François Vézina

Associate Professor,
Université du Québec à Rimouski

Département de Biologie, Chimie et Géographie
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

Emily Cornelius Ruhs

Postdoctoral fellow
(Start: 2018)
Winter energetics and immune function of black-capped chickadees
Link to thesis (pdf)
Personal page

Audrey LE POGAM

Ph.D.
Other (co-)supervisor: Oliver Love
(Start: 2014, End: 2019)
Ajustements phénotypiques en réponse aux contraintes de l’environnement hivernal et de la migration chez le plectrophane des neiges

Thomas Zgirski

Ph.D.
Other (co-)supervisor: Pierre Legagneux
(Start: 2016, End: 2020)
Les oiseaux communs comme indicateurs de la biodiversité – Une approche écophysiologique en milieu agricole et péri-urbain.

Émilie Desjardins

M.Sc.
Other (co-)supervisor: Andrew Tam, Department of National Defence
(Start: 2018, End: 2020)
Other QCBS (co-)supervisor: Dominique Berteaux
A biodiversity management plan for Canadian Forces Station Alert (Nunavut, Canada)

Justine Drolet

M.Sc.
Other (co-)supervisor: Oliver P. Love
(Start: 2017, End: 2019)
Thermal tolerance in snow buntings and potential effects of Arctic warming on individual performance

Sarah Senécal

M.Sc.
(Start: 2017, End: 2019)
Other QCBS (co-)supervisor: Christian Nozais
Influence of the energetic value and nutritional quality of preys on the feeding effort and reproductive success of chickadees considering the parents’ personality

Previous students (since 2009)

Quinn Fletcher

Postdoctoral fellow
(Start: 2014, End: 2014)
Other QCBS (co-)supervisor: Dominique Berteaux
The effect of energetics on species interactions
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Fanny Hallot

Ph.D.
(Start: 2014, End: 2017)
Other QCBS (co-)supervisor: Nathalie R. Le François
Phenotypic flexibility and climatic variations

Myriam Milbergue

Ph.D.
(Start: 2012, End: 2017)
Other QCBS (co-)supervisor: Pierre Blier
Endocrine regulation of winter acclimatization in non-migrating passerines

Magali Petit

Ph.D.
(Start: 2009, End: 2015)
Seasonal acclimatization and fitness in a small resident passerine, the black-capped chickadee

Karine Dubois

M.Sc.
(Start: 2012, End: 2015)
Rate of change in metabolic performance in response to thermal variations in three North-American passerine species

Marie-Pier Laplante

M.Sc.
Other (co-)supervisor: Oliver Love, Université de Windsor
(Start: 2014, End: 2016)
Winter weight cycle and causes of winter nomadic movements in the snow bunting

Cynthia Lemieux

M.Sc.
(Start: 2014, End: 2015)
Contraintes printanières sur le succès reproducteur de deux espèces de passereaux forestiers

Agnès Lewden

M.Sc.
(Start: 2009, End: 2011)
Dominance sociale et performance métabolique

Clément Mandin

M.Sc.
(Start: 2009, End: 2012)
Marqueurs sanguins de la condition physiologique

Lyette Régimbald

M.Sc.
(Start: 2014, End: 2017)
Effet des variations thermiques sur la condition immunitaire et le stress oxydatif chez les oiseaux.

Limoilou-Amélie Renaud

M.Sc.
(Start: 2009, End: 2011)
Marqueurs endocrinien du stress chez le caribou

Examples of species studied

Sturnus vulgaris
Junco hyemalis
Poecile atricapillus
Calidris canutus


Publications

50- Large muscles are beneficial but not required for improving thermogenic capacity in small birds
Milbergue M S , , Blier P U , , Vézina F ,
2018 Scientific Reports (Date Added: 2018-09-28)

49- The performing animal: Causes and consequences of body remodeling and metabolic adjustments in red knots facing contrasting thermal environments
Vézina F , , Gerson A R , , Guglielmo C G , , Piersma T ,
2017 American Journal of Physiology - Regulatory Integrative and Comparative Physiology (Date Added: 2017-08-16)

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, EA, Vézina, F, Regimbald, L, Hallot, F, Petit, M, Love, OP, Karasov, WH
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, CD, Vézina, F, Grégoire, F, Rail, J, 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, PA, 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, PA, 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, AA, Vézina, F, Buehler, DM, Matson, KD, 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, DM, Vézina, F, Goymann, W, Schwabl, I, Versteegh, M, Tieleman, BI, Piersma, T
2012 Journal of Evolutionary Biology (Date Added: 2012-09-25)

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, TD, Piersma, T, Guy Morrison, RI
2012 Functional Ecology (Date Added: 2012-07-04)

24- Evidence for within-individual energy reallocation in cold-challenged, egg-producing birds
Salvante, KG, Vézina, F, Williams, TD
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, DM, Encinas-Viso, F, Petit, M, Vézina, F, Tieleman, BI, 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, KM, 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, DM, 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, TD, Vézina, F, Speakman, JR
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, OP, Lessard, M, Williams, TD
2009 Physiological and Biochemical Zoology (Date Added: 2012-07-04)

15- Thermogenic side effects to migratory predisposition in shorebirds
Vézina, F, Jalvingh, KM, 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, JR, Williams, TD
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, KM, 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, TD
2005 Journal of Experimental Biology (Date Added: 2012-07-04)

8- Mediation of a corticosterone-induced reproductive conflict
Love, OP, Breuner, CW, Vézina, F, Williams, TD
2004 Hormones and Behavior (Date Added: 2012-07-04)

7- What causes the decrease in haematocrit during egg production?
Williams, TD, Challenger, WO, Christians, JK, 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, KG, Williams, TD
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, TD
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, TD
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, WO, Williams, TD, Christians, JK, 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, DW
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, DW
2000 Physiological and Biochemical Zoology (Date Added: 2012-07-04)