Donald Thomas, Biologist, Professor, International Researcher
Professor Donald W. Thomas
Professor Thomas grew up in Montreal but left after high school (1970) only to return to Quebec in 1985 to take up a professorship at the Université de Sherbrooke. He received his BSc from University of Fredericton, his MSc at Carleton University, Ottawa, his PhD at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland and was a post-doctoral research fellow at University of Washington, Seattle. He is now Professor of Biology and Dean of Sciences at the University of Sherbrooke.
Dr. Thomas has authored over 110 research papers on the ecology and evolution of animals ranging from bats to rodents to birds and reptiles. His research interests are primarily in the area of physiological ecology, focusing on the cost of breeding in birds, fat storage and energy expenditure by hibernating mammals, and temperature regulation in turtles.
Over the years, Don Thomas has worked in Ivory Coast on flying foxes, in Costa Rica on New World fruit bats, in Venezuela on cave-nesting Oilbirds, and in Corsica on European Blue Tits. Currently, he has very strong ties with the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique at Montpellier, France which brings him to work in Corsica every year for the past 11 years and to train PhD students jointly between Sherbrooke and the Université de Montpellier.
Don Thomas’s talk to our club will be on the subject of bats and their importance in our world.