Virginie Millien

Assistant Professor,
McGill University

Redpath Museum
Redpath Museum
859 Sherbrooke street West
Montreal (QC) H3A 2K6, Canada
Tel: 514-398-4849
Fax: 514-398-3185
E-mail: virginie.millien@mcgill.ca
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Education
1996-1999 Doctorate: Paleontology, Paleobiology & Phylogeny, Universite Montpellier II
1995-1996 D.E.A.: Paleontology, Universite Montpellier II
1993-1996 Magistere: Earth Sciences, Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris


Research
My main research focus is the evolution of body size and morphological diversity in relation to environmental change:

  • Ecotypic variation and climate change
  • The evolution of species on islands
  • The effects of climate change and isolation on morphological evolution
  • Functional morphology in fossil rodents and other mammals
  • Competition and community size structure among coexisting species


  • QCBS students
    Kirsten Crandall, M.Sc.
    (Start: 2016, End: 2018)
    Thesis title: Effect of species interactions and intraspecific variation on biodiversity under climate change: application to emerging infectious diseases.
    Julia Nordlund, M.Sc.
    (Start: 2015, End: 2017)

    Thesis title: Multispecies distribution modelling
    Previous students (since 2009)
    Juan Martinez, Postdoctoral fellow
    (Start: 2012, End: 2013)

    Other (co-)supervisor: José Priotto, Universidad Nacional de Río Cuarto
    Thesis title: Craniometric differentiation of sigmodontines rodents in fragmented environment
    Sarah Leo, Ph.D.
    (Start: 2012, End: 2016)

    Other QCBS (co-)supervisor: Andrew Gonzalez
    Thesis title: Integrated landscape genetics of the Lyme disease vector (Ixodes scapularis) and its host (Peromyscus leucopus) in southern Québec
    Personal page
    Jessica Fiset, M.Sc.
    (Start: 2011, End: 2012)

    Other QCBS (co-)supervisor: François-Joseph Lapointe
    Thesis title: Phylogeography of the white-footed mouse, Peromyscus leucopus, and the deer mouse, P. maniculatus, and their capacity of carrying Lyme disease
    Jorge Gaitan, M.Sc.
    (Start: 2012, End: 2014)
    Thesis title: The effects of parasite load and stress levels on the movement and dispersal patterns of the white-footed mouse within a fragmented landscape.
    Alan Garcia-Elfring, M.Sc.
    (Start: 2015, End: 2017)
    Other QCBS (co-)supervisor: Jonathan Davies
    Thesis title: Detecting the signature of range expansion
    Katherine Hébert, M.Sc.
    (Start: 2015, End: 2017)

    Other QCBS (co-)supervisor: Jean-Philippe Lessard
    Thesis title: Community assembly of island mammals: The role of the regional species pool
    Rodrigo Lima Barata, M.Sc.
    (Start: 2010, End: 2012)
    Thesis title: Morphological Variation of the Red-backed Vole (Myodes gapperi) in Quebec
    Robby Marrotte, M.Sc.
    (Start: 2011, End: 2013)
    Other QCBS (co-)supervisor: Andrew Gonzalez
    Thesis title: Connectivity and habitat use by Peromyscus leucopus in a fragmented landscape in Southern Quebec
    Personal page
    Anita Rogic, M.Sc.
    (Start: 2010, End: 2012)
    Other QCBS (co-)supervisor: François-Joseph Lapointe
    Thesis title: Genetic structure of white-footed mouse populations in southern Quebec: impact of climate warming and fragmentation on the spread of Lyme disease
    Emilie Roy-Dufresne, M.Sc.
    (Start: 2010, End: 2012)
    Other (co-)supervisor: Gail Chmura
    Thesis title: White-footed mouse projected distribution under climate change in Québec; a question of time and space.
    Courses
    BIOL 463 - Mammalian Evolution (Winter / Hiver)
    REDM 400 - Science and Museums (Winter / Hiver)
    BIOL 305 - Animal Diversity (Winter / Hiver)
    BIOL 331 - Ecology/Behaviour Field Course (Fall / Automne)
    BIOL 570 - Advanced Seminar in Evolution (Fall / Automne)

    Publications
    36- Admixture on the northern front: Population genomics of range expansion in the white-footed mouse (Peromyscus leucopus) and secondary contact with the deer mouse (Peromyscus maniculatus)
    Garcia-Elfring A., Barrett R.D.H., Combs M., Davies T.J., Munshi-South J., Millien V.
    2017 Heredity (Date Added: 2017-11-16)

    35- Functional connectivity of the white-footed mouse in Southern Quebec, Canada
    Marrotte R.R., Gonzalez A., Millien V.
    2017 Landscape Ecology (Date Added: 2017-08-19)

    34- Rapid morphological divergence in two closely related and co-occurring species over the last 50 years
    Millien V., Ledevin R., Boué C., Gonzalez A.
    2017 Evolutionary Ecology (Date Added: 2017-08-14)

    31- Liver microbiome of Peromyscus leucopus, a key reservoir host species for emerging infectious diseases in North America
    André A., Mouton A., Millien V., Michaux J.
    2017 Infection, Genetics and Evolution (Date Added: 2017-05-05)

    30- The genetic signature of range expansion in a disease vector-the black-legged tick
    Leo S.S.T., Gonzalez A., Millien V.
    2017 Journal of Heredity (Date Added: 2017-04-05)

    29- Nestedness of butterfly assemblages in the Zhoushan Archipelago, China: area effects, life-history traits and conservation implications
    Xu A., Han X., Zhang X., Millien V., Wang Y.
    2017 Biodiversity and Conservation (Date Added: 2017-02-12)

    28- On empty islands and the small-island effect
    Wang Y., Millien V., Ding P.
    2016 Global Ecology and Biogeography (Date Added: 2017-02-10)

    27- The effect of stress level and parasite load on movement pattern in a small mammal reservoir host for Lyme disease
    Gaitan J., Millien V.
    2016 Canadian Journal of Zoology (Date Added: 2016-06-22)

    26- Multi-taxa integrated landscape genetics for zoonotic infectious diseases: deciphering variables influencing disease emergence
    Leo, S.S.T., Gonzalez, A., Millien, V.
    2016 Genome / National Research Council Canada = Genome / Conseil National de Recherches Canada (Date Added: 2016-06-06)

    25- Phylogeographic Structure of the White-Footed Mouse and the Deer Mouse, Two Lyme Disease Reservoir Hosts in Quebec
    Fiset, J., Tessier, N., Millien, V., Lapointe, F.-J.
    2015 PloS one (Date Added: 2016-02-26)

    23- The negative relationship between mammal host diversity and Lyme disease incidence strengthens through time
    Turney, S., Gonzalez, A., Millien, V.
    2014 Ecology (Date Added: 2015-01-12)

    22- Applying evolutionary concepts to wildlife disease ecology and management
    Vander Wal, Eric, Garant, Dany, Calmé, Sophie, Chapman, Colin A., Festa-Bianchet, Marco, Millien, Virginie, Rioux-Paquette, Sébastien, Pelletier, Fanie
    2014 Evolutionary Applications (Date Added: 2014-09-11)

    21- Climate change and habitat fragmentation drive the occurrence of Borrelia burgdorferi, the agent of Lyme disease, at the northeastern limit of its distribution
    Simon, Julie A., Marrotte, Robby R., Desrosiers, Nathalie, Fiset, Jessica, Gaitan, Jorge, Gonzalez, Andrew, Koffi, Jules K., Lapointe, Francois-Joseph, Leighton, Patrick A., Lindsay, Lindsay R., Logan, Travis, Milord, Francois, Ogden, Nicholas H., Rogic, Anita, Roy-Dufresne, Emilie, Suter, Daniel, Tessier, Nathalie, Millien, Virginie
    2014 Evolutionary Applications (Date Added: 2014-08-28)

    20- Ecological preference between generalist and specialist rodents: spatial and environmental correlates of phenotypic variation
    Martínez, Juan J., Millien, Virginie, Simone, Ivana, Priotto, José W.
    2014 Biological Journal of the Linnean Society (Date Added: 2014-05-01)

    19- The influence of environmental factors on the morphology of red-backed voles Myodes gapperi (Rodentia, Arvicolinae) in Québec and western Labrador
    Souto-Lima, Rodrigo B., Millien, Virginie
    2014 Biological Journal of the Linnean Society (Date Added: 2014-04-18)

    18- Climate warming and Bergmann's rule through time: is there any evidence?
    Teplitsky, Celine, Millien, Virginie
    2014 Evolutionary Applications (Date Added: 2014-01-30)

    17- Poleward Expansion of the White-Footed Mouse (Peromyscus leucopus) under Climate Change: Implications for the Spread of Lyme Disease
    Roy-Dufresne, Emilie, Logan, Travis, Simon, Julie A., Chmura, Gail L., Millien, Virginie
    2013 PLoS ONE (Date Added: 2014-03-24)

    16- Congruent morphological and genetic differentiation as a signature of range expansion in a fragmented landscape
    Ledevin, Ronan, Millien, Virginie
    2013 Ecology and Evolution (Date Added: 2013-12-05)

    15- Genetic structure of the white-footed mouse in the context of the emergence of Lyme disease in southern Québec
    Rogic, Anita, Tessier, Nathalie, Legendre, Pierre, Lapointe, François-Joseph, Millien, Virginie
    2013 Ecology and Evolution (Date Added: 2013-11-11)

    14- Investigation of the Population Structure of the Tick Vector of Lyme Disease Ixodes scapularis (Acari: Ixodidae) in Canada Using Mitochondrial Cytochrome C Oxidase Subunit I Gene Sequences
    Mechai, S., Feil, E. J., Gariepy, T. D., Gregory, T. R., Lindsay, L. R., Millien, V., Ogden, N. H.
    2013 Journal of Medical Entomology (Date Added: 2013-06-12)

    13-How humans influence evolution on adaptive landscapes
    Hendry, A.P., V. Millien, A. Gonzalez, and H.C.E. Larsson
    2012 The adaptive landscape in evolutionary biology ( Date Added: 2016-07-14)

    12- The maximal body mass-area relationship in island mammals
    Millien, Virginie, Gonzalez, Andrew
    2011 Journal of Biogeography (Date Added: 2011-07-26)

    11- Mammals evolve faster on smaller islands
    Millien, Virginie
    2011 Evolution (Date Added: 2011-06-01)

    10- When teeth and bones disagree: Body mass estimation of a giant extinct rodent
    Millien, V., Bovy, H.
    2010 Journal of Mammalogy (Date Added: 2011-07-21)

    9- The largest among the smallest: The body mass of the giant rodent Josephoartigasia monesi
    Millien, V.
    2008 Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences (Date Added: 2011-07-21)

    7- Morphological evolution is accelerated among island mammals
    Millien, V.
    2006 PLoS Biology (Date Added: 2011-07-21)

    6- Ecotypic variation in the context of global climate change: Revisiting the rules
    Millien, V., Kathleen Lyons, S., Olson, L., Smith, F.A., Wilson, A.B., Yom-Tov, Y.
    2006 Ecology Letters (Date Added: 2011-07-21)

    3- Climate change and size evolution in an island rodent species: New perspectives on the island rule
    Millien, V., Damuth, J.
    2004 Evolution (Date Added: 2011-07-21)

    In the media
    Sign of the times: Morphing mice adapt to changing climate
    (Chipello, Chris) 2017-11-28

    Of mice and men? Change in rodents linked to climate change, McGill research shows
    (Shingler, Benjamin) 2017-11-28

    Changes in habitat and skull shape of two mouse species are signs of climate change
    (Schwartz, Susan) 2017-11-27

    Réchauffement: les souris québécoises se transforment
    (Mercure, Philippe) 2017-11-27

    As climate warms, mice morph
    2017-11-27

    Un lac universitaire au coeur de la réserve naturelle Gault
    (Beillargeon, Stéhpane) 2017-07-15

    Changement de garde à la réserve naturelle Gault
    (Guillet, Kathrine) 2017-03-20

    Attention aux Tiques cet été !
    (Pierre-Olivier Fortin) 2015-06-18

    Attention aux tiques cet été !
    (Journal de Montreal) 2015-06-13

    Maladie de Lyme
    Découverte (D'Astous, Claude) 2014-10-19

    Lyme disease growing increasingly common in Quebec
    Global News (Volstad, Sarah) 2014-08-20

    Lyme disease growing increasingly common in Quebec
    CanLyme 2014-08-20

    La maladie de Lyme prend de l'ampleur
    Radio-Canada 2014-08-13

    La maladie de Lyme se répand - Tiques - Lyme - Santé - Actualité - Le Journal de
    Le Journal de Montréal (Anne Caroline Desplanques) 2014-06-27

    Le parc du Mont-Saint-Bruno à risque - Le Journal de Saint-Bruno
    (Frédéric Khalkhal) 2014-06-16

    Des experts pressent Québec de se doter d’un plan de surveillance - Le Devoir
    Le Devoir (Amélie Daoust-Boisvert) 2014-06-14

    Maladie de Lyme - Faculty of Medicine - McGill University
    McGill 2014-06-14

    Toutes les conditions sont réunies
    Le Journal de Saint-Bruno et Saint-Basile (Khalkhal, Frédéric) 2013-11-13

    La maladie de Lyme s’étend au Québec
    Le Devoir (Daoust-Boisvert, Amélie) 2013-11-07

    Ticked Off: The Mystery of Lyme Disease
    The Nature of Things 2013-10-12

    Prévisions d'Ouranos
    Les années-lumière 2012-11-25

    Comment les souris transportent la maladie de Lyme
    Le Code Chastenay 2012-10-30

    La maladie de Lyme progresse avec les souris à pattes blanches
    Forum (Sauvé, Mathieu-Robert) 2011-12-05