Applying ecological and evolutionary theory to video game data

It has been a while since I posted something. Since my last post, I moved to McGill University and started a new postdoc (funded through a NSERC fellowship). I figured I would present a project that I have been thinking about throughout the last few years. My goal is to get it going at full … Lire la suite Applying ecological and evolutionary theory to video game data

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Intra-individual variability in cortisol, exploration and life history.

We recently published a paper looking at chipmunk stress reactivity, and its links with life-time exploration patterns and reproductive output in eastern chipmunks. It investigates how individual cortisol stress response is associated to its lifetime exploration pattern and its reproductive output. It also presents a way to study the stress reactivity of individuals in the … Lire la suite Intra-individual variability in cortisol, exploration and life history.

Contaminants as a neglected source of variation in behaviour (from Raphaël Royauté and me)

Raphael Royauté and I recently published a small commentary on how contaminants can alter phenotypic variation in animal populations. We think this a fascinating idea from an evolutionary standpoint and a nice opportunity to collaborate with ecotoxicologists.   The main idea is pretty simple: exposure and accumulation to a lot of contaminants (toxic byproducts of … Lire la suite Contaminants as a neglected source of variation in behaviour (from Raphaël Royauté and me)

The ecology of virtual worlds: Julien Céré is presenting our first results at Genomes to Biomes in Montreal!

Tomorrow, Julien Céré is presenting our first results on the ecology of virtual worlds at the Genomes to Biomes conference in Montreal. Alongside our research activities on animals, we have been working on this project for a while now, and we are pretty excited to show its main ideas and results! In a nutshell, we … Lire la suite The ecology of virtual worlds: Julien Céré is presenting our first results at Genomes to Biomes in Montreal!

Personality is coupled with life history in eastern chipmunks

Faster exploring chipmunks are better at reproducing early in life and produce bigger litters earlier than slower exploring ones. This variation is maintained by fluctuations in food abundance, favouring faster explorers during years of mast, and slower explorer during years of low food abundance. One of the most interesting questions in evolutionary ecology is how … Lire la suite Personality is coupled with life history in eastern chipmunks