François Vézina

Associate Professor,
Université du Québec à Rimouski

Département de Biologie, Chimie et Géographie
300, allée des Ursulines
Rimouski, Québec
CANADA G5L 3A1
Tel: (418)723-1986
Fax: (418)724-1849
E-mail: francois_vezina@uqar.ca
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Research
My research focuses on cold acclimation, energy management strategies and reversible physiological compromises that allow birds to face environmental constraints. My work for the following year will deal with the physiological regulation of mechanisms involved with the acclimation of winter climate disturbances

QCBS students
Audrey LE POGAM, Ph.D.
(Start: 2014, End: 2018)

Other (co-)supervisor: Oliver Love
Thesis title: Ajustements phénotypiques en réponse aux contraintes de l’environnement hivernal et de la migration chez le plectrophane des neiges
Thomas Zgirski, Ph.D.
(Start: 2016, End: 2020)

Other (co-)supervisor: Pierre Legagneux
Thesis title: Les oiseaux communs comme indicateurs de la biodiversité – Une approche écophysiologique en milieu agricole et péri-urbain.
Lyette Régimbald, M.Sc.
(Start: 2014, End: 2017)

Thesis title: Effet des variations thermiques sur la condition immunitaire et le stress oxydatif chez les oiseaux.
Julie-Camille Riva, M.Sc.
(Start: 2017, End: 2018)
Other QCBS (co-)supervisor: Christian Nozais
Sarah Senécal, M.Sc.
(Start: 2017, End: 2019)
Other QCBS (co-)supervisor: Christian Nozais
Previous students (since 2009)
Quinn Fletcher, Postdoctoral fellow
(Start: 2014, End: 2014)

Other QCBS (co-)supervisor: Dominique Berteaux
Thesis title: The effect of energetics on species interactions
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Fanny Hallot, Ph.D.
(Start: 2014, End: 2017)

Other QCBS (co-)supervisor: Nathalie Le François
Thesis title: Phenotypic flexibility and climatic variations
Myriam Milbergue, Ph.D.
(Start: 2012, End: 2017)

Other QCBS (co-)supervisor: Pierre Blier
Thesis title: Endocrine regulation of winter acclimatization in non-migrating passerines
Magali Petit, Ph.D.
(Start: 2009, End: 2015)
Thesis title: Seasonal acclimatization and fitness in a small resident passerine, the black-capped chickadee
Karine Dubois, M.Sc.
(Start: 2012, End: 2015)
Thesis title: Rate of change in metabolic performance in response to thermal variations in three North-American passerine species
Marie-Pier Laplante, M.Sc.
(Start: 2014, End: 2016)
Other (co-)supervisor: Oliver Love, Université de Windsor
Thesis title: Winter weight cycle and causes of winter nomadic movements in the snow bunting
Cynthia Lemieux, M.Sc.
(Start: 2014, End: 2015)
Thesis title: Contraintes printanières sur le succès reproducteur de deux espèces de passereaux forestiers
Agnès Lewden, M.Sc.
(Start: 2009, End: 2011)
Thesis title: Dominance sociale et performance métabolique
Clément Mandin, M.Sc.
(Start: 2009, End: 2012)
Thesis title: Marqueurs sanguins de la condition physiologique
Limoilou-Amélie Renaud, M.Sc.
(Start: 2009, End: 2011)
Thesis title: Marqueurs endocrinien du stress chez le caribou
Courses
BIO 316 09 - Physiologie animale comparée 1 (Fall / Automne)
BIO 317 09 - Physiologie animale comparée 2 (Fall / Automne)
FAU 711 96 - Séminaire de recherche (Winter / Hiver)
BIO 413 10 - Physiologie de la conservation (Fall / Automne)

Publications
48- Body temperature responses to handling stress in wintering Black-capped Chickadees (Poecile atricapillus L.)
Lewden A., Nord A., Petit M., Vézina F.
2017 Physiology and Behavior (Date Added: 2017-06-14)

47- How low can you go? An adaptive energetic framework for interpreting basal metabolic rate variation in endotherms
Swanson D.L., McKechnie A.E., Vézina F.
2017 Journal of Comparative Physiology B: Biochemical, Systemic, and Environmental Physiology (Date Added: 2017-04-27)

46- Reconstruction of Overlengthening after Gastrocnemius Recession with an Achilles Tendon Allograft: Case Report
Benny A., Balg F., Svotelis A., Vézina F.
2016 Foot and Ankle International (Date Added: 2017-02-22)

45- Patellar taping alters knee kinematics during step descent in individuals with a meniscal injury: An exploratory study
Roy N., Gaudreault N., Tousignant M., Vézina F., Boudreau N.
2016 Clinical Biomechanics (Date Added: 2017-02-22)

43- Chickadees Faced with Unpredictable Food Increase Fat Reserves but Certain Components of Their Immune Function Decline
Cornelius, E.A., Vézina, F., Regimbald, L., Hallot, F., Petit, M., Love, O.P., Karasov, W.H.
2016 Physiological and Biochemical Zoology (Date Added: 2017-02-05)

42- Increasing Winter Maximal Metabolic Rate Improves Intrawinter Survival in Small Birds
Petit, M., Clavijo-Baquet, S., Vézina, F.
2016 Physiological and Biochemical Zoology (Date Added: 2017-02-05)

41- Basal and maximal metabolic rates differ in their response to rapid temperature change among avian species
Dubois, K., Hallot, F., Vézina, F.
2016 Journal of Comparative Physiology. B, Biochemical, Systemic, and Environmental Physiology (Date Added: 2016-08-01)

39- Nutritional stress in Northern gannets during an unprecedented low reproductive success year: Can extreme sea surface temperature event and dietary change be the cause?
Franci, C.D., Vézina, F., Grégoire, F., Rail, J-F., Verreault, J.
2015 Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part A: Molecular & Integrative Physiology (Date Added: 2016-06-22)

38- Individual inconsistencies in basal and summit metabolic rate highlight flexibility of metabolic performance in a wintering passerine
Cortes, P.A., Petit, M., Lewden, A., Milbergue, M., Vézina, F.
2015 Journal of Experimental Zoology. Part A, Ecological Genetics and Physiology (Date Added: 2016-01-15)

37- Estimation of muscle mass by ultrasonography differs between observers and life states of models in small birds
Royer-Boutin, P., Cortés, P.A., Milbergue, M., Petit, M., Vézina, F.
2015 Physiological and Biochemical Zoology (Date Added: 2015-05-03)

36- Lipid metabolites as markers of fattening rate in a non-migratory passerine: Effects of ambient temperature and individual variation
Devost, I., Hallot, F., Milbergue, M., Petit, M., Vézina, F.
2014 Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology -Part A : Molecular and Integrative Physiology (Date Added: 2015-01-07)

35- How does flexibility in body composition relate to seasonal changes in metabolic performance in a small passerine wintering at northern latitude?
Petit, M., Lewden, A., Vézina, F.
2014 Physiological and Biochemical Zoology (Date Added: 2015-01-07)

34- Evidence of facultative daytime hypothermia in a small passerine wintering at northern latitudes
Lewden, A., Petit, M., Milbergue, M., Orio, S., Vézina, F.
2014 Ibis (Date Added: 2015-01-07)

32- A novel integrative method for measuring body condition in ecological studies based on physiological dysregulation
Milot, E., Cohen, A.A., Vézina, F., Buehler, D.M., Matson, K.D., Piersma, T.
2014 Methods in Ecology and Evolution (Date Added: 2014-05-23)

31- Phenotype manipulations confirm the role of pectoral muscles and haematocrit in avian maximal thermogenic capacity
Petit, M. , Vézina, F.
2014 Journal of Experimental Biology (Date Added: 2014-03-18)

29- Independence among physiological traits suggests flexibility in the face of ecological demands on phenotypes
Buehler, D. M., Vézina, F., Goymann, W., Schwabl, I., Versteegh, M., Tieleman, B. I., Piersma, T.
2012 Journal of Evolutionary Biology (Date Added: 2012-09-25)

28- Daily variation in markers of nutritional condition in wintering Black-capped Chickadees Poecile atricapillus
Mandin, Clément, Vézina, François
2012 Ibis (Date Added: 2012-09-19)

27- Dominant black-capped chickadees pay no maintenance energy costs for their wintering status and are not better at enduring cold than subordinate individuals
Lewden, A., Petit, M., Vézina, F.
2012 Journal of Comparative Physiology B: Biochemical, Systemic, and Environmental Physiology (Date Added: 2012-07-04)

26- Phenotypic compromises in a long-distance migrant during the transition from migration to reproduction in the High Arctic
Vézina, F., Williams, T.D., Piersma, T., Guy Morrison, R.I.
2012 Functional Ecology (Date Added: 2012-07-04)

25- Shorebirds' seasonal adjustments in thermogenic capacity are reflected by changes in body mass: How preprogrammed and instantaneous acclimation work together
Vézina, F., Dekinga, A., Piersma, T.
2011 Integrative and Comparative Biology (Date Added: 2012-07-04)

24- Evidence for within-individual energy reallocation in cold-challenged, egg-producing birds
Salvante, K.G., Vézina, F., Williams, T.D.
2010 Journal of Experimental Biology (Date Added: 2012-07-04)

22- Ambient temperature does not affect fuelling rate in absence of digestive constraints in long-distance migrant shorebird fuelling up in captivity
Petit, M., Vézina, F., Piersma, T.
2010 Journal of Comparative Physiology B: Biochemical, Systemic, and Environmental Physiology (Date Added: 2012-07-04)

21- Phenotypic compromise in the face of conflicting ecological demands: An example in red knots Calidris canutus
Vézina, F., Dekinga, A., Piersma, T.
2010 Journal of Avian Biology (Date Added: 2012-07-04)

20- Limited access to food and physiological trade-offs in a long-distance migrant shorebird. II. Constitutive immune function and the acute-phase response
Buehler, D.M., Encinas-Viso, F., Petit, M., Vézina, F., Tieleman, B.I., Piersma, T.
2009 Physiological and Biochemical Zoology (Date Added: 2012-07-04)

19- Hormonal correlates and thermoregulatory consequences of molting on metabolic rate in a northerly wintering shorebird
Vézina, F., Gustowska, A., Jalvingh, K.M., Chastel, O., Piersma, T.
2009 Physiological and Biochemical Zoology (Date Added: 2012-07-04)

18- Limited access to food and physiological trade-offs in a long-distance migrant shorebird. I. Energy metabolism, behavior, and body-mass regulation
Vézina, F., Petit, M., Buehler, D.M., Dekinga, A., Piersma, T.
2009 Physiological and Biochemical Zoology (Date Added: 2012-07-04)

17- Individually variable energy management during egg production is repeatable across breeding attempts
Williams, T.D., Vézina, F., Speakman, J.R.
2009 Journal of Experimental Biology (Date Added: 2012-07-04)

16- Shifts in metabolic demands in growing altricial nestlings illustrate context-specific relationships between basal metabolic rate and body composition
Vézina, F., Love, O.P., Lessard, M., Williams, T.D.
2009 Physiological and Biochemical Zoology (Date Added: 2012-07-04)

15- Thermogenic side effects to migratory predisposition in shorebirds
Vézina, F., Jalvingh, K.M., Dekinga, A., Piersma, T.
2007 American Journal of Physiology - Regulatory Integrative and Comparative Physiology (Date Added: 2012-07-04)

14- Individually variable energy management strategies in relation to energetic costs of egg production
Vézina, F., Speakman, J.R., Williams, T.D.
2006 Ecology (Date Added: 2012-07-04)

13- Acclimation to different thermal conditions in a northerly wintering shorebird is driven by body mass-related changes in organ size
Vézina, F., Jalvingh, K.M., Dekinga, A., Piersma, T.
2006 Journal of Experimental Biology (Date Added: 2012-07-04)

10- The metabolic cost of egg production is repeatable
Vézina, F., Williams, T.D.
2005 Journal of Experimental Biology (Date Added: 2012-07-04)

8- Mediation of a corticosterone-induced reproductive conflict
Love, O.P., Breuner, C.W., Vézina, F., Williams, T.D.
2004 Hormones and Behavior (Date Added: 2012-07-04)

7- What causes the decrease in haematocrit during egg production?
Williams, T.D., Challenger, W.O., Christians, J.K., Evanson, M., Love, O., Vézina, F.
2004 Functional Ecology (Date Added: 2012-07-04)

6- The metabolic cost of avian egg formation: Possible impact of yolk precursor production?
Vézina, F., Salvante, K.G., Williams, T.D.
2003 Journal of Experimental Biology (Date Added: 2012-07-04)

5- Plasticity in Body Composition in Breeding Birds: What Drives the Metabolic Costs of Egg Production?
Vézina, F., Williams, T.D.
2003 Physiological and Biochemical Zoology (Date Added: 2012-07-04)

4- Metabolic costs of egg production in the European starling (Sturnus vulgaris)
Vézina, F., Williams, T.D.
2002 Physiological and Biochemical Zoology (Date Added: 2012-07-04)

3- Follicular development and plasma yolk precursor dynamics through the laying cycle in the European starling (Sturnus vulgaris)
Challenger, W.O., Williams, T.D., Christians, J.K., Vézina, F.
2001 Physiological and Biochemical Zoology (Date Added: 2012-07-04)

2- An automated system for the measurement of mass and identification of birds at perches
Vézina, F., Charlebois, D., Thomas, D.W.
2001 Journal of Field Ornithology (Date Added: 2012-07-04)

1- Social status does not affect resting metabolic rate in wintering dark-eyed junco (Junco hyemalis)
Vézina, F., Thomas, D.W.
2000 Physiological and Biochemical Zoology (Date Added: 2012-07-04)

In the media
Alert au pôle Nord!
2017-06-18

Les changements climatiques posent de grands défis pour de petits oiseaux
2016-12-21

Pigeons voyageurs - La Presse+
La Presse Plus (Champagne, Éric-Pierre; Hoenacker, François Van) 2013-06-29