Dr. Fanie Pelletier

Dr. Fanie Pelletier


Canada Research Chair in Evolutionary demography and conservation, 2009-present

Leadership Roles

Editorial board member of:

Journal of Animal Ecology (2009-present)

Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution (2014-present)

Journal of Wildlife Management (2014-2017)


Gestion expérimentale du mouflon d’Amérique, Alberta Conservation Association (2018-2019; 9950$)

Evolutionary demography of wild populations, Discovery grant from NSERC (2018-2023; $350 000)

Vehicles and mobile laboratory for field research in ecology, NSERC (2017-2018; $110 641)

Accelerator grant from Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, NSERC (2014-2017, $120 000)

Evolutionary demography of wild populations, Discovery grant from NSERC (2013-2018; $ 210 000)

Vehicle for field research in evolutionary ecology, NSERC (2013-2014; $17 650)


Dr. Fanie Pelletier has worked on population dynamics and ungulates for 15 years. Her research has been at the basis of a paradigm shift in ecology and evolution, by showing that in several systems both processes are intertwined, act on the same time scale, and can feedback on each other. Since 2003, she has published 120 article. Her research has an important impact in ecology and evolution: 3182 total citations (Google scholar, 01/05/2018), h-index= 31. She is currently supervising or co supervising 12 graduate students and 2 postdoctoral fellows and 1 more PhD student will start later in 2018. Twenty-five students that she supervised or co supervised have completed their degrees (17 MSc, 5 PhD, 4 post-doc). Currently her research seeks to document and ultimately forecast the consequences of both genetic and phenotypic trait changes on population dynamics in general, and particularly in species exploited by humans.

Selected Publications

Influence of agricultural intensification on prey availability and nestling diet in Tree Swallows (Tachycineta bicolor)
Bellavance, V., Bélisle, M., Savage, J., Pelletier, F., and Garant, D
Canadian Journal of Zoology (forthcoming)

Hunting regulation favors slow life histories in a large carnivore
Van de Walle, J., Pigeon, G., Zedrosser, A., Swenson, J.E., and Pelletier, F. (2018)
Nature Communications 9:1100 (Mar 2018)

Drivers and demographic consequences of seasonal mass changes in an alpine ungulate
Douhard, M., Guillemette, S., Festa-Bianchet, M., and Pelletier, F. (2018).
Ecology 99(3):724-734 (Jan 2018)

Ecology of harvest-driven trait changes and implications for ecosystem management
Palkovacs, E.P., Moritsch, M.M., Contolini, G.M., and Pelletier, F.
Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 16(1):20-28 (Jan 2018)

Will human influences on evolutionary dynamics in the wild pervade the Anthropocene?
Pelletier, F., and Coltman, D.W.
BMC Biology 16:7 (Jan 2018)

Direct and indirect effects of early-life environment on lifetime fitness of bighorn ewes
Pigeon, G., and Pelletier, F.
Proceedings of the Royal Society B 285:20171935. (Jan 2018)

Eco-evolutionary dynamics in a contemporary human population
Pelletier, F., Pigeon, G., Bergeron, P., Mayer, F.M., Boisvert, M., Réale, D. and Milot, E.
Nature Communications 8: 15947 (July 2017)

Fluctuating effects of genetic and plastic changes in body mass on population dynamics in a large herbivore
Pigeon, G., Ezard, T.H.G., Festa-Bianchet, M., Coltman, D.W. and Pelletier, F.
Ecology 98(9): 2456-2467 (June 2017)