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

Associate professor/ Professeur Agrégé

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



Current Students

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

  1. Franco Alo (MSc student: The influence of operational sex ratio (OSR) on the intensity of competition and male mating tactics in reindeer (Rangifer tarandus))
  2. Emily Anderson [MSc student: Personalities and activity budget of Japanese macaques in two exhibits (old and new)]
  3. Sacha Engelhardt (PhD student: Sucking and allosucking in reindeer/caribou: the evolution of sociality and cooperative breeding)
  4. Samuel Tsakem [PhD student: Ecological aspects of great apes in the Lobéké National Park (Cameroon) and its surroundings: implications for conservation]
  5. Julie Beaudin-Judd (MSc student: Impact of open exhibit concept on captive animal behaviour and welfare, and on the visitor’s perception)
  6. Caitlin Finlay (MSc student: The importance of social structure and environment on breeding success in captive flamingoes (Phoenicopterus ruber))
  7. Amélie Paoli (PhD student: Calving and breeding synchrony and their relationship to local and global climatic conditions

Undergraduate students

  1. XXXX

Past students


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

Current position: PhD student at the Memorial University of Newfoundland, since January 2016 (lab of Dr Eric Vander Wal)




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




Natasa2Natasa 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




people_Alys_2011_2Alys Granados, MSc : Human-Elephant Interaction and elephant movement patterns in the Bénoué Wildlife Conservation Area, Northern Cameroon (2009-2011)
Current position: Now PhD at the University of British Columbia in the Fall 2012 (lab of Dr Jedediah Brodie)




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




people_CJae_past1C-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: PhD student at University of Toronto (Department of Anthropology, supervisor: Dr. Joyce Parga).





  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).