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Prof's new position zeroes in on urban ecosystems

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UTSC Associate Professor Marc Cadotte can’t wait to translate his passion and knowledge of urban ecosystems into tackling important environmental issues.

Cadotte, who is an expert on the role different species play in sustaining a functioning ecosystem in urban environments, was recently appointed the TD Limited Term Professorship in Urban Forest Conservation and Biology. The position, along with undergraduate and graduate student research scholarships, was made possible by a $1 million donation from TD Bank Group to UTSC in 2013.

Many of the research projects Cadotte plans to undertake will capitalize on UTSC’s proximity to the Rouge Park, a 47-square-kilometre ecological buffer zone within the City of Toronto.

The role allows Cadotte to focus on three key priorities in addition to research projects including undergraduate and graduate student training in the field of urban environmental and biological science as well as community outreach programs.

“I’m really excited about the opportunity to further my research on urban environmental issues,” says Cadotte. “The ability to undertake larger research projects dealing with urban biodiversity and conservation will gather important insight on how urban ecosystems actually function.”

“This position will push the boundaries of our understanding about how urban ecosystems function with Canada’s first national urban park as a living laboratory,” says Professor Malcolm Campbell, UTSC’s vice-principal of research. “UTSC has research strengths in both biological and environmental science, and this professorship will also help train the next generation of experts in the field.”