Concordia University


Emma Despland, PhD

Associate Professor, Biology

Office: L-SP 437-05 
Richard J. Renaud Science Complex,
7141 Sherbrooke W.
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 3426


D.Phil. (Oxford)

Research interests

My research focusses on individual behaviour in
plant-insect interactions, and its role in
population-level processes. Most of my work to
date has concentrated on two outbreaking insect species: the forest tent caterpillar and the desert locust.

Sabbatical work, 2008-09

Teaching activities

Invertebrate Diversity
Techniques in Ecology
Advanced Techniques in Ecology


Despland, E. (2013) Plasticity of collective behavior in a nomadic early spring folivore. Frontiers in Physiology, 4(54):1-11.

Despland, E., Humire, R. and San Martín, S. (2012) Species richness and phenology of butterflies along an altitude gradient in the desert of Northern Chile. Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research, 44(4):423-431.

McClure, M., Ralph, M. and Despland, E. (2011) Group leadership depends on energetic state in a nomadic collective foraging caterpillar. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 65(8):1573-1579.

Despland, E., Gundersen, M., Daoust, S.P., Mader, B.J., Delvas, N., Albert, P.J. and Bauce, E. (2011) Taste receptor activity and feeding behaviour reveal mechanisms of white spruce natural resistance to Eastern spruce budworm Choristoneura fumiferana. Physiological Entomology, 36(1):39-46.

Colasurdo, N., Gélinas, Y. and Despland, E. (2009) Larval nutrition affects life history traits in a capital breeding moth. Journal of Experimental Biology, 212(12):1794-1800.

Buhl, J., Sumpter, D.J.T., Couzin, I.D., Hale, J.J., Despland, E., Miller, E.R. and Simpson, S.J. (2006) From disorder to order in marching locusts. Science, 312(5778):1402-1406.

Despland, E. and Simpson, S.J. (2006) Resource distribution mediates synchronization of physiological rhythms in locust groups. Proceedings of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences, 273:1517-1522.

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