Dr. Jesse N. Popp

Assistant professor

Dr. Jesse N. Popp

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(506) 939-2190
Avard-Dixon 311
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I specialize in wildlife ecology and Indigenous science.The objectives of my research are to contribute to ensuring sustainable wildlife populations while advancing understanding in areas underrepresented in ecology. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, and weaving Indigenous and Western science, my research investigates natural and anthropogenic disturbance impacts on wildlife, especially cultural keystone species.


Ph.D. Laurentian University – Boreal Ecology
M.Sc. Laurentian University – Biology
B.Sc. Laurentian University – Wildlife and Habitat Ecology


GENS 3991 Indigenous Peoples: Ecology, Science, and Technology (Fall)

GENS 4991 Seminars in Environmental Issues: Indigenous Perspectives (Winter)

ANTH 3031 Indigenous Knowledge Systems (Winter)


Popp, J.N., Priadka, P., and C. Kozmik. 2018. The rise of moose (Alces alces) co-management and incorporation of Indigenous Knowledge. Human Dimensions of Wildlife. 1-9.

Popp, J.N., and J. Hamr. 2018. Seasonal railway use by wildlife. Diversity, Special Issue: Impacts of Linear Infrastructures on Wildlife. 10.

Popp, J.N., Hamr, J., Chan, C., and F.F. Mallory. 2018.  Elk (Cervus elaphus) railway mortality in Ontario. Canadian Journal of Zoology. 96: 1066-1070. 

Popp, J.N. 2018. A/OFRC Moose Information System: Final Report. Anishinabek/Ontario Fisheries Resource Centre. Pp. 172.

Popp, J.N., Hamr, J., Larkin, J., and F.F. Mallory. 2018 .  Black bear (Ursus americanus) and wolf (Canis spp.) summer diet composition and ungulate prey selectivity in Ontario, Canada. Mammal Research. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13364-018-0368-y

Popp, J.N. 2017. Railways offer grain on a silver platter to wildlife, but at what cost? Animal Conservation. 20: 403-404.

Popp, J.N. and S.P. Boyle. 2017 . Railway ecology: Underrepresented in ecology? Basic and Applied Ecology. 19: 84-93.

Donovan, V.M. and J.N. Popp. 2017.   Linear corridors and predator movement dynamics in the Great Lakes Basin. In: Freedman, E., Neuzil, M. (Eds). Biodiversity, Conservation and Environmental Management in the Great Lakes Basin. Routledge.

Young M. and J.N. Popp. 2017. Moose monitoring methods: a review. Anishinabek/Ontario Fisheries Resource Centre. Pp. 22.

Young M. and J.N. Popp 2017. Jurisdictional scan: a report summarizing the moose monitoring, management, and harvest reporting methods of governments and First Nations in Canada. Anishinabek/Ontario Fisheries Resource Centre. Pp 46.

Popp J.N. 2017. A/OFRC Moose Information System Strategic Plan. Anishinabek/Ontario Fisheries Resource Centre. Pp. 16.

Popp, J.N. and V.M. Donovan. 2016. Fine scale tertiary road features influence wildlife use: A case study of two major North American predators. Animal Biology 66: 229-238.

Hamr, J., Popp, J.N., Brown, D. and F.F. Mallory. 2015. Problem behaviour of black bears (Ursus americanus) in central Ontario: the effects of hunting and natural food availability. Animal Biology. 65: 151-161.

Popp, J.N., Toman, T., Mallory, F.F. and J. Hamr. 2014. A century of elk restoration in eastern North America. Restoration Ecology. 22: 723-730.

Popp, J.N., McGeachy, D.N. and J. Hamr. 2013. Elk (Cervus elaphus) seasonal habitat selection in a heterogeneous forest structure. International Journal of Forestry Research. 2013: 1- 7.

Popp, J.N., Schaefer, J.A. and F.F. Mallory. 2011 .  Female site fidelity of the Mealy Mountain Caribou Herd (Rangifer tarandus caribou) of Labrador. Rangifer, Special Issue No. 19: 87-95.

Grants, awards, & honours

Adjunct Professor (2017 to present), Laurentian University

INAC Indigenous Community-Based Climate Monitoring Program (2018-2021), Integrating Traditional Knowledge and Science to Monitor the Implications of Climate Change on Culturally Significant and At-Risk Ecology of Indigenous Lands (Project Team Member)

NSERC Discovery Grant (2018-2023), The Influence of Natural and Anthropogenic Disturbance on Wildlife Diversity, Demographics, and Distributions

Canada/Ontario Resource Development Agreement (2018), Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Moose Monitoring and Management System

Laurentian University - Advancing Indigenous Research Fund (2017-2018),  Indigenous Knowledge and Wildlife Ecology

NSERC Aboriginal Ambassadors in the Natural Sciences and Engineering Award (2017), Engaging Indigenous Students in "Life as a Wildlife Biologist"

Laurentian University - Goodman School of Mines Course Support (2017), Indigenous Peoples: Ecology, Science, and Technology

Sudbury Elk Restoration Committee Research Support (2015-2016), Population Dynamics of Reintroduced Elk (Cervus elaphus) in Eastern North America

Laurentian University - Achievement of Women Award (2015), “To honour women who stand out because of their ability, their determination and their courage”

Laurentian University - Goodman School of Mines Course Support (2015), Indigenous Peoples: Ecology, Science, and Technology