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Glendon College professor and student present research papers at prestigious international conference


Professor Radu Guiasu of Glendon’s Environmental and Health Studies Program organized a special session titled Historical, sociological and biological aspects of invasion biology at the prestigious American Society for Environmental History (ASEH) 2013 conference, which took place in April at the Royal York Hotel in Toronto. Professor Guiasu and Glendon student Jane Duggan also presented research papers in this session, which offered a more inclusive, comprehensive and tolerant view of introduced species and their roles in local ecosystems. The session also included presentations by top researchers in the field – Professor Mark Davis, of Macalester College in Minnesota, and Professor Brendon Larson from the University of Waterloo.  The session was chaired by Professor Laura Cameron from Queen’s University.

Left to right: Laura Cameron, Brendon Larson, Mark Davis,
Jane Duggan and Radu Guiasu at the ASEH 2013 conference.

Professor Colin Coates, of the Multidisciplinary Studies Department at Glendon, and the Director of the Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies, was the Chair of the Local Arrangements Committee for the ASEH 2013 conference.

Jane Duggan will be graduating this summer after completing a degree in the Environmental and Health Studies Program at Glendon. She has recently completed an excellent Individual Studies Research project under Professor Guiasu’s supervision, and she will pursue her graduate studies at the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York.

Radu Guiasu, a winner of the President’s University-Wide Teaching Award at York in 2010 and the Principal’s Teaching Excellence Award at Glendon in 2009, is a biologist who has conducted research for many years in the fields of ecology, conservation biology, and evolutionary biology, and has published 30 scientific articles and one book (Entropy in Ecology and Ethology, which is co-authored with his father, Professor Emeritus Silviu Guiasu from the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at York). Radu Guiasu is currently working on a book which presents a more balanced and nuanced view of invasive species.

Published on June 6, 2013