University of Alberta

Jamie Gorrell

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Present: Postdoc Researcher, University of Alberta
2013: Ph.D. Ecology, University of Alberta
2006: M.Sc. Biology, Laurentian University
2004: B.Sc. (Hons.) Biology, Wilfrid Laurier University

Summary project

The Kluane Red Squirrel Project has been studying the ecology and evolution of red squirrels for 25 years. Using both field and genetic analyses, we are studying a long-term pedigree population to answer a suite of evolutionary questions. 


Williams CT, Gorrell JC, Lane JE, McAdam AG, Humphries MM, Boutin S. 2013. Communal nesting in an ‘asocial’ mammal: social thermoregulation among spatially dispersed kin. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology. 67:757–763. doi: 10.1007/s00265-013-1499-4

Gorrell, J.C., Boutin, S., Raveh, S., Neuhaus, P., Côté, S.D., Coltman, D.W. 2012. Sexing the Sciuridae: A simple and accurate set of molecular methods to determine sex in tree squirrels, ground squirrels and marmots.Molecular Ecology Resources. 12: 806-809. doi: 10.1111/j.1755-0998.2012. 03165.x

Taylor, R.W., Boon, A.K., Dantzer, B.J., Réale, D., Humphries, M.M., Boutin, S., Gorrell, J.C., Coltman, D.W., McAdam, A.G. 2012. Low heritabilities of personality traits, but genetic and maternal behaviour correlations in red squirrels. Journal of Evolutionary Biology. 25: 614-624.doi: 10.1111/j.1420-9101.2012. 02456.x

Laurence, S., Coltman, D.W., Gorrell, J.C., Schulte-Hostedde, A.I. 2011. Genetic structure of muskrat (Ondatra zibethicus) and its concordance with taxonomy in North America.Journal of Heredity. 102: 688-696.doi:10.1093/jhered/ esr071

Raveh, S., Heg, D., Dobson, F.S., Coltman, D.W., Gorrell, J.C., Balmer, A., Röösli, S., Neuhaus, P. 2011. No experimental effects of parasite load on male mating behavior and reproductive success. Animal Behaviour.82: 673-682.doi:10.1016/j.anbehav. 2011.06.018.

Raveh, S., Heg, D., Dobson, F.S., Coltman, D.W., Gorrell, J.C., Balmer, A., Neuhaus, P. 2011. Male reproductive tactics to increase paternity in the polygynandrous Columbian ground squirrel (Urocitellus columbianus).Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology65: 695-706. doi: 10.1007/s00265-010-1071-4

McFarlane, S.E., Lane, J.E., Taylor, R.W., Gorrell, J.C., Coltman, D.W., Humphries, M.M., Boutin, S., McAdam, A.G. 2011. The heritability of multiple male mating in a promiscuous mammal. Biology Letters7: 368-371.doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2010.1003

Gorrell, J.C., McAdam, A.G., Coltman, D.W., Humphries, M.M. and Boutin, S.2010. Adopting kin enhances inclusive fitness in asocial red squirrels. Nature Communications. 1:22.doi: 10.1038/ncomms1022

Raveh, S., Heg, D., Dobson, F.S., Coltman, D.W., Gorrell, J.C., Balmer, A., Neuhaus, P. 2010. Mating order and reproductive success in male Columbian ground squirrels (Urocitellus columbianus)Behavioral Ecology.21(3): 537-547. doi: 10.1093/beheco/arq004

Gorrell, J.C. and Schulte-Hostedde, A.I. 2008. Patterns of parasitism and body size in red squirrels (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus). Canadian Journal of Zoology. 86(2): 99-107. doi: 10.1139/Z07-123

Dr. David Coltman, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta


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