René Malenfant received his Ph.D. in Systematics and Evolution from the University of Alberta in 2016. For his Ph.D. research, he used high-throughput DNA sequencing to develop a medium-density genotyping array for polar bears, and applied it to population genomics and genetic association studies.
Prior to studying polar bears, René researched sonar beamforming at the Department of National Defence, harassed right whales in the Bay of Fundy, and developed genetic resources for white-tailed deer and Sable Island grey seals. He is also on the editorial board of JMdict—one of the largest and most widely used Japanese–English dictonaries.
René's research interests include all aspects of molecular ecology, particularly practical aspects that are relevant to management and conservation. Therefore, his research interests include population genetics, quantitative genetics, phylogenetics, bioinformatics, and statistics.