Gilles Bourgoin

Gilles Bourgoin

AgreenSkills session, year: 2nd session, 2016

Receiving laboratory: Gilleard lab, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Calgary, Canada

Country of origin : France




Mobility project

Investigating the transmission of Haemonchus contortus between domestic sheep and wild cervids and its potential role in the translocation of anthelmintic resistance mutations between geographical sites

In many parts of the world, livestock and wild mammals share grazing areas, allowing cross-transmission of pathogens, including gastro-intestinal (GI) nematodes. We need to improve our knowledge of the epidemiology of parasitism at the domestic-wildlife interface in order to propose appropriate and sustainable management strategies. Haemonchus contortus is the most common and pathogenic parasitic nematode species of small ruminants worldwide and is a major threat to both domestic livestock and wildlife. This parasite can infect a wide range of ungulates and is an interesting model in which to examine a variety of aspects of livestock-wildlife parasite interactions. Transmission of H. contortus from domestic sheep is potentially a major threat to a number of wildlife species and, conversely, infected wildlife presents a potential mechanism for the translocation of anthelmintic resistant parasites between locations. Southern Alberta is an excellent site in which to address some key questions. Anthelmintic drug resistant H. contortus has emerged as a major pathogen of domestic sheep in this region relatively recently (last 10 years) and sheep pastures are often ranged by wild cervids including white-tailed and mule deer. There are also locations where cervids have no access to sheep pastures providing excellent control populations. Our project aims to use a number of molecular genetic approaches to: (1) investigate the extent of cross-transmission of H. contortus between domestic sheep and wild cervids in southern Alberta, and (2) investigate the role of wild cervids as vectors of anthelmintic resistant H. contortus spread between domestic sheep flocks in southern Alberta.

Biography & research interests

After my veterinary studies, I have decided to continue in research with a master 2 (2004-2005) and a PhD (2005-2008) in ecology. My research during this period focused on the relationships between wild ungulates and their environment, and especially on their time and space use variations in response to resources availability and climatic conditions.
Since 2008, I’m an assistant professor in parasitology at VetAgro Sup – Lyon. I spend half of my time teaching parasitology and supervising vet students. I continue to focus my research on animal behaviour and added additional thematic on host—environment-parasite interactions in wildlife.

Selected publications

1. Marchand, P., Garel, M., Bourgoin, G., Duparc, A., Dubray, D., Maillard, D. & Loison, A. (2016) Combining familiarity and landscape features helps break down the barriers between movements and home ranges in a non-territorial large herbivore. Journal of Animal Ecology.
2. Marchand P, Garel M, Bourgoin G, Dubray D, Maillard D, Loison A (2015) Coupling scale-specific habitat selection and activity reveals sex-specific food/cover trade-offs in a large herbivore, Animal Behaviour, vol. 102 pp.169-187.
3. Marchand P, Garel M, Bourgoin G, Dubray D, Maillard D, Loison A (2015) Sex-specific adjustments in habitat selection contribute to buffer mouflon against summer conditions, Behavioral Ecology, vol. 26 pp.472-482.
4. Darmon G, Bourgoin G, Marchand P, Garel M, Dubray D, Jullien JM, Loison A (2014) Do ecologically close species shift their daily activities when in sympatry? A test on chamois in the presence of mouflon, Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, vol. 111 pp.621-626.
5. Jego M, Ferte H, Gaillard JM, Klein F, Crespin L, Gilot-Fromont E, Bourgoin G (2014) A comparison of the physiological status in parasitized roe deer (Capreolus capreolus) from two different populations, Veterinary Parasitology, vol. 205 pp.717-720.
6. Jego M, Lemaitre JF, Bourgoin G, Capron G, Warnant C, Klein F, Gilot-Fromont E, Gaillard JM (2014) Haematological parameters do senesce in the wild: evidence from different populations of a long-lived mammal, Journal of Evolutionary Biology, vol. 27 pp.2745-52.
7. Marchand P, Garel M, Bourgoin G, Dubray D, Maillard D, Loison A (2014) Impacts of tourism and hunting on a large herbivore’s spatio-temporal behavior in and around a French protected area, Biological Conservation, vol. 177 pp.1-11.
8. Marchand P, Garel M, Bourgoin G, Michel P, Maillard D, Loison A (2014) Habitat-related variation in carcass mass of a large herbivore revealed by combining hunting and GPS data, The Journal of Wildlife Management, vol. 78 pp.657-670.
9. Bourgoin G, Garel M, Blanchard P, Dubray D, Maillard D, Gaillard J-M (2011) Daily responses of mouflon (Ovis gmelini musimon × Ovis sp.) activity to summer climatic conditions, Canadian Journal of Zoology, vol. 89 pp.765-773.
10. Bourgoin G, Garel M, Dubray D, Maillard D, Gaillard J-M (2009) What determines global positioning system fix success when monitoring free-ranging mouflon?, European Journal of Wildlife Research, vol. 55 pp.603-613.
11. Saïd S, Gaillard J-M, Widmer O, Débias F, Bourgoin G, Delorme D, Roux C (2009) What shapes intra-specific variation in home range size? A case study of female roe deer, Oikos, vol. 118 pp.1299-1306.
12. Bourgoin G, Garel M, Van Moorter B, Dubray D, Maillard D, Marty E, Gaillard J-M (2008) Determinants of seasonal variation in activity patterns of mouflon, Canadian Journal of Zoology, vol. 86(12) pp.1410-1418.