Dr. Jeremy Kerr
Professor of Biology, University of Ottawa
Professor Jeremy Kerr completed his B.Sc. at the University of Ottawa magna cum laude, his thesis (published in 1995) addressing the human causes of extinction risk around the world. He went on to graduate work at York University, where he won the Governor General’s Gold Medal. He accepted a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council Postdoctoral position with Professor Lord Robert May in Zoology at Oxford, where he also worked with Sir Richard Southwood and was affiliated with Merton College. Having stubbornly refused to apply for positions anywhere except Canada for most of his post-doc, the Canada Centre for Remote Sensing, headed by Josef Cihlar, offered him a research position in September 2000. He moved to the University of Ottawa in mid-2002. His current research is funded by NSERC, CFI, MRI, INAC, Environment Canada, Parks Canada and the Canadian Space Agency and contracts handled through Ottawa’s Institute of Environment. Dr. Kerr’s teaching responsibilities include Introduction to Ecology, Spatial Ecology, and field courses in Ontario and the Caribbean. Dr. Kerr was honored recently with a 2010 Young Researcher of the Year Award at University of Ottawa. He currently holds a visiting senior research fellowship at the University of Oxford.