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Lenore Fahrig elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada

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The Faculty of Science congratulates Department of Biology professor Lenore Fahrig, who was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, as announced by the Royal Society in a statement released on September 7.

Fahrig was elected along with 88 new fellows, including Carleton University's Donald Beecher, of the Department of English Language and Literature.

“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.”

Elected under the Life Sciences division, the Royal Society described Fahrig as " a world leader at the interface of landscape ecology and conservation biology. She introduced the concept of habitat connectivity, and produced the first evidence for wildlife movement corridors. She showed that habitat loss effects are much stronger than habitat fragmentation effects, causing a paradigm shift in habitat fragmentation research and application. Her work has also profoundly influenced the fields of road ecology and sustainable agricultural landscapes."

“It is extremely gratifying to receive this recognition from the Canadian research community,” said Fahrig. “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.”

Election to the academies of the Royal Society of Canada is the highest honour a scholar can achieve in the Arts, Humanities and Sciences.