Relève étoile Louis-Berlinguet 
August 2019

Vincent Fugère

Postdoctoral fellow in Biological Sciences
Université du Québec à Montréal

Award-winning publicationHuman influences on the strength of phenotypic selection

Published in: PNAS


The impact of humanity on the environment is accelerating the evolution of a number of species. Vincent Fugère's research explores whether this acceleration stems from the intensification of natural selection linked to human activity. Surprisingly, his findings reveal that selection is slight among affected populations, with the exception of certain commercially fished species. This may be explained, in part, by the trend among researchers to study species that fare well in habitats that have been modified by humans. The main impact of the work will be to guide future research and gather the data required to better understand human-induced evolution.