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Jeremy N. McNeil

Jeremy N. McNeil, was born in England, and received his primary and secondary education in Newfoundland and England, respectively. He moved to Canada in 1964 when he enrolled in an honours degree in Zoology at the University of Western Ontario. Upon graduation in 1969 he enrolled as a graduate student in Entomology and Ecology at North Carolina State University and received his Ph.D. in 1972. He received a regional and a national award from the Entomological Society of America for his graduate research on diapause. He immediately moved to the Department of Biology at Laval University in Quebec City, where he was a professor for 30 years, until he took early retirement the end of 2002. At this time he received a Humboldt Prize and spent 2003 at Hamburg University. In 2004 he accepted a position as a professor in the Biology Department at the University of Western Ontario, and from 2008-2011 was the Scientific Director of the Biotron, a research facility on campus, set up to study different aspects of climate change.

Dr. McNeil’s research interests are in behavioral and chemical ecology, studying fundamental aspects of mate choice, seasonal migration, as well as plant-insect and host-parasitoid interactions from an interdisciplinary perspective. With his students (37 M.Sc. and 20 Ph. D. students, as well as 12 PDFs) and collaborators Jeremy has published >190 papers in primary international journals and > 10 book chapters. He was received a number of research awards, including the Gold Medal of the Entomological Society of Canada, The Fry medal from the Canadian Society of Zoologists, The Silver Medal of the International Society of Chemical Ecology and the Delwart Prize in Chemical Ecology (Belgium). He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. Jeremy serves on several editorial boards, regularly serves on committees for national granting agencies, and acts as referee for international journals, granting agencies and Universities.

Dr. McNeil is a member of several learned Societies and has played active roles in all, including serving as President of the Entomological Society of Canada, the Canadian Federation of Biological Societies and the International Society of Chemical Ecology. Since being elected as a Fellow of the RSC Jeremy has chaired several RSC committees and represented the RSC in an IDRC funded collaboration with The Senegal Academy of Science and Technology (ANSTS). Dr. McNeil is currently serving as the Foreign Secretary of The Royal Society of Canada, a role he has occupied since 2010.

Dr. McNeil is also been very active in the public awareness of science and each year, for the last 20 years, has spoken to > 500 school children in North America, Europe and Australia. He also gives regular presentations at public institutions, as well as to amateur science and gardening clubs. Jeremy was the 2006 Lecturer for Governor General’s lecture series organised by the RSC at different venues across Canada, and has received several national awards for his outreach activities.


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