2015-09-25 05.22.19Robert Weladji, PhD, Principal Investigator

Professor/ Professeur Titulaire

Graduate Program Director / Directeur des Programmes de Maîtrise et Doctorat

Associate Researcher Zoo de Granby / Chercheur Associé au Zoo de Granby



Current Students

Graduates (Go to individual students’ website for project details)

  1. Isaac B. Djoko  (PhD student: Interactions Between People and Protected Areas: The case of Campo-Ma’an National Park, Southern Cameroon)
  2. Louis Lazure   (PhD student: Behavioural impact of human presence on mammal mesopredators in protected areas)
  3. Catherine Pelletier (MSc student: Impact of ultrasounds and visitors’ noise pollution on the behaviour and welfare of captive zoo animals)
  4. Julienne Therese Bonoan (MSc student: Social Network Analysis of female reindeer Rangifer tarandus: Do females associate due to relatedness?)
  5. Keenin R. Coombs (MSc student: Mismatch between calf paternity and observed copulations between male and female reindeer Rangifer tarandus)
  6. Laura Pouch (PhD student: starting January 2020)


Undergraduate students

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Past students




 Amélie Paoli, PhD: Breeding phenology of a semi-domesticated reindeer (Rangifer tarandus) population in response to climatic variability (2015-2019)

Current position: Looking for a postdoc




Louis-Paul-Roger Banoho Kabelong, PhD – cosupervision with Prof Louis Zapfack at University of Yaoundé 1: Evaluation monétaire des services écosystémiques des forêts tropicales humides du Cameroun : Cas des forêts sempervirents de la périphérie du Parc National de Campo Ma’an et semi-décidue du Parc National de Deng Deng (2014-2019)

Current position: Coordonnateur Technique de l’Organisation pour la Conservation et le Développement (OCD)





Jeffrey Driscoll, MSc: The relationship between operational sex ratio (OSR) and the intensity of competition in reindeer ((Rangifer tarandus L.): the effect of male age (2016-2018)

Current position: Graduate student, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada



people_Julie1Julie Beaudin-Judd, MSc: The impact of the open and closed exhibit designs on captive Bennett’s wallaby (Macropus rufogriseus) behaviour and visitor experience (2015-2017)

Current position: Biology Teacher at CDI College, Montreal, QC, Canada



people_Caitlin1Caitlin Finlay, MSc: The Using behavior and social associations to assess the welfare of a captive flock of Caribbean flamingos (Phoenicopterus ruber) (2015-2017)

Current position: Animal Care Technician at Charles River Laboratories, Senneville, QC., Canada



people_Samuel_GirafeSamuel Tsakem, PhD: Ecological aspects of great apes in the Lobéké National Park (Cameroon) and its surroundings: implications for conservation (2011-2017)

Current position: Deputy Director, School of Wildlife Specialist, Garoua, Cameroon.



people_Emily_Zoo1Emily Anderson, MSc: The behaviour and welfare of Zoo-housed Japanese macaques (Macaca fuscata) (2014-2016)

Current position: Zookeeper 1, Assiniboine Zoo, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada



Franco Alo, MSc: The influence of operational sex ratio on the intensity of competition in reindeer, Rangifer tarandus, during rut: an experimental approach (2014-2016)

Current position: Wild Operations Manager for British Columbia Conservation Foundation



Sacha Engelhardt, PhD: Suckling and allosuckling in reindeer (Rangifer tarandus): the evolution of sociality and cooperative breeding

Current position: Postdoctoral researcher, Institute of Ecology and Evolution, University of Bern, Switzerland






people_Justin1Justin Strong, MSc: Investigation of Personality in Subdominant Male reindeer and its relation to Somatic Cost and Reproductive Success (2013-2015)

Current position: Wildlife Biologist, Fish & Wildlife Section, Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural resource Operations, and Rural Development, BC




2012_Guillaume_fireGuillaume Body, PhD: Importance of group dynamics on female mating behaviour in reindeer Rangifer tarandus (2010-2014)

Current position:Ingénieur de Recherche Géomaticien et Expert en Analyse Spatiale, at ONCFS (Office National de la Chasse et de la Faune Sauvage), France





Natasa Djakovic, PhD: Females’ social dynamic and mate choice during rut (cosupervision; 2007-2013)

Current position:




people_Natalka_2012_3Natalka Melnycky, MSc : Age and sex specific allometric growth of antlers in Rangifer tarandus: variability in the pattern of resource allocation (2010-2012)

Current position: Wildlife Biologist – Government of Alberta, Department of Environment and Sustainable Resources, Edmoton, Canada




people_Issac_field2011_2Issac Hébert, MSc : The habitat preference of Newfoundland woodland caribou across range components and scales: implications for management (2010-2012)

Current position: Fisheries Biologist for the Aquatics Research, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, Peterborough





Alys Granados, MSc : Human-Elephant Interaction and elephant movement patterns in the Bénoué Wildlife Conservation Area, Northern Cameroon (2009-2011)

Current position: After a PhD from the University of British Columbia in the Fall 2012 (lab of Dr Jedediah Brodie), now Research Associate for a Conservation Agency in Indonesia




people_Leon1Léon L’Italien, MSc : Female mate choice in reindeer: an experimental test of the effects of male characteristics and age structure (2007-2010)

Current position: Biologiste pour la direction de la faune aquatique, Ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs; Quebec





C-Jae Morden, MSc: Faecal sampling as a non-invasive population monitoring and management method for reindeer and caribou (2008-2010)

Current position: Research Conservation Specialist at Assiniboine Park Conservancy, Winnipeg, MB




people_Karine_finalKarine Laflamme-Mayer, MSc: Influence of Environmental Conditions on Sex Allocation in the Black  Rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis minor) Population of Mkhuze Game Reserve, South Africa (2008-2010)
Current position:




people_Sara_past1Sara McCarthy, MSc: Landscape Composition and Configuration Influences Woodland Caribou Calf Recruitment in Newfoundland (2008-2010)

Current position: Wildlife Biologist II, Goose Bay Wildlife Division, Department of Environment and Conservation NL.




people_Erica_past1Erica Tennenhouse, MSc:Reproductive effort in rutting dominant male reindeer: the influence of mating group composition, age, and rutting period (2008-2010)

Current position: After a PhD from University of Toronto (Department of Anthropology, supervisor: Dr. Joyce Parga), now Freelance Science Writer.





  1. Kevin Gauley, Biol 490 student 2013, project title: Activity Budget of Two Captive Red Pandas (Ailurus fulgens) Intoduced to a New Exhibit (Granby Zoo)
  2. Anna Bratulic, BIOL 490 student 2013, project title: Local weather influence on relative abundance indices for Canada lynx (Lynx canadensis) south of the St. Lawrence Seaway
  3. Palig Khatcherian, BIOL 490 student 2013, project title: Activity Budget of Two Captive Red Pandas (Ailurus fulgens) During Breeding Season (Granby Zoo)
  4. Alexandre Ferland, USRA-NSERC summer student in 2011, BIOL 490 student 2012, project title: Behavioural Dynamics of a Captive All-Male Troop of Ring-Tailed Lemurs (Granby Zoo)
  5. Tamara Kalioujny, USRA-NSERC summer student in 2011, Scol 490 student 2011, project title: The Effect of Zoo Visitors on Activity Budgets and Interspecific Interactions in Captive African Herbivores (Granby Zoo)
  6. Valerie Cournoyer, Biol 490, 2010/2011, project title: Effects of Weather and Time of Day on the Foraging Behavior of Barn Swallows, Hirundo rustica
  7. Sacha Engelhardt, USRA-NSERC summer student 2009 and BIOL 490 student 2009/2010, project title: Allogrooming in captive Mandrills: reciprocity or exploitation? (Granby Zoo)
  8. Stephanie Hewitt, BIOL 490 student 2009, project title: Can morphological traits of horses be a reliable indicator of temperament?
  9. Sacha Engelhardt, USRA-NSERC summer student 2008, project title: Effects of human disturbance level on flight initiation distance and distance to refuge in foraging grey squirrels (Sciurus carolinensis).