Since May 2013, Louis has been part of the Research and Conservation Department at the Granby Zoo.  He feels very fortunate to work there as it allows him to be involved in many projects touching on different species, many of them being conducted outside the zoo grounds. Wildlife Preservation Canada is supporting one of the Zoo’s main conservation efforts, the recovery of the spiny softshell turtle (Apalone spinifera) in the Lake Champlain region, Québec.

Louis decided to become a biologist while on a school trip in Costa Rica. Being in touch with a tropical ecosystem was an eye-opening experience. In the following years, he obtained a Bachelor of Science in Biology (problem-based learning program) from Université du Québec à Montréal, a Master’s degree in International Ecology from Université de Sherbrooke and finally a Master of Science in Biology from The University of Western Ontario.

During his B.Sc., he chose the Ecology specialisation and gained knowledge on the eastern Canadian flora and fauna, spending a summer in the boreal forest studying the impact of tent-making caterpillar on aspen stands. He was also hired during two summers as an educator at Granby Zoo, introducing him to the importance of outreach and education in conservation efforts.

For his degree in International Ecology, Louis spent six months in Brazil. He took classes at the Universidade Federal de Pernambuco (Recife, Pernambuco) and conducted a research project on the role of peccaries (Tayassu pecari and Pecari tajacu) as seed dispersers or predators in forest fragments of the northeastern Atlantic rainforest.

Louis’ long-time fascination with bats led him in 2007 to Dr. Brock Fenton’s lab to study different echolocation behaviours in bats. He conducted research in Ontario, Taiwan and Belize as part of his M.Sc. Bat-related work also includes a year and a half at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, as a biologist working on cave monitoring and white-nose syndrome, and being a current member of the provincial bat recovery team in Québec.

Louis also worked as a substitute teacher in high schools in his hometown of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, and volunteered six months in Côte d’Ivoire, conducting fauna monitoring in the country’s protected areas.

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Gore, J.A., Lazure, L. and Ludlow, M.E. 2012. Decline in the winter population of Gray Bats (Myotis grisescens) in Florida. Southeastern Naturalist. 11(1):89-98.

Lazure, L. and Fenton, M.B. 2011. High duty cycle echolocation and prey detection by bats. Journal of Experimental Biology. 214(7):1131-1137.
+The Journal of Experimental Biology 2011 Highlights

Lazure, L., Bachand, M., Ansseau, C., and Almeida-Cortez, J. 2010. Fate of seeds consumed by white-lipped and collared peccaries (Tayassu pecari and Pecari tajacu) in the Atlantic rainforest, Brazil. Brazilian Journal of Biology. 70(1):47-53.

Orbach, D.N., Veselka, N., Dzal, Y., Lazure, L., and, Fenton, M.B. 2010. Drinking and Flying: Does Alcohol Consumption Affect the Flight and Echolocation Performance of Phyllostomid Bats? PLoS ONE 5(2): e8993. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0008993

Lazure, L. and Almeida-Cortez, J. 2006. Impact des mammifères néotropicaux sur les graines. Neotropical Biology and Conservation. 1(2):51-61.