Mathilde Tissier

Bishop’s University
Postdoctoral fellow candidate

Supervisor: Patrick Bergeron
Denis Réale
Garant, Dany, Université de Sherbrooke
Start: 2018-07-15
End: 2021-01-15
Personal page
Personal page 2


Nutrition, personality and life history strategies in Eastern chipmunks
Understanding how among-individual variation in behavior is maintained in populations is a major objective in behavioral ecology and personality psychology. As part of the ‘pace-of-life syndrome’ hypothesis (POLS), studies have shown that personality is linked to individuals reproductive strategies, metabolic rate and survival, and could therefore be considered as part of more general life-history strategies. However, studies investigating for the links between personality, cognition and aging (important facet of the POLS hypothesis) are still lacking. I therefore developed this two-phase project in which I will first conduct a correlative study on the links between birth season, cognitive skills, personality, fecundity and aging in Eastern chipmunks (Tamias striatus). Secondly, I will investigate for the importance of food resources on the chipmunks POL by experimentally supplementing them with maple and beech seeds. These experiments will bring robust information on the links between seasonality, food resources, personality, cognition and aging.


life history traits, Train de vie/ Pace of life, Nutrients, senesence, Effort et succès reproducteur


1- Weeds as a predominant food source: a review of the diet of common hamsters Cricetus cricetus in farmlands and urban habitats
Tissier, Mathilde L., Stéphane Marchandeau, Caroline Habold, Yves Handrich, Julien Eidenschenck, Charlotte Kourkgy
2019 Mammal Review

2- Captive-reared European hamsters follow an offensive strategy during risk-assessment
Mathilde L. Tissier, Christophe A. H. Bousquet, Julie Fleitz, Caroline Habold, Odile Petit, Yves Handrich

3- An anti-predation device to facilitate and secure the crossing of small mammals in motorway wildlife underpasses. (II) Validation with the European hamster under semi-natural conditions
Tissier, Mathilde L., Christophe A.H. Bousquet, Julie Fleitz, Nicolas Chatelain, Caroline Habold, Yves Handrich
2018 Ecological Engineering

4- A focus on the European hamster to illustrate how to monitor endangered species
KLETTY, Florian, Mathilde TISSIER, Charlotte KOURKGY, Fabrice CAPBER, Alexandre ZAHARIEV, Nicolas CHATELAIN, Julien COURTECUISSE, Yvon LE MAHO, Caroline HABOLD
2019 Integrative Zoology

5- Dietary proteins improve hibernation and subsequent reproduction in the European hamster, Cricetus cricetus
Weitten, Mathieu, Mathilde Louise Tissier, Jean-Patrice Robin, Caroline Habold
2018 American Journal of Physiology-Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology

6- Monocultural sowing in mesocosms decreases the species richness of weeds and invertebrates and critically reduces the fitness of the endangered European hamster
Tissier, Mathilde L., Florian Kletty, Yves Handrich, Caroline Habold
2017 Oecologia

7- Adaptations métaboliques et digestives des espèces hibernantes
Tissier, Mathilde Louise, Caroline Habold
2017 Cahiers de Nutrition et de Diététique

8- Diets derived from maize monoculture cause maternal infanticides in the endangered European hamster due to a vitamin B3 deficiency
Tissier, Mathilde L., Yves Handrich, Odeline Dallongeville, Jean-Patrice Robin, Caroline Habold
2017 Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences

9- An anti-predation device to facilitate and secure the crossing of small mammals in motorway wildlife underpasses. (I) Lab tests of basic design features
Tissier, Mathilde L., Jonathan Jumeau, Caroline Croguennec, Odile Petit, Caroline Habold, Yves Handrich
2016 Ecological Engineering

10- How maize monoculture and increasing winter rainfall have brought the hibernating European hamster to the verge of extinction
Tissier, Mathilde L., Yves Handrich, Jean-Patrice Robin, Mathieu Weitten, Paul Pevet, Charlotte Kourkgy, Caroline Habold
2016 Scientific Reports

11- Starting with a handicap: effects of asynchronous hatching on growth rate, oxidative stress and telomere dynamics in free-living great tits
Stier, Antoine, Sylvie Massemin, Sandrine Zahn, Mathilde L. Tissier, François Criscuolo
2015 Oecologia

12- Maternal Effects Underlie Ageing Costs of Growth in the Zebra Finch (Taeniopygia guttata)
Mathilde L. Tissier, Tony D. Williams, François Criscuolo
2014 PLoS ONE