One of the world’s leading authorities on the biology of bats, Professor Thomas H. Kunz, was for over forty years an inspiring teacher to thousands of undergraduates, an enthusiastic proponent for bats and science in the public arena, and an exceptional mentor to dozens of graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and junior faculty. A William Fairfield Warren Distinguished Professor, the highest academic honor conferred by Boston University, Tom was one of our most productive and highly regarded scientists. Tom passed away on April 13th, 2020.
In recognition and appreciation of Tom’s mentorship, his current and former graduate students established the Thomas H. Kunz Fund in Biology to serve as a lasting legacy of Tom’s contributions at BU and beyond, and to support future graduate education in ecology at Boston University. With support from Tom’s former students, his family, his colleagues in the Biology department, other Biology alumni, and a long list of friends and colleagues from around the world, the fund crossed the $100,000 level in 2019. The Thomas H. Kunz Fund is now a permanently endowed fund at Boston University.
As many of you know, Tom’s research spanned from New England to the tropics. The Kunz Fund is helping our graduate students continue in BU’s strong tradition of fieldwork across the globe. We welcome your help in increasing the impact of the Kunz Fund as we work to train the next generation of ecologists. Feel free to share this with family, friends and colleagues who might be interested.
2023 Thomas H. Kunz Fund in Biology Award Winner - Stephen Caron
Stephen studies the impacts of urbanization and climate change on crucial nutrient cycles in mixed temperate and northern hardwood forests. In particular, he is interested in exploring the effects of changing seasonality, including reduced winter snowpack, earlier spring snowmelt, and longer growing seasons, on nitrogen cycling in forests. His work aims to better understand how multiple global change drivers impact a forest’s ability to cycle nutrients and sequester carbon.