University Research Professor
University Research Professors have acquired a designation above the rank of professor. The title is the most prestigious award the university gives for research, and goes to faculty who have demonstrated a consistently high level of scholarship and whose research is of truly international stature. The designation carries with it a $4,000 research grant (each year for five years) and a reduced teaching schedule.
Dr. William Montevecchi
Psychology, Faculty of Science
A leading seabird ecologist, Dr. Bill Montevecchi's research focuses on animal responses to changing environmental conditions and the study of animals as bio indicators in marine and terrestrial ecosystems. He has collaborated with oceanographers, fisheries research scientists and seabird biologists from across Canada, the U.S., Europe, Australia and Africa. Dr. Montevecchi is a graduate of Northeastern University in Boston; Tulane University in New Orleans and Rutgers University in Newark, New Jersey. He came to Memorial University in 1975. Today he is a professor of psychology with cross appointments to biology and ocean sciences. As one of North America's top seabird ecologists, Dr. Montevecchi has written more than 200 articles which have appeared in international, multi disciplinary scientific journals. He has also given countless public lectures and media presentations. He is past president of the Newfoundland and Labrador Natural History Society and former chair of the Canadian Recovery Team for the Endangered Harlequin Duck in eastern North America. Today, he is co chair of the Newfoundland and Labrador Wilderness and Ecological Reserves Advisory Council and a director of the Nature Conservancy of Canada, Atlantic region.
Dr. Peter Pickup
Chemistry, Faculty of Science
Dr. Peter Pickup's research spans a broad range of topics in materials chemistry and electrochemistry. The scope of his research is aimed at developing new concepts and materials for use in electrochemical devices such as fuel cells, batteries, super capacitors and molecular computers. Dr. Pickup's most influential work has been on the study of electron and ion conduction in conducting polymers. His scholarly achievements have made him a world expert in his field. Educated at Oxford University, Dr. Pickup has worked as a research associate at the University of North Carolina and State University of New York at Buffalo. In 1986, came to Memorial University as an assistant professor and today he holds the position of professor and is deputy head of the Department of Chemistry. A regular guest speaker at major international conferences, Dr. Pickup has also acted as an advisor and consultant for several fuel cell companies. He and his research group have published more than 100 research papers.