Festa-Bianchet, Marco

Directeur de département, Faculté des sciences



819-821-8000, poste 62061

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(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.


Sujets de recherche


Disciplines de recherche

Biology and Related Sciences.


conservation, Ecology, evolution, population dynamics, reproductive strategy, reproductive success, social behavior, wildlife management.

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)


Articles de revue

  • Hamel S, Festa-Bianchet M, Côté SD. (2015). Offspring sex in mountain goats varies with adult sex ratio but only for mothers in good condition. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, (Accepted).
  • 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).
  • Vander Wal E*, Gagné-Delorme A*, Festa-Bianchet M., Pelletier F. (2015). Dyadic associations and individual sociality inbighorn ewes. Behavioral Ecology, (In Press).
  • Festa-Bianchet M, Schindler S, Pelletier F. (2015). Record books do not capture population trends introphy size. Wildlife Society Bulletin, (In Press).
  • 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, (In Press).
  • King WJ, Garant D, Festa-Bianchet M. (2015). Mother-offspring distances reflect sexdifferences in fine-scale genetic structure of eastern grey kangaroos. Ecology and Evolution, 5, 2089-2093. (Published).
  • Rioux-Paquette E*, Garant D, Martin AM*, Coulson GC, Festa-Bianchet M. (2015). Paternity in eastern greykangaroos: moderate skewdespite strong sexual dimorphism. Behavioral Ecology, 26, 1147-1155. (Published).
  • Gélin U*, Wilson ME*, Coulson GC, Festa-Bianchet M. (2015). Experimentalmanipulation of female reproduction demonstrates its fitness costs in kangaroos. Journal of Animal Ecology, 84, 239-248. (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). Supersizeme: heavy eastern grey kangaroo mothers have more sons. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 69, 795-804. (Published).
  • Martin AM*, Festa-Bianchet M, Coltman D, Pelletier F. (2015). Comparing measures of mating inequality andopportunity for selection with sexual selection on a quantitative character forbighorn sheep. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 28, 223-230. (Published).
  • King WJ, Forsyth DM, Coulson GC, Festa-Bianchet M. (2015). Adoption in eastern grey kangaroos: a consequenceof misdirected care?. PLOSOne, 10, e0125182. (In Press).
  • Rughetti M*, Dematteis A, Meneguz PG, Festa-Bianchet M. (2015). Age-specific reproductive success and cost in femaleAlpine ibex. Oecologia, 178, 197-205. (Published).
  • Martin AM*, Festa-Bianchet M, Coltman D, Pelletier F. (2014). Sexually antagonistic association between paternalphenotype and offspring viability reinforces total selection on a sexuallyseleted trait. Biology Letters, 10, 20140043. (Published).
  • Pelletier F, Festa-Bianchet M, Jorgenson JT, Feder C, Hubbs A. (2014). Can phenotypic rescue from harvest refuges bufferwild sheep from selective hunting?. Ecology and Evolution, 4, 3375-3382. (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).
  • Vander Wal E*, Garant D, Calmé S, Chapman CA, Festa-Bianchet M, Millien V, Rioux-Paquette S, Pelletier F. (2014). Applying evolutionary concepts to wildlifedisease ecology and management. Evolutionary Applications, 7, 856-868. (Published).
  • Rughetti M*, Festa-Bianchet M. (2014). Effects of selective harvest of nonlactating femaleson 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).
  • 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).
  • 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).
  • 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).
  • 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).
  • 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).
  • 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).
  • 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).
  • Festa-Bianchet M. (2013). Human-induced reversal of fortunes for migratory ungulates?. Ecology, 94, 1243-1244. (Published).
  • Pachkowsky* M, Côté S, Festa-Bianchet M. (2013). Spring-loaded reproduction: effects of body condition and population size on fertility in migratory caribou (Rangifer tarandus). Canadian Journal of Zoology, 91, 473-479. (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).
  • 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).
  • 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).
  • 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).
  • 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).
  • Rughetti, M*, Festa-Bianchet M. (2012). Effects of spring-summer temperatures on body mass of chamois. Journal of Mammalogy, 93, 1301-1307. (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).
  • 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).
  • Martin, J*, Festa-Bianchet M. (2012). Determinants and consequences of age of primiparity in bighorn sheep, Ovis canadensis. Oikos, 121, 752-760. (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).
  • Barrette M*, Monfort S, Festa-Bianchet M, Clutton-Brock T and 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*, Brodeur V, Festa-Bianchet M and 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).
  • Taillon J*, Festa-Bianchet M and 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).
  • 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).
  • 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).
  • 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).
  • Martin J*, Festa-Bianchet M. (2011). Sex ratio bias and reproductive strategies: what sex to produce when?. Ecology, 92, 441-449. (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).
  • 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).
  • 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).
  • 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).
  • Hengeveld P*, Festa-Bianchet M. (2011). Harvest regulations and artificial selection on horn size in male bighorn sheep. Journal of Wildlife Management, 75, 189-197. (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).
  • Hamel S, Côté S, Festa-Bianchet M. (2010). Maternal characteristics and environment affect the costs of reproduction in female mountain goat. Ecology, 91, 2034-2043. (Published).
  • Bergeron P*, Grignolio S, Apollonio M, Shipley W, Festa-Bianchet M. (2010). Secondary sexual characters signal fighting ability and determine social rank in Alpine ibex (Capra ibex). Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 64, 1299-1307. (Published).
  • Rughetti M*, Festa-Bianchet M. (2010). Compensatory growth limits opportunities for artificial selection in Alpine chamois. Journal of Wildlife Management, 74, 1024-1029. (Published).
  • Corti P*, Wittmer H, Festa-Bianchet M. (2010). Dynamics of a small population of endangered huemul deer (Hippocamelus bisulcus) in Chilean Patagonia. Journal of Mammalogy, 91, 690-697. (Published).
  • Rioux-Paquette E*, Festa-Bianchet M, Coltman D. (2010). No inbreeding avoidance in an isolated population of bighorn sheep. Animal Behaviour, 80, 865-871. (Published).
  • Martin J*, Festa-Bianchet M. (2010). Bighorn ewes transfer the costs of reproduction to their lambs. American Naturalist, 176, 414-423. (Published).


  • Marco Festa-Bianchet and Steeve Côté. (2008). Mountain goats: ecology, behavior and conservation of an alpine ungulate Washington: Island Press. (Published).

Chapitres de livre

  • Festa-Bianchet, M. (2014). Natural survival of males in mountain ungulates. Caprinae Atlas of the World (1, 1, 5-11). (Published).
  • M. Festa-Bianchet. (2013). Why evolutionary biology is important for conservation: towards evolutionarily sustainable harvest management. Ignoring nature no more: the case for compassionate conservation (125-136). University of Chicago Press. (Published).


  • Festa-Bianchet, M. (2010). Status of the grizzly bear (Ursus arctos) in Alberta: update 2010. 57 p.

Articles de conférence

  • Festa-Bianchet M, Coltman D, J. Hogg J, Jorgenson J. (2008). Age-related horn growth, mating tactics and vulnerability to harvest: why horn curl limits may select for small horns in bighorn sheep. Proceedings of the Northern Wild Sheep and Goat Council, 15, 42-49. (Published).
  • Festa-Bianchet M, Jorgenson J, Coltman D, Hogg J. (2008). Feared negative effects of publishing data: a rejoinder to Heimer et al. Proceedings of the Northern Wild Sheep and Goat Council, 15, 213-219. (Published).

Autres contributions

Cours enseignés

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


  • (2015). Adaptive (or not) sex ratio manipulation in mammals. Australian Society of Mammalogists. Hobart.
  • (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. Saskatoonj.
  • (2015). Reproductive success and fitness costs in kangaroos. Invited Seminar, University of Albeeta. Edmonton.
  • (2015). Reproductive success and fitness costs in kangaroos. Invited seminar, Duke University. Raleigh.
  • (2014). Big kangaroo mothers have more son. Genomes to Biomes. Montréal.
  • (2013). Bighorn rams in Alberta are getting smaller, possibly because selective hunting selects. Canadian Society of Ecology and Evolution. Kelowna.
  • (2012). Caribou conservation in a global context. 14th North American caribou workshop. Fort St-John.
  • (2012). Natural and artificial selection on life histories of large herbivores. Seminar, Simon Fraser University. Burnaby.
  • (2012). Weak correlations among life-history components in male ungulates. Canadian Society of Ecology and Evolution. Ottawa.
  • (2012). Age-specific survival of ungulates. Northern Wild Sheep and Goat Symposium. Kamloops.
  • (2011). Selective effects of trophy hunting. IUCN workshop on trophy hunting in China. Cambridge.
  • (2011). Natural and artificial selection in wild ungulates. Seminar, Deakin University. Melbourne.
  • (2010). Natural and artificial selection on life histories of large herbivores. Seminar, University of Melbourne. Melbourne.
  • (2010). Senescence in bighorn ewes varies with longevity, reduces reproductive effort and affects lamb sex ratio. International Society for Behavioral Ecology. Perth.
  • (2010). Natural and unnatural selection on reproductive strategies of large mammals. Seminar, University of Queensland. Brisbane.
  • (2010). Direct and indirect effects of cougar predation lead to strong Allee Effects in bighorn sheep. Australian Mammal Society. Canberra.
  • (2010). Age-specific survival in caribou and other ungulates. Workshop on caribou and Aboriginal Traditional Knowledge. Montréal.