Royal Society of Canada Elects Two Carleton University Academics as Fellows

Two Carleton University professors have been recognized with one of Canadian academia’s highest honours for Canadian research excellence. Donald Beecher and Lenore Fahrig were elected as Fellows to the Royal Society of Canada (RSC) on Sept. 7, 2016.

“On behalf of the Carleton community, I am delighted to congratulate professors Beecher and Fahrig on their recognition by the Royal Society of Canada,” said Nimal Rajapakse, Vice-President (Research and International). “Their election to fellowship is a testament to their long careers as outstanding researchers and our strong commitment to research excellence.”

Lenore Fahrig, a faculty member in the Faculty of Science’s Department of Biology expressed thanks to her peers for the fellowship.

“It is extremely gratifying to receive this recognition from the Canadian research community,” she said. “I am tremendously grateful to all levels of the university administration for the various forms of support I have received for my research program over the past 25 years. I also feel incredibly thankful for the steady stream of dedicated, smart and entertaining graduate students and postdocs who have shared my research journey.”

Canadian Research Excellence

Prof. Fahrig’s research focus is on landscape structure and its impact on biodiversity. Her work examines the effects of human activities, such as road building and agricultural operations, on the habitat of different organisms, as well as mitigation measures to limit negative impacts on species. She currently serves as a director of Carleton’s Geomatics and Landscape Ecology Research Laboratory.

Donald Beecher is a faculty member in the Department of English Language and Literature in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

“It is gratifying to have a nod of approbation from peers after a long and lucky career,” he said. “I’m looking forward to participating in the scholarly and advisory activities of the society as a new intellectual challenge, and I’m hoping that all my colleagues can join in my enthusiasm.”

Prof. Beecher’s academic work has included the translation and scholarly editing of numerous Renaissance works. His research interests involve early English prose fiction, English and continental Renaissance drama, Renaissance folk tales, and the implications of cognitive sciences for the production and reception of literature.

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