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Albrecht Schulte-Hostedde

Albrecht Schulte-Hostedde

Full Professor

School of Natural Sciences
Science, Engineering and Architecture
S-614, Science Building Sudbury Campus


I am a behavioural and evolutionary ecologist working at the interface of behaviour, evolution, ecological genetics, life-history and physiology. My students and I integrate intense field research on marked wildlife populations with molecular markers and other lab-oriented techniques to examine issues related to a) the fitness consequences of phenotypic and genotypic variation, and b) factors influencing patterns of gene flow across populations. Our group collaborates extensively with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and the Toronto Zoo. Taxonomically, my focus is mammals, but my students and I have worked on an array of taxa including fish, amphibians, squamates, turtles, birds and insects. As Canada Research Chair in Applied Evolutionary Ecology, my research also encompasses areas of conservation interest, including the effects of domesticated populations on closely-related wild species, the effects of urbanization on selection in natural populations, and the evolutionary ecology of captive zoo populations.I serve on the Board of Directors for the Algonquin Wildlife Research Station in Algonquin Park, Associate Editor for the journal Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, and as the representative for the Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution and Board member on the Canadian Council for Animal Care. Students that have graduated from our research group have gone on to graduate studies at other institutions (e.g. Univ Alberta, Dalhousie Univ, Univ Windsor, McMaster Univ) or work in the public (Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, Parks Canada) and private sector (environmental consultants).

Recently, I established the Centre for Evolutionary Ecology and Ethical Conservation with colleagues Drs. Brett Buchanan, Gillian Crozier, David Lesbarreres, and Jackie Litzgus. Check us out at

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  • BSc - University of Western Ontario '94
  • MSc - University of Guelph '97
  • PhD - University of Western Ontario '02
  • NSERC PDF - Queen's University 2002-2003

Academic Appointments

Director - Centre for Evolutionary Ecology and Ethical Conservation
Member - Terrestrial Mammal Subcommittee - Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC)
Board Member - Canadian Council for Animal Care
Vice-Chair - Algonquin Wildlife Research Station
Associate Editor - Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology
Associated Editor - Wildlife Research

On The Web

Evolutionary and Behavioural ecology of Vertebrates Lab

Centre for Evolutionary Ecology and Ethical Conservation


Major areas of research interest include causes and consequences of sexual selection, host-parasite interactions, and patterns of gene flow in heterogeneous environments. From an applied perspective, we are interested in the effects of domestic populations on wild relatives, the effects of anthropogenic environments on selection in wildlife, and the consequences of captivity on zoo populations.


  • Canada Research Chair (Tier II) - Applied Evolutionary Ecology
  • Early Researcher Award - Ontario


BIOL 3006 - Evolutionary Biology


  • Van Leuwen, P., N. Mykytczuk, G. Mastromonaco, and A.I. Schulte-Hostedde. 2020. Effects of captivity, diet and relocation on the gut bacterial communities of white-footed mice. Ecology and Evolution. 10: 4677-4690.
  • Veitch, J.S.M., J. Bowman, and A.I. Schulte-Hostedde. 2020. Parasite species co-occurrence patterns on Peromyscus: Joint species distribution modelling.  International Journal for Parasitology: Parasites and Wildlife. 12: 199-206.
  • Pyott, B., and A.I. Schulte-Hostedde. 2020. Peer-reviewed scientific contributions from Canadian zoos and aquariums. FACETS Journal. 5: 381–392
  • Schmidt, E., N. Mykytczuk, and A.I. Schulte-Hostedde. 2019. Effects of the captive and wild environment on diversity of the gut microbiome of deer mice (Peromyscus maniculatus). ISME Journal. 13: 1293–1305.
  • Schulte-Hostedde, A.I, Z. Mazal, C. Jardine, and J. Gagnon. 2018. Enhanced access to anthropogenic food waste is related to hyperglycemia in raccoons (Procyon lotor). Conservation Physiology. coy026.
  • Lyons, J., G. Mastromonaco, D.B. Edwards, and A.I. Schulte-Hostedde. 2017. Fat and happy in the city: Eastern chipmunks in urban environments. Behavioral Ecology. 28: 1464-1471.