Western Biology professor emeritus Brock Fenton has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for his distinguished contributions to animal behaviour, evolution and animal communication. Fenton is considered one of the world’s foremost experts on bats and their conservation.
Fenton investigates many diverse aspects of the biology of bats, including morphology, social organization and foraging behaviour. His game-changing echolocation research has led to a better understanding of bats’ sensory ecology, communication and community structure.
Utilizing a combination of laboratory experiments and field observations in Canada, the tropics and subtropics, Fenton and his collaborators have also addressed conservation and its implications in their studies.
This year, 347 members were named Fellows by AAAS because of their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. New Fellows will be presented with an official certificate and a gold and blue (representing science and engineering, respectively) rosette pin on Saturday, Feb. 13, at the AAAS Fellows Forum during the 2016 AAAS Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.
This year’s AAAS Fellows will be formally announced in the AAAS News & Notes section of the journal Science on Friday.