University of Calgary

Paul Galpern

  • Associate Professor
  • Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Personal statement

I am a landscape ecologist with research interests related to conservation, pollinators and other beneficial insects.  Our research has a primary focus on crop-dominated prairie agroecosystems, with additional research in mountain and urban landscapes. Work in our lab often has a strong quantitative focus.

Our conservation interests relate to the resilience of pollination ecosystem services in agricultural contexts and under climate change.  Notably our findings--that bumble bees have been impacted by climate change--were published in the leading journal Science, and were covered by over 400 international media outlets including The New York Times, The Guardian (UK), Washington Post, and The Globe And Mail. In Prairie cropping systems our research strives to find "win-wins" for conservation and agriculture through the valuation of non-farmed spaces within fields in terms of the beneficial insects and other ecosystem services they may host.

On the urban side of things, we have a project that crowdsources GPS data from smartphones to model walkability in Calgary. 

Please visit our lab website for more information about current projects: 

Potential graduate students with overlapping research interests are encouraged to get in touch.


Selected publications

Kerr, J.T., Pindar, A., Galpern, P., Packer, L., Potts, S.G., Roberts, S.M., Schweiger, O., Colla, S.R., Richardson, L.L., Wagner, D.L., Gall, L.F., Sikes, D.S., Pantoja, A.  2015.  Climate change impacts on bumblebees converge across continents. Science.  349:177-180.

Galpern, P., Peres-Neto, P.R., Polfus, J, Manseau, M. 2014. MEMGENE: Spatial pattern detection in genetic distance data. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 5:1116-1120.

Galpern, P., and M. Manseau. 2013. Finding the functional grain:  comparing methods for scaling resistance surfaces. Landscape Ecology 28:1269-1281.

Galpern, P., and M. Manseau. 2013. Modelling the influence of landscape connectivity on animal distribution:  a functional grain approach. Ecography 36:1001-1016.

Galpern, P., M. Manseau, P. J. Wilson. 2012. Grains of connectivity:  analysis at multiple spatial scales in landscape genetics. Molecular Ecology 21:3996-4009.

Galpern, P., M. Manseau, P. Hettinga, K. Smith, P.J. Wilson. 2012. ALLELEMATCH: an R package for identifying unique multilocus genotypes where genotyping error and missing data may be present. Molecular Ecology Resources 12:771-778.

Galpern, P., M. Manseau, A. Fall. 2011. Patch-based graphs of landscape connectivity: a guide to construction, analysis, and application for conservation. Biological Conservation 144:44-55.


B.Sc. (U. Toronto), M.Sc. (U. Toronto), B.Ed. (U. Toronto), Ph.D. (U. Manitoba)

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