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Marco Festa-Bianchet

Directeur de département, Faculté des sciences


Sujet de recherche


Disciplines de recherche

Biology and Related Sciences


conservation, Ecology, population dynamics, reproductive strategy, reproductive success, social behavior

Intérêts de recherche

My long-term research program aims at understanding the factors causing individual differences in reproductive success and thereby driving population dynamics of large mammals.

Langues parlées et écrites

Anglais, Français, Italien, Espagnol (castillan)


(1990). (Post-doctorate, Postdoctorate). University of Cambridge.

(1987). (Doctorate, Doctorate). The University of Calgary.

(1982). (Master's Thesis, Master - Masters). University of Alberta.

(1981). (Bachelor's, Bachelor). University of Alberta.

Expérience académique

Department Head. (2019-). Université de Sherbrooke. Canada.

Prix et distinctions

  • Ian McTaggart Cowan Lifetime Achievement Award. Canadian Section of The Wildlife Societys. (Prize / Award).


  • Grant. (Awarded). Principal Applicant. Evolutionary and population ecology of large mammals. Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). Discovery. 275 000 $. (2019-2025)
  • Grant. (Awarded). Co-applicant. Conservation of marine turtles.. MITACS. Acceleration. 53 333 $. (2023-2024)
  • Grant. (Awarded). Co-applicant. Effects of recreational trail use on bird diversity and nesting success. MITACS. Acceleration. 53 333 $. (2022-2024)
  • Grant. (Completed). Principal Applicant. Long-term monitoring of harvested mountain ungulates to improve their conservation and sustainable use. Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). Centers of Excellence - Canadian Mountain Network. 267 000 $. (2019-2022)
  • Grant. (Completed). Principal Applicant. Quantitative genetics of growth in bighorn sheep. MITACS. Globalink. 6 000 $. (2021-2021)
  • Grant. (Completed). Co-applicant. Centre de recherche en écologie terrestre. Fonds Institutionnel de Recherche de l'Université de Sherbrooke. financement d’infrastructure des centres de recherche. 90 000 $. (2017-2020)
  • Grant. (Completed). Principal Applicant. Evolutionarily sustainable management of bighorn sheep. Alberta Conservation Association. Research Grant. 19 900 $. (2018-2020)
  • Grant. (Completed). Co-applicant. Dynamique des populations et relations prédateur-proie du caribou migrateur au Québec-Labrador dans un contexte de changements climatiques et anthropiques. Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). Cooperative Research Development. 2 564 740 $. (2015-2019)
  • Grant. (Completed). Principal Applicant. Internal support, Faculté des Sciences, Université de Sherbrooke. Fonds Institutionnel de Recherche de l'Université de Sherbrooke. Matching funds for student support. 88 000 $. (2016-2019)
  • Grant. (Completed). Principal Applicant. Caribou calf survival and population dynamics. Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). Northern Supplement. 75 000 $. (2014-2019)
  • Grant. (Completed). Principal Applicant. Evolutionary ecology of large mammals in a changing environment. Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). Discovery Grant. 395 000 $. (2014-2019)
  • Grant. (Completed). Principal Applicant. Experimental management of bighorn sheep. Alberta Conservation Association. Grant Eligible Conservation Fund. 9 560 $. (2016-2017)


Articles de revue

  • *Vuillaume, B; Hénault-Richard, J;. Hamel, S; Taillon, J; Festa-Bianchet, M; Côté, S. (2023). Birth date determines early calf survival in migratory caribou. Oecologia (In Press).
  • *Lassis, R; Festa-Bianchet, M; Van de Walle, J; Pelletier, F. (2023). Genetic rescue from protected areas is modulated by migration, hunting rate and timing of harvest. Evolutionary Applications 16 1105-1118. (Published).
  • *Bergeron, R; Pigeon, G; Forsyth, D; King, W; Festa-Bianchet, M. (2023). Post-weaning survival in kangaroos is high and constant until senescence: implications for population dynamics. Ecology (In Press).
  • *Larue, B; Pelletier, F; Festa-Bianchet, M. (2022). A multivariate perspective of resource acquisition behaviours in bighorn sheep. Animal Behaviour 184 81-87. (Published).
  • *Lassis, R; Festa-Bianchet, M; Pelletier, F. (2022). Breeding migrations by bighorn sheep males are driven by mating opportunities. Ecology and Evolution 12 e8692. (Published).
  • *Larue, B; Pelletier, F; Festa-Bianchet, M. (2022). Determinants of spring molt in bighorn sheep: life-history, plasticity and phenology. Oecologia 199 809-817. (Published).
  • *Lassis, R; Festa-Bianchet, M; Pelletier, F. (2022). Effects of hunting pressure and timing of harvest on bighorn sheep horn size. Canadian Journal of Zoology 100 507-516. (Published).
  • *Plaisir, C; Forsyth, D; King, W; Festa-Bianchet, M. (2022). Effects of rainfall, forage biomass and population density on survival and growth of juvenile kangaroos. Journal of Mammalogy 103 491-502. (Published).
  • *Deakin, S; Festa-Bianchet, M; Miller, J; Pelletier, F; Coltman, D. (2022). Ewe are what ewe wear: bigger horns, better ewes, and the potential consequence of trophy hunting on female fitness in bighorn sheep. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 289 20212534. (Published).
  • Bonnet, T; Morrissey, M; de Villemereuil, P; Festa-Bianchet, M et al. (2022). Genetic variance in fitness indicates rapid contemporary adaptive evolution in wild animals. Science 376 1012-1016. (Published).
  • *Montana, L; *Toni, P; Festa-Bianchet, M. (2022). Kangaroo fathers modulate maternal control of offspring sex but not maternal allocation. American Naturalist 200 790-801. (Published).
  • *Montana, L; King, W; Coulson, G; Garant, D; Festa-Bianchet, M. (2022). Large eastern grey kangaroos are dominant but do not monopolize matings. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 76 78. (Published).
  • *Rice, C; *Larue, B; Jex, W: Festa-Bianchet, M. (2022). Regulations and hunter preference affect mountain goat harvest and horn length. Wildlife Biology 2022 e01056. (Published).
  • *Renaud, A; Festa-Bianchet, M; Pelletier, F. (2022). Testing the match-mismatch hypothesis in bighorn sheep. Global Change Biology 28 21-32. (Published).
  • *Rice, C; *Larue, B; Festa-Bianchet, M. (2022). Variation in age of primiparity in mountain goats estimated from horn increments. Canadian Journal of Zoology 100 176-183. (Published).
  • *Ritchot, Y; Coltman, D; Festa-Bianchet, M; Pelletier, F. (2021). Determinants and long-term costs of early reproduction in males of a polygynous mammal. Ecology and Evolution 11 6829-6845. (Published).
  • Toni, P; Forsyth, D; Festa-Bianchet, M. (2021). Determinants of offspring sex in kangaroos: a test of multiple hypotheses. Behavioral Ecology 32 297-305. (Published).
  • *Pigeon, G; *Landes, J; Festa-Bianchet, M; Pelletier, F. (2021). Do early-life conditions drive variation in senescence of female bighorn sheep?. Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology 9 637692. (Published).
  • Pélabon, C; Côté, S; Festa-Bianchet, M et al. (2021). Effects of population density on static allometry between horn length and body mass in mountain ungulates. Oikos 130 2161-2169. (Published).
  • *Larue, B; Pelletier, F; Côté, S; Hamel, S; Festa-Bianchet M. (2021). Growth and reproduction trade-offs can estimate previous reproductive history in alpine ungulates. Journal of Applied Ecology 58 869-878. (Published).
  • Gordon, I; Snape, M; Fletcher, D; Wimpenny, C; Howland, B; Coulson, G; Festa-Bianchet, M et al. (2021). Herbivore management for biodiversity conservation: a case study in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT). Ecological Management and Restoration 22 124-137. (Published).
  • Morrissey, M; Hubbs, A; Festa-Bianchet, M. (2021). Horn growth appears to decline under intense trophy hunting, but biases in hunt data challenge the interpretation of the evolutionary basis of trends. Evolutionary Applications 14 1519-1527. (Published).
  • De Villemereuil, P; Charmantier, A; Arlt, d: Bize, P; Brekke, P; Festa-Bianchet, M et al. (2020). Fluctuating optimum and temporally variable selection on breeding date in birds and mammals. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 117 31969-31978. (Published).
  • *Toni, P; Forsyth, D; Festa-Bianchet, M. (2020). Forage availability and maternal characteristics affect costs of reproduction in a large marsupial. Oecologia 193 97-107. (Published).
  • *Renaud, L; Blanchet, G; Rousseu, F; Cohen, A; Festa-Bianchet, M; Pelletier,F. (2020). Milk composition in a wild mammal: a physiological signature of phenological changes. Oecologia 193 349-358. (Published).
  • *Montana, L; Rousseu, F; Garant, D; Festa-Bianchet, M. (2020). Siring success in kangaroos : size matters, but only for those in the right place at the right time. Behavioral Ecology 31 750-760. (Published).
  • *Douhard, M; Festa-Bianchet; M, Pelletier, F. (2020). Sons accelerate maternal aging in a wild mammal. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 117 4850-4857. (Published).
  • *Poisson, Y; Festa-Bianchet, M; Pelletier, F. (2020). Testing the importance of harvest refuges for phenotypic rescue of trophy-harvested populations. Journal of Applied Ecology 57 526-535. (Published).
  • Jaeggi, A; Miles, M; Festa-Bianchet, M; Schradin, C; Hayes, L. (2020). Variable social organisation is ubiquitous in Artiodactyla and probably evolved from pair-living ancestors. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 287 20200035. (Published).
  • *Poirier M, Coltman D, Pelletier F, Jorgenson J, Festa-Bianchet M. (2019). Genetic decline, restoration and rescue of an isolated ungulate population. Evolutionary Applications 12 1318-1328. (Published).
  • Festa-Bianchet M, Côté S, Hamel S, Pelletier F. (2019). Long-term studies of bighorn sheep and mountain goats reveal fitness costs of reproduction. Journal of Animal Ecology 88 1118-1133. (Published).
  • *Douhard M, Hamel S, Nussey, D., Festa-Bianchet M, Côté S, Pelletier F. (2019). Maternal longevity and offspring sex in wild ungulates. Proceedings of the Royal Society - B 286 20181968. (Published).
  • Festa-Bianchet M. (2019). Mountain sheep management using data vs opinion: a comment on Boyce and Krausman. Journal of Wildlife Management 83 6-8. (Published).
  • *Renaud L, *Pigeon G, Festa-Bianchet M, Pelletier F. (2019). Phenotypic plasticity in bighorn sheep reproductive phenology: from individuals to populations. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 79 4. (Published).
  • Westwood, A, Otto S, Mooers A, Burton C, Darimont C, Festa-Bianchet M, et al. (2019). Protecting biodiversity in British Columbia: recommendations for endangered species legislation. FACETS 4 136-160. (Published).
  • Dickman A, Cooney R, Johnson P, Festa-Bianchet M et al. (2019). Trophy hunting bans imperil biodiversity. Science 365 874. (Published).
  • *Douhard, M, Festa-Bianchet M, *Landes J, Pelletier F. (2019). Trophy hunting mediates sex effects in how early-life environmental conditions affect adult lifespan in bighorn sheep. Journal of Animal Ecology 88 734-745. (Published).
  • *Douhard M, *Guillemette S, Festa-Bianchet M, Pelletier F. (2018). Drivers and demographic consequences of seasonal mass changes in an alpine ungulate. Ecology 99 724-734. (Published).
  • Miller J, Festa-Bianchet M, Coltman D. (2018). Genomic analysis of morphometric traits in bighorn sheep using the OvineInfinium HD SNP BeadChip. PeerJ 6 e4364. (Published).
  • Festa-Bianchet M, Mysterud A. (2018). Hunting and evolution: theory, evidence, and unknowns. Journal of Mammalogy 99 1281-1292. (Published).
  • *Lamb C, Festa-Bianchet M, Boyce M. (2018). Invest long term in Canada's wilderness. Science 359 1002. (Published).
  • Festa-Bianchet M. (2018). Learning to migrate. Science 361 972-973. (Published).
  • *MacKay A, Forsyth D, Coulson G, Festa-Bianchet M. (2018). Maternal resource allocation adjusts to timing of parturition in an asynchronous breeder. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 72 7. (Published).
  • *Poirier M, Festa-Bianchet M. (2018). Ovis canadensisSocial integration and acclimation of translocated bighorn sheep (). Biological Conservation 218 1-9. (Published).
  • Hamel S, Gaillard JM, *Douhard M, Pelletier F, Yoccoz G. (2018). Quantifying individual heterogeneity and its influence on life-history trajectories: different methods for different questions and contexts. Oikos 127 687-704. (Published).
  • *Quesnel L, King W, Coulson G, Festa-Bianchet M. (2018). Tall young females get ahead: size-specific fecundity in wild kangaroos suggests a steep trade-off with growth. Oecologia 186 59-71. (Published).
  • Redpah S, Linnell J, Festa-Bianchet M et al. (2017). Don’t forget to look down - collaborative approaches to predator conservation. Biological Reviews 92 2157-2163. (Published).
  • *Rughetti M, Festa-Bianchet M, Côté S, Hamel S. (2017). Ecological and evolutionary effects of selective harvest of non-lactating female ungulates. Journal of Applied Ecology 54 1571-1580. (Published).
  • *Douhard M, Fesrta-Bianchet M, *Guillemette S, Pelletier F. (2017). Environmental and evolutionary effects on horn growth of male bighorn sheep. Oikos 126 1031-1041. (Published).
  • *Pigeon G, Ezard T, Festa-Bianchet M, Coltman D, Pelletier F. (2017). Fluctuating effects of genetic and plastic changes in body mass on population dynamics in a large herbivore. Ecology 98 2457-2467. (Published).
  • Kuparinen A, Festa-Bianchet M. (2017). Harvest-induced evolution:insights from aquatic and terrestrial systems. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 372 20160036. (Published).
  • Schindler S, Festa-Bianchet M, Hogg J, Pelletier F. (2017). Hunting, age structure and horn size distribution in bighorn sheep. Journal of Wildlife Management 81 792-799. (Published).
  • *King W, Festa-Bianchet M, Coulson G, Goldizen A. (2017). Long-term consequences of mother-offspring associations in eastern grey kangaroos. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 71 77. (Published).
  • *Pigeon G, Festa-Bianchet M, Pelletier F. (2017). Long-term fitness consequences of early-life environment in a long-lived ungulate. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 284 20170222. (Published).
  • *Quesnel L, *MacKay A, Nicholas K, Forsyth D, Festa-Bianchet M. (2017). Size, season and offspring sex affect milk composition and juvenile survival in wild kangaroos. Journal of Zoology 302 252-262. (Published).
  • Festa-Bianchet M, *Douhard M, Gaillard J, Pelletier F. (2017). Successes and challenges of long-term field studies of marked ungulates. Journal of Mammalogy 98 612-620. (Published).
  • *Janeiro M, Festa-Bianchet M, Pelletier F, Coltman D, Morrissey M. (2017). Towards robust evolutionary inferences with Integral Projection Models. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 30 270-288. (Published).
  • Festa-Bianchet M. (2017). When does selective hunting select, how can we tell and what should we do about it?. Mammal Review 47 76-81. (Published).
  • Hamel S, Festa-Bianchet M, et al. (2016). Cohort variation in individual body mass dissipates with age in large herbivores. Ecological Monographs 86 517-543. (Published).
  • *Martin A, Festa-Bianchet M, Coltman D, Pelletier F. (2016). Demographic drivers of age-dependent fluctuating sexual selection. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 29 1437-1446. (Published).
  • *Vander Wal E, *Gagné-Delorme A, Festa-Bianchet M., Pelletier F. (2016). Dyadic associations and individual sociality in bighorn ewes. Behavioral Ecology 27 560-566. (Published).
  • *Gélin U, Coulson GC, Festa-Bianchet M. (2016). Heterogeneity in reproductive success explained by individual differences in bite rate and mass change. Behavioral Ecology 27 777-783. (Published).
  • *Gélin U, *Wilson M, *Cripps J, Coulson G, Festa-Bianchet M. (2016). Individual heterogeneity and offspring sex affect the growth-reproduction trade-off in a mammal with indeterminate growth. Oecologia 180 1127-1135. (Published).
  • *Pigeon, G, Festa-Bianchet M, Coltman D, Pelletier F. (2016). Intense selective hunting leads to artificial evolution in horn size. Evolutionary Applications 9 521-530. (Published).
  • *Douhard M, Festa-Bianchet M, Pelletier F. (2016). Maternal condition and previous reproduction interact to affect offspring sex in a wild mammal. Biology Letters 12 20160510. (Published).
  • Hamel S, Festa-Bianchet M, Côté SD. (2016). Offspring sex in mountain goats varies with adult sex ratio but only for mothers in good condition. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 70 123-132. (Published).
  • *Morin A, Festa-Bianchet M, *Rughetti M, Rioux-Paquette S. (2016). Older conservatives: reproduction in female Alpine chamois is increasingly risk-averse with age. Canadian Journal of Zoology 94 311-321. (Published).
  • *Douhard M, Festa-Bianchet M, Coltman D, Pelletier F. (2016). Paternal reproductive success drives sex allocation in a wild mammal. Evolution 70 358-368. (Published).
  • Mills J, Teplitsky C, Festa-Bianchet M et al. (2016). Solutions for archiving data in long-term studies: a reply to Whitlock et al. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 31 85-87. (Published).
  • *King WJ, Forsyth DM, Coulson G, Festa-Bianchet M. (2015). Adoption in eastern grey kangaroos: a consequence of misdirected care?. PLOSOne 10 e0125182. (Published).
  • *Rughetti M, Dematteis A, Meneguz PG, Festa-Bianchet M. (2015). Age-specific reproductive success and cost in female Alpine ibex. Oecologia 178 197-205. (Published).
  • Mills JA, Teplitsky C, Festa-Bianchet et al. (2015). Archiving primary data: solutions for long-term studies. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 30 581-589. (Published).
  • *Douhard M, Festa-Bianchet M, Pelletier F, Gaillard JC, Bonenfant C. (2015). Changes in horn size of Stone’s sheep over four decades correlate with trophy hunting pressure. Ecological Applications 26 309-321. (Published).
  • *Martin A, Festa-Bianchet M, Coltman D, Pelletier F. (2015). Comparing measures of mating inequality and opportunity for selection with sexual selection on a quantitative character for bighorn sheep. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 28 223-230. (Published).
  • *Gélin U, *Wilson M, Coulson G, Festa-Bianchet M. (2015). Experimental manipulation of female reproduction demonstrates its fitness costs in kangaroos. Journal of Animal Ecology 84 239-248. (Published).
  • *King W, Garant D, Festa-Bianchet M. (2015). Mother-offspring distances reflect sex differences in fine-scale genetic structure of eastern grey kangaroos. Ecology and Evolution 5 2089-2093. (Published).
  • *Rioux-Paquette E, Garant D, *Martin A, Coulson G, Festa-Bianchet M. (2015). Paternity in eastern grey kangaroos: moderate skew despite strong sexual dimorphism. Behavioral Ecology 26 1147-1155. (Published).
  • *Glass R, Forsyth DM, Coulson G, Festa-Bianchet M. (2015). Precision, accuracy and bias of walked line-transect distance sampling to estimate eastern grey kangaroo population size. Wildlife Research 42 633-641. (Published).
  • Festa-Bianchet M, Schindler S, Pelletier F. (2015). Record books do not capture population trends introphy size. Wildlife Society Bulletin 39 746-750. (Published).
  • *Vander Wal E, Festa-Bianchet M, Réale D, Coltman D, Pelletier F. (2015). Sex-based differences in the adaptive value of social behavior contrasted against morphology and environment. Ecology 96 631-641. (Published).
  • *Le Gall-Payne C, Coulson GC, Festa-Bianchet M. (2015). Supersize me: heavy eastern grey kangaroo mothers have more sons. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 69 795-804. (Published).
  • *Vander Wal E, Garant D, Calmé S, Chapman CA, Festa-Bianchet M, Millien V, Rioux-Paquette S, Pelletier F. (2014). Applying evolutionary concepts to wildlife disease ecology and management. Evolutionary Applications 7 856-868. (Published).
  • Pelletier F, Festa-Bianchet M, Jorgenson JT, Feder C, Hubbs A. (2014). Can phenotypic rescue from harvest refuges buffer wild sheep from selective hunting?. Ecology and Evolution 4 3375-3382. (Published).
  • Festa-Bianchet M, Pelletier F, Jorgenson J, Feder C, Hubbs A. (2014). Decrease in horn size and increase in age of trophy sheep in Alberta over 37 years. Journal of Wildlife Management 78 133-141. (Published).
  • Rughetti M*, Festa-Bianchet M. (2014). Effects of selective harvest of nonlactating females on chamois population dynamics. Journal of Applied Ecology 51 1075-1084. (Published).
  • *Miller J, *Malenfant R, Davis C, Poissant J, Hogg J, Festa-Bianchet M, Coltman D. (2014). Estimating genome-wide heterozygosity: effects of demographic history and marker type. Heredity 112 240-247. (Published).
  • Hedrick P, Coltman D, Festa-Bianchet M, Pelletier F. (2014). Not surprisingly, no inheritance of a trait results in no evolution. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 111 E4810. (Published).
  • *Martin A, Festa-Bianchet M, Coltman D, Pelletier F. (2014). Sexually antagonistic association between paternal phenotype and offspring viability reinforces total selection on a sexually selected trait. Biology Letters 10 20140043. (Published).
  • *Vignault-Rasiulis A, Festa-Bianchet M, Couturier S, Côté S. (2014). The effect of radio-collar weight on survival of migratory caribou. Journal of Wildlife Management 78 953-956. (Published).
  • *Poissant J, Réale D, *Martin J, Festa-Bianchet M and Coltman D. (2013). A quantitative trait locus analysis of personality in wild bighorn sheep. Ecology and Evolution 3 474-481. (Published).
  • *Marcil-Ferland D, Festa-Bianchet M, *Martin A, Pelletier F. (2013). Despite catch-up in mass, prolonged growth has detrimental fitness consequences in a long-lived vertebrate. American Naturalist 182 775-785. (Published).
  • *Martin J, Festa-Bianchet M, Côté S and Blumstein D. (2013). Detecting individual differences in hind foot length of wild mammals. Canadian Journal of Zoology 91 118-123. (Published).
  • Zedrosser A, Pelletier F, Bischof R, Festa-Bianchet M and Swenson J. (2013). Determinants of lifetime reproduction in female brown bears: early body mass, longevity, and hunting regulations. Ecology 94 231-240. (Published).
  • Engen, S, Sæther B, Armitage K, Blumstein D, Clutton-Brock T, Dobson F, Festa-Bianchet M, Oli M, Ozgul A. (2013). Estimating the effect of temporally autocorrelated environments on the demography of density-independent age-structured populations. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 4 573-584. (Published).
  • *Vander Wal E, Garant D, Festa-Bianchet M and Pelletier F. (2013). Evolutionary rescue in vertebrate conservation: evidence, applications, and uncertainty. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 368 20120090. (Published).
  • Sæther B, Coulson T, Grøtan V, Engen S, Altwegg R, Festa-Bianchet M et al. (2013). How life history influences population dynamics in fluctuating environments. American Naturalist 182 743-759. (Published).
  • Festa-Bianchet M. (2013). Human-induced reversal of fortunes for migratory ungulates?. Ecology 94 1243-1244. (Published).
  • *Martin A, Presseault-Gauvin H, Festa-Bianchet M and Pelletier F. (2013). Male mating competitiveness and age-dependent relationship between testosterone and social rank in bighorn sheep. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 67 919-928. (Published).
  • *Gélin U, *Wilson M, Coulson G, Festa-Bianchet M. (2013). Offspring sex, current and previous reproduction affect feeding behaviour in wild eastern grey kangaroos. Animal Behaviour 86 885-891. (Published).
  • *Pachkowsky M, Côté S, Festa-Bianchet M. (2013). Rangifer tarandusSpring-loaded reproduction: effects of body condition and population size on fertility in migratory caribou (). Canadian Journal of Zoology 91 473-479. (Published).
  • Zachos F, Apollonio M, Bartman E, Festa-Bianchet, Göhlich U et al. (2013). Species inflation and taxonomic artefacts – a critical comment on recent trends in mammalian classification. Mammalian Biology 78 1-6. (Published).
  • Zachos F, Clutton-Brock T, Festa-Bianchet M, Lovari S, Macdonald D, Schaller G. (2013). Taxonomy: species splitting puts conservation at risk. Nature 494 35. (Published).
  • Pelletier, F, Festa-Bianchet M and Jorgenson J. (2012). Data from selective harvests underestimate temporal trends in quantitative traits. Biology Letters 8 878-881. (Published).
  • *Rughetti, M, Festa-Bianchet M. (2012). Effects of spring-summer temperatures on body mass of chamois. Journal of Mammalogy 93 1301-1307. (Published).
  • *Taillon J, Brodeur V, Festa-Bianchet M, Côté S. (2012). Is mother condition related to offspring condition in migratory caribou at calving and weaning?. Canadian Journal of Zoology 90 393-402. (Published).
  • *Gonzalez O, Zedrosser A, Pelletier F, Swenson J and Festa-Bianchet M. (2012). Litter reductions reveal a trade-off between offspring size and number in brown bears. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 66 1025-1032. (Published).
  • *Martin, J, Festa-Bianchet M. (2012). Ovis canadensisDeterminants and consequences of age of primiparity in bighorn sheep,. Oikos 121 752-760. (Published).
  • *Barrette M, Monfort S, Festa-Bianchet M, Clutton-Brock T, Russell A. (2012). Reproductive rate, not dominance status, affects fecal glucocorticoid levels in breeding female meerkats. Hormones and Behaviour 61 463-471. (Published).
  • *Taillon J, Festa-Bianchet M, Côté S. (2012). Shifting targets in the tundra: protection of migratory caribou calving grounds must account for spatial changes over time. Biological Conservation 147 163-173. (Published).
  • Festa-Bianchet M. (2012). The cost of trying: weak interspecific correlations among life-history components in male ungulates. Canadian Journal of Zoology 90 1072-1085. (Published).
  • King W, Wilson M, Allen T, Festa-Bianchet M, Coulson G. (2011). A capture technique for free-ranging eastern grey kangaroos (Macropus giganteus) habituated to humans. Australian Mammalogy 33 47-51. (Published).
  • Martin J*, Festa-Bianchet M. (2011). Age-independent and age-dependent decreases in reproduction of females. Ecology Letters 14 576-581. (Published).
  • Festa-Bianchet M, Ray J, Boutin Côté S, Gunn A. (2011). Conservation of caribou in Canada: an uncertain future. Canadian Journal of Zoology 89 419-434. (Published).
  • Rughetti M*, Toïgo C, von Hardenberg A, Rocchia E, Festa-Bianchet M. (2011). Effects of an exceptionally snowy winter on chamois survival. Acta Theriologica 56 329-333. (Published).
  • Rughetti M*, Festa-Bianchet M. (2011). Effects of early horn growth on reproduction and hunting mortality in female chamois. Journal of Animal Ecology 80 438-447. (Published).
  • Corti P*, Shafer A*, Coltman D, Festa-Bianchet M. (2011). Past bottlenecks and current population fragmentation of endangered huemul deer (Hippocamelus bisulcus): implications for preservation of genetic diversity. Conservation Genetics 12 119-128. (Published).
  • Nussey D, Coulson T, Delorme D, Clutton-Brock T, Pemberton J, Festa-Bianchet M, Gaillard J. (2011). Patterns of body mass senescence and selective disappearance differ across three species of free-living ungulates. Ecology 92 1936-1947. (Published).
  • Bourbeau-Lemieux A*, Festa-Bianchet M, Gaillard J, Pelletier F. (2011). Predator-induced Allee effects in a wild ungulate. Ecology Letters 14 358-363. (Published).
  • Pérez J, Serrano E, Candela M, Leon-Vizcaino L, Barbera G, de Simon M, Fandos P, Granados J, Soriguer R, Festa-Bianchet M. (2011). Reduced horn size in two wild trophy-hunted species of Caprinae. Wildlife Biology 17 102-112. (Published).
  • Rughetti M*, Festa-Bianchet M. (2011). Seasonal changes in sexual dimorphism in northern chamois (Rupicapra rupicapra). Journal of Zoology 284 257-264. (Published).
  • Rioux-Paquette E*, Festa-Bianchet M, Coltman D. (2011). Sex-differential effects of inbreeding on overwinter survival, birth date and mass of bighorn lambs. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 24 121-131. (Published).
  • Martin J*, Festa-Bianchet M. (2011). Sex ratio bias and reproductive strategies: what sex to produce when?. Ecology 92 441-449. (Published).
  • Ortego J*, Yannic G*, Shafer A*, Mainguy J*, Festa-Bianchet M, Coltman D, Côté S. (2011). Temporal dynamics of genetic variability in a mountain goat (Oreamnos americanus) population. Molecular Ecology 20 1601-1611. (Published).
  • Hamel S, Côté S and Festa-Bianchet M. (2011). Trade-off between offspring mass and subsequent reproduction in a highly iteroparous mammal. Oikos 120 690-695. (Published).
  • Taillon J*, Brodeur V, Festa-Bianchet M, Côté S. (2011). Variation in body condition of migratory caribou at calving and weaning – which measures should we use?. Ecoscience 18 295-303. (Published).

Chapitres de livre

  • Neumann, W; Festa-Bianchet, M. (2022). Hunting: cultural and jurisdictional differences generate different patterns in deer harvests. Merletti, M; Focardi, S. Deer of the world: ecology, conservation and management (in press). Springer Nature. (In Press).
  • Festa-Bianchet, M; Arlinghaus, R. (2021). How regulations can affect the evolutionary impacts of recreational harvests on fish and mammals. Pope, K; Powell, L. Harvest of fish and wildlife: new paradigms for sustainable management (175-184). CRC Press. (Published).
  • Festa-Bianchet M. (2017). Evolutionary impacts from harvesting. Roitberg B. Elsevier Reference Module in Life Sciences: Ecology and Evolution (xx-xx). Elsevier. (Published).
  • Festa-Bianchet, M. (2014). Natural survival of males in mountain ungulates. Caprinae Atlas of the World (1, 1, 5-11). Rowland Ward. (Published).
  • M. Festa-Bianchet. (2013). Why evolutionary biology is important for conservation: towards evolutionarily sustainable harvest management. M. Bekoff. Ignoring nature no more: the case for compassionate conservation (125-136). University of Chicago Press. (Published).


  • Festa-Bianchet, M. (2022). Status of grizzly bear in Alberta: update 2022. Alberta Sustainable Resource Development. 48 p.
  • Côté S, Festa-Bianchet M. (2017). COSEWIC assessment and status report on the caribou Eastern migratory population, Torngat Mountains population in Canada. COSEWIC. 85 p.

Autres contributions

Cours enseignés

  • Analyse des données écologiques. ECL727.
  • Conservation et gestion des ressources. ECL606.
  • Écologie générale. ECL110.

Gestion d'évènements

  • Co-organizer. (2017) Session on Evolutionary consequences of trophy hunting, International Mammalogical Congress, Perth, Australia. (Conference).

Activités de collaboration internationale

  • Collaboration. Norway. Collaboration with Professor Sandra Hamel on the evolutionary and population ecology of large ungulates. Development of mixture models based on long-term individual monitoring of wild ungulates.
  • Collaboration. France. Long-standing collaboration with Professor Jean-Michel Gaillard on the population ecology of large herbivores. Prof. Gaillard was my sabbatical host in 1996-97. We have co-supervised several students and have been supported by a Québec-France collaborative grant.
  • Co-PI. Australia. Long-term research program on kangaroo evolutionary ecology. Main partners are Professor L. Kruuk at Australian National University, Dr. Dave Forsyth of NSW Dept. of Primary Industry and Professor Graeme Coulson of the University of Melbourne. Co-supervision of graduate students. Prof. Loeske was my sabbatical host in 2017-2018.


  • (2019). Harvest regulations can affect the evolutionary impacts of harvest on fish and wildlife. The Wildlife Society. Reno, United States of America
  • (2019). Sometimes selective hunting leads to evolutionary change and sometimes it does no. 7th World Congress on Mountain Ungulates. Bozeman, United States of America
  • *Mackay A, Forsyth D, Coulson G. (2018). Fluctuating selection on timing of parturition in eastern grey kangaroos. Australian Mammal Society. Brisbane, Australia
  • Coulson G, Forsyth D, King W. (2018). Population dynamics in eastern grey kangaroos. Workshop on kangaroo management, Australian Capital territory. Canberra, Australia
  • (2018). Reproductive strategies and population dynamics in eastern grey kangaroos. Departmental seminal, University of Canberra. Canberra, Australia
  • (2017). Evolutionarily sustainable ungulate management. American Society of Mammalogists. Moscow, Idaho, United States of America
  • (2017). Selfish mothers: female reproductive strategies in bighorn sheep and kangaroos. Wildlife 70: a symposium on long-term research. Peterbourough, Ontario, Canada
  • S.D. Côté and F. Pelletier. (2017). The strength of density-dependence in mountain ungulates varies over time. Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution. Victoria, B.C., Canada
  • (2017). When does selective hunting select, and is that a problem?. 12th International Mammalogical Congress. Perth, Australia
  • (2016). How to turn bighorns into littlehorns, and how to avoid it. Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution. St-John's, Canada
  • (2015). Adaptive (or not) sex ratio manipulation in mammals. Australian Society of Mammalogists. Hobart, Australia
  • (2015). How differences in age distribution, inbreeding and the occurrence of specialist predators affect the dynamics of small population of ungulates. Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution. Saskatoon, Canada
  • (2015). Reproductive success and fitness costs in kangaroos. Invited Seminar, University of Alberta. Edmonton, Canada
  • (2015). Reproductive success and fitness costs in kangaroos. Invited seminar, Duke University. Raleigh, United States of America
  • *Rioux-Paquette E, Coulson G, Garant D. (2015). Surprisingly low reproductive skew in male eastern grey kangaroos. Société Québécoise pour l’Étude Biologique du Comportement. Québec, Canada
  • *LeGall-Payne C. (2014). Big kangaroo mothers have more sons. Genomes to Biomes. Montréal, Canada
  • (2013). Bighorn rams in Alberta are getting smaller, possibly because selective hunting selects. Canadian Society of Ecology and Evolution. Kelowna, Canada