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Jean-Pierre Ouellet


Emeritus member

Department of biology, chemistry and geography, UQAR

Université du Québec à Rimouski (UQAR)300, allée des Ursulines, C. P. 3300
Quebec, Canada
G5L 3A1

418.723.1986 extension 1846



Member of the CEN since 2001, Jean-Pierre Ouellet was appointed Dean of UQAR in September 2012. In addition to having published over 100 scientific papers on the fauna and natural resources of northern environments, Mr Ouellet was actively involved the development of the CEN, particularly at UQAR. Mr. Ouellet has initiated the creation and implantation of the research group BIONORD (now BORÉAS), which today brings together researchers, professionals and over 150 graduate students and post-docs interested in continental northern environments at UQAR. Mr. Ouellet was also the driving force behind the raising of “Nordicity” as one of the three main axes of research and development at UQAR. These initiatives have had multiple positives outcomes for northern research in UQAR in particular and in Québec in general, including the recruitment of many new promising professors-researchers acting in the field of Nordic studies.

During his productive career, Mr. Ouellet made leading contributions in the development of research training programs, notably the creation of multiple biology graduate programs at UQAR. These programs now host over 100 graduate students per cohorts, of which many are CEN members.


Research Themes

  • Development of integrated resource management tools.
  • Dynamics of ungulate populations and of their habitat interactions.
  • Ecology of a white-tailed deer population under harsh winter conditions.
  • Impact of forest harvesting on woodland caribou and moose populations.

CEN Students / Postdoctoral fellows

Godbout, Guillaume (Doctorate). Impact of intraguild predation on marten and fisher.


Scientific communications

Leblond, M., Dussault, C., Ouellet, J.-P., St-Laurent, M.-H., 2016. Caribou avoiding wolves face increased predation by bears – Caught between Scylla and Charybdis. Journal of Applied Ecology, 53: 1078-1087. DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.12658.

Basille, M., Fortin, D., Dussault, C., Ouellet, J.-P., Courtois, R., 2013. Ecologically based definition of seasons clarifies predator-prey intercations. Ecography, 36(2): 220-229. DOI: 10.1111/j.1600-0587.2011.07367.x.

Leblond, M., Dussault, C., Ouellet, J.-P., 2013. Avoidance of roads by large herbivores and its relation to disturbance intensity. Journal of Zoology, 289(1): 32-40. DOI: 10.1111/j.1469-7998.2012.00959.x.

Leblond, M., Dussault, C., Ouellet, J.-P., 2013. Impacts of human disturbance on large prey species: do behavioral reactions translate to fitness consequences? PLoS one, 8(9): e73695. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0073695.

Lesmerises, R., Ouellet, J.-P., Dussault, C., St-Laurent, M.-H., 2013. The influence of landscape matrix on isolated patch use by wide-ranging animals: conservation lessons for woodland caribou. Ecology and Evolution, 3(9): 2880–2891. DOI: 10.1002/ece3.695.

Dussault, C., Laurian, C., Ouellet, J.-P., 2012. Réactions comportementales de l'orignal à la présence d'un réseau routier dans un milieu forestier. Le Naturaliste Canadien, 136(2): 22-28.

Dussault, C., Pinard, V., Ouellet, J.-P., Courtois, R., Fortin, D., 2012. Avoidance of roads and selection for recent cutovers by threatened caribou: fitness-rewarding or maladaptive behaviour? Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 279: 4481–4488. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2012.1700.

Grosman, P.D., Jaeger, J., Biron, P., Dussault, C., Ouellet, J.-P., 2012. Évaluation de l'efficacité des mesures d'atténuation des accidents routiers impliquant l'orignal par la modélisation individu-centrée. Le Naturaliste Canadien, 136(2): 16-21.

Laurian, C., Dussault, C., Ouellet, J.-P., Courtois, R., Poulain, M., 2012. Interactions between a large herbivore and a road network. Écoscience, 19(1): 69-79. DOI: 10.2980/19-1-3461.

Leblond, M., Dussault, C., Ouellet, J.-P., 2012. Réponses comportementales du caribou forestier à l'élargissement d'un axe routier majeur. Le Naturaliste Canadien, 136(2): 22-28.

Mabille, G., Dussault, C., Ouellet, J.-P., Laurian, C., 2012. Linking trade-offs in habitat selection with the occurrence of functional responses for moose living in two nearby study areas. Oecologia, 170: 965-977. DOI: 10.1007/s00442-012-2382-0.

Pinard, V., Dussault, C., Ouellet, J.-P., Fortin, D., Courtois, R., 2012. Calving rate, calf survival rate and habitat selection of forest-dwelling caribou in a highly managed landscape. Journal of Wildlife Management, 76(1): 189-199. DOI: 10.1002/jwmg.217.

Basille, M., Courtois, R., Bastille-Rousseau, G., Courbin, N., Faille, G., Dussault, C., Ouellet, J.-P., Fortin, D., 2011. Effets directs et indirects de l’aménagement de la forêt boréale sur le caribou forestier au Québec. Le Naturaliste Canadien, 135(1): 46-52.

Bastille-Rouseau, G., Fortin, D., Dussault, C., Courtois, R., Ouellet, J.-P., 2011. Foraging strategies by omnivores : are black bears actively searching for ungulate neonates or are they simphy opportunistic predators ? Ecography, 34(4): 588-596. DOI: 10.1111/j.1600-0587.2010.06517.x.

Dostaler, S., Ouellet, J.-P., Therrien, J.-F., Côté, S.D., 2011. Are feeding preferences of white-tailed deer related to plant constituents? Journal of Wildlife Management, 75(4): 913-918. DOI: 10.1002/jwmg.118.

Drucker, D.G., Hobson, K.A., Ouellet, J.-P., Courtois, R., 2011. Influence of forage preferences and habitat use on 13C and 15N abundance in wild caribou (Rangifer tarandus caribou) and moose (Alces alces) from Canada. Isotopes in Environmental and Health Studies, 46(1): 107–121. DOI: 10.1080/10256010903388410.

Grosman, P.D., Jaeger, J.A.G., Biron, P., Dussault, C., Ouellet, J.-P., 2011. Trade-off between road avoidance and attraction by roadside salt pools by moose: Am agent based model to assess measures for reducing moose-vehicle collisions. Ecological Modelling, 222: 1423-1435. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2011.01.022.

Leblond, M., Frair, J., Fortin, D., Dussault, C., Ouellet, J.-P., Courtois, R., 2011. Assessing the influence of resource covariates at multiple spatial scales : an application to forest-dwelling caribou faced with intensive human activity. Landscape Ecology, 26(10): 1433-1446. DOI: 10.1007/s10980-011-9647-6.

Lesmerises, R., Ouellet, J.-P., St-Laurent, M.-H., 2011. Assessing terrestrial lichen biomass using ecoforest maps: a suitable approach to plan conservation areas for forest-dwelling caribou. Canadian Journal of Forest Research, 41: 633-643. DOI: 10.1139/X10-229.

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