Lisa Jacquin

McGill University
Postdoctoral fellow candidate

Supervisor: Andrew Hendry
Simon Reader, McGill University
Start: 2012-09-01
End: 2013-09-29
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Effects of parasites on behavioural diversity
The aim of this project is to better understand the evolutionary consequences of parasites on animal cognition and behavioral strategies. Indeed, parasite avoidance behaviors are critical in determining infection and survival of hosts evolving in parasitized environments. However, such behaviors require cognitive abilities, such as recognition and discrimination of conspecifics. We thus propose that parasites act as selective agents on behaviorail and cognitive traits and more specifically on i) their ability to discriminate infected conspecifics, ii) their sociability iii) and risk-taking behaviors. Moreover, we propose that such effects would iii) be modulated by inter-individual variability in physiological immune resistance, therefore influencing the evolution of personalities and life-history strategies in the wild.


host-parasite interactions, Behavioral Ecology, coevolution, evolutionary ecology, freshwater biology


1- Reproduction management affects breeding ecology and reproduction costs in feral urban Pigeons (Columba livia)
Jacquin, Lisa, Bernard Cazelles, Anne-Caroline Prévot-Julliard, Gérard Leboucher, Julien Gasparini
2010 Canadian Journal of Zoology

2- Does the carotenoid-based colouration of Polymorphus minutus facilitate its trophic transmission to definitive hosts?
2013 Parasitology

3- Color differences among feral pigeons (Columba livia) are not attributable to sequence variation in the coding region of the melanocortin-1 receptor gene (MC1R)
Derelle, Romain, Fyodor A Kondrashov, Vladimir Y Arkhipov, Hélène Corbel, Adrien Frantz, Julien Gasparini, Lisa Jacquin, Gwenaël Jacob, Sophie Thibault, Emmanuelle Baudry
2013 BMC Research Notes

4- A potential role for parasites in the maintenance of color polymorphism in urban birds
Jacquin, L., C. Récapet, A.-C. Prévot-Julliard, G. Leboucher, P. Lenouvel, N. Erin, H. Corbel, A. Frantz, J. Gasparini
2013 Oecologia

5- A Real-Time PCR Assay for the Detection of Atypical Strains of Chlamydiaceae from Pigeons
Aleksandar Zocevic, Fabien Vorimore, Nadia Vicari, Julien Gasparini, Lisa Jacquin, Konrad Sachse, Simone Magnino, Karine Laroucau
2013 PLoS ONE

6- Darker female pigeons transmit more specific antibodies to their eggs than do paler ones
Jacquin, Lisa, Claudy Haussy, Claire Bertin, Karine Laroucau, Julien Gasparini
2013 Biological Journal of the Linnean Society

7- Melanin-based coloration reflects alternative strategies to cope with food limitation in pigeons
Jacquin, L., C. Recapet, P. Bouche, G. Leboucher, J. Gasparini
2012 Behavioral Ecology

8- Prenatal and postnatal parental effects on immunity and growth in ‘lactating’ pigeons
Jacquin, Lisa, Lydie Blottière, Claudy Haussy, Samuel Perret, Julien Gasparini
2012 Functional Ecology

9- Impact of urban environment and host phenotype on the epidemiology of Chlamydiaceae in feral pigeons (Columba livia)
Gasparini, J., N. Erin, C. Bertin, L. Jacquin, F. Vorimore, A. Frantz, P. Lenouvel, K. Laroucau
2011 Environmental Microbiology

10- Melanin-based coloration is related to parasite intensity and cellular immune response in an urban free living bird: the feral pigeon Columba livia
Jacquin, Lisa, P Lenouvel, C Haussy, S Ducatez, J Gasparini
2011 Journal of Avian Biology