Joseph Mathieu, November 23, 2020

Three Carleton Researchers Recognized as Highly Cited Researchers

The Web of Science Group recently recognized Carleton’s Steven Cooke, Lenore Fahrig and Richard Yu as some of the world’s most cited researchers in 2020.

The Highly Cited Researchers list includes approximately 6,400 researchers from around the world whose research papers from 2009 to 2019 have ranked in the top 1 per cent by citations.

Over the past decade, the trio’s research papers have been widely cited in their respective fields of study. However, their citations don’t completely capture the significant impacts their work has had on society and policy, both in Canada and abroad.

Steve Cooke in hip waders sitting in the storage room full of fishing polesSteven Cooke

Steven Cooke is Professor of Fish Ecology and Conservation Physiology in the Department of Biology and Institute of Environmental and Interdisciplinary Science. His research on the physiology and behaviour of wild freshwater and marine fish has informed international ecosystem conservation policy and management. Using monitoring technology like underwater videography and telemetry, Cooke and his colleagues can provide helpful conclusions about the state of fish and their environments.

His recently co-authored publication in BioScience offers an “emergency recovery plan” for vanishing wetlands, dwindling freshwater fish stock and threatened ecosystems. Although freshwater ecosystems cover less than 1% of the Earth’s surface, these habitats host approximately one third of vertebrate species and 10% of all species.

Research conducted in his Fish Ecology and Conservation Physiology Lab ranges from migration behaviour and predator-prey interactions to climate change adaptations and if fish feel pain. All studies provide knowledge that can and has informed evidence-based decision making when it comes to conservation and management of aquatic resources.

The Cooke Lab is also defining a new discipline called conservation physiology, which examines the mechanisms underlying conservation problems.

Lenore Fahrig

Lenore Fahrig is the Chancellor’s Professor of Biology and co-director of the Geomatics and Landscape Ecology Research Laboratory (GLEL). She is also a Royal Society of Canada Fellow and recipient of the Distinguished Landscape Ecologist Award and the 2018 Miroslaw Romanowski Medal for Environmental Science.

Her research focuses on landscape spatial patterning and its effects on wildlife and biodiversity. She co-introduced the concept of habitat connectivity, an important element of landscape and regional planning for wildlife conservation. Her research demonstrating the large and growing impacts of roads and traffic on wildlife populations is used in road mitigation planning worldwide.

Fahrig’s research emphasizes a “many small” approach for habitat conservation, showing the large benefits to biodiversity of small crop fields, and the high cumulative conservation value of small patches of habitat. Her research results empower local efforts to preserve and restore natural habitats, by demonstrating their substantial contribution to biodiversity conservation.

Richard Yu

Richard Yu, a professor in the School of Information Technology and the Department of Systems and Computer Engineering, was recognized as a highly cited researcher last year as well. He is an IEEE Fellow, IET Fellow, and Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC) Fellow. His research includes cyber-security, connected and autonomous vehicles, artificial intelligence, blockchain, and wireless systems.

He received the IEEE TCGCC Best Journal Paper Award in 2019, Distinguished Service Awards in 2019 and 2016, an Outstanding Leadership Award in 2013, Carleton Research Achievement Awards in 2012 and 2020, the Ontario Early Researcher Award in 2011, the Excellent Contribution Award at IEEE/IFIP TrustCom 2010, the Leadership Opportunity Fund Award from Canada Foundation of Innovation in 2009, and the Best Paper Awards at IEEE ICNC 2018, VTC 2017 Spring, ICC 2014, Globecom 2012, IEEE/IFIP TrustCom 2009 and International Conference on Networking 2005.

Yu is an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer of both Vehicular Technology Society (VTS) and Comm. Society and an elected member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE VTS and Editor-in-Chief for IEEE VTS Mobile World newsletter.

Yu is also the principal investigator of Building Trust in Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (TrustCAV). The NSERC CREATE-funded research initiative gathers expertise from Canadian and international universities to tackle the multiple, complex challenges of CAV technology. Researchers in civil engineering, law and business are adding their expertise to TrustCAV, which is paving the road for what is expected to be a $7 trillion market by 2050.

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