Welcome to Fortin's Lab

Fortin's Lab focuses on conservation biology issues. We investigate how ecological processes and environmental factors affect species persistence, species dispersal and species range dynamics.

Our research is at the interface of several disciplines (spatial ecology, conservation, forest ecology, disturbance ecology, community ecology, landscape genetics, spatial epidemiology, spatial statistics, spatially-explicit modeling, and network theory) where the most important challenging problems lie.

Looking for prospective PhD Students

I am looking for a PhD student in landscape genetics/genomics to join a research team studying population genomics of arctic seabirds (abstract below). The PhD student will be part of an NSERC Strategic project to aid conservation and management of several species.
Applicants must a strong background in evolution and/or ecology with skill/interest in analytical analysis. The successful applicant will join a dynamic group of faculty and students studying ecology and
evolution at the University of Toronto (http://www.eeb.utoronto.ca/).
Please send a resume or curriculum vitae, informal transcript, and contact information for two academic references to Dr. Fortin (mariejosee.fortin@utoronto.ca). The position will start September 2017.


  • Congratulations to Dr. Emily Darling as she received the 2017 CSEE Early Career Award! Well Deserved.
  • Congratulations to Dr. Colin Daniel!
  • Congratulations to Dr. Alexandre Martensen!
  • Marie-Josee Fortin was the plenary speaker at the 2016 Quebec Centre for Biodivesity Science Symposium (McGill U, Montreal).
  • Marie-Josee Fortin was awared a Canadian Research Chair - CRC Tier 1 in Spatial Ecology.
  • Marie-Josee Fortin is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada - FRSC.
  • Cassidy D'Aloia, Ilona Naujokaitis-Lewis, and Marie-Josee Fortin funded CIEE working group on Protected Areas will be held their second meeting December 5-7,, 2016 at UofT.
  • Welcome to Stephen MacFarlane as new PhD student.

R pacakge

PattternClass: New R package testing landscape/class metrics significance

2017 papers -- Congratulations to:


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