Many of us have known Professor Guy Cameron since he joined our faculty in 1998, but some of us knew him by reputation long before that, as he has a distinguished record of research and is well-known in the scientific community for his research on ecology and behavior of small mammals, conservation biology and restoration ecology. Guy received his Ph. D. from the University of California, Davis, in 1969, and after a post-doc at UC Berkeley, took a position at the University of Houston from 1971 until coming to UC in 1998 as head of Biological Sciences. A review of his credentials demonstrates a career-long record of high academic research productivity, including over 100 publications in respected journals (e.g., Ecology, Ecological Monographs, Oecologia, Animal Behaviour, Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, Journal of Mammology and American Midland Naturalist), several edited volumes, and over 30 competitive grants from a variety of funding agencies (including the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the US Environmental Protection Agency, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, and a number a private foundations). He is also co-author of a book, "Life Underground: The Biology of Subterranean Rodents" (U of Chicago Press), and several biology and ecology laboratory training manuals.
In addition to his research accomplishments, Dr. Cameron has a long record of education and service. He has taught courses in Ecology as well as General Biology and numerous seminars. He has served as advisor to over 30 graduate students and post-docs, many of whom are now professors at other universities and researchers in government organizations and industrial research labs. Guy has been active in trying to change approaches to teaching and learning, both department-wide and in his own courses, but particularly in the first year biology sequence. He has adopted the active learning approach for his own classes and is co-PI on grants from NSF and the State of Ohio to enhance teaching and learning in STEM disciplines at UC, as well as recruiting, retaining and upgrading the Ohio STEMM work force.
Dr. Cameron is a member of the Graduate Fellows at UC, and has been elected to a number of leadership positions within several scientific societies and professional organizations in many capacities. In particular, he has served the American Society of Mammologists as a member of the Board of Directors, as a Symposium Chair and Meeting Organizer, as Editor of the Journal of Mammology, and also as President from 2004 to 2006.
Guy joined the Department of Biological Sciences in January 1998 and served as Department Head until August, 2011. Guy's leadership has been instrumental in hiring many new faculty members, and contributed to their establishing themselves in their respective fields. Guy has been an untiring and compelling advocate, and has been very successful in winning support for the department. In addition to his work for the department he has played an important role in the development and success of the UC Field Station.
In summary, Guy Cameron has made outstanding contributions to our department, the university and the scientific community in service, research and teaching. It is difficult to encapsulate Guy's term as Head and do him justice, but many of us think his leadership has fundamentally changed the department in a very positive direction, positioning us well for the future. We wish Guy well in his retirement, although as of this writing, we have just learned he will be serving as Interim Associate A & S Dean for Graduate Studies and Research next year (!). Regardless, we are grateful for his efforts, and are privileged to have had him as a colleague.