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Maud Ferrari, associate professor in the Western College of Veterinary Medicine.

Ferrari earns spot in Royal Society of Canada college

University of Saskatchewan veterinary biomedical scientist Dr. Maud Ferrari has earned a spot in the prestigious Royal Society of Canada’s (RSC) College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists, which celebrates research excellence at an early career stage.

Ferrari, an associate professor in the Western College of Veterinary Medicine’s Department of Veterinary Biomedical Sciences, is an international leader in aquatic and behavioural ecology. She’s also an expert on predator-prey interactions in changing aquatic ecosystems.

In 2017, Ferrari received the university’s highest distinction for new faculty members — the New Researcher Award.

Ferrari is an advocate for women in science, science policy and science outreach, and she contributes to academic news sites such as The Conversation Canada to share her research findings with the public. She has published more than 150 peer-reviewed papers, has been cited more than 6,000 times and has presented numerous invited talks around the world.

Watch Ferrari's research profile here.

Ferrari was one of five U of S researchers who were recently recognized by the RSC. Scientists Ingrid Pickering, Howard Wheater, John Pomeroy and Doug Chivers were all named fellows of the RSC — the largest number ever elected in a single year from the U of S.

“Election to the Royal Society of Canada is one of the highest honours a scholar can achieve, and we are very proud of the accomplishments of this stellar group of USask researchers,” says Karen Chad, U of S vice-president research. “Cutting-edge research like theirs in our signature research areas of water security, food security and synchrotron sciences will help solve some of the most complex challenges facing Canada and the world.”  

• Ingrid Pickering is recognized as one of Canada’s most innovative and influential molecular environmental scientists and synchrotron X-ray researchers. Her pioneering work in synchrotron techniques has led to highly cited findings on the effect of heavy metals on the environment and human health. Watch Pickering's research profile here.

• Howard Wheater, founding director of the U of S Global Institute for Water Security, has also played a key role in establishing the U of S-led Global Water Futures (GWF), the world’s largest university-led water research program. Watch Wheater's research profile here.

• John Pomeroy is the world’s most cited snow hydrologist, and is often called upon by media, governments and international agencies to analyze and comment on water-related issues. Watch Pomeroy's research profile here.

• Doug Chivers is a world-leading researcher in animal behaviour, and an expert in predator-prey interactions. He is widely recognized for his innovative research methods and for opening up new fields of inquiry in both basic and applied ecology. Watch Chivers' research profile here.

Fellows in the RSC are peer-elected as among the best in their field, and are often called upon to advise governments, non-governmental organizations and Canadians on matters of public interest. The newly elected fellows will be inducted at a special ceremony on Nov. 16 in Halifax.  

Read the original U of S news release.

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