Profile

François Vézina
Regular member
Department of biology, chemistry and geography
UQAR
francois_vezina@uqar.ca

Supervising:

Sachin Anand (Ph.D. student)

Baptiste Courtin (Ph.D. student)

Marguerite Duchesne (Master student)

Inès Fache (Ph.D. student)

Emmanuelle Gouin (Master student)

Audrey Le Pogam (Postdoctoral fellow)

Sarah Senécal (Ph.D. student)

Marianne Turcotte (Master student)

Co-supervising:

Émilie Desjardins (Ph.D. student)

Recent Theses and Dissertations

Audrey Le Pogam (Doctorate - 2021)
Phenotypic adjustments in response to winter, migration, and reproductive constraints in the snow bunting

Sarah Senécal (Master - 2020)
Prey quality as a determinant of provisioning effort in two species of chickadees

Scientific Communications

Demers, R., O'Connor, R., Le Pogam, A., Young, K.G., Berteaux, D., Tam, A., Vézina, F., 2023. Born in the cold: contrasted thermal exchanges and maintenance costs in juvenile and adult snow buntings on their breeding and wintering grounds. <strong>Journal of Comparative Physiology. B, Biochemical, Systemic, and Environmental Physiology</strong>: 12, 1502. DOI: <a href="http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00360-023-01502-8" target="_blank">10.1007/s00360-023-01502-8</a>.

Desjardins, É., Lai, S., Houle, L.LH, Caron, A.AC, Thériault, V.VT, Tam, A.AT, Vézina, F., Berteaux, D., 2023. <h1 itemprop=&quot;name&quot;>Algorithms and Predictors for Land Cover Classification of Polar Deserts: A Case Study Highlighting Challenges and Recommendations for Future Applications</h1>. <strong>Remote Sensing</strong>, 15(12), 3090. DOI: <a href="http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/rs15123090" target="_blank">10.3390/rs15123090</a>.

Caron Carrier, J., Lai, S., Vézina, F., Tam, A., Berteaux, D., 2022. Long-distance, synchronized and directional fall movements suggest migration in Arctic hares on Ellesmere Island (Canada). <strong>Scientific Reports</strong>, 12: 5003. DOI: <a href="http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41598-022-08347-1" target="_blank">10.1038/s41598-022-08347-1</a>.

Lai, S., Desjardins, É., Caron Carrier, J., Couchoux, C., Vézina, F., Tam, A., Koutroulides, N., Berteaux, D., 2022. Unsuspected mobility of arctic hares revealed by longest journey ever recorded in a lagomorph. <strong>Ecology</strong>, 103(3), e3620. DOI: <a href="http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ecy.3620" target="_blank">10.1002/ecy.3620</a>.

Milbergue, M., Vézina, F., Desrosiers, V., Blier, P., 2022. How does mitochondrial function relate to thermogenic capacity and basal metabolic rate in small birds? <strong>Journal of Experimental Biology</strong>, 225(12), jeb242612. DOI: <a href="http://dx.doi.org/10.1242/jeb.242612" target="_blank">10.1242/jeb.242612</a>.

O'Connor, R., Le Pogam, A., Young, K.G., Love, O.P., Cox, C.J., Roy, G., Robitaille, F., Elliott, K.H., Hargreaves, A., Choy, E.S., Gilchrist, G., Berteaux, D., Tam, A., Vézina, F., 2022. Warming in the land of the midnight sun: breeding birds may suffer greater heat stress at high- versus low-Arctic sites. <strong>Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences</strong>, 289(1981), 20220300. DOI: <a href="http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2022.0300" target="_blank">10.1098/rspb.2022.0300</a>.

Choy, E.S., O'Connor, R., Gilchrist, G., Hargreaves, A., Love, O.P., Vézina, F., Elliott, K.H., 2021. Limited heat tolerance in a cold-adapted seabird: implications of a warming Arctic. <strong>Journal of Experimental Biology</strong>, 224(13), jeb242168. DOI: <a href="http://dx.doi.org/10.1242/jeb.242168" target="_blank">10.1242/jeb.242168</a>.

Cornelius Ruhs, E., Love, O.P., Drainville, L., Vézina, F., 2021. No common pesticides detected in snow buntings utilizing a farmland landscape in eastern Québec. <strong>Avian Conservation and Ecology</strong>, 16(2), 26. DOI: <a href="http://dx.doi.org/10.5751/ACE-01979-160226" target="_blank">10.5751/ACE-01979-160226</a>.

Desjardins, É., Lai, S., Payette, S., Dubé, M., Sokoloff, P.C., St-Louis, A., Poulin, M.-P., Legros, J., Sirois, L., Vézina, F., Tam, A., Berteaux, D., 2021. Survey of the vascular plants of Alert (Ellesmere Island, Canada), a polar desert at the northern tip of the Americas. <strong>Check List</strong>, 17(1): 181–225. DOI: <a href="http://dx.doi.org/10.15560/17.1.181" target="_blank">10.15560/17.1.181</a>.

Desjardins, É., Lai, S., Payette, S., Vézina, F., Tam, A., Berteaux, D., 2021. Vascular plant communities in the polar desert of Alert (Ellesmere Island, Canada): Establishment of a baseline reference for the 21st century. <strong>Écoscience</strong>, 28(3-4): 243-267. DOI: <a href="http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/11956860.2021.1907974" target="_blank">10.1080/11956860.2021.1907974</a>.

Le Pogam, A., O'Connor, R., Love, O.P., Drolet, J., Régimbald, L., Roy, G., Laplante, M.-P., Berteaux, D., Tam, A., Vézina, F., 2021. Snow buntings maintain winter-level cold endurance while migrating to the High Arctic. <strong>Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution</strong>, 9, 724876. DOI: <a href="http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fevo.2021.724876" target="_blank">10.3389/fevo.2021.724876</a>.

Le Pogam, A., O'Connor, R., Love, O.P., Petit, M., Régimbald, L., Vézina, F., 2021. <p style=&quot; margin-top:0px; margin-bottom:0px; margin-left:0px; margin-right:0px; -qt-block-indent:0; text-indent:0px;&quot;>Coping with the worst of both worlds: Phenotypic adjustments for cold acclimatization benefit northward migration and arrival in the cold in an Arctic-breeding songbird. <strong>Functional Ecology</strong>, 35(6): 1240-1254. DOI: <a href="http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1365-2435.13793" target="_blank">10.1111/1365-2435.13793</a>.

O'Connor, R., Le Pogam, A., Young, K.G., Robitaille, F., Choy, E.S., Love, O.P., Elliott, K.H., Hargreaves, A., Berteaux, D., Tam, A., Vézina, F., 2021. Limited heat tolerance in an arctic passerine: Thermoregulatory implications for cold-specialized birds in a rapidly warming world. <strong>Ecology and Evolution</strong>, 11(4): 1609-1619. DOI: <a href="http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ece3.7141" target="_blank">10.1002/ece3.7141</a>.

Zgirski, T., Legagneux, P., Chastel, O., Regimbald, L., Prouteau, L., Le Pogam, A., Budzinski, H., Love, O.P., Vézina, F., 2021. Early life neonicotinoid exposure results in proximal benefits and ultimate carryover effects. <strong>Scientific Reports</strong>, 11, 15252. DOI: <a href="http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41598-021-93894-2" target="_blank">10.1038/s41598-021-93894-2</a>.

Le Net, R., Provost, C., Lalonde, C., Regimbald, L., Vézina, F., Gagnon, C.A., Lair, S., 2020. Whole genome sequencing of an avipoxvirus associated with infections in a group of aviary-housed Snow Buntings (<em>Plectrophenax nivalis</em>). <strong>Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine</strong>, 50(4): 803-812. DOI: <a href="http://dx.doi.org/10.1638/2018-0102" target="_blank">10.1638/2018-0102</a>.

Le Pogam, A., Love, O.P., Regimbald, L., Dubois, K., Hallot, F., Milbergue, M., Petit, M., O'Connor, R., Vézina, F., 2020. Wintering snow buntings elevate cold hardiness to extreme levels but show no changes in maintenance costs. <strong>Physiological and Biochemical Zoology</strong>, 93(6), 711370. DOI: <a href="http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/711370" target="_blank">10.1086/711370</a>.

Berteaux, D., Vézina, F., 2019. Les recherches de l'UQAR à Alert. Midis des sciences naturelles, Université du Québec à Rimouski. Rimouski, Québec, Canada.

Cornelius Ruhs, E., Vézina, F., Karasov, W.H., 2019. Physiological and immune responses of free-living temperate birds brovided a gradient of food supplementation. <strong>Physiological and Biochemical Zoology</strong>, 92(1): 106-114. DOI: <a href="http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/701389" target="_blank">10.1086/701389</a>.

Cornelius Ruhs, E., Vézina, F., Walker, M.A., Karasov, W.H., 2019. Who pays the bill? The effects of altered brood size on parental and nestling physiology. <strong>Journal of Ornithology</strong>, 161: 275-288. DOI: <a href="http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10336-019-01715-1" target="_blank">10.1007/s10336-019-01715-1</a>.

Lai, S., Berteaux, D., Vézina, F., Young, K., O’Connor, R.S., Desjardins, É., 2019. Wildlife monitoring and ecological research at CFS Alert: Summary field report 2019. 48 pages.

Laplante, M.-P., Mckinnon, E.A., Love, O.P., Vézina, F., 2019. Flexible response to short‐term weather in a cold‐adapted songbird. <strong>Journal of Avian Biology</strong>, 50(2), e01766. DOI: <a href="http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jav.01766" target="_blank">10.1111/jav.01766</a>.

Mckinnon, E.A., Laplante, M.-P., Love, O.P., Fraser, K.C., Mackenzie, S., Vézina, F., 2019. Tracking landscape-scale movements of Snow Buntings and weather-driven changes in flock composition during the temperate winter. <strong>Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution</strong>, 7, 329. DOI: <a href="http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fevo.2019.00329" target="_blank">10.3389/fevo.2019.00329</a>.

Vézina, F., 2019. Avian phenotypic transitions; acting constraints, mechanisms and consequences. University of Western Ontario. London, Ontario.

Vézina, F., 2019. Avian phenotypic transitions; acting constraints, mechanisms and consequences. University of Windsor. Windsor, Ontario.

Vézina, F., 2019. Le laboratoire d’étude de la faune le plus nordique au monde: un aperçu des projets en cours à Alert au Nunavut. Midis des sciences naturelles, UQAR. Rimouski, Québec.

Lai, S., Berteaux, D., Vézina, F., 2018. Wildlife monitoring and ecological research at CFS Alert: Summary field report 2018. 32 pages.

Milbergue, M., Blier, P., Vézina, F., 2018. Large muscles are beneficial but not required for improving thermogenic capacity in small birds. <strong>Scientific Reports</strong>, 8, 14009. DOI: <a href="http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41598-018-32041-w" target="_blank">10.1038/s41598-018-32041-w</a>.

Vézina, F., 2018. Avian phenotypic transitions; acting constraints, mechanisms and consequences. McGill University. Montréal, Québec.

Barceló, G., Love, O.P., Vézina, F., 2017. Uncoupling basal and summit metabolic rates in white-throated sparrows: digestive demand drives maintenance costs, but changes in muscle mass are not needed to improve thermogenic capacity. <strong>Physiological and Biochemical Zoology</strong>, 90(2): 153-165. DOI: <a href="http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/689290" target="_blank">10.1086/689290</a>.

Cornelius, E.A., Vézina, F., Regimbald, L., Hallot, F., Petit, M., Love, O.P., Karasov, W.H., 2017. Chickadees faced with unpredictable food increase fat reserves but certain components of their immune function decline. <strong>Physiological and Biochemical Zoology</strong>, 90(2): 190-200, 299. DOI: <a href="http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/689913" target="_blank">10.1086/689913</a>.

Lewden, A., Nord, A., Petit, M., Vézina, F., 2017. Body temperature responses to handling stress in wintering black-capped Chickadees (<em>Poecile atricapillus </em>L.). <strong>Physiology and Behavior</strong>, 179: 49-54. DOI: <a href="http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.physbeh.2017.05.024" target="_blank">10.1016/j.physbeh.2017.05.024</a>.

Petit, M., Clavijo-Baquet, S., Vézina, F., 2017. Increasing winter maximal metabolic rate improves intrawinter survival in small birds. <strong>Physiological and Biochemical Zoology</strong>, 90(2): 166-177. DOI: <a href="http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/689274" target="_blank">10.1086/689274</a>.

Swanson, D.L., McKechnie, A.E., Vézina, F., 2017. How low can you go? An adaptive energetic framework for interpreting basal metabolic rate variation in endotherms. <strong>Journal of Comparative Physiology. B, Biochemical, Systemic, and Environmental Physiology</strong>, 187(8): 1039–1056. DOI: <a href="http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00360-017-1096-3" target="_blank">10.1007/s00360-017-1096-3</a>.

Vézina, F., 2017. Avian phenotypic transitions in the context of thermal acclimation and migration in the cold. Colgate University. Hamilton, New York, États-Unis.

Vézina, F., 2017. Mechanisms underlying avian metabolic variation during phenotypic adjustments for wintering and migration. Fridays seminars, Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology, University of Wisconsin. Madison, États-Unis.

Vézina, F., Gerson, A.R., Guglielmo, C.G., Piersma, T., 2017. The performing animal: causes and consequences of body remodeling and metabolic adjustments in red knots facing contrasting thermal environments. <strong>American Journal of Physiology - Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology</strong>, 313(2): R120-R131. DOI: <a href="http://dx.doi.org/10.1152/ajpregu.00453.2016" target="_blank">10.1152/ajpregu.00453.2016</a>.

Cornelius Ruhs, E., Vézina, F., Hofmeister, E., Karasov, W.H., 2016. Can providing supplemental food to wild birds impact their ability to spread disease? UW National One Health Day Colloquium. Madison, États-Unis.

Dubois, K., Hallot, F., Vézina, F., 2016. Basal and maximal metabolic rates differ in their response to rapid temperature change among avian species. <strong>Journal of Comparative Physiology. B, Biochemical, Systemic, and Environmental Physiology</strong>, 186(7): 919-935. DOI: <a href="http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00360-016-1001-5" target="_blank">10.1007/s00360-016-1001-5</a>.

Le Pogam, A., Love, O.P., Vézina, F., 2016. Des changements physiologiques importants chez le Plectrophane des neiges en pr&eacute;paration &agrave; une migration longue distance vers l&rsquo;Arctique. Colloque du CEN 2016, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières. Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada.

Cortés, P., Petit, M., Lewden, A., Milbergue, M., Vézina, F., 2015. Individual inconsistencies in basal and summit metabolic rate highlight flexibility of metabolic performance in a wintering passerine. <strong>Journal of Experimental Zoology Part A: Ecological Genetics and Physiology</strong>, 323A: 179-190. DOI: <a href="http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/jez.1908" target="_blank">10.1002/jez.1908</a>.

Franci, C.D., Vézina, F., Grégoire, F., Rail, J.-F., Verreault, J., 2015. Nutritional stress in Northern gannets during an unprecedented low reproductive success year: Can extreme sea surface temperature event and dietary change be the cause? <strong>Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part A: Molecular &amp; Integrative Physiology</strong>, 181: 1-8. DOI: <a href="http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cbpa.2014.11.017" target="_blank">10.1016/j.cbpa.2014.11.017</a>.

Le Pogam, A., Dubois, K., Hallot, F., Milbergue, M., Petit, M., Love, O.P., Vézina, F., 2015. Adaptations physiologiques des plectrophanes des neiges durant les mois les plus froids de l&rsquo;hiver &agrave; l&rsquo;est du Canada. Colloque du CEN 2015. Québec, Québec, Canada.

Royer-Boutin, P., Cortés, P., Milbergue, M., Petit, M., Vézina, F., 2015. Estimation of muscle mass by ultrasonography differs between observers and life states of models in small birds. <strong>Physiological and Biochemical Zoology</strong>, 88(3): 336-346. DOI: <a href="http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/680016" target="_blank">10.1086/680016</a>.

Swanson, D.L., Vézina, F., 2015. Environmental, ecological and mechanistic drivers of avian seasonal metabolic flexibility in response to cold winters <B>(invited publication)</B>. <strong>Journal of Ornithology</strong>, 156(Supplement 1): 377-388. DOI: <a href="http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10336-015-1192-7" target="_blank">10.1007/s10336-015-1192-7</a>.

Vézina, F., 2015. Adaptations aux environnements froids chez les passereaux: d&eacute;couvertes r&eacute;centes et projets futurs. Midis des Sciences Naturelles, UQAR. Rimouski, Québec, Canada.

Vézina, F., 2015. Adaptations physiologiques aux environnements froids chez les passereaux r&eacute;sidents et migrateurs. Colloque du CEN 2015. Québec, Québec, Canada.

Vézina, F., 2015. Les oiseaux comme indicateurs de la sant&eacute; des &eacute;cosyst&egrave;mes: Travaux en cours et &agrave; venir au laboratoire d&rsquo;&eacute;cophysiologie de l&rsquo;UQAR. 5e Colloque-aviaire 2015. Montréal, Québec, Canada.

Devost, I., Hallot, F., Milbergue, M., Petit, M., Vézina, F., 2014. Lipid metabolites as markers of fattening rate in a non-migratory passerine: Effects of ambient temperature and individual variation. <strong>Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part A: Molecular &amp; Integrative Physiology</strong>, 177: 18-26. DOI: <a href="http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cbpa.2014.07.014" target="_blank">10.1016/j.cbpa.2014.07.014</a>.

Lafenêtre, G., Vézina, F., 2014. Valorisation du tourteau de tournesol et de canola en nourriture pour oiseaux sauvages. 24 pages.

Lewden, A., Petit, M., Milbergue, M., Orio, S., Vézina, F., 2014. Evidence of facultative daytime hypothermia in a small passerine wintering at northern latitudes. <strong>Ibis</strong>, 156(2): 321–329. DOI: <a href="http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ibi.12142" target="_blank">10.1111/ibi.12142</a>.

Petit, M., Lewden, A., Vézina, F., 2014. How does flexibility in body composition relate to seasonal changes in metabolic performance in a small passerine wintering at northern latitude? <strong>Physiological and Biochemical Zoology</strong>, 87(4): 539-549. DOI: <a href="http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/676669" target="_blank">10.1086/676669</a>.

Petit, M., Vézina, F., 2014. Phenotype manipulations confirm the role of pectoral muscles and haematocrit in avian maximal thermogenic capacity. <strong>The Journal of Experimental Biology</strong>, 217: 824-830. DOI: <a href="http://dx.doi.org/10.1242/jeb.095703" target="_blank">10.1242/jeb.095703</a>.

Petit, M., Vézina, F., 2014. Reaction norms in natural conditions: How does metabolic performance respond to weather variations in a small endotherm facing cold environments? <strong>PLoS one</strong>, 9(11): e113617. DOI: <a href="http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0113617" target="_blank">10.1371/journal.pone.0113617</a>.

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