Laurentian University Research Excellence Award 2017-18 awarded to Dr. Jacqueline Litzgus

Dr. Litzgus recognized for research in reptile conservation and education

Laurentian University is pleased to announce that Dr. Jacqueline Litzgus has been awarded the 2017-2018 Research Excellence Award. Dr. Litzgus was nominated by colleagues and students for her outstanding work in the field of conservation, particularly focusing on reptiles and turtles. She received the award during Laurentian University’s Research Week Awards Gala.

“Jackie Litzgus is a prime example of the research excellence that serves as one of the foundational pillars of our university,” said Dr. Rui Wang, Vice-President of Research at Laurentian University. “Her dedication to understanding the challenges of protecting species at risk, and transforming that knowledge into action is inspiring.”

Dr. Jacqueline Litzgus, a Full professor in Laurentian’s Biology Department, has earned a reputation for research excellence in academic circles and beyond. She has been involved in more than $3-million in peer-reviewed grants since arriving at Laurentian, and has published almost 70 peer-reviewed papers in her career, including 29 in the last five years alone. Her articles have appeared in several major journals, including Ecology, Ecological Applications, Biological Conservation, and Ecosphere.

Dr. Litzgus is dedicated to ensuring her knowledge and research into this important topic has a positive impact in the community, and among the next generation of biologists and conservation experts. She has consulted and worked closely with the Ontario government, Indigenous communities such as the Magnetawan First Nation, local communities, and industry partners on policy issues and measures. She is also committed to student training and mentorship and continues to instruct students at all levels of post-secondary education.

“I am humbled by and grateful for the support shown by the colleagues and students involved in this nomination,” said Dr. Jacqueline Litzgus. “It is a pleasure to work so closely with my peers, students, and other partners as we continue to develop world-class research projects involving such an important subject that affects us all.”



Laurentian University, located on the traditional territory of the Atikameksheng Anishnawbek First Nation, is committed to strengthening the foundation of knowledge in higher education and research in order to offer an outstanding university experience in English and French with a comprehensive approach to Indigenous education. Together with its federated partners, Laurentian University prepares leaders who bring innovative and intelligent solutions to local and global issues.