In recognition of their outstanding contributions to teaching and their exceptional research achievements, Faculty of Science professors Jeremy Kerr and Muralee Murugesu have both had their University Research Chair (URC) renewed for a five-year term.
“Scientific research at the University of Ottawa continues to build on its successes. The renewal of these two CRUs will make it possible for us to advance our latest discoveries in two fields of strategic importance to our institution—macroecology and nanotechnology," says Sylvain Charbonneau, Vice-President of Research.
Jeremy Kerr, Faculty of Science, University Research Chair in Macroecology and Conservation Biology
Professor Kerr’s research centres on how environmental changes across broad scales, like climate change, affect the distribution and conservation prospects of species. Much of his work focuses on bumblebees and butterflies.
“I will examine the relative roles of climate and land-use changes on species’ conservation prospects, testing whether extinction risk among crucial pollinators is predictable and examining how species’ traits affect responses to such global changes,” says Kerr.
Muralee Murugesu, Faculty of Science, University Research Chair in Nanotechnology
Professor Murugesu’s research focuses on developing novel molecular and low-dimensional materials and integrating them into devices to support the design of next-generation materials.
“The next generation of smarter, cleaner and cheaper materials is needed to save energy, protect our environment and create a better economy,” says Murugesu. “By leveraging the convergence of several materials-centric cornerstones—magnetics, photonics, electronics—the proposed research will look at ways to reduce energy consumption in the information and communication technology sector.”