Glendon Natural Science Professor a Keynote Speaker at Prominent Research Symposium
Course director Radu Guiasu (right) of Glendon’s Environmental and Health Studies Program (within the Department of Multidisciplinary Studies) was one of the invited keynote speakers at the Toronto Zoo on November 5th at a research symposium discussing the Ontario Invertebrate Awareness initiative.
Guiasu’s presentation focussed on Ontario’s vulnerable burrowing crayfish species, offering strategies to protect them and their wetland habitats. Scientists from a variety of Ontario institutions, including the University of Toronto, Trent University, the Ministry of Natural Resources, the Ministry of the Environment, the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, Ontario Nature, the Toronto Zoo and others participated in this symposium discussing topics of great current importance. In addition to representing Glendon and its Environmental Program, Guiasu was the only delegate at the symposium from York University. After delivering one of the keynote speeches, he also participated in developing an agenda for future invertebrate conservation and for monitoring programs in this province - a landmark environmental initiative with implications for many years to come.
Guiasu is an excellent example of Glendon’s and York’s increasing involvement in scientific research. He is a member of the Editorial Board of Crustaceana - the leading international scientific journal on crustacean research, based in the Netherlands. It was last year that he was invited to join this illustrious Editorial Board, a body which includes senior scientists from around the world. Furthermore, an article written by Guiasu will be published in the upcoming Spring 2008 issue of the Royal Ontario Museum Magazine. Written for a broader audience, this article discusses various invasive species and the need for a balanced approach in controlling them.
Guiasu’s affiliation with Glendon will be clearly identified in that widely-read publication. “I am doing my best to make sure that Glendon and York become known for our contribution to science and scientific research, in addition to the work we do in the liberal and fine arts”, said Guiasu.
“This is my fifth year of teaching at Glendon”, explained Guiasu, “having started in the fall of 2003. I genuinely enjoy teaching at Glendon, which is the main reason for my staying here. I very much like the beautiful wooded campus - a breath of fresh air in the middle of the crowded city, and I was impressed, over the years, both with the high quality of many of our students, and with the great level of interest that most of them have shown in environmental and ecological issues.”
More about Radu Guiasu:
Radu Guiasu holds a Specialized Honours B.Sc. in Biology (York University 1986), a Bachelor of Education from the University of Toronto (B. Ed. 1989), an M.Sc. in Zoology (U. of T. 1991), and a Ph.D. in Zoology (U. of T. 1997). Over the years, he has conducted extensive research in ecology, animal behaviour, conservation biology and evolutionary biology in the field, the laboratory, and museum collections (including the Royal Ontario Museum).
Guiasu has published 20 scientific articles and one scientific book, with the title Entropy in Ecology and Ethology, which he co-authored with his father, Professor Silviu Guiasu, who is a faculty member in the Mathematics and Statistics Department at York University’s Keele Campus.
In addition, Radu Guiasu has six years of post-doctoral research experience at the University of Toronto, during which he also supervised the research for 12 honours thesis students and taught an advanced fourth-year course on the topic of animal communication.
Since 2003, Guiasu has developed and taught seven different natural science courses at Glendon. These include Historical Trends in Human-Environmental Interrelationships; Conservation Biology; General Ecology Communication and Sensory Ecology; Evolution and Ecology of Humans; Human Reproduction and Development; and Introduction to Science, Technology, and Society. He is currently teaching Historical Trends in Human-Environmental Interrelationships, and Conservation Biology. During the upcoming winter term, he will be teaching Communication and Sensory Ecology, which is a new course on the Glendon curriculum.
Article submitted by Glendon communications officer Marika Kemeny