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Ed McCauley
RSC Council | Institutional Member Representative


Dr. Edward McCauley began his term as the ninth President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Calgary on January 1, 2019. Prior to this leadership position, McCauley had served over three decades in various roles at the University of Calgary: as a professor, Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Population Ecology and Vice-President (Research). His academic record also includes two separate stints at the University of California, Santa Barbara: as a postdoctoral fellow, as the Director of the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, and as a professor in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology.

Dr. McCauley is deeply committed to supporting excellence in research and innovation. He has a track record of cultivating broad-based, long-term relationships with industry, community, and government both nationally and internationally. He has served on several national panels, including the Canada Research Chairs program and several NSERC grant selection committees, and is a highly sought-after external peer reviewer across North America, Europe, and Asia.

A recipient of numerous awards and accolades, Dr. McCauley is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and has held several distinguished visiting international professorships in the UK, Germany, Sweden, Norway, and most recently the Le Studium International Professorship at the Institute for Advanced Studies in France. His research explores Population Dynamics and Ecological Processes, with a strong focus on connecting theory to experimental methods.

Ed earned his BSc and MSc from the University of Ottawa, followed by his PhD from McGill University.