Sable Island, Nova Scotia, 2013

Ram Mountain, Alberta, 2005

Dr Jocelyn Poissant

Assistant Professor

Faculty of Veterinary Medicine

University of Calgary, Canada 


Ph.D. University of Alberta, 2011                                     

M.Sc. University of Guelph, 2004                                         

B.Sc. Université du Québec 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, with a particular focus on health-related phenotypes. 

Research topics

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

Editorial activities

Conservation Genetics, Associate Editor.  


VETM324 - Genetics & Molecular Biology
VETM463 - Field Experience in Ecosystem and Public Health
VETM583 - Feral Horse Biology and Management
VETM690 - Wildlife Health and Ecology
VETM690 - Advanced Wildlife Genetics
VETM690 - Quantitative Genetics


The lab is funded by multiple sources including the Margaret Gunn Endowment for Animal Research, the Alberta Conservation Association, the Morris Animal Foundation, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, and the Canadian Foundation for Innovation.