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. Laura Puch (PhD student: The role of male vocalizations on sexual selection in reindeer Rangifer tarandus)
  4. Emily Collins (MSc student:  Non-invasive monitoring of wild chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) and gorilla (Gorilla gorilla) populations in Campo-Ma’an Conservation Area, southern Cameroon)


Undergraduate students


Past students


20180930_123228Julienne Therese Bonoan, MSc: Social Network Analysis of female reindeer Rangifer tarandus: Do females associate due to relatedness? (2018-2020)

Current position: Looking for a job








20180930_123241 Keenin R. Coombs, MSc: Mismatch between calf paternity and observed copulations between male and female reindeer Rangifer tarandus (2018-2020)

Current position: Looking for a job









photolabocatherinepCatherine Pelletier, MSc:  Impact of ultrasounds and visitors’ noise pollution on the behaviour and welfare of captive zoo animals (2017-2019)

Current position: Biologist at “Pêches et Océans Canada, Rimouski”







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: Lecturer, University of Yaoundé I & 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:  Program & Communications Coordinator, Ontario Land Trust Alliance Inc.



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: Scientific communicator, Ducks Unlimited Canada (National Boreal Program)



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, Edmonton, 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: Postdoc at the University of British Columbia




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 (https://ericatennenhouse.com/)





  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).
  10. Emily Collins, CUSRA summer student 2020, assisting PhD student Louis Lazure.