University of Calgary

Paul Galpern

  • Associate Professor

Currently Teaching


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

Personal Statement

I am a landscape ecologist and a data scientist with a focus on questions in applied ecology and landscape planning. 

The main area of work in our lab is related to pollinator decline, particularly how to ensure the resilience of pollination ecosystem services in agricultural contexts and under climate change.  Our findings--that bumble bees have been impacted by climate change--published in the leading journal Science, were covered by over 400 international media outlets including The New York Times, The Guardian (UK), Washington Post, and The Globe And Mail. 

We have two ongoing field projects aimed at studying what is happening to pollinators in (1) prairie agroecosystems and (2) alpine ecosystems.  We are also working on conservation and landscape planning in the boreal forest (related to woodland caribou), and in theoretical and applied landscape genetics.

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

When we can, we take an informatics approach:  collecting, using and managing big data streams to answer key ecological and urban questions.

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 Work

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.

Contact Information

Phone: 403-220-7436


Room: PF 3192

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