University of Calgary

New Vice-President (Research) appointed

Submitted by darmstro on Wed, 2011-05-11 13:21.

Internationally-renowned ecologist Dr. Edward McCauley returns to the University of Calgary

May 11, 2011

University of Calgary President Dr. Elizabeth Cannon announced today that Dr. Edward McCauley has been appointed the university’s new Vice-President (Research), effective July 1, 2011.

McCauley is an internationally-recognized scholar and researcher with a long and distinguished career as a leader in developing innovative, interdisciplinary research centres, partnerships and projects.  He is one of the world’s foremost researchers in the field of population ecology, with a particular focus on water issues.  He was a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences from 1985 to 2009 at the University of Calgary, and returns to Alberta from his current role as Director of the prestigious National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB).  He is also a professor in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology at UCSB.

“Ed McCauley is the ideal candidate for Vice-President (Research) as we embark on our new strategic plan and build on our existing research strengths to become one of Canada’s top research-intensive universities,” said Cannon.  “He has a track record of cultivating broad-based, long-term relationships with industry, community, and government at all levels nationally and internationally -- a critical focus for the university as we work towards creating new models of commercialization, attracting and retaining the world’s best researchers, and enhancing our reputation across Canada and around the world.”

“The University of Calgary has tremendous scholars in all faculties, and as Vice-President (Research) I hope to inspire a shared vision of discovery and innovation that will significantly enhance our contributions provincially, nationally, and internationally,” said McCauley.  “I am looking forward to working with our community of enthusiastic partners, and our highly creative students, faculty and staff to promote breakthrough research at the University of Calgary.”

McCauley is the recipient of numerous research awards and accolades.  He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, a former Tier 1 Canada Research Chair, and has held several distinguished international visiting professorships, most recently the “Le Studium International Professorship” at the Institute for Advanced Studies in France.  He has been awarded many Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) grants, and was amongst the first recipients of NSERC’s Discovery Accelerator Award.  He has served on several national panels, for the Canada Research Chairs program and NSERC grant selection committees, and is a highly sought-after external peer reviewer across North America.

In 2003 McCauley was a founding Co-Director of the Alberta Ingenuity Centre for Water Research, which brought together researchers from science, engineering, law and social sciences to tackle fundamental issues related to water.  The success of the Centre helped to create the Alberta Ingenuity Water Research Institute, which has engaged scholars from many disciplines within the province, and nationally and internationally.

McCauley was also the Project Leader and Principal Investigator for the Advancing Canada’s Wastewater Assets (ACWA) Project – a unique partnership between the University of Calgary and the City of Calgary to lead the world in advanced wastewater treatment.  One of the largest research infrastructure projects undertaken at the University of Calgary, this facility will be built at Calgary’s Pine Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant and will be the only place in the world where research on natural stream systems is integrated with treatment technology in a controlled environment.  The $30 million project is funded by CFI, the Government of Alberta, the City of Calgary, and a variety of other funders.
McCauley received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. from the University of Ottawa and his Ph.D. from McGill University, and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at UCSB.

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