillet C. 2012. Holocene upper tree-limits of Pinus section sylvestris in the Western Alps as evidenced from travertine archives. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology 169: 96-102 doi:10.1016/j.revpalbo.2011.10.003  
  32. Blarquez O., Carcaillet C., Elzein T. M. and Roiron P. 2012. Needle accumulation rate model-based reconstruction of palaeo-tree biomass in the western subalpine Alps. The Holocene 22: 578-587 doi: 10.1177/0959683611427333 PDF
  33. *Elzein, T., *Blarquez, O., Gauthier, O. & Carcaillet, C. 2011. Allometric equations for biomass assessment of subalpine dwarf shrubs. Alpine Botany 121: 129-134,
    DOI: 0.1007/s00035-011-0095-3. (endnotePDF
  34. Blarquez O., Carcaillet C. 2010. Fire, fuel composition and resilience threshold in subalpine ecosystem. PLoS ONE 5(8) : e12480. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0012480 (endnote) PDF
  35. Blarquez O., Bremond L., Carcaillet C. 2010. Holocene fires and a herb-dominated understorey track wetter climates in subalpine forests. Journal of Ecology 98: 1358-1368. (endnote) PDF
  36. Mahaney W.C., Tricart P., Carcaillet C., Blarquez O., Ali A. A., Argant J., Barendregt R.W. and V. Kalm. 2010. Hannibal’s invasion route : An age-old question revisited
    within a geoarchaeological and palaeobotanical context. Archaeometry 52:1096-1109. (endnote)
  37. Blarquez O., Carcaillet C., Mourier B., Bremond L. and O. Radakovitch. 2010. Trees in the subalpine belt since 11 700 cal. BP : origin, expansion and alteration of the
    modern forest. The Holocene 20 : 139-146. doi : 10.1177/0959683609348857 (endnote)
  38. Mahaney W.C., Kapran B., Kalm V., Tricart P., Carcaillet C., Blarquez O., Milner M.W., Barendregt R.W. and P. Somelar. 2010. The traversette (Italia) rockfall: geomorphological
    indicator of the Hannibalic invasion route. Archaeometry 52: 156-172. doi:
    10.1111/j.1475-4754.2009.00463.x (endnote)
  39. Carcaillet C., Ali A.A., Blarquez O., Genries A., Mourier B., and Bremond L. 2009. Spatial variability of fire history in subalpine forests : from natural to cultural regimes. Ecoscience 16 :1-12. (endnote) PDF
  40. Blarquez O., Carcaillet C. and B. Mourier. 2009. Une forêt subalpine à mélèze dominant dans un vallon avalancheux : 9 000 ans d’histoire révélés par l’analyse des macrorestes végétaux d’un lac de Maurienne. Travaux scientifiques du Parc National de la Vanoise XXIV : 33-44. (endnote) PDF

Book chapters:

Waito J., Girardin M. P., Tardif J. C., Hély C., Blarquez O., and A. A. Ali. 2015. Fire and climate: using the past to predict the future. Handbook of Forest Ecology edited by Kelvin Peh, Richard Corlett, and Yves Bergeron.

Reports, Magazine articles, other:

Blarquez O., Grondin P. and the GPWG2. 2018. Paleofire knowledge for current and future ecosystem management. Past Global Changes Magazine, vol. 26(1), 40 

Brown K., M. J. Power, M. Slovinski, A. Van Aardt, O. Blarquez, P. Grondin. 2018.  Applying paleofire records in ecological management. Wildfire Magazine, Volume 27.1.

Vannière B., O. Blarquez, J. Marlon, A.-L. Daniau and M. Power. 2014. Multi-Scale Analyses of Fire-Climate-Vegetation Interactions on Millennial Scales. PAGES Magazine, Volume 22, Page 40.


Blarquez O. 2011. Feu, climat et forêts subalpines dans les Alpes à l’Holocène. Doctoral dissertation. Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes. 206 p. PDF

*Article with two first co-authors



Oral communications:

Blarquez O. 2016 (Invité). L’héritage des pratiques humaines sur les régimes d’incendies au cours de l’Holocène. Séminaires du département d’Anthropologie, UdeM, Montréal Québec. 25 février 2016.

Blarquez O. 2015 (Invité). paleofire R package: a new tool for the Global Charcoal Database. Paleofire: data-model comparisons for the past millenium. Harvard Forest, Massachusetts USA. 28 September 2015.

Blarquez O. 2015 (Invité). Les feux à l’Holocène en Amérique du Nord Est: influence du climat, des végétations et de l’homme. Séminaires du GÉOTOP. Montréal, Québec. 16 février 2015.

Blarquez O. 2014 (Invité). Disturbance ecology in the boreal forest: numerical approaches in paleoecology. Forest Complexity Modelling Program Summer School. Forêt de Montmorency, Québec, 5 juin 2014.

Blarquez O. et Y. Bergeron 2014. Tree Biomass, paleofires and climate in Eastern North America. 2014 AAG Annual Meeting, Tampa, Florida, 8-12 Avril 2014.

Blarquez O. 2013 (Invité) Paléo-biodiversité des forêts boréales en Amérique du Nord. Séminaire, Université du Québec à Chicoutimi, 7 Février 2013.

Blarquez O. 2011 (Invited). Working with archives: Holocene history of Alpine vegetations (Plan du lac Termignon, Savoie). 54th International Symposium of the International Association for Vegetation Science. Post-symposium excursion. Termingnon, France. 29 June 2011.

Blarquez O. 2010 (Invited). Végétation subalpine, perturbations et climat au
cours de l’Holocène. Journée Scientifique de la Section des Sciences de la Vie et de la Terre de l’EPHE. Paris, FR. 14 décembre 2010.

Blarquez O. and C. Carcaillet. 2010. Des régimes d’incendie intermédiaires maximisent
l’écodiversité subalpine durant la période 8000-5000 ans BP. Écologie 2010.
Montpellier, FR. 2-4 sept 2010.

Blarquez O. and C. Carcaillet. 2009. Holocene reconstruction of subalpine forest patterns in the inner French and Italian Alps : a macrofossil approach. Quaternary
Research Association, 8th International Postgraduate Symposium. Manchester, UK. 25-28 august 2009.

Blarquez O., Bremond L. et L. Bouby. 2007. Relations entre composition de la végétation
et enregistrements paléobotaniques : études et projets développés au CBAE sur différents
restes végétaux. Table-Ronde du RTP «Approches Pluridisciplinaires en Taphonomie » (APT). Aix-en-Provence, FR. 6-7 Décembre 2007.


Aleman J., Bremond L., Favier C., Bentaleb I., Blarquez O., Brossier B., Oslisly R.,
Gourlet-Fleury S., Carcaillet C. 2012. How charcoal morphology records fuel types in tropical area. Climate change, deforestation and the future of African rainforests. Oxford, UK. 4-6 january 2012.

Blarquez O. and C. Carcaillet. 2008. Mid-Holocene reconstruction of subalpine forest patterns in the inner French and Italian Alps : a macrofossil approach. The 1st
FMSH-ESF Entre-Sciences Conference in Environmental Sciences, New Methodologies and Interdisciplinary Approaches in Global Change Research. Porquerolles, FR. 5-10 novembre 2008.

Blarquez O. and C. Carcaillet. 2008. Influence à long terme des avalanches sur le maintien de mosaïques écologiques et place du mélèze (Larix decidua Miller) dans les paysages subalpins de Maurienne de 9000 à 2000 ans BP. ECOVEG 4. Rennes, FR. 12-14 mars 2008.

Blarquez O. and C. Carcaillet. 2007. Fonction à long terme des avalanches sur la mosaïque
écologique et place du mélèze (Larix decidua) dans les paysages subalpins holocènes. International Association for Landscape Ecology, Le paysage à l’interface des activités agricoles et forestières, IVèmes journées de IALE-France. Toulouse, FR. 20-23 novembre 2007.


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