Martin Leclerc

Martin joined the ACS lab as a Post-doctoral fellow. He is a wildlife biologist interested in better understanding and quantifying the impacts of anthropogenic disturbances on animal ecology, evolution and communities. He seeks to understand how animal behaviour, reproduction, and survival — as well as animal communities — are shaped by human activities.

During his M.Sc. and Ph.D., Martin looked at the effects of two of the main threats to biodiversity, i.e. habitat modifications and harvesting. He also looked at the effects of roads and cut blocks on female woodland caribou behaviour and reproductive success in Quebec, and investigated the ecological and evolutionary impacts of hunting on a Scandinavian brown bear population.

During his postdoc in ACS lab, explored the impacts of human harvest by looking at how humans can shape entire animal communities, often by only harvesting a few species. This research was made possible thanks to the Raincoast Conservation Foundation and FRQNT.

Martin’s research helps bring new knowledge to theoretical ecological and evolutionary questions and better assess human impacts on fitness and the structure of animal communities. Ultimately, his goal is to help develop and refine existing conservation strategies and to help reach well informed sustainable harvest practices.

For more details see Martin’s personal website.