Sable Island, Nova Scotia, 2013

Ram Mountain, Alberta, 2005


Dr Jocelyn Poissant

Leverhulme Trust Early Career Research Fellow (2015-present). Centre for Ecology and Conservation, University of Exeter, UK. 

Ph.D. University of Alberta, 2011
M.Sc. University of Guelph, 2004
B.Sc. Université du Qu
ébec à Montréal, 2000

Research interests

I am an evolutionary ecologist 
combining fieldwork with molecular and quantitative genetic approaches to understand how evolutionary forces such as natural selection, sexual selection and dispersal interact with genetic variation to shape phenotypic diversity in wild vertebrate populations. I am interested in both fundamental evolution and applied conservation research. 

My current research focusses on the evolutionary ecology and genetics of health in free-living animals, and in particular the role of social environment and behaviour in mediating host-parasite interactions and associated health outcomes


Research topics

Evolutionary ecology, wildlife health, host-parasite interactions, behavioural ecology, functional ecology, quantitative genetics, genomics, adaptive evolution, conservation. 

Past academic positions
  • 2014-2015. NSERC-CREATE post-doctoral Fellow. University of Calgary. Laboratory of John Gilleard.
  • 2014-2015. Research Associate, University of Saskatchewan. Laboratory of Philip McLoughlin.
  • 2011-2014. NSERC and Marie Curie post-doctoral Fellow. University of Sheffield. Laboratory of Jon Slate.