Nicolas Lecomte

Adjunct Professor,
Université du Québec à Rimouski

Campus de Rimouski
Department of Environment | Government of Nunavut, PO Box 209, Iglooik, NU, X0A 0L0
Tel: 418-562-1924
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  • Postdoctoral fellow, Ecology/Ecosystems, Université du Québec à Rimouski (2011)
  • Postdoctoral fellow,Ecology/Ecosystems & food-webs, University of Tromso, Norway (2010)
  • Ph.D., Biology, Université Laval (2007)
  • M.Sc, Wildlife Management, Université du Québec à Rimouski (2003)
  • M.Sc Equivalent, Conservation Biology, Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris VI) (1998)
  • B.Sc Equivalent, Life Sciences, Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris VI) (1997)

  • Research
    Investigating the dynamics of Arctic and sub-Arctic terrestrial communities at multiple spatio-temporal scales in order to better understand their sensitivity to anthropogenic perturbations. Such program is required to assess the extent of climate-induced effects on tundra ecosystems, which are experiencing a concomitant disappearance of their key herbivores (e.g. lemmings) and an increasing presence of boreal species (e.g. red foxes)

    QCBS students
    Joanie Dubé, B.Sc.

    Thesis title: L'écologie du castor en fonction des perturbations du milieu
    Myriam Trottier-Paquet, B.Sc.
    (Start: 2014)

    Thesis title: Effet de protection du pluvier bronzé (Pluvialis dominica) et du pluvier argenté (Pluvialis squatarola) sur la survie des nids en Arctique
    Raphaël Lavoie, Postdoctoral fellow
    (Start: 2015)

    Thesis title: Global biodiversity index and bioacoustic surveys
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    Debbie Jenkins, Ph.D.
    (Start: 2013)
    Other (co-)supervisor: James Schaefer, Trent University
    Claire-Cécile Juhasz, Ph.D.
    (Start: 2014, End: 2018)
    Other (co-)supervisor: Gilles Gauthier
    Vincent L'Hérault, Ph.D.
    (Start: 2011)
    Thesis title: Spatio-temporal variation in the diet of the large boreal predators
    Previous students (since 2009)
    Daniel Gallant, Postdoctoral fellow
    (Start: 2014, End: 2014)

    Other QCBS (co-)supervisor: Dominique Berteaux
    Thesis title: Study of the predator guild in the Canadian boreal forest using historical archives
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    Marie-Andrée Giroux, Postdoctoral fellow
    (Start: 2014, End: 2015)

    Other QCBS (co-)supervisor: Dominique Gravel
    Thesis title: EMPOWER North : Establishment of a Multidisciplinary research PrOgram to Widen our undERstanding of NORTHern ecosystems
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    Glenn Yannic, Postdoctoral fellow
    (Start: 2014, End: 2014)

    Thesis title: Landscape genetics and conservations of Arctic mammals
    Vincent L'Hérault, Ph.D.
    (Start: 2011, End: 2016)
    Other QCBS (co-)supervisor: Dominique Berteaux
    Thesis title: Écologie alimentaire des carnivores terrestres de l'Arctique canadien: carcajou, loup arctique, ours grizzli.
    Lindsay Gauvin, M.Sc.
    (Start: 2014, End: 2017)

    Thesis title: Study of animal biodiversity associated with containment beaver activities at Kouchibouguac National Park of Canada
    Laurent Montagano, M.Sc.
    (Start: 2015, End: 2017)

    Other (co-)supervisor: Shawn Leroux, Memorial University
    Thesis title: Importance of exchanges between ecosystems in the functioning of food webs: meta-analytic and experimental approaches
    52- Investigating the ancestry of putative hybrids: are Arctic fox and red fox hybridizing?
    Yannic G., Statham M.J., Denoyelle L., Szor G., Qulaut G.Q., Sacks B.N., Lecomte N.
    2017 Polar Biology (Date Added: 2017-06-08)

    51- Winter use of a highly diverse suite of habitats by irruptive snowy owls
    Therrien J., Weidensaul S., Brinker D., Huy S., Miller T., Jacobs E., Weber D., McDonald T., Lanzone M., Smith N., Lecomte N.
    2017 Northeastern Naturalist (Date Added: 2017-06-03)

    50- Migratory connectivity of Semipalmated Sandpipers and implications for conservation
    Brown S., Gratto-Trevor C., Porter R., Weiser E.L., Mizrahi D., Bentzen R., Boldenow M., Clay R., Freeman S., Giroux M., Kwon E., Lank D.B., Lecomte N., Liebezeit J., Loverti V., Rausch J., Sandercock B.K., Schulte S., Smith P., Taylor A., Winn B., Yezerinac S., Lanctot R.B.
    2017 Condor (Date Added: 2017-04-27)

    49- Spatial variation in Arctic hare (Lepus arcticus) populations around the Hall Basin
    Dalerum F., Dalén L., Fröjd C., Lecomte N., Lindgren
    2017 Polar Biology (Date Added: 2017-04-22)

    48- Loss of connectivity among islanddwelling Peary caribou following sea ice decline
    Jenkins D.A., Lecomte N., Schaefer J.A., Olsen S.M., Swingedouw D., Côté S.D., Pellissier L., Yannic G.
    2016 Biology Letters (Date Added: 2017-02-21)

    47- Optimizing ecological survey effort over space and time
    Moore A.L., McCarthy M.A.
    2016 Methods in Ecology and Evolution (Date Added: 2017-02-21)

    46- Unexpected diversity in socially synchronized rhythms of shorebirds
    Bulla, M., Valcu, M., Dokter, A.M., Dondua, A.G., Kosztolanyi, A., Rutten, A.L., Helm, B., Sandercock, B.K., Casler, B., Ens, B.J., Spiegel, C.S., Hassell, C.J., Kupper, C., Minton, C., Burgas, D., Lank, D.B., Payer, D.C., Loktionov, E.Y., Nol, E., Kwon, E., Smith, F., Gates, H.R., Vitnerova, H., Pruter, H., Johnson, J.A., St Clair, J.J.H., Lamarre, J.-F., Rausch, J., Reneerkens, J., Conklin, J.R., Burger, J., Liebezeit, J., Bety, J., Coleman, J.T., Figuerola, J., Hooijmeijer, J.C.E.W., Alves, J.A., Smith, J.A.M., Weidinger, K., Koivula, K., Gosbell, K., Exo, K.-M., Niles, L., Koloski, L., McKinnon, L., Praus, L., Klaassen, M., Giroux, M.-A., Sladecek, M., Boldenow, M.L., Goldstein, M.I., Salek, M., Senner, N., Ronka, N., Lecomte, N., Gilg, O., Vincze, O., Johnson, O.W., Smith, P.A., Woodard, P.F., Tomkovich, P.S., Battley, P.F., Bentzen, R., Lanctot, R.B., Porter, R., Saalfeld, S.T., Freeman, S., Brown, S.C., Yezerinac, S., Szekely, T., Montalvo, T., Piersma, T., Loverti, V., Pakanen, V.-M., Tijsen, W., Kempenaers, B.
    2016 Nature (Date Added: 2016-12-20)

    45- The importance of data mining for conservation science: a case study on the wolverine
    Gallant, D., Gauvin, L.Y., Berteaux, D., Lecomte, N.
    2016 Biodiversity and Conservation (Date Added: 2016-12-05)

    44- Linking time budgets to habitat quality suggests that beavers (_Castor__canadensis_) are energy maximizers
    Gallant, D., Léger, L., Tremblay, É., Berteaux, D., Lecomte, N., Vasseur, L.
    2016 Canadian Journal of Zoology (Date Added: 2016-12-05)

    43- Effects of geolocators on hatching success, return rates, breeding movements, and change in body mass in 16 species of Arctic-breeding shorebirds
    Weiser, E.L., Lanctot, R.B., Brown, S.C., Alves, J.A., Battley, P.F., Bentzen, R., Bêty, J., Bishop, M.A., Boldenow, M., Bollache, L., Casler, B., Christie, M., Coleman, J.T., Conklin, J.R., English, W.B., Gates, H.R., Gilg, O., Giroux, M.-A., Gosbell, K., Hassell, C., Helmericks, J., Johnson, A., Katrinardottir, B., Koivula, K., Kwon, E., Lamarre, J.-F., Lang, J., Lank, D.B., Lecomte, N., Liebezeit, J., Loverti, V., McKinnon, L., Minton, C., Mizrahi, D., Nol, E., Pakanen, V.-M., Perz, J., Porter, R., Rausch, J., Reneerkens, J., Ronka, N., Saalfeld, S., Senner, N., Sittler, B., Smith, P.A., Sowl, K., Taylor, A., Ward, D.H., Yezerinac, S., Sandercock, B.K.
    2016 Movement Ecology (Date Added: 2016-12-05)

    42- Is it safe to nest near conspicuous neighbours? Spatial patterns in predation risk associated with the density of American Golden-Plover nests
    Giroux, M.-A., Trottier-Paquet, M., Bêty, J., Lamarre, V., Lecomte, N.
    2016 PeerJ (Date Added: 2016-12-05)

    41- Sexing a sex-role-reversed species based on plumage: potential challenges in the red phalarope
    Giroux, M.-A., Ditlecadet, D., Martin, L.J., Lanctot, R.B., Lecomte, N.
    2016 PeerJ (Date Added: 2016-06-13)

    40- High genetic variability of vagrant polar bears illustrates importance of population connectivity in fragmented sea ice habitats
    Kutschera, V.E., Frosch, C., Janke, A., Skírnisson, K., Bidon, T., Lecomte, N., Fain, S.R., Eiken, H.G., Hagen, S.B., Arnason, U., Laidre, K.L., Nowak, C., Hailer, F.
    2016 Animal Conservation (Date Added: 2016-02-01)

    39- Testing methods for using high-resolution satellite imagery to monitor polar bear abundance and distribution: Remote Sensing of Polar Bears
    LaRue, M.A., Stapleton, S., Porter, C., Atkinson, S., Atwood, T., Dyck, M., Lecomte, N.
    2015 Wildlife Society Bulletin (Date Added: 2016-04-20)

    38- Is pre-breeding prospecting behaviour affected by snow cover in the irruptive snowy owl? A test using state-space modelling and environmental data annotated via Movebank
    Therrien, J.-F., Pinaud, D., Gauthier, G., Lecomte, N., Bildstein, K.L., Bety, J.
    2015 Movement ecology (Date Added: 2016-04-05)

    37- What Can Stable Isotope Analysis of Top Predator Tissues Contribute to Monitoring of Tundra Ecosystems?
    Ehrich, D., Ims, R.A., Yoccoz, N.G., Lecomte, N., Killengreen, S.T., Fuglei, E., Rodnikova, A.Y., Ebbinge, B.S., Menyushina, I.E., Nolet, B.A., Pokrovsky, I.G., Popov, I.Y., Schmidt, N.M., Sokolov, A.A., Sokolova, N.A., Sokolov, V.A.
    2015 Ecosystems (Date Added: 2015-09-03)

    36- Site fidelity and home range variation during the breeding season of peregrine falcons (Falco peregrinus) in Yamal, Russia
    Sokolov, V., Lecomte, N., Sokolov, A., Rahman, M.L., Dixon, A.
    2014 Polar Biology (Date Added: 2015-09-03)

    35- Polar Bears from Space: Assessing Satellite Imagery as a Tool to Track Arctic Wildlife
    Stapleton, Seth, LaRue, Michelle, Lecomte, Nicolas, Atkinson, Stephen, Garshelis, David, Porter, Claire, Atwood, Todd
    2014 PLoS ONE (Date Added: 2014-07-24)

    34- Small rodents in the shrub tundra of Yamal (Russia): Density dependence in habitat use?
    Sokolova, Natalya A., Sokolov, Aleksandr A., Ims, Rolf A., Skogstad, Gunhild, Lecomte, Nicolas, Sokolov, Vasiliy A., Yoccoz, Nigel G., Ehrich, Dorothee
    2014 Mammalian Biology - Zeitschrift für Säugetierkunde (Date Added: 2014-07-08)

    33- Brown and Polar Bear Y Chromosomes Reveal Extensive Male-Biased Gene Flow within Brother Lineages
    Bidon, T., Janke, A., Fain, S. R., Eiken, H. G., Hagen, S. B., Saarma, U., Hallstrom, B. M., Lecomte, N., Hailer, F.
    2014 Molecular Biology and Evolution (Date Added: 2014-06-17)

    32- Sources of variation in small rodent trophic niche: new insights from DNA metabarcoding and stable isotope analysis
    Soininen, Eeva M., Ehrich, Dorothée, Lecomte, Nicolas, Yoccoz, Nigel G., Tarroux, Arnaud, Berteaux, Dominique, Gauthier, Gilles, Gielly, Ludovic, Brochmann, Christian, Gussarova, Galina, Ims, Rolf A.
    2014 Isotopes in Environmental and Health Studies (Date Added: 2014-05-30)

    31- Arctic ecosystem structure and functioning shaped by climate and herbivore body size
    Legagneux, P., Gauthier, G., Lecomte, N., Schmidt, N.M., Reid, D., Cadieux, M.-C., Berteaux, D., Bety, J., Krebs, C.J., Ims, R.A., Yoccoz, N.G., Morrison, R.I.G., Leroux, S.J., Loreau, M., Gravel, D.
    2014 Nature Climate Change (Date Added: 2014-05-21)

    30- Genetic diversity in caribou linked to past and future climate change
    Yannic, Glenn, Pellissier, Loïc, Ortego, Joaquín, Lecomte, Nicolas, Couturier, Serge, Cuyler, Christine, Dussault, Christian, Hundertmark, Kris J., Irvine, R. Justin, Jenkins, Deborah A., Kolpashikov, Leonid, Mager, Karen, Musiani, Marco, Parker, Katherine L., Røed, Knut H., Sipko, Taras, Þórisson, Skarphéðinn G., Weckworth, Byron V., Guisan, Antoine, Bernatchez, Louis, Côté, Steeve D.
    2013 Nature Climate Change (Date Added: 2014-04-11)

    29- Diet, nesting density, and breeding success of rough-legged buzzards (Buteo lagopus) on the Nenetsky Ridge, Arctic Russia
    Pokrovsky, Ivan, Ehrich, Dorothée, Ims, Rolf A., Kulikova, Olga, Lecomte, Nicolas, Yoccoz, Nigel G.
    2013 Polar Biology (Date Added: 2014-01-06)

    28- Landscape heterogeneity drives intra-population niche variation and reproduction in an arctic top predator
    L'Herault, V., Franke, A., Lecomte, N., Alogut, A., Bety, J.
    2013 Ecology And Evolution (Date Added: 2013-11-18)

    27- A range-wide synthesis and timeline for phylogeographic events in the red fox (Vulpes vulpes)
    Kutschera, Verena E, Lecomte, Nicolas, Janke, Axel, Selva, Nuria, Sokolov, Alexander A, Haun, Timm, Steyer, Katharina, Nowak, Carsten, Hailer, Frank
    2013 BMC Evolutionary Biology (Date Added: 2013-06-10)

    26- Marine Mammal Strandings and Environmental Changes: A 15-Year Study in the St. Lawrence Ecosystem
    Truchon, Marie-Hélène, Measures, Lena, L’Hérault, Vincent, Brêthes, Jean-Claude, Galbraith, Peter S., Harvey, Michel, Lessard, Sylvie, Starr, Michel, Lecomte, Nicolas
    2013 PLoS ONE (Date Added: 2013-04-04)

    25- Bird Communities of the Arctic Shrub Tundra of Yamal: Habitat Specialists and Generalists
    Sokolov, Vasiliy, Ehrich, Dorothée, Yoccoz, Nigel G., Sokolov, Alexander, Lecomte, Nicolas
    2012 PLoS ONE (Date Added: 2013-01-03)

    24- A New Way of Assessing Foraging Behaviour at the Individual Level Using Faeces Marking and Satellite Telemetry
    Giroux, Marie-Andrée, Dussault, Christian, Lecomte, Nicolas, Tremblay, Jean-Pierre, Côté, Steeve D.
    2012 PLoS ONE (Date Added: 2012-12-03)

    23- Time series data for Canadian arctic vertebrates: IPY contributions to science, management, and policy
    Ferguson, S. H., Berteaux, D., Gaston, A. J., Higdon, J. W., Lecomte, N., Lunn, N., Mallory, M. L., Reist, J., Russell, D., Yoccoz, N. G., Zhu, X.
    2012 Climatic Change (Date Added: 2012-10-29)

    22- Assessing the causes of breeding failure among the rough-legged buzzard (Buteo lagopus) during the nestling period
    Pokrovsky, Ivan, Ehrich, Dorothee, Ims, Rolf A., Kulikova, Olga, Lecomte, Nicolas, Yoccoz, Nigel G.
    2012 Polar Research (Date Added: 2012-07-24)

    21- Benefiting from a migratory prey: spatio-temporal patterns in allochthonous subsidization of an arctic predator
    Giroux, M.-A., Berteaux, D., Lecomte, N., Gauthier, G., Szor, G., Bety, J.
    2012 Journal Of Animal Ecology (Date Added: 2012-06-12)

    20- Monitoring Svalbard rock ptarmigan: Distance sampling and occupancy modeling
    Pedersen, Åshild Ø., Bårdsen, Bård-Jørgen, Yoccoz, Nigel G., Lecomte, Nicolas, Fuglei, Eva
    2012 The Journal of Wildlife Management (Date Added: 2012-03-20)

    19- The importance of willow thickets for ptarmigan and hares in shrub tundra: The more the better?
    Ehrich, D., Henden, J.-A., Ims, R.A., Doronina, L.O., Killengren, S.T., Lecomte, N., Pokrovsky, I.G., Skogstad, G., Sokolov, A.A., Sokolov, V.A., Yoccoz, N.G.
    2012 Oecologia (Date Added: 2012-03-07)

    18- Stable isotope analysis: modelling lipid normalization for muscle and eggs from arctic mammals and birds
    Ehrich, Dorothée, Tarroux, Arnaud, Stien, Jenny, Lecomte, Nicolas, Killengreen, Siw, Berteaux, Dominique, Yoccoz, Nigel G.
    2011 Methods in Ecology and Evolution (Date Added: 2012-03-20)

    17- Intrapopulation variability shaping isotope discrimination and turnover: Experimental evidence in Arctic Foxes
    Lecomte, N., Ahlstrøm, Ø., Ehrich, D., Fuglei, E., Ims, R.A., Yoccoz, N.G.
    2011 PLoS ONE (Date Added: 2012-03-07)

    16- Emergence of potent inhibitors of metastasis in lung cancer via syntheses based on migrastatin
    Lecomte, N., Njardarson, J.T., Nagorny, P., Yang, G., Downey, R., Ouerfelli, O., Moore, M.A.S., Danishefsky, S.J.
    2011 Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (Date Added: 2012-03-07)

    15- The importance of marine vs. human-induced subsidies in the maintenance of an expanding mesocarnivore in the arctic tundra
    Killengreen, S.T., Lecomte, N., Ehrich, D., Schott, T., Yoccoz, N.G., Ims, R.A.
    2011 Journal of Animal Ecology (Date Added: 2012-03-07)

    14- Sensitivity of stable isotope mixing models to variation in isotopic ratios: evaluating consequences of lipid extraction
    Tarroux, A., Ehrich, D., Lecomte, N., Jardine, T.D., Bety, J., Berteaux, D.
    2010 Methods In Ecology And Evolution (Date Added: 2012-03-20)

    13- Peregrine Falcons kill a Gyrfalcon feeding on their nestling
    Pokrovsky, I., Lecomte, N., Sokolov, A., Sokolov, V., Yoccoz, N.G.
    2010 Journal of Raptor Research (Date Added: 2012-03-07)

    12- Scale and selection of habitat and resources: Tibetan argali (Ovis ammon hodgsoni) in highaltitude rangelands
    Singh, N.J., Yoccoz, N.G., Lecomte, N., Côté, S.D., Fox, J.L.
    2010 Canadian Journal of Zoology (Date Added: 2012-03-07)

    11- Toward understanding the effect of top predators on ecosystems
    Lecomte, Nicolas, Ehrich, Dorothée, Ims, Rolf, Yoccoz, Nigel
    2009 F1000 Biology Reports (Date Added: 2012-03-20)

    10- A link between water availability and nesting success mediated by predator^prey interactions in the Arctic
    Lecomte, N., Gauthier, G., Giroux, J.-F.
    2009 Ecology (Date Added: 2012-03-07)

    9- Tug of war between continental gene flow and rearing site philopatry in a migratory bird: The sex-biased dispersal paradigm reconsidered
    Lecomte, N., Gauthier, G., Giroux, J.-F., Milot, E., Bernatchez, L.
    2009 Molecular Ecology (Date Added: 2012-03-07)

    7- Predator behaviour and predation risk in the heterogeneous Arctic environment
    Lecomte, N., Careau, V., Gauthier, G., Giroux, J.-F.
    2008 Journal of Animal Ecology (Date Added: 2012-03-07)

    6- Hoarding of pulsed resources: Temporal variations in egg-caching by arctic fox
    Careau, V., Lecomte, N., Bety, J., Giroux, J.-F., Gauthier, G., Berteaux, D.
    2008 Ecoscience (Date Added: 2012-03-07)

    5- Breeding dispersal in a heterogeneous landscape: The influence of habitat and nesting success in greater snow geese
    Lecomte, N., Gauthier, G., Giroux, J.-F.
    2008 Oecologia (Date Added: 2012-03-07)

    3- Common ravens raid arctic fox food caches
    Careau, V., Lecomte, N., Giroux, J.-F., Berteaux, D.
    2007 Journal of Ethology (Date Added: 2012-03-07)

    2- Alloparental feeding in the king penguin
    Lecomte, N., Kuntz, G., Lambert, N., Gendner, J.-P., Handrich, Y., Le Maho, Y., Bost, C.-A.
    2006 Animal Behaviour (Date Added: 2012-03-07)

    1- A nondamaging blood sampling technique for waterfowl embryos
    Lecomte, N., Gauthier, G., Bernatchez, L., Giroux, J.-F.
    2006 Journal of Field Ornithology (Date Added: 2012-03-07)