Dr Jamie Gorrell

Postdoctoral Fellow - School of Environmental and Rural Science

Jamie Gorrell


  • Doctorate of Philosophy, Specializing in Ecology, University of Alberta
  • Master of Science, Specializing in Biology, Laurentian University
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours), Majoring in Biology, Wilfrid Laurier University

Research Interests

My expertise in wildlife genetics includes but is not limited to the following topics:

Mark-recapture population size estimation, effective population size, genetic diversity, relatedness, inbreeding, parentage, adoption, pedigree reconstruction, reproductive success and fitness, population structure, population assignment, migration, isolation by distance, landscape genetics, barriers to movement, phylogeography, phylogenetics.


Wilson DR, Goble AR, Boutin S, Humphries MM, Coltman DW, Gorrell JC, Shonfield J, McAdam AG. 2015. Red squirrels use territorial vocalizations for kin discrimination. Animal Behaviour. doi:10.1016/j.anbehav.2015.06.011

Janes JK, Roe AD, Rice AV, Gorrell JC, Coltman DW, Langor DW, Sperling FAH. 2015. Polygamy and an absence of fine-scale structure in Dendroctonus ponderosae (Hopk.) (Coleoptera: Curcilionidae) confirmed using molecular markers. Heredity. doi:10.1038/hdy.2015.71

McFarlane SE, Gorrell JC, Coltman DW, Humphries MM, Boutin S, McAdam AG. 2015. The nature of nurture in a wild mammal’s fitness. Proceedings of the Royal Society B. doi:10.1098/rspb.2014.2422

Lane JE, McAdam AG, Charmantier A, Humphries MM, Coltman DW, Gorrell JC, Boutin S. 2015. Post-weaning parental care increases fitness but is not heritable in North American red squirrels. Journal of Evolutionary Biology. 28:1203-1212. doi:10.1111/jeb.12633

Fletcher QE, Speakman JR, Boutin S, Lane JE, McAdam AG, Gorrell JC, Coltman DW, Humphries MM. 2015. Daily energy expenditure during lactation is strongly selected but is not heritable in a free-living mammal. Functional Ecology. 29:195-208. doi:10.1111/1365-2435.12313

McFarlane SE, Gorrell JC, Coltman DW, Humphries MM, Boutin S, McAdam AG. 2014. Very low levels of direct additive genetic variance in fitness and fitness components in a red squirrel population. Ecology and Evolution. 4:1729–1738. doi:10.1002/ece3.982

Williams CT, Gorrell JC, Lane JE, McAdam AG, Humphries MM, Boutin S. 2013. Communal nesting in an ‘asocial’ mammal: social thermoregulation among spatially dispersed kin. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology.67:757–763. doi:10.1007/s00265-013-1499-4

Gorrell JC, Boutin S, Raveh S, Neuhaus P, Côté SD, Coltman DW. 2012. Sexing the Sciuridae: A simple and accurate set of molecular methods to determine sex in tree squirrels, ground squirrels and marmots. Molecular Ecology Resources. 12:806–809. doi:10.1111/j.1755-0998.2012.03165.x

Taylor RW, Boon AK, Dantzer BJ, Réale D, Humphries MM, Boutin S, Gorrell JC, Coltman DW, McAdam AG. 2012. Low heritabilities of personality traits, but genetic and maternal behaviour correlations in red squirrels. Journal of Evolutionary Biology. 25:614–624. doi: 10.1111/j.1420-9101.2012.02456.x

Gorrell JC.2011. The Kindness of Squirrels. Greater Good Magazine, University of California, Berkeley. Invited article.

Laurence S, Coltman DW, Gorrell JC, Schulte-Hostedde AI. 2011. Genetic structure of muskrat (Ondatra zibethicus) and its concordance with taxonomy in North America. Journal of Heredity. 102:688–696. doi:10.1093/jhered/esr071

Raveh S, Heg D, Dobson FS, Coltman DW, Gorrell JC, Balmer A, Röösli S, Neuhaus P. 2011. No experimental effects of parasite load on male mating behavior and reproductive success. Animal Behaviour. 82:673–682. doi:10.1016/j.anbehav.2011.06.018

Raveh S, Heg D, Dobson FS, Coltman DW, Gorrell JC, Balmer A, Neuhaus P. 2011. Male reproductive tactics to increase paternity in the polygynandrous Columbian ground squirrel (Urocitellus columbianus). Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology. 65: 695–706. doi:10.1007/s00265-010-1071-4

McFarlane SE, Lane JE, Taylor RW, Gorrell JC, Coltman DW, Humphries MM, Boutin S, McAdam AG. 2011. The heritability of multiple male mating in a promiscuous mammal. Biology Letters. 7:368–371. doi:10.1098/rsbl.2010.1003

Gorrell JC, McAdam AG, Coltman DW, Humphries MM, Boutin S. 2010. Adopting kin enhances inclusive fitness in asocial red squirrels. Nature Communications. 1:22. doi:10.1038/ncomms1022

Radio interviews I conducted: CBC Quirks & Quarks, CBC Edmonton AM, CBC Calgary Eyeopener, CBC North Midday Cafe, CHED Edmonton News Window On The World, CHON News Yukon

Raveh S, Heg D, Dobson FS, Coltman DW, Gorrell JC, Balmer A, Neuhaus P. 2010. Mating order and reproductive success in male Columbian ground squirrels (Urocitellus columbianus). Behavioral Ecology. 21:537–547. doi:10.1093/beheco/arq004

Gorrell JC, Schulte-Hostedde AI. 2008. Patterns of parasitism and body size in red squirrels (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus). Canadian Journal of Zoology. 86:99–107. doi:10.1139/Z07-123